Chukkers for Children, an event in Folsom to benefit New Heights Therapy Center, has been moved to Saturday, May 9 due to weather conditions. The event promises an exciting afternoon of local polo players matched into competing teams, food and drinks, mini ponies, face painting, a Pony and Me tea party, an art market and open house tours of New Heights.
New Heights is a therapeutic equestrian center that serves individuals with disabilities or special needs. Annually, New Heights provides services to more than 70 youths, adults with learning disabilities and military veterans.
Chukkers for Children will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and gates open at 11:30 a.m. at 82302 Holliday Drive, just off La. 40, east of Folsom.
“We’re expecting about 300 people this year, and we can fit more,” said Stephen J. Engro, executive director of New Heights. “This will be our third time to hold the event.”
According to Engro, therapeutic riding is “an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool for physical therapy, emotional growth and learning.” The program works in four ways: strengthens muscles and stamina, increases muscle memory and concentration, teaches respect between horse and rider and replaces therapy burnout with an enthusiastic program.
Engro said approximately 70 percent of New Heights’ revenue comes from its three annual events: Chukkers for Children, a golf classic each June and a garden party in October.
Chukkers for Children costs $20 for anyone 12 and older and $5 for children under 12. That price includes a food ticket, unlimited soft drinks and access to the children’s area. The Pony and Me portion of the event is an additional $10.
A VIP tent will include company signage, reserved seating, field-side seating for the polo match, a full bar of specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and unlimited food from the food tent. Eight VIP tickets cost $500.
All proceeds will benefit New Heights and the Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
For information on New Heights Therapy Center and for tickets, call (985) 769-4600 or visit www.newheightstherapy.org.
EDITORS NOTE: This story was altered Wednesday, April 15 to reflect a change of date due to weather conditions.