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.

Marcellus Frost

2007 Inductee

The affable “Pops” Frost received permission from Edwin Warner to look around the Warner parks to locate places to put some jumps. The enthusiastic Frost, however, envisioned a Steeplechase course and had Mason Houghland enlist the aid of William du Pont, Jr. to design it. Mr. du Pont declared the site to be the most beautiful natural setting for a Steeplechase course he had ever seen in his life. Pops Frost’s vision came to fruition in 1941 with the inaugural running of the Iroquois Steeplechase. The event has since retained its original flavor, which draws huge crowds every year to this sporting event in Middle Tennessee.