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Chukkers For Charity


By India Mayer; photos by Brenda Black

The 21st annual Chukkers for Charity polo match pitted the Nissan and AshBlue teams on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Riverview Farm in Franklin, Tenn. The signature event returned with the theme “Up, Up & Away!” to raise funds for Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!

Both teams featured local favorite players, with the Nissan team including Virginia Ingram, Orrin Ingram, Wes Finlayson and James Armstrong. The AshBlue team members were Lexie Armstrong, Zulu Scott-Barnes, Whistle Uys and Stevie Orthwein. Each team boasted two top amateur players and two professional players competing for the Chukkers for Charity trophy. In addition, this was the first Chukkers for Charity polo match to have a father and daughter playing together and a husband and wife competing against one another. Orrin Ingram, host of the event played with his daughter Virginia Ingram, who was awarded the Best Player trophy after the match as part of the winning Nissan team. James and Lexie Armstrong played a tough match on opposite teams – James on the Nissan team and Lexie on AshBlue. Whistle Uys’s horse Grace Kelly was presented with Tennessee Equine Hospital’s Best Playing Horse award.

The charity event also featured a Classic Car Show, a silent auction, and a Stick Horse race for the children. Winners of the Classic Car Show were: first place, Jim Moran’s 1957 Triumph; second place, Mike Gillespie’s 1974 Porche 914; third place, Debbie Curtiss’ 1966 Corvette.

The gates for Chukkers for Charity opened at 1 p.m. for tailgaters and 2 p.m. for patrons. The opening ceremony was held at 2:45 p.m. with Christopher Sprankle singing the National Anthem. Christopher (21) has sung the National Anthem for Chukkers for Charity since he was 8 years old, and has lived and worked on Riverview Farm all his life. The polo match began at 3 p.m., and following the polo match, the Patrons’ Dinner began at 6:15 p.m.

Chukkers for Charity is annually hosted by Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram at their Riverview Farm, 1475 Moran Road in Franklin, Tenn. For more information, visit and facebook:

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