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Nashville, Tenn. – Ironhorse Farms and Lo Key Ranch will compete at this year’s 26th annual Chukkers for Charity polo match at Orrin Ingram’s Riverview Farm on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The signature event returns with the theme “Journey into the Wild” where guests will enjoy safari-inspired décor and themes throughout the match to raise funds for Rochelle Center and Saddle Up! Both teams boast local favorite players, with the Ironhorse Farms team including Aaron Barrett, Wes Finlayson, Orrin Ingram, and captain, Armando Huerta, and the Lo Key Ranch team including Dan Lantham, Zulu Scott-Barnes, Augustine Lorea, and captain, Stevie Orthwein.

Captain of Ironhorse Farms’ team, Armando Huerta, has more than 25 years of professional experience in the sport of polo and a plethora of successes throughout the Southeastern region winning both of Tennessee’s highest rated tournaments last year: The USAP Sportsmanship Cup and The USPA Intra Circuit. Huerta is one of the top-rated polo pony trainers in the world.

Armando Huerta - Chukkers for Charity Event Franklin, TN.

Armando Huerta

Captain of Lo Key Ranch’s team, Steve Orthwein, is a third-generation polo player with roots in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2002 he won the National Intercollegiate Championship while attending UVA. Stevie has also been a three-time member of the U.S. Polo Team that competed in the 1998, 2005 and 2008 FIP World Championships. In 2019 and 2020 Stevie captained the Old Hickory Bourbon team that competed in the U.S. Open Polo Championship.

The gates open at 1 p.m. for tailgaters and 2 p.m. for sponsors and patrons. The opening ceremony will be held at 2:45 p.m. with the polo match beginning at 3 p.m. The Patrons Dinner is provided at half time and will begin at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Please visit for more information.

Steve Orthwein - Chukkers for Charity Event Franklin, TN.

Steve Orthwein

This year’s co-chairs for the 2022 event are Nina Lindley and Kandis Bates, who are avid volunteers for the event and charities. Sponsors include Huron Transaction Advisory; Land Rover Nashville, part of Andrews Transportation Group; MODE Properties; West Glow Farm; Lipman Brothers – R.S. Lipman; Ironhorse Farms; Lo Key Ranch; Barrett Meadows Farm; Jackie and Barry Alexander; Blackbird Media; Cetera; LBMC; Secure Air Charter; The Sieveking Family; Tennessee Equine Hospital; Williamson Medical Center; Associated Terminals/Turn Services; Bank of America Private Bank; Brentwood Capital Advisors; Brown-Forman Corporation; Duke Design Group; Engel & Völkers; Grove Park; Ortale Kelley; Publix Super Markets Charities; Regions Bank; Turnip Truck; Waller; Ingram Entertainment Inc.; Lithographics; Nashville Geek; Outdoor Classic Structures; PMC; and Franklin Polo Academy.



In 1968, long time area educator W.R. Rochelle, began the foundation for the agency to offer support for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. These supports would enhance skills necessary for these individuals to become as independent as possible in our community. Today’s Rochelle Center continues that mission with community integration, employment, in addition to residential services. For more information, call 615.254.0673 or visit


Saddle Up!’s mission is to provide children and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses. Saddle Up! is a year-round program that will serve nearly 180 children/young adults this year. Saddle Up! is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the region, and the only one exclusively serving children and young adults who have disabilities. We are a Premier Center accredited by PATH International, the organization that sets the standards for safety and quality in equine assisted programs.

Photo credit: Brenda Black.