Video of The Fine Art of Thomas Allen Pauly

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thomas Allen Pauly - A Great Day at the Iroquois Steeplechase

Art, Hats and Horses
Thomas Allen Pauly
The Official Artwork of The Iroquois Steeplechase: The Steeplechase
 ...It was an honor to be selected as the Official Artist of the 70th Iroquois Steeplechase. Many of my fellow artists that I have idolized throughout my career have captured the beauty and excitement of this prestigious sporting event. 

My oil painting titled The Steeplechase was auctioned off during Friday's Jockey Club Gala to assist the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The top bidder was Mrs. Calvin Houghland whose husband was the longtime Chairman of The Iroquois Steeplechase and the winning jockey of the 1943 running of the Iroquois.

This year's $150,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois (Grade 1) was won by last year's champion, Irvin S. Naylor's Tax Ruling, who withstood a challenge from Slip Away at the 18th and final hurdle at Percy Warner Park.  Trained by Brianne Slater and ridden by amateur rider Darren Nagle, who had three winners on Saturday, captured the spring season's richest hurdle race by five lengths.
Enjoying my First Iroquois Steeplechase

 Although it was cloudy and in the 60's, the rain held off until 5 minutes after the feature race. I shot hundreds of photos for future Iroquois Steeplechase posters. 

It was an awesome experience...

Getting Ready to Shoot the Iroquois
My Shot of the Final Hurdle in the Iroquois... The Winner,  #1 Tax Ruling

The Official Thomas Allen Pauly Iroquois Steeplechase Merchandise

A Happy Shopper

Signing my Iroquois Steeplechase Prints

Video - Hats and Horses at the Iroquois Steeplechase

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thomas Allen Pauly - Iroquois Steeplechase Official Artist


Work by award-winning artist to be offered at
Jockey Club pre-event party
 NASHVILLE, Tenn.,—  Award-winning and internationally-known equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly has been chosen as the featured artist for the 70th running of Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase. Pauly will create a commissioned piece to be offered at the invitation-only Jockey Club auction on Friday, May 13 – the day before the races run on Saturday, May 14. Pauly’s art will also be used in the design of various items such as t-shirts and prints that will be available for sale online and at the Steeplechase Boutique on race day.

In 2006, Churchill Downs selected Pauly as the “Official Portrait Artist of the Kentucky Derby.” His portrait of the legendary horse, Barbaro, was featured as the Derby’s Official Commemorative Print that same year.
We are eager to see what Thomas creates for the 70th running of the Iroquois,” said Libby Cheek, executive director for the Iroquois Steeplechase. “He has beautifully depicted some of the world’s most famous horses and jockeys.”
An associate member of the internationally acclaimed American Academy of Equine Art, Pauly recently was invited to have his second solo art exhibit at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY. Working primarily in oils and watercolors, Pauly’s paintings are known for their accuracy, energy and celebration of achievement.

Thomas Allen Pauly's “The Steeplechase” is the 2011 Iroquois Steeplechase featured artwork. This beautiful piece of art will be auctioned May 14th at the 2011 Jockey Club party. For more information or to make a bid, please email

Additional information can be found on Thomas Allen Pauly’s official 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 or call 1-866-207-2391.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Equine Art of Thomas Allen Pauly Benefits Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF)

The Fine Art of Racing and The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) will feature
the artwork of nationally renowned equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly at the Night of Silk
Derby Party, a live auction benefiting The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF)
on the evening May 7 at the Galt House hotel in Louisville, Ky.

Mr. Pauly, who returns to Churchill Downs for his solo art exhibit during the 2011
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, has donated this exclusive offering of a
personalized 20" x 24" oil portrait featuring a horse, jockey, and trainer or racing silks of
the top bidder's choice.

"Being an avid supporter of the PDJF," Pauly says. "I was honored when Nancy LaSala,
PDJF's President, asked me to contribute to the live auction. Jockeys have always played
an important part of my equestrian artwork. The Blank Canvas is a very unique item; it
will give the top-bidder the opportunity to personalize their own canvas. Wouldn't it be
wonderful if the winner of The Blank Canvas is also the owner, jockey or trainer of this
year's Derby champion," Pauly noted. "I bet I know which horse they would have

The event follows the Kentucky Derby, which will take place earlier in the day.
Legendary jockeys, past and present, including the Kentucky Derby 137 participants, will
attend the Night of Silk event as a show of solidarity and support and to raise awareness
and assist in raising funds for the PDJF.

For more information about The Blank Canvas, please contact PDJF at 630-595-7660, or Thomas Allen Pauly at 773-208-7801,
To order tickets for the Night of Silk Derby Party visit
link or call 800-775-7777.