Saturday, June 1, marks the return of Middle Tennessee’s premier Olympic-style equestrian jumping competition with the 31st annual Music Country Grand Prix presented by Tractor Supply Company at Brownland Farm, 1155 Hillsboro Road, Franklin at 2:30 p.
“It is an honor to co-chair an event like this where not only is it an exhilarating competition, but it also benefits an organization with the stated mission of providing children with disabilities an opportunity to grow and succeed,” said Sarah Ingram, co-chair with Jennifer Pennington of the Music Country Grand Prix. “From the riders and the horses to the patrons and the volunteers, it is always a rewarding day for all involved.”
Patrons and spectators are invited to witness a contest of power and speed featuring former Olympians and Olympic-hopefuls from the United States and abroad, as well as young horses and riders, as they compete for a $50,000 purse.
Take in the competition from the Patrons’ Tent, a shady and spacious spot with a gourmet buffet and a specialty Jack Daniel Distillery cocktail. For more information or to reserve your table in the Patrons’ Tent online, visit www.musiccountrygrandprix.com.
In addition to the competition, guests are invited to partake in the silent auction featuring exciting items such as tickets to London on British Airways, a beautiful vacation home stay in Rosemary Beach, Fla., fine jewelry, special concert tickets and much more. Challenge your inner equestrian show-jumping skills at the People Prix, which features custom-made jumps created for children and kids at heart. General admission is $15; children 10 and under enter free.
Since 2005, the Music Country Grand Prix has benefited Saddle Up!, the only PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Middle Tennessee, changing the lives of children with disabilities through the power of horses.
“Saddle Up! provides much more than just an adaptive pony ride,” said Laurie Kush, executive director of Saddle Up! “Our horses, trained staff, physical, occupational and speech therapists, and over 500 volunteers work with our families to provide individualized lesson plans that target specific gains in mental and physical strength, confidence, focus, and self-worth.”
The sponsorship base for the Grand Prix has grown over the years to include many regional and national businesses. The event has raised more than $1.8 million over the past 30 years. Tractor Supply Company is proud to be the “Grand Champion” sponsor again this year.
Additional sponsors include Jackson National Life Insurance Company; Pinnacle Financial Partners; Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant; The Yellow Porch; AIG; Beaman Automotive Group; Brasfield & Gorrie; Kay and Richard Francis; Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC; HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health; Lipman Brothers ~ R.S. Lipman Company; Nutrena; Southern Land Company; Tennessee Titans; Wells Fargo; Grabbagreen; The Crichton Group; Crowe; Diversified Trust; Envision Healthcare; Franklin Horse Supply; Franklin Synergy Bank; Beth and Sam Harwell; Ingram Entertainment, Inc.; Lithographics; Market Street Enterprises; Jack Daniel Distillery; R.C. Mathews Contractor; Renasant Bank; Studio Bank; and Brownland Farm.
About Saddle Up!
Saddle Up! is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides therapeutic riding programs including Adaptive Riding, Therapy Services (including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy), Advanced Rider Equestrian Club, and Equine Assisted Learning, Interactive Vaulting, and Alumni Transitions Program. Since 1991, our programs, education and outreach have made a measurable impact in the lives of Middle Tennessee youth from 11 counties, with more than 50 types of documented disabilities. Saddle Up! is the largest and oldest Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Premier Accredited Center exclusively serving children and youth. Annually Saddle Up! serves more than 200 children who ride weekly, from age 2 through 24, year-round, at our 34-acre Saddle Up! farm in Franklin, Tenn. To learn more, please visit saddleupnashville.org.