Thousands Come Out For 77th Annual Iroquois Steeplechase

Posted at 5:44 PM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-12 21:23:54-04

It's a Spring tradition in Middle Tennessee, and the warm weather didn't slow down all the fun for the 77th Iroquois Steeplechase.

Tens of thousands of people look forward to the event each year, and many consider the Steeplechase the unofficial start of summer.

"This is like Nashville's beginning of the summer party. To me it's like Christmas," said Kav Spivey, of Nashville.

Even though it's technically still spring, you wouldn't be able to tell with the temperatures.

It peaked into the high 80s, but thankfully there was a breeze to keep the crowd cool. After the races, horses were dowsed in water and covered in ice to keep them cool. 

For those in attendance, it's all about southern fashion, fun, and spirits. It's not just women who enjoy wearing a nice hat, the men also came dressed to impress.

It's a fun time of people coming together, all in the name of tradition.

"It's a beautiful day and a beautiful event, enjoy a few drinks, a few cocktails," said Coco Kyriopiulos, of Belle Meade.

The Iroquois Steeplechase benefits The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

This year, Zanjabeel was the winner of the featured race, the Calvin Houghland Iroquois.