history

The Iroquois Steeplechase has been Nashville's rite of spring since 1941, a time-honored tradition of Middle Tennesseans for seven decades. Its rich history dates back to the pasture races in Middle Tennessee during the 1930s, creating a legacy that resonates within the Nashville community.

Albert Leo Menefee, III

2019 Inductee

Husband, father, and friend, he will be remembered for his faith, kindness, and a fondness for creatures large and small. He was never more content than when working outdoors on his farm, in the hunt field, or on the Iroquois Race Curse. He was an accomplished equestrian, drawn to the thrill and traditions of fox hunting. He hunted with the Hillsboro Hounds for forty years before establishing his own pack of hounds, The Cedar Knob Hounds, hunting his family acres in Giles County, Tennessee.

Albert served on the board of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, The Sportsman's Alliance, The Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, and The Boy Scouts of America, bringing those connections to the Iroquois.

Albert was an indispensable fixture with the Iroquois, from his years as Starter for the Midwest Hunt Race Association, to serving on the Race Committee, and the grounds for the big day, and supervising the operations of the day, for over two decades.

The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation is pleased and proud to induct Albert Menefee, III into the Iroquois Steeplechase Hall of Fame.