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Hearts & Hooves provides equine assisted activities to persons with disabilities and is located in Sherwood AR, just outside of the Little Rock/North Little Rock city limits. Hearts & Hooves enriches the lives of people with disabilities through partnership with the horse.
The first ever Little Rock Polo Classic benefiting Hearts & Hooves took place on September 13 at Windrush Farm in Little Rock. The weather was cool and beautiful, and more than 250 spectators attended the event, including a sold out VIP section, General Admission and Tailgaters. Windrush Home Team (Stuart Irby, Rebecca Clark, both of Little Rock, and Martin Estrada, of Palm Beach, FL) took home the championship, in a close game with the Windrush Away Team (Midge Ellison, Alfredo Guerreno and Juan Valerdi, all of Memphis, TN). We were lucky to have some highly-rated players come out for this match--not only for the celebrity status, but because it made Little Rock's first polo match even more exciting!
The event, which blew away it's $20,000 goal to raise close to $30,000 for Hearts & Hooves (WOW!), also included a Best Dressed Lady contest (sponsored by Barbara Jean) and a Best Dressed Gentleman Contest (sponsored by The Independent). A Best Dressed Kid was also named. While hats, linen suits and stylish dresses were the norm through the VIP tent and General Admission seating, the Tailgating section had a spirit all it's own, with a highly competitive "best tailgate" contest bringing out banners, matching t-shirts, tables, flowers and lots of spectators in lawn chairs, blankets and truck beds cheering spiritedly at the match.
Among the 23 sponsors listed in the program were 3 who sponsored the beverages in the VIP tent: Stella Artois, known to sponsor polo events across the country, O'Looney's, who sponsored the champagne divot stomp as well as all of the wine for the event, and Rocktown Distillery, who was responsible for the very popular signature cocktail, the Polo On the Rocks. Hearts & Hooves and The Little Rock Polo Classic want to give a very big thanks to all of this year's sponsors and guests... the event was successful because of your charitable gifts!
Picnics were common in General Admission The VIP tent fit 200 guests
Eddie Crummer and Robert Bullington of Pale Horse played after the match... great music!
The signature drink was served in souvenir cups This was taken as the white team scored a goal!
The champagne divot stomp, sponsored by O'Looneys
2 players battle for the ball This beautiful peice by Bob Crane is being raffled (drawing 10/25)
Marin Estrada canters downfield as a chukkar ends
Southern Wholesale Florists has generously donated a $500 Apple gift card towards the purchase of an ipad or other apple device to a rider or volunteer who helps Hearts & Hooves sell tickets to Hoedown!
This contest, which kicked off Friday, September 19th is straightforward: if you're a rider or volunteer at Hearts & Hooves who sells at least one ticket to Hoedown, you're entered into the drawing for this prize. For every 5 tickets you sell, your name is entered again. Your name is entered 2 times if you sell a complete table, or 5 more times if you find a $1,000 or above sponsor for Hoedown. The more you sell, the greater your chances, but even if you sell just one ticket... you still have a chance! The only caveat: the ticket buyer has to tell us it was YOU who told them about Hoedown (on the memo line of the check, by phone or email, or in the "notes" section if paying on this website with paypal). We'll keep track of the rest in the office. :)
Ipads are a wonderful educational tool in classrooms across the country, and are commonly used by people with speech difficulties as a communication tool (with the right app, this can be a cost-effective solutuion to a more expensive speech device). Of course, not all people have the same needs, or may want an ipad at all... so we were so pleased when Apple agreed to donate a gift card in leiu of an ipad, so that our lucky rider or volunteer may purchase what (s)he would like.
We hope this contest will encourage a LOT of ticket sales for the 14th Annual Hoedown on October 25th here at Hearts & Hooves... The Hoedown is Hearts & Hooves' signature fundraiser, and generates a lot of money that helps to fund our operations for the year. We hope by pulling in more riders and volunteers to help us get the word out, this event will be the biggest and best yet!
Thank you, Southern Wholesale Florists!