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April 23, 2024

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Giddy Up to Steeplechase

The 75th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase is Saturday, May 14, and there's something fun for kids, too!

It’s “Nashville’s Rite of Spring Since 1941” — the annual Iroquois Steeplechase! Saturday, May 14 marks the 75th anniversary of this fun equestrian event and social gathering benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Steeple Stick Horse

Kids participating in the popular stick horse race. This year’s winner will get a $100 gift card to Phillips Toy Mart.

Aside from the seven horse races, the Iroquois Steeplechase also features a Family Area with games and activities for ages 12 and younger.

Kids 12 and younger will want to get in on the popular stick horse race sponsored by Phillips Toy Mart. The winning child gets a $100 gift card to the specialty toy shop, and his/her parents will get $100 to Maggiano’s Little Italy!

NP-Brooklyn Morley

Brooklyn Morley, the 2016 Iroquois Steeplechase Child Ambassador.

Each year, the Steeplechase selects a child in the community whose life has been touched by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The 2016 Child Ambassador for the event is Brooklyn Morley of Spring Hill. The Chapman’s Retreat Elementary School second grader was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 2 years old. She received two years of treatment at Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She’s currently in remission from the childhood cancer today.

Gates open at 8 a.m., and the first race is at 1 p.m. General admission is $20 adults, free ages 12 and younger. Call 800-619-4802 or visit

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