Iroquois Steeplechase Seeks Equestrian Artist

 
"Endurance" by 2016 Featured Artist Hollie Berry

"Endurance" by 2016 Featured Artist Hollie Berry

 

The Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville’s annual rite of spring since 1941, is accepting submissions through Sept. 23 from equestrian artists who are interested in becoming the event’s Featured Artist for 2017.

Each year, the Iroquois Steeplechase, under the direction of the non-profit 501c3 organization the Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation, selects an artist to create a piece that captures and conveys the spirited sport of steeplechasing. The artwork is used throughout the year to promote the event, which is always held the second Saturday of each May, and is auctioned off the night before the race to support the organization’s primary beneficiary, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“The selection of the Featured Artist is a tradition that we look forward to every year,” said Libby Cheek, Executive Director of the Iroquois Steeplechase. “We have chosen oil paintings that are as detailed as photographs and other pieces that are more abstract. The guidelines are loose to encourage creativity.”

Hollie Berry of Chattanooga, Tenn. was named the 2016 Featured Artist, and used oil on wood panel to create “Endurance,” a painting depicting a group of vibrantly colored jockey-mounted horses jumping over a fence.

“We will consider any and all submissions,” said Cheek. “This is a terrific opportunity for local artists to receive exposure, and we are always amazed at the talent we have the privilege to review.”

The Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation will review submissions received through Friday, Sept. 23. Those interested should email Libby Cheek here with a brief bio and work samples. After the Featured Artist is selected, the Foundation will establish a deadline for when the artwork should be completed so that it can be revealed to the public.

Tickets, tailgating spaces, VIP areas and more are now available for the 2017 Iroquois Steeplechase on May 13. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

 

2016 Iroquois Steeplechase Results

2016 Iroquois Steeplechase Results

Race Results for Race 1, The Guilford Dudley, Jr. Memorial Training Flat
(HORSE'S NAME, followed by owner, trainer, rider):
WINNER: GOODBYESEEULATER, Matthew T. Groff, Jack Fisher, Sean McDermott)

Race Results for Race 2, The Bright Hour Hurdle Stakes
WINNER: LUNE DE CARO (Tamara McSorley, Jonathan Sheppard, Keri Brion)

Race Results for Race 3, The Marcellus Frost Sport of Kings Novice Hurdle Stakes
WINNER: TEMPT ME ALEX (Robert A. Kinsley, Elizabeth Voss, Jack Doyle)

Post Positions Drawn for Saturday's Iroquois Steeplechase

Post Positions Drawn for Saturday's Iroquois Steeplechase

Owners, trainers, sponsors, and sporting fans gathered at the Steeplechase Barn Thursday morning for the 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 as the post positions for each of Saturday's seven races were drawn from a leather bag

Mullins Nominates Contenders to Iroquois [National Steeplechase Association]

Mullins Nominates Contenders to Iroquois [National Steeplechase Association]

Ireland-based champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins is sending at least one and possibly two contenders to Nashville for the American leg of the million-dollar Brown Advisory Iroquois-Cheltenham Challenge.

The winner of both the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Gr. 1) and the Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham Racecourse in England next March would win approximately $1 million, including the $500,000 Challenge bonus.

Mullins, champion jumps trainer for the past nine years, has nominated Nichols Canyon and Shaneshill to the three-mile race over National Fences at Percy Warner Park on Saturday, May 14. Expected to ride Nichols Bay is champion jockey Ruby Walsh.

Iroquois Offers Plenty of Options to Enjoy the Race on May 14th, 2016

Iroquois Offers Plenty of Options to Enjoy the Race on May 14th, 2016

The Iroquois Steeplechase will enjoy 75 years on May 14, celebrating more than seven decades of Music City’s annual celebration of time-honored traditions, Tennessee hospitality and Southern fashions. Held the second Saturday of May each year at Percy Warner Park, the event attracts more than 25,000 spectators to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles on a three-mile turf track.

Though the scene is packed with excitement and buzzing with excited guests, there’s no shortage of options where those tens of thousands of people can enjoy the races. Fans have as many options as ever to plant their seat, including the following availabilities for 2016 (as of April 1, 2016):

 

75th Iroquois Steeplechase: Fast Facts About Nashville's Rite Of Spring

75th Iroquois Steeplechase: Fast Facts About Nashville's Rite Of Spring

The Iroquois Steeplechase is an iconic sporting event that has been Nashville's rite of spring since 1941, attracting tens of thousands of spectators to watch the best horses and riders in the world race over hurdles on a three-mile turf track! See below for fast facts about #TNSteeplechase: 

Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge Offers Nearly $1 Million in Winnings

Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge Offers Nearly $1 Million in Winnings

The Brown Advisory Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge can now boast one of the largest payouts of any steeplechase event in the world: any horse to complete the Challenge would earn nearly a million dollars.

The Brown Advisory Challenge is straightforward: win Nashville’s Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes on May 14th and the Group 1 Ryanair World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March 2017. Both are three-mile races on turf over fences. Between the two purses and the $500,000 bonus, total winnings would exceed approximately $960,000.

Steeplechasing's Rich History [National Steeplechase Association]

Steeplechasing's Rich History [National Steeplechase Association]

American steeplechasing traces its lineage to Ireland, but owes its life to nine men from New York. August Belmont, H. DeCourcy Forbes, Samuel S. Howland, James O. Green, Frederick Gebhard, A.J. Cassatt, Foxhall P. Keene, John G. Follansbee and Frederick H. Prince founded the National Steeplechase Association. The purposes of the organization, according to the original charter dated February 15, 1895, have changed little.

Those men created an association to keep records; govern, promote and hold races; advance steeplechasing throughout the United States; license individuals and race meetings. 

Spawned from the foxhunting field, jump racing had occurred earlier, but never under such sanction. Meets took place on Long Island and in northern New Jersey before spreading south to the Carolinas and Tennessee.