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.

Henry Hooker

2015 Inductee

Henry Hooker served as Race Chairman from 1991 to 2008, and also was a supporter of its beneficiary, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. It was his wife Alice who in 1981 suggested that the Children's Hospital become the charitable beneficiary of the race meeting. Since then, the Iroquois has raised nearly $10 million for the Children's Hospital. Hookers association with the sport of steeplechasing is national in scope, having served as chairman of board of the National Steeplechase Association from 200 through 2006. "Henry has been a visionary of the Iroquois Steeplechase for years, helping us take our event and transform it into something spectacular," said Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee. "It's with great enthusiasm that we name Henry to the Iroquois Steeplechase Hall of Fame. He is truly one of the giants upon whose shoulders the Iroquois has been built."