We have a great lineup of pre-race events and hope you'll join us for as many as you can!
Holiday Preview Party
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Private Edition in Green Hills will host a shopping party to raise awareness and funds for the non‐profit Iroquois Steeplechase and our membership group, the Iroquois Alliance. Patrons are invited to join us at the upscale cosmetic retailer for complimentary makeup applications and skin consultations upon request, in addition to drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. A portion of Private Edition's proceeds from the evening will benefit the Iroquois Steeplechase.
Cigar & Bourbon Tasting
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 6:00PM (Tastings will begin at 6:30PM)
Franklin Cigar’s Private Smoking Lounge in Cool Springs will again host guests for an opportunity to socialize with other young professionals while learning from the experts, as well as enjoying cigars and samples of bourbon varieties. Alliance members should sign in to their accounts to purchase a discounted ticket. Buy tickets here!
World Hurdle Watch Party at Sam's Place in Belle Meade
Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Time TBD
Cheer on 2016 Iroquois winner Rawnaq and view live from England the Ryanair World Hurdle Race as he tries to become the first winner of the Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge! Complimentary event. Limited availability. RSVP by March 10 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Luncheon at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Sponsors and special guests have the opportunity to be our guest inside the amazing facility of our beneficiary. During the program you will be able to meet our 2017 Child Ambassador, view the official race day painting, and hear from the dedicated staff of the Children's Hospital and Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation. Official invitation to follow.
Dressing for Steeplechase
April dates to be announced!
Shop participating retailers around town and a portion of your purchase will be donated to help us in raising funds to benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. A complete list of participating retailers will be available in April.
Post Position Drawing at Percy Warner Park
Thursday, May 11, 2016 | 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Join owners, trainers, sponsors and sporting fans at the Steeplechase Barn for our traditional post position drawing and breakfast. Mingle with enthusiasts of the sport and soak in the beauty of the morning at Percy Warner Park. Event is open to the public.
Morning Gallop at Steeplechase Track
Friday, May 12, 2017 about 6:00AM
Sunrise at trackside is something special. Join enthusiasts of the sport in the early morning for pre-race warm-ups of our world class competitors. Mornings represent an amazing chance to see some of the sport's biggest stars strut their stuff without an audience of thousands looking on. Coffee and the awe-inspiring sights and sounds are free.
Friday Night Pre-Race Party
Friday, May 12, 2017 | 6:30PM - 10:00PM
Celebrate the eve of our race! Dinner, dancing, silent auction and guaranteed fun. Get some advance handicapping advice from owners, trainers and riders in attendance, bring friends, make new ones and hit the honky-tonks afterwards! Additional tickets, not included in sponsor benefits, will be available for purchase. More details coming soon!
In partnership with our sponsors and the Iroquois Alliance, numerous events were put on throughout 2015 and 2016 on behalf of the Iroquois Steeplechase and its primary beneficiary, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Events included:
Holiday Preview Party
Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Private Edition in Green Hills hosted a shopping party to raise awareness and funds for the non‐profit Iroquois Steeplechase and our membership group, the Iroquois Alliance. Patrons joined us at the upscale cosmetic retailer for complimentary makeup applications and skin consultations upon request, in addition to drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Private Edition offered 20% off shoppers’ entire purchases.
Cigar & Bourbon Tasting
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Franklin Cigar’s Private Smoking Lounge in Cool Springs hosted an opportunity for guests to socialize with other young professionals while learning from the experts, as well as enjoying cigars and samples of bourbon varieties. Participants who joined the Alliance received a special code to purchase a discounted ticket.
Steeplechase Champions Party
Thursday, January 28, 2016 | 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Peter Nappi hosted our Champions Party -- a swanky soiree to benefit our membership group, the Iroquois Alliance! In addition to enjoying live music and sipping on complimentary Honey Jack Juleps, beer and wine in Peter Nappi's breathtaking space, guests were entered to win a pair of Peter Nappi Viviana boots! The luxe equestrian item, valued at $750, was specially crafted to commemorate the 75th Iroquois Steeplechase.
St. Patrick’s Day Watch Party
Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 8:45AM - 10:45AM
Racing fans gathered to watch the first leg of the Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge at our St. Patrick's Day Watch Party at Sam's Place! True to Nashville form, good eats and drinks were provided at this brunch party, which featured the live telecast of Cheltenham's Ryanair World Hurdle race.
Spring Luncheon With Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Sponsors and special friends had the opportunity to step inside the amazing facility of our beneficiary, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Guests were able to meet our 2016 Child Ambassador, view the official race day painting, and hear from the dedicated staff of the Hospital and the Volunteer State Horseman's Foundation. A delicious lunch was provided by Maggiano's Little Italy.
Oak Hall + Iroquois Steeplechase
Friday, April 8, 2016 | 10:00AM - 7:00PM
The public was invited to shop for a cause at Oak Hall's "Hallwarming Celebration," benefiting the Iroquois Steeplechase! Though this family-owned retail store is new to Nashville, it has a legacy that extends 157 years in Tennessee--and was the perfect spot to shop for both men’s and women’s race-day attire. 10% of sales were donated to donated to the Iroquois Steeplechase and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Christine A. Moore Millinery Trunk Show at Gus Mayer
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Friday, May 13, 2016 | 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Steeplechase participants shopped for the perfect hat for the 75th Iroquois at our Christine A. Moore Millinery Trunk Show at Gus Mayer! Christine A. Moore Millinery designs, crafts and sells women's and men's hats and head wear, made in the NYC studio/showroom. Her work is known for attention to detail, and the use of all natural fibers.
vineyard vines Nashville + Iroquois Steeplechase
Saturday, April 16, 2016 | 10:00AM - 7:00PM
vineyard vines Nashville -- owned by the same family as Oak Hall -- also hosted an event for the Iroquois Steeplechase at their Nashville store. The public was invited to shop the "Official Style of The Iroquois Steeplechase" and pick out the race day outfit to set themselves apart from the crowd, while enjoying refreshments. 10% of all proceeds that day were donated to the Iroquois and our beneficiary, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Draper James + Iroquois Steeplechase
Monday, April 25, 2016 | 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Shoppers joined us for a private shopping with Draper James, Reese Witherspoon's lifestyle brand and flagship store to mix and mingle with local influencers, enjoy treats & refreshments and shop timeless looks for race day. 10% of proceeds from the event went to our beneficiary, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Shane Co.'s Steeplechase Soiree
Thursday, April 28, 2016 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
We celebrates our Diamond Anniversary with our friends at Shane Co.! Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and an exclusive look at our limited-edition Steeplechase charm bracelet!
Dressing For Steeplechase: Shopping Event
Friday, April 29, 2016 - Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 9:30AM - 5:00PM
By shopping top-of-the-line retailers around town, a portion of Steeplechase friends' purchases were donated to help us in raising funds to benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!
Annual Post Position Drawing
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Owners, trainers, sponsors, and sporting fans gathered at the Steeplechase Barn for our traditional post position drawing and breakfast, sponsored by FarmVet. Enthusiasts of the sport mingled and soaked in the beauty of the morning at Percy Warner Park. Results here.
75th Anniversary Pre-Race Party
Friday, May 13, 2016 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
We celebrated the diamond anniversary of our race with us at the historic Belle Meade Plantation, former home of infamous thoroughbred, Iroquois (for whom our race is named), and current home to the seven trophies awarded to our race winners.