10 Polo Terms to Know

10 Polo Terms to Know

Polo is a sport with a long and illustrious history. In fact, there’s evidence that polo may have originated in Persia as long ago as the 6th century B.C.! With such a storied past, it’s no wonder that polo is a popular sport across countless countries. Want to become part of the rich tradition of playing polo? Chukkar Farms offers polo lessons, polo matches, and space to horse around (excuse our pun) during polo season. But before you get started, check out these terms to know.

10 Polo Terms to Know

  1. polo gamePolo pony. A well-trained polo pony makes it easy for players of all experience levels to get into the game. Most polo ponies are thoroughbred, although some may be quarter horses or have other breeding.
  2. Clipped mane. Clipping the horse’s mane prevents it from getting tangled as the player maneuvers the reins.
  3. Braided tail. Braiding the horse’s tail prevents it from getting caught in the mallet.
  4. Polo martingale. A leather bridle of unique design, a polo martingale prevents the horse’s head from jerking up and hitting the rider.
  5. Breast plate. You may feel like you’re riding your horse into battle, but this breastplate is designed to keep the saddle from slipping.
  6. Bell boots. Encircles the horse’s ankle to prevent the horse’s hooves from over reaching.
  7. Polo wraps. Bandages wrapped around the horse’s legs to prevent scrapes and bruises and provide added support.
  8. Polo boots. Your horse wears boots, and so should you. Polo boots protect the player’s legs from injuries due to stray balls and mallet strikes.
  9. Knee pads. Like polo boots, knee pads protect the player’s legs from injury.
  10. Mallet. A long, thin striking stick reminiscent of a croquet mallet, a polo mallet is what players use to strike the ball.
Does Your Horse Have Spring Allergies?

Does Your Horse Have Spring Allergies?

Owning a horse can be one of the greatest pleasures in life. What many people don’t realize is the amount of training and upkeep that goes into taking care of these magnificent creatures. Outside of regular daily horse care and feeding, grooming and exercise, you need to be on the lookout for health issues. With spring just around the corner, it’s a good idea to watch your horse for signs of spring allergies.

Spring Allergy Symptoms

horse in fieldWhat are the symptoms of horse allergies?

  • Runny eyes
  • Nasal drainage
  • Head shaking
  • Coughing
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Inflamed Skin
  • Bald patches

Possible Allergens for Horses

Just like people, horses can be allergic to common allergens, such as grass, tree pollen, and weeds. They may also suffer allergic reactions from:

  • Mold and dust from their bedding, animal dander, or hay
  • Cleaners and other volatile chemicals that might be sprayed in and around the barn
  • Contact dermatitis from tack, boots, and other equipment
  • Insect bites, including mosquitoes, flies, or midges

Reducing Allergy Risks

You should always consult with your veterinarian if your horse has allergy symptoms. He or she will often recommend creams and shampoos that will reduce itching and help soothe the skin to promote healing.

There are things you can do to reduce your horse’s exposure to allergens:

  • Keep your horse in its stable when pollen counts are expected to be high
  • Keep pastures mowed to control weeds and cut down on grass pollen
  • Use a bedding that is less irritating
  • Soak hay with water to reduce dust
  • Store hay and bedding in another building if possible to reduce exposure to mold and dust
  • Scatter hay when feeding instead of leaving it in a pile
  • Keep stables well ventilated
  • Use fly sheets or screens to prevent insects in your barn
5 Things to Know Before Boarding Your Horse

5 Things to Know Before Boarding Your Horse

Horses are every inch loving and beautiful creatures. They are also graceful, spirited, and unique in their own kind of way. Whether you’re a casual rider, a show horse trainer, or a polo person, it’s very easy to love horses. But just because you’ve saved up to buy a horse doesn’t mean you can afford the land to board it. If you don’t have a barn in your backyard, you’ll want to find one nearby that will care for your horse, keep him well fed, and give him room to stretch his legs. Before choosing where to board your horse, you’ll want to keep these things in mind.

5 Things to Know Before Boarding Your Horse

  1. horse haltersBarns have personalities. They could be laid back, stylish and professional, or cater to a particular specialty. You’ll want to find a barn with an atmosphere that matches your personality and that of your horse.
  2. Some barns have a focus. They may cater to horses of specific breeds or disciplines.
  3. They feed differently. Research the barn to see if they have free access to hay bales and grass, or if they have a more structured feeding program.
  4. The cost isn’t everything. Some barns may include add-on services like changing blankets or holding horses for the farrier, while others include it in the cost of board.
  5. Their barn, their rules. Make sure you know what the rules are (and whether you can live with them).

