Nashville's Rite of Spring Since 1941
The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Nashville's rite of spring since 1941, attracting more than 25,000 spectators annually to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles and timber on a manicured turf track.
Held the second Saturday of each May, this iconic sporting event is Music City's annual celebration of time‐honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and Southern fashions.
Nashville's Rite of Spring since 1941 | May 13, 2017
Tailgating is one of our greatest traditions. Never a dull moment!
Don’t want to go with a big group? Take advantage of our single tailgating tickets!
Catered food, beverages, a live band and a front‐row seat to the excitement.
TENTS IN THE TURN
Park near the track and entertain in tented luxury. Lots of patio area for cornhole!
Watch with 104.5 The Zone WGFX personalities and enjoy complimentary food + beverage.
Entertain large parties in tented luxury, and leave the details to us. Located on the hill overlooking the track.
Gather your family and friends and pack a picnic for a perfect day at the races.
Alcohol-free tailgating area that offers more flexibility, a play area and close proximity to the track for race viewing.
A long‐standing tradition, dating back to the inaugural race in 1941. View your renewal or add-on options.
A climate-controlled space with panoramic windows, bars, a private bathroom and more.
Past and Future
The Iroquois Steeplechase has a rich history dating back to the pasture races in Middle Tennessee during the 1930s, creating a legacy that resonates within the Nashville community today.
The May 2016 races will mark 75 years of the Iroquois Steeplechase.
$10,000,000 And Counting For Children....
The Iroquois Steeplechase is run by the nonprofit, 501c3 organization The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation whose function is to manage and produce a world-class event and to promote the sport and the spirit of steeplechasing throughout the community.
Since being designated as a primary beneficiary in 1981, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $10 million from The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation. In addition, our organization supports Friends of Warner Parks and other deserving nonprofits and charities.
Win Two Races, Receive A $500K Bonus!
The Iroquois Steeplechase has partnered with the world-famous Cheltenham Racecourse in England to announce a partnership and a $500,000 bonus challenge to any horse that can win both the Ladbrokes Group 1 World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March AND the 75th Anniversary Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes in May -- or vice versa -- within a 12‐month period. The Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge looks to reignite the cross‐Atlantic rivalry that has been a part of steeplechase racing through history.
Our Membership Group
The Iroquois Alliance was formed as a means for patrons to assist The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation in the continued promotion of steeplechase racing and Nashville’s most iconic spring event, while helping support and raise money for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Those interested in becoming part of a respected Nashville tradition can join at levels that scale from yearly memberships to lifetime commitments.
Thank You Iroquois Steeplechase Sponsors!
The Iroquois Steeplechase is sponsored by
Athens Paper | Belle Meade Proper | Christine A. Moore Millinery | Coca-Cola | Engage Media | Corrections Corporation of America | Gus Mayer | The Houghland Foundation | J.P. Morgan | Macy's | Maggiano's Little Italy | Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. | Nashville Lifestyles | Nashville Sports Council | Mr. & Mrs. Alex Wade; Ms. DeeDee Wade | Phillips Toy Mart | Private Edition | Sam's Place - Belle Meade | The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation | Uber
Special Credits To:
Agile Ticketing | Belle Meade Plantation | Brantley Sound Associates | Dillard's | Draper James | Event Logistics, Inc. | Mr. Webb McQuiddy | Planet H2O | Nashville Predators | Royal Restrooms | Sheridan Public Relations | The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills