The 76th Iroquois Steeplechase will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The fabric of our great city would not be the same without the tradition of family, friends and steeplechasing on the second Saturday of May.
— Dr. Steven A Webber, Honorary Chair, 2016 Iroquois Steeplechase

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.

The Iroquois is proud to be supported by many widely-recognized local businesses. Due in large part to these valuable sponsorships, the event has received worldwide attention and coverage and continues to make notable contributions to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and other local organizations year after year.



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.



 Watch with 104.5 The Zone WGFX personalities and enjoy complimentary food + beverage.


Park near the track and entertain in tented luxury. Lots of patio area for cornhole!


Entertain large parties in tented luxury, and leave the details to us. Located on the hill overlooking the track.


A climate-controlled space with panoramic windows, bars, a private bathroom and more.  


Alcohol-free tailgating area that offers more flexibility, a play area and close proximity to the track for race viewing.


Located in the middle of the infield, the Fox Den is a new add-on option for adult racegoers to enjoy food, beverages and entertainment all day.


A long‐standing tradition, dating back to the inaugural race in 1941. View your renewal or add-on options.


Gather your family and friends and pack a picnic for a perfect day at the races.






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 marked 75 years of the Iroquois Steeplechase, and the 2017 event will be held on
Saturday, May 13.



$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.

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The Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge


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 Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge looks to reignite the cross‐Atlantic rivalry that has been a part of steeplechase racing through history.


Iroquois Alliance


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.




Pre-Race Events

In partnership with our sponsors and the Iroquois Alliance, numerous events are scheduled for 2017 on behalf of the Iroquois Steeplechase and our primary beneficiary, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.



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



We are honored to name many of Nashville's top businesses as sponsors of our event. It's with their tremendous support that we're able to promote the sport of steeplechasing and contribute to several deserving organizations in the community. If you are interested in speaking with us about sponsorship opportunities, please click here.


Part of what makes Steeplechase a successful and special event is the people who attend year after year. In 2016, we were thrilled to be a part of the engagement of a young couple, Michael and Olivia. The soon-to-be groom has been raised on the tradition of attending Steeplechase with his family, and thought the 75th Anniversary of our event to be the perfect time to surprise his girlfriend with an engagement ring at his family company's tent in Hospitality Village.