The Iroquois Steeplechase is run by the nonprofit, 501c3 organization The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation who manages and produces a world-class event and promotes the sport and the spirit of steeplechasing throughout the community. Through its work and the Iroquois Steeplechase, the foundation also supports several local organizations by way of race proceeds.

Since being designated as one of our primary beneficiaries in 1981, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $10 million from The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation (VSHF) proceeds. The Iroquois Steeplechase staff, as well as the VSHF board, are involved with the hospital year-round--contributing time, supporting endowments and continuing the long-standing association of the event and the children. Learn more about the impact of the VSHF on the hospital in the 2017 Impact Report  here.

In addition, our organization supports other deserving non-profits and charities, such as Friends of Warner Parks. The VSHF pays special attention to the preservation of the Percy Warner Park grounds, and all improvements to the Iroquois Steeplechase grounds are paid for by the foundation from race proceeds. That maintenance provides year-round benefits and enhancements for the Equestrian Center at Percy Warner Park. For more details, please read the Friends of Warner Park Impact Report here.

The VSHF and its members are also deeply involved in the local community, chamber of commerce organizations and local and national sports organizations.


Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt


Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a freestanding 271-bed facility dedicated to serving only children, is nationally recognized as a leading provider of pediatric health care services. Experts treat and work to prevent all health issues ranging from common childhood conditions to serious, advanced diseases. Featuring Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders, Children’s Hospital also operates the region’s only level 1 pediatric trauma unit and a neonatal intensive care unit with the highest designated level of care. In addition, Children’s Hospital is a top-level teaching and research facility.  As a nonprofit organization, the hospital cares for children of Tennessee and surrounding states regardless of their ability to pay.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is again named among the top pediatric health care hospitals in U.S. News & World Report magazine's annual Best Children's Hospitals rankings. Children’s Hospital has been ranked every year by U.S. News since the inception of the publication’s pediatric rankings, now in its ninth year. Learn more on the hospital's website here, or download their fact sheet here.