Last weekend, NVTRP hosted the 10th annual Ride to Thrive Polo Classic at Chetwood Park in The Plains, VA.
The program’s largest fundraiser of the year was a huge success and raised over $125,000, besting last year’s total by 20%.
The 579 guests and volunteers in attendance were treated to a beautiful afternoon of polo, food and drinks. Special events included a carriage demonstration by Piedmont Driving Club, the Color Guard of St. Andrew’s Society of Washington, DC accompanied by NVTRP military riders and a therapeutic riding demonstration by Cesar and Jack.
New to the event this year were emcee Will Thomas, an award-winning veteran news anchor, and musician Pete Baker, who provided live music during the awards celebration.
Thank you to the lead sponsors: AmerisourceBergen, AT&T, BidLion, Divot Charities, ITCon, MEBS Global Reach, Peterson Family Foundation, Ted Britt Ford, Washington Financial Group, Woodlawn Construction and Wounded Warriors Family Support.
A special thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated items to the live and silent auctions. More than $41,000 was raised due to your kindness and generosity.
This event would not be possible without the help of an amazing group of volunteers. More than 80 people came out to Chetwood Park last Saturday and countless others have donated their time and skills over the last few months to make this a success… Thank you!!
The Ride to Thrive Polo Classic benefits NVTRP’s mission to provide equine-assisted activities to children and adults with disabilities, youth-at-risk, military service personnel and their families. All proceeds are used to subsidize lessons for NVTRP riders and assist with general operations at the farm.
Photograph by Jordan Koepke Photography