Chukkers for Charity raises nearly $200K for local charities

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Nissan’s 23rd annual Chukkers for Charity polo match, themed “Divots & Downton: An afternoon of Polo & Poniesm” hypnotized guests on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Riverview Farm, hosted by Orrin Ingram. 

The signature event raised funds for Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!, featuring players from the U.S. and the British Commonwealth. This year, the event raised nearly $200,000 for the charities. 

The Ironhorse Farms team included Tim Kyne, Aaron Barrett, Wes Finlayson and Stevie Orthwein. The Colonial Hill Farm team included Lexie Armstrong, Zulu Scott-Barnes, Max Secunda and Whistle Uys. Team sponsors John and Crispin Menefee’s Ironhorse Farms and Eleanor Menefee Parkes’ Colonial Hill Farm created a bit of sibling rivalry, as the opposing farm owners John and Eleanor are brother and sister. 

Team Ironhorse Farms prevailed with a score of 6-5, and Stevie Orthwein was named the most valuable player. 

Attendees enjoyed the gorgeous day with a classic car show, cabana decorating contest, silent auction, petting zoo and the signature Jack Daniel’s “Mr. Jack’s Tea” cocktail. Additionally, patrons were served by The Daily Dish, with a menu featuring London chicken, classic English pork roast, buttered peas and carrots and roasted English style potatoes.

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