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Compassionate community partners like you are critical to our mission of improving the lives of those who need us.
— Dr. Jeffrey R. Balser, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Without the generosity of our partners who support the Iroquois Steeplechase and our mission, we wouldn’t be able to produce a world‐class event that draws 25,000 people to watch the best horses and riders in the country.

With the help of our partners’ support, The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation has been able to donate $10 million from Iroquois Steeplechase proceeds to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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Presented 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'sMaggiano'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


Iroquois Shoppes

Bring your wallet, because you don’t want to miss our special shopping areas! Patrons have the opportunity to shop for steeplechase styles on race day in our Iroquois Shoppes, a tented retail experience.

Located in the Hospitality Village area and accessible from all areas, guests can add to their outfit, purchase something for next year, or pick up a cigar. There’s official Iroquois Steeplechase merchandise, too--be sure to pick up a special memento for the 2017 Iroquois Steeplechase.

Thanks to the following vendors for participating in the Iroquois Shoppes in 2016:

Barn Girl Jewelry | LeafFilter Gutter Protection | Equine Impressions | Lincoln-Kelly, LLC| Hats by Katie | CQ Luxe | Unity Chiropractic | Mister Hats | Blend Bar with Davidoff Cigars | TAJ et cie | vineyard vines | Peter Nappi | Iroquois Boutique | Nfocus | Franklin Cigar | Planet H2O | Belle Meade Proper | BeautyKind | Jessica's Cupcake Co. | Macy's The Mall at Green Hills | NASH Boutique | Allen Edmonds | The Wreath Stand

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National Steeplechase Association

The Iroquois Steeplechase is part of the National Steeplechase Association, the official sanctioning body of U.S. steeplechase racing. It is the guiding hand of this proud sport’s legacy very seriously, and is dedicated to preserving its tradition and history in the 21st century.

Based in Fair Hill, Maryland, the National Steeplechase Association licenses participants, approves race courses, trains officials, coordinates race entries, enforces rules, compiles an official database, and oversees the national marketing of the sport.

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Cheltenham Challenge


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 the Group 1 Ryanair 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).

As Irish-bred Rawnaq was named winner of the Iroquois race on May 14, 2016, the racing community anxiously awaits an announcement of owner Irv Naylor's decision to have his winning horse compete at Cheltenham next March.

The Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge looks to reignite the cross‐Atlantic rivalry that has been a part of steeplechase racing through history, and this challenge is a significant one. 


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