For seven decades, the Iroquois Steeplechase and its races have captivated thousands of spectators from near and far with its traditions, pageantry, and the energy of the sport. Follow us all year on your favorite social media below!


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75th Iroquois Steeplechase

Photos by Brenda Black, Carissa Ramsdell, Westlight Studios

The Hats

The Horses

The People


Pre-Race Events

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.

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History + Tradition

The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Nashville’s rite of spring since 1941, a time-honored tradition of Middle Tennesseans for seven decades. It’s rich history dates back to the pasture races in Middle Tennessee during the 1930’s,
creating a legacy that resonates within the Nashville community today.

Today, the Iroquois Steeplechase--run by the nonprofit, 501c3 organization The Volunteer State Horseman's Foundation--routinely attracts more than 25,000 to the Equestrian Center at Percy Warner Park in Nashville to watch the best horses and riders in the world.

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2016 Race Results

The Iroquois Steeplechase draws the best horses and riders in the world, attracting more than 25,000 spectators each May.

Watch Rawnaq win the 2016 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Grade 1) Hurdle Stakes below!