25TH ANNUAL CHUKKERS FOR CHARITY POLO MATCH SUPPORTING LOCAL CHILDREN, YOUTH AND ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES
Funds benefit Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The 25th annual Chukkers for Charity polo match on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Riverview Farm in Franklin, Tenn. raised over $200,000 to benefit Rochelle Center’s services to adults with disabilities making them as independent as possible in our community and to Saddle Up!’s equine-based activities offered to children and young adults with disabilities.
Chukkers for Charity brings attention to these two important charities and the tireless work they do every day to better the lives of those they serve.
“This year’s event was incredible,” said Debbie Chadwick, president of Rochelle Center. “From our generous sponsors, selfless volunteers, supportive media partners, patrons, tailgaters and so much more, I am proud of this event and so grateful for the continued support of our programs and the programs at Saddle Up!”
Executive Director of Saddle Up! Audrey Kidd added, “Orrin Ingram’s 25 years of support of Chukkers for Charity couldn’t have been more aptly celebrated than with this glorious day at Riverview Farm. The weather, the setting, and the exceptional play created an event to remember. Our guests loved the new private cabana set up where everyone got a front row seat for the action. Of course, no event is possible without creative co-chairs, a hard-working committee, generous sponsors, and a devoted army of volunteers. Everyone impacted by the work of Saddle Up! and Rochelle Center is so grateful.”
Guests were treated to country star Layla Tucker singing the National Anthem followed by Saddle Up! riders mounted on their therapy horses who participated in the opening ceremony. Rochelle Center participants also attended the match and mingled with guests throughout the afternoon.
Sponsors for the event included Crescent Real Estate and Canyon Ranch as Patrons Sponsor, West Glow Farm as Field Sponsor, Lo Key Ranch and Ironhorse Farms as Team Sponsors and Franklin Polo Academy as Technical Sponsor. Other sponsors included Engle & Volkers Nashville, Regions Bank, Turnip Truck, Deloitte, Lipman Bros. ~ R.S. Lipman Company, Barrett Meadows Farm, Andrews Transportation Group, LBMC, The Sieveking Family, Williamson Medical Center, Tennessee Equine Hospital, Jackie and Barry Alexander, Associated Terminals / Turn Services, Brentwood Capital Advisors, D’Andrews Bakery & Café, Ingram Entertainment, Inc., Lithographics, Nashville Geek, Ortale Kelley, Outdoor Classic Structures, Publix Super Markets Charities and Waller.
The competing teams included Ironhorse Farms and Lo Key Ranch. Ironhorse Farms’ team was led by captain Armando Huerta, along with Orrin Ingram, Lexie Armstrong and Wes Finlayson. Lo Key Ranch’s team included Bayard Erb, Cesar Rangel, Zulu Scott-Barnes and captain Stevie Orthwein. Both team captains have a plethora of wins and achievements, making this match a competitive one, but team Ironhorse Farms won in the end.