Music Country Grand Prix showcases equestrian athletes, helps SaddleUp! program


Music Country Grand Prix showcases equestrian athletes, helps SaddleUp! program

David Jennings, riding Caddie R. Terrific, was the champion on June 1 at the 2019 Music Country Grand Prix, held at Brownland Farm in Franklin on behalf of Saddle Up!, a locally based nonprofit that offers therapeutic horseback riding programs for disabled young people.

The crown is the second in the event for Jennings, who also was champion in 2016.

The event is Middle Tennessee’s premier Olympic-style equestrian jumping competition, and was co-chaired by Jennifer Pennington and Sarah Ingram.

Brownland Farm is off Hillsboro Road, just north of the Harpeth River and the Mack Hatcher extension construction site.

This was the 31st annual Music Country Grand Prix, once again presented by Tractor Supply Company.

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, Saddle Up!’s education and outreach programs 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 the 34-acre Saddle Up! farm west of Franklin.

To learn more, visit saddleupnashville.org.

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The color guard was a blend of law enforcement and military personnel. // Eric England
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The event has raised more than $2 million through the years for SaddleUp! and kids from the program got to participate in the event pageantry. // Eric England
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A SaddleUp! student enjoys the arena and the crowd. // Eric England
// Eric England
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The view from ringside gives audience members a great view of the muscled jumping horses and agile riders. // Eric England

 

 

 

 

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