Horse lovers and party lovers are invited to enjoy a warm, spring Sunday afternoon at the Tennessee Grand Prix at Brownland Farm. The event is hosted by the Williamson County/Franklin Chamber of Commerce and Brownland Farm and sponsored by Tennessee Equine Hospital and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
Haute hats, southern spring wear and the latest fashions are synonymous with the Iroquois Steeplechase
The Iroquois Steeplechase is the premier spring race in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring – typically attracting more than 25,000 spectators.
The Iroquois Steeplechase celebrates another year as partners with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and recognizes Parker Logan, 2011 Steeplechase child ambassador
Since 1981, the Iroquois Steeplechase has partnered with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and raised more than $9 million for the hospital.
Iroquois Steeplechase Set for May 14, 2011
It all began in 1936 when Marcellus Frost suggested to John Sloan, Sr. that a hillside in Warner Parks would make a perfect location for an equestrian racecourse. It was several years later that President Franklin Roosevelt, through the Works Progress Administration, granted permission for a three-mile course to be built. In 1941, the first running of The Iroquois Steeplechase took place.
Wine, cheese, and the Eiffel Tower are probably the first three things that might come to mind upon mentioning France or “French”. Though these are common French trademarks, unbeknownst to many, the horse is a French adoration as well.
Texas was Mexico before it was Texas. Spanish settlers brought horses and cattle to Mexico some 400 years ago. In Spain, cattle were not allowed to roam free because space was limited. However, in the vastness of the New World, they were set free to graze and reproduce.
Round-hoof’d, short-jointed, fetlocks shag and long, broad breast, full eye,
small head and nostril wide, high crest, short ears, straight legs and passing
strong, thin mane, thick mane, broad buttock, tender hide: look, what a horse
should have he did mot lack, save a proud rider on so proud a back.
Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
Nothing is more marvelous than sitting at a little table in the gathering dusk in the Piazza di San Marco, the guest of the six golden-bronze horses prancing away-to paradise. Then you know you are in the presence of the most immaculately beautiful creatures on the earth.
Just completed in 2010, the Pôle International du Cheval in Deauville, Normandy, France is a world-class equestrian facility. Deauville, the horse-hot spot of France, can now further its prestigious equestrian tradition via its multiple facilities and specialized accommodations for horses and riders.
The Western genre is set in the American West (trans-Mississippi including Mexico and Canada) during the time period from 1803 to 1915, though the end of the American Civil War in 1865 to the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 is more common.