Chukkar Farms is a polo club in Alpharetta with plenty of land to roam. Want a unique horse boarding opportunity for your horses? Chukkar has it all!

Your February To-Do List for a Fall Wedding

Calling all brides! Does the thought of celebrating Valentine’s Day with a new ring sparkling on your finger leave you all fluttery inside? Leave the elaborate V-Day date to your fiancé. Your mission, if you choose to accept it: channel the power of love into fall wedding planning!

5 Essential February Tasks for a Fall Wedding

  1. wedding couple with horseGet engaged! If you’re not already The Future Mrs., your boyfriend may be planning to pop the question this Valentine’s Day. After all, nothing says romance like February 14th! Time for a manicure . . .
  2. Insure your ring. You may love your ring so much it’s basically glued to your finger, but a little insurance goes a long way. You never know when you’ll show off that bling, only to find a setting has come loose. Be smart and protect that work of art!
  3. Choose a venue. There’s one crucial choice a couple needs to make before finding a caterer, shopping for wedding dresses, or even choosing a color scheme for the wedding: the venue. Your venue will set the tone (and the date!) for your big day. Book wedding venue tours early on to guarantee a great spot.
  4. Pick a dress. Most wedding dress shops need 6-8 months to stitch your wedding dress, plan for fittings, and make any necessary alterations. Wedding dress shopping is one of the first things you should do after choosing your venue. The good news? Dress shopping means lots of love, lots of laughs, and that powerful “Say Yes” moment.
  5. Plan your honeymoon. Plan your honeymoon suite, all-inclusive resort, or backpacking adventure well in advance to make sure you get the best location (and the best price). Book flights early and renew your passports now if you plan to travel internationally.

February is National Wedding Month, which makes it the perfect time to plan a fall wedding. Let Chukkar Farms help make your wedding everything you dreamed it would be.

Start Your Life Together without These Wedding Trends

Start Your Life Together without These Wedding Trends

laughing bride and groomWedding trends come and go, but photos are forever. How can you ensure your wedding pictures are as timeless as your love? Be bold, be yourself, and be real about which wedding design trends are on the way out.

4 Wedding Trends to Leave Behind

  1. The bride pays. We love tradition. Family traditions, Southern traditions, and personal traditions you share as a couple all deserve a place of prominence at your wedding. One tradition that’s outlived its use? The bride (and her family) footing the bill. In an age of working women and the occasional house-husband, it’s time to leave this antiquated tradition behind and start your partnership before the I Do’s.
  2. Clashing themes. Pinterest can be a lifesaver when it comes to planning and organizing your wedding. But there are times when it’s all too much. After all, you love rustic weddings, but movie-star elegance has its appeal too. Neutrals look beautiful against a classic backdrop, but bold colors are making a comeback . . . Pick your wedding theme, plan it around your venue, and stick to the plan, or your wedding will be a hot mess of competing styles and colors.
  3. Food trucks. We know, it’s a cute trend. Food trucks make wedding catering fun, casual, and wonderfully inexpensive. But before you book a food truck for your wedding, ask yourself whether you really want brightly colored vehicles in the background of your wedding photos. Wedding trend analysts predict that 2017 catering will move back into the realm of elegant, plated dishes. If you love family-style dining, limit it to one area of the dining area, like hors d’oeuvres or desserts.
  4. Pleasing other people. Wedding trends come and go, but your love is forever. In the end, it doesn’t matter what designers, friends, or even your parents say. Choose something that will make you happy!

We’d love to help you plan an Alpharetta wedding. Call Chukkar Farms for wedding planning tips, scheduling guides, and a tour of our facilities.

5 Things To Know About Rustic Weddings

5 Things To Know About Rustic Weddings

There’s something about red doors, a dusty barn and a beautiful countryside that we love so much. Rustic themed weddings have been the craze these days, and we can’t help but be on board. Every wedding has it’s similar timeline to plan, but there’s a few things specific to rustic weddings you should might want to keep in mind…

rustic wedding

  1. Check for heating and air. Barns allow for beautiful indoor receptions and ceremonies, but if your wedding is in the dead heat of summer or the harsh cold of winter, you might want to look into heating and air conditioning! It wouldn’t be fun for guests to sweat or freeze their butts off would it? Fans, space heaters and more can be options for all weather conditions.
  2. You’ll need a food prep area. A downside of barns is that they’re often small; so make sure your caterers have any area to prep the food! Be sure to ask for more information at the venue when you’re booking.
  3. Plumbing and electricity. These are two things we take for granted, but two of the most important things to ask about when booking your venue