Freedom Farm Polo Event returns for sixth year

The Freedom Farm Polo Event Fundraiser will return for a sixth consecutive year on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The popular annual event will once again be held at the Blackberg Ranch in Watertown, located at 1980 Sally Avenue. Gates for the event open at 11 a.m., with the feature polo match scheduled to get under way at 1:30 p.m.

Money raised at the event, Freedom Farm’s largest fundraiser of the year, will support the Waverly-based non-profit therapeutic riding center dedicated to teaching riding skills to people with cognitive and physical disabilities, while giving them a sense of freedom and independence. Freedom Farm opened in 2000, and the Polo Event started in 2008, when it drew roughly 350 people. That number doubled by its second year, and last year, more than 1,100 people attended the event.

The polo event includes much more than just polo. Activities such as carriage rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and a kids craft tent are designed to provide plenty of family-friendly activities. There will also be a kid’s polo match at 1 p.m. preceding the feature event.

Halftime of the featured match will once again include a live auction, hat contest and divot stomp. An awards ceremony and social hour will follow the match.

Tickets for the event are available at the gate for $10. Children 10 and under will be admitted for free.