Abi Spear representing Hastings Architecture Associates
For 29 years, the Tractor Supply Company's Music Country Grand Prix — benefiting Saddle Up, an equine-assisted program for children and adults with disabilities — was described as the best kept secret in Nashville. Now, over 1,000 attendees of all ages make their way to Sissie Anderton's beautiful Brownland Farm to partake in one of the premier show-jumping events in the nation. "This event features the type of riveting competition seen at the Olympics as participants contend for the $40,000 purse," explained co-chairs Sarah Ingram and Jennifer Pennington.
In addition to the breathtaking match-up and a significant silent auction, featuring one-of-a-kind trips and unique items, the Grand Prix includes a patrons tent with a scrumptious summer supper and a Jack Daniel's sponsored bar as well as a specially created People Prix — in which children can test their jumping abilities over custom-made jumps. Over 500 patrons sitting at rectangular tables covered in bright DayGlo cloths enjoyed a magnificent view of the tournament course while sipping on the signature drink — the Up and Over — made of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, sweet and sour mix and Sprite. To the delight of volunteers and supporters alike, the bountiful buffet was again presented by Puckett's and Wild Iris.
MBA student Rhys Rutherford opened the concours with an emotional rendition of our national anthem, and Abbie Clark presented the flag as well as the 2017 honorees. There was a lovely light breeze, and families frolicked in the bucolic setting. "This year, despite the improvement of moving to the middle of the farm to expand the venue, community support and attendance has grown, so we over-sold our patron tables, filled our six cabanas, and our grandstands are brimming over," exclaimed Jennifer. "Next year, we will put in more cabanas, tables and bleachers so that we are ready; we have plenty of room here to grow!"
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