Setting the Standard for Nashville Events Since the 1940s

Setting the Standard for Nashville Events Since the 1940s

This article was originally published by Thomas Schultz on ResortsandLodges.com on April 26, 2017.

Nashville became one of the South’s leading travel destinations when it was named the Country Music Capital of the World during the 1940’s. While country music still plays a significant role in the community, visitors will find the city has also become a hub for all genres of music, cultural attractions, and commerce. Nashville offers something for everyone including clubs on the Honkey Tonk Highway, restaurants and boutiques in Midtown, and more than 10,000 acres of public parks.

The Iroquois Steeplechase has been a mainstay in the community and the region since its inception in 1941. This year’s event will take place May 13, at Percy Warner Park (5 miles southwest of Downtown Nashville). The race is America's oldest steeplechase event, offering the largest purse for top performing riders. Attendees can enjoy horse races, Iroquois Shoppes (vendor area) filled with event collectibles, and a family area with free games and activities for all ages. The Michael Stanley Stick Horse Race offers kids a chance to compete for gift cards. Patrons will also encounter a selection of the city’s finest food trucks, serving up a variety of meals. Proceeds from the event go to a variety of organizations with the primary recipient being the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. We got the chance to interview Libby Cheek, a representative of the event, to learn more about this horse racing spectacular.

AT&T Enhances the 76th Annual Iroquois Steeplechase with AT&T Business Fiber

AT&T Enhances the 76th Annual Iroquois Steeplechase with AT&T Business Fiber

AT&T* is boosting network capacity at Percy Warner Park on Saturday, May 13, for the 76th annual Iroquois Steeplechase benefitting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, to give customers a seamless network experience.

The Iroquois Steeplechase is a Nashville tradition, growing in popularity and scale, year after year. For the first time ever, the medical personnel, veterinarians and staffers behind the scenes on race day will have access to ultra-fast Internet speeds with AT&T Business Fiber. Personnel such as veterinarians and medical staff will be able to share high definition images in seconds on race day, when time is of the essence. These blazing fast Internet speeds are 20x faster than a typical connection.

Nichols Canyon Pointed to Iroquois, Bonus [National Steeplechase Association]

Nichols Canyon Pointed to Iroquois, Bonus [National Steeplechase Association]

Andrea and Graham Wylie’s Nichols Canyon is on course for a return trip to Nashville and a date with destiny in the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) on May 13.

At stake will be the $500,000 TVV Capital Iroquois-Cheltenham Challenge, a bonus paid to the winner of the Calvin Houghland Iroquois and the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle (Eng-Gr. 1) in the same 12-month period. Purses and bonus total approximately $800,000.

Nichols Canyon claimed the first leg of the challenge on March 16 with a courageous charge up Cheltenham’s heartbreak hill to notch a dramatic victory in the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Iroquois Steeplechase Partners With Christine A. Moore, Gus Mayer for 2017

Iroquois Steeplechase Partners With Christine A. Moore, Gus Mayer for 2017

For the second year in a row, the Iroquois Steeplechase has partnered with Christine A. Moore of Christine A. Moore Millinery and Nashville retailer Gus Mayer for the annual Spring event which will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017.

A familiar name in the fashion niche of the horse racing world, Moore was first named the “Official Milliner” of the Iroquois Steeplechase in 2016 for its 75th Anniversary event and quickly came on board for a second year. Her pieces are sold in Tennessee exclusively at Gus Mayer -- a longtime supporter of Steeplechase and a favorite of the event’s patrons when it comes to shopping for race day fashions.

“Christine is passionate about racing events and producing hats and fascinators that are comfortable, sophisticated and add to the glamour and overall experience of a day at the races,” said GeorgeAnn Dingus, Director of Sponsorship and Development for the Iroquois Steeplechase. “Gus Mayer has been a valuable sponsor of ours for many years, and the decision to continue a relationship with both their team and with Christine is an honor for us.”

Iroquois Steeplechase Hosts Watch Party for First Leg of $1 Million Challenge

Iroquois Steeplechase Hosts Watch Party for First Leg of $1 Million Challenge

The public is invited to join the Iroquois Steeplechase team for a Watch Party live from England’s largest sporting event. The first leg of the million-dollar TVV-Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge will be shown live from the UK’s Cheltenham Festival on Thursday, March 16 at Sam’s Place from 9:15 a.m. until 11 a.m. Complimentary brunch and beverages will be served.

The telecast of the Grade One Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle is of particular significance to Nashville. The Cheltenham Challenge was recently renewed with a new title sponsor -- local private equity firm TVV Capital -- and the winner of the Hurdle will be qualified to travel to the U.S. this May to compete in the Calvin Houghland Grade One Stakes at the Iroquois Steeplechase for the chance to win a $500,000 bonus.

TVV Capital to Sponsor Year Two of Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge

TVV Capital to Sponsor Year Two of Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge

When Rawnaq won the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) last May, he not only notched his first Grade 1 success by edging out Irish invaders Shaneshill and Nichols Canyon, but he also catapulted himself toward the 2016 Eclipse Award by qualifying to run for the $500,000 Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge.

But Rawnaq’s training injury in January has effectively eliminated him from the competition, meaning the winner of the Grade 1 Sun Bets Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on March 16 will now be qualified to run for the half million-dollar bonus at Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase on May 13.

Iroquois Steeplechase Announces Selection of 2017 Featured Artist

Iroquois Steeplechase Announces Selection of 2017 Featured Artist

The Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation, the nonprofit organization which governs the Iroquois Steeplechase, recently made its annual selection of the race’s featured artist -- a tradition for the May event dubbed ‘Nashville’s Rite of Spring since 1941.’

Florida-based artist Debbie Sampson is producing a painting that will be used as the official artwork for the 2017 race, which is now in its 76th year and will be held on Saturday, May 13. The piece will be revealed in the Spring and auctioned off at the annual pre-race party the night before Steeplechase, with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit and the organizations it supports.

Iroquois Steeplechase Presents Check to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Iroquois Steeplechase Presents Check to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Iroquois Steeplechase recently made its annual contribution to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with proceeds raised through the past year’s celebration of the event’s 75th anniversary.

Members of the Steeplechase staff -- Executive Director Libby Cheek, Director of Sponsorship & Business Development GeorgeAnn Dingus, and Account Administration Specialist Jenny Streams -- presented a check for $144,764 to Dr. Meg Rush, former Honorary Chair of the Iroquois Steeplechase and Chief of Staff and Executive Medical Director at Children's Hospital, and Beth Moore, Director of Community Development at Children's Hospital, in front of the hospital’s butterfly wall