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.