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Keep Calm and Ride on at Nissan Chukkers for Charity polo match

The 17th annual 2013 Nissan Chukkers for Charity polo match and car show will be Saturday, Sept. 7 at Riverview Farm in Franklin. Gates open at 1 p.m. for tailgaters, 2 p.m. for patrons and the match begins at 3 p.m. 
The event benefits the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up! – both nonprofit organizations that serve individuals with disabilities by providing programs for adults and children, respectively.
“We appreciate the support of our sponsors, especially our title sponsor Nissan, and of all those who attend Chukkers for Charity,” said Rochelle Center President Debbie Chadwick and Saddle Up! Executive Director Cheryl Scutt in a joint statement. 
“Their support plus the leadership of our event chairs and the ongoing generosity of Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram to open their farm for this event consistently make Chukkers for Charity both a fun event and excellent fundraiser.”
The event salutes Britain’s role in spreading polo – nicknamed the Sport of Kings – around the world and popularizing it from India to Argentina.
The polo match will feature furiously fast action on horseback, guest celebrities, a classic car show, silent auction and multiple other activities that make this event a standout.
This year’s polo match will be between AutoWeek and Bendabout Farm. Television celebrity and creator of “America’s Most Wanted” John Walsh will be returning to Nashville to play on the AutoWeek team in his second Chukkers for Charity match. 
Also, the Bendabout Farm team will feature two top rated polo celebrities – Julio Arellano, one of the highest rated American players, and Gillian Johnson, the top rated high goal woman player and sponsor. 
The match will be U.S.A. vs. Britain, a theme that goes back to World War II Britain when the “Keep Calm and Carry On” mantra helped the English get through World War II bombings. 
Polo is the heart of the event. The match takes place on a standard polo field, which can hold nine football fields. Players compete in periods called “chukkers.” They also switch horses during the match because polo requires both great speed and endurance from horses. Action is quick and requires top-level skills from both riders and horses.
But Chukkers for Charity has something for everyone from the classic car show to stick horse races for children, in which all children win ribbons for their efforts. A silent auction, petting zoo, patrons’ tent party and colorful – and hotly competitive – cabana decorating contest add to the fun, as does the polo tradition of “stomping of the divots” by attendees during halftime. The festivities begin with a moving presentation of colors by Saddle Up! riders and Rochelle Center clients, culminating with a release of homing pigeons at the end.
Chukkers for Charity is open to the public. Reservations are required. Patrons’ reservations range from $175 a person or $1,750 for a table for 10 to $200 a person or $2,000 for a table for 10. Cabanas for tailgaters are $300 for six guests, with two additional guests allowed at $50 each. More information about the event and reservations are available at
Mary Kate Brown, Lisa McInturff and Linda Moore are this year’s event Co-Chairs. Honorary Co-Chairs are Cathy Stewart Brown and Lexie Armstrong. James Armstrong leads the polo match planning. Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram host the event at their Riverview Farm.
Rochelle Center, founded in 1972, is a non-profit agency offering outcome-based day supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they strive to be self-reliant in our community.  Meaningful day supports provide continuing personal individualized training in the areas of self-determination, communication, recreation and sensory stimulation in The Developmental Supports program.  The Production Center offers employment opportunities both on and off campus with individual job training and skills as they progress along the continuum to supported community employment and eventual independence.
Saddle Up!  is Middle Tennessee’s oldest and largest organization offering equine assisted activities and therapies, and it is the only one exclusively serving children and youth with disabilities. Our mission is to provide children and youth with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational programs. Since incorporating in 1991, Saddle Up! has served almost 1,100 children, provided more than 42,000 hours of services, and cared for more than 110 noble horses who served our program.  In 2012, we had 4,500+ hours of service to nearly 190 riders, clients and students. We deliver our programs with a dedicated corps of 500-plus volunteers, 7 full-time and 24-part time staff members, and our “horse staff” of 27 amazing equines who make our programs work.

Posted on: 9/4/2013


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