The Iroquois Steeplechase, dubbed "Nashville's Rite of Spring since 1941", attracts more than 25,000 spectators annually who come to view the world’s best Thoroughbred horses and riders as they jump over hurdles and run on one of the world’s best turf tracks. Held at Percy Warner Park on the second Saturday in May, this iconic sporting event is Music City's annual celebration of time‐honored traditions, with race fans wearing larger than life hats and dressing to impress as they enjoy Tennessee hospitality. The Iroquois Steeplechase is run by the nonprofit, 501c3 organization, The Volunteer State Horsemen's Foundation (VSHF). The VSHF produces a world-class event which supports various deserving causes, including Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, which has received more than $10 million from the VSHF since being designated its primary beneficiary in 1981.
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