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.

Austin Brown

2008 Inductee

Austin Brown rode in his first Iroquois in 1943 at age 16 and finished fourth. He rode in his last Iroquois in 1958 and finished sixth. In between, he rode in 12 others, winning three times, in 1947 and 1948 on his own horse “Bluish”, and in 1954 on Harry Nichols’ “Ginny Bug”. He finished in second place twice, third place twice and fourth place three times. He finished unplaced three times and fell once. In total, he rode in 14 Iroquois races. Brown also rode in seven Marcellus Frost races, winning four times, finishing in second place twice and falling once. He rode in the Mason Houghland Memorial Timber race four times, winning once, finishing in second place twice and unplaced once. He rode in the flat race three times with no wins, but earned one second and two fourth place finishes. He rode in a total of 28 races overall, winning eight times, finishing in second place seven times, third place two times, fourth place four times, five times unplaced and falling twice. Since retiring from riding, Austin still returns to the Iroquois as a spectator. He has also served at the Iroquois as a steward and a television commentator. To these responsibilities, he has brought the integrity that characterized his career as a horseman.