The firstSteeplechase ever was run locally
between Buttevant and Doneraile, County Cork, over 250 years ago. Chasing from 'steeple
to steeple' or point-to-point began in 1752 when Mr. Blake challenged his neighbour Mr. O'Callaghan, to race across
country from Buttevant church to Doneraile church some four and a half miles
distance and so jump stone walls, ditches and hedges as these presented themselves. By keeping the
steeple of the church in sight (steeplechasing) both riders could see their finishing point.