Local Celebrities and Artists to Create Steeplechase Horse Art

Nashville celebrities and artists put creative spin on horse art to be auctioned online and during Jockey Club Pre-Event Party

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 26, 2011– The Iroquois Steeplechase has added an art auction featuring local celebrities and artists’ creative interpretations of horses to this year’s mix of fundraising festivities.

Sixteen Nashville-based artists and celebrities will paint wooden horses, each approximately 18 inches long, that will be auctioned online, May 1-15. Two of the painted horses will be auctioned at the Jockey Club Party on May 13 at Percy Warner Park.

“This is a new fundraising event for Steeplechase and the support from local artists and celebrities is so generous.  These will truly be one-of-a-kind pieces that anyone has the opportunity to purchase, and best of all it’s for a great cause,” said Libby Cheek, executive director for the Iroquois Steeplechase. 

Among those creating art for the online auction include country music sensations Little Big Town, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Heidi Newfield, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, The Nashville Predators and clothier to the stars Manuel, as well as local artists Phil Ponder, Myles Maille, Joseph “PePe” Presley, Kathryn Dettwiller, Lain York and Doug Regen. 

Iroquois Steeplechase Child Ambassador Parker Logan and country artists Joey+Rory will create pieces to be auctioned at the Jockey Club Party.

The online auction begins on May 1 and closes on May 15.  To visit the online auction, go to the Steeplechase website at http://www.iroquoissteeplechase.org/. Tickets for the Jockey Club Party can be purchased for $125 per person.  For more information about the Jockey Club Party and art to be auctioned at the event, contact Libby Cheek at (615) 591-2991 or visit the Iroquois Steeplechase website.

About the Iroquois Steeplechase

Held on the second Saturday of every May at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park, the Iroquois Steeplechase is the premiere spring race in American steeplechasing and Music City’s traditional rite of spring – typically attracting more than 25,000 spectators. Since being designated in 1981 as the official charity of the Iroquois Steeplechase, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has received more than $9 million from the event proceeds. For information on advance ticket purchases, corporate and hospitality tents, and tailgating and RV spaces, visit www.iroquoissteeplechase.org or call 1-866-207-2391.

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Jeff Bradford/Natalie Townsend, the Bradford Group, 615.515.4888, info@bradfordgrp.com