Middle Tennessee is never short on charitable events and fund-raisers. Some are quite ordinary, raffles, golf tournaments and wine-tastings, and some are exceptional and distinctive. All benefit worthy recipients, and all contribute to living a charmed life in middle Tennessee by offering the opportunity to get involved in the community and giving back from our abundance of blessings.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to join friends at the 13th Annual Chukkers for Charity Polo Match at the home of Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram, Riverview Farm. Besides the Ralph Lauren logo, I didn’t know very much about Polo before the event. Now I can brag I‘m as good a divot stomper as any spectator!
The day was gorgeous, sunny and bright with a slight breeze from the northwest. The crowds were friendly, gracious and welcoming, proudly displaying their cabana decorations, sharing fried chicken and brioche, and offering iced libations to any thirsty soul. The field was immense, 10 acres of beautifully cared for lawn, zoysia I believe. The “ponies” were exquisite (and so many of them, a minimum of 24 per team). The players were skillful at the game, riding, strategy and anticipation. The speed and athletic abilities of both the rider and horse were spectacular. It was fast-paced, dangerous, and exciting all at the same time.
Make your plans now to attend next year, and don't forget to pack a lawn chair, cold water and your check book. Besides admission, there is a silent auction and other vendors. The event proceeds benefited the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up, both highly regarded organizations established to support developmentally challenged children and adults.
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Tennessee is home to 5 polo clubs, with 2 being in middle Tennessee, Franklin and Nashville. Everyone is invited to come play or take lessons. Check out the website www.franklinpoloclub.com.
For 30 years the Rochelle Center has served persons with developmental disabilities and their families, creating opportunities to develop new skills, enhance independence and increase acceptance as valued members of our community. For more information or to donate, check out www.rochellecenter.org.
Saddle Up is a non-profit recreational therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities. For more information or to donate, check out www.saddleupnashville.org.
For more information on Tennessee’s premier Polo event, check out www.chuckersforcharity.net.