Insta-Faves: Iroquois Steeplechase

Now in its 75th year, the running of the Iroquois Steeplechase is one of Tennessee’s most sacred traditions (not to mention a personal favorite of Reese’s).

Officially, it’s about the horses, who are trained to clear hurdles with panache. But like many Southern rites, the pasture race, held every May at Percy Warner Park, is as much about the fashion. Wide-brimmed hats, flirty sundresses, flower prints, and classic fabrics like eyelet and seersucker rival what’s worn at Derby Day—hey, maybe even Easter Sunday. And the outfits pair so well with passed ham biscuits, chicken salad, and generous pourings of Tennessee Whiskey.

This year’s race day, which took place on Saturday, started off overcast. But by the time Rawnaq, an American horse many considered an underdog, stole the spotlight to win the race, the sun was shining brightly and the merriment was in full force.

In case you missed it, scroll on down to see our favorite Instas from #tnsteeplechase, and start planning your trip for next year.

And here come the hounds! #tnsteeplechase

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The annual Steeplechase tradition never disappoints…

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