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 more than $10 million from Iroquois Steeplechase proceeds to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and
contribute to various other deserving organizations.
Aloompa | Athens Paper | Christine A. Moore Millinery
Coca-Cola | ExVoto Vintage | Gus Mayer | Kentucky Downs
King's Chapel | J.P. Morgan | Macy's at Green Hills | Maggiano's Little Italy
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Wade; Ms. DeeDee Wade | Mr. Lowry Watkins Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. | Nashville Lifestyles | Nashville Sports Council Phillips Toy Mart | Private Edition | Sam's Place - Belle Meade
The Houghland Foundation
Special Credits To:
Agile Ticketing | Belle Meade Plantation | Brantley Sound Associates | Dillard's | Event Logistics, Inc. | Mr. Webb McQuiddy
Royal Restrooms | Sheridan Public Relations
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 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle race at Cheltenham in March AND the Grade 1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes in May (...or vice versa, within a 12‐month period).
As Irish-bred Rawnaq, winner of the Iroquois race in May 2016, was eliminated from the competition due to an injury, the Challenge began its second year with a new title sponsor -- local private equity firm TVV Capital -- the first leg of which took place with the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham on March 16.
Irish horse and jockey duo Nichols Canyon and Ruby Walsh, respectively, pulled ahead at the end to win the Hurdle race, and all eyes are now on trainer Willie Mullins in hopes that he will make a return trip to Nashville this May for another go at the bonus.
The TVV-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.
TVV Capital is a Nashville-based private equity firm that acquires and grows businesses in the manufacturing, distribution and service industries across the Eastern United States. The hallmarks of TVV Capital companies are strong management teams, consistent profitability, a defensible market niche, and an identifiable growth path, either through organic, internal growth or through acquisition.
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.
Look for the following vendors in the 2017 Iroquois Shoppes (more coming soon!)
Belle Meade Proper | Fine Taste Club | Franklin Cigar | Iroquois Boutique | NFocus | RIDETV | vineyard vines
Transportation & Lodging
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.
The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Music City’s annual celebration of the time-honored traditions for 76 years, and with that comes plenty of pageantry and rituals. Among those traditions is the selection of a Featured Artist by the Volunteer State Horsemen’s Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind the Steeplechase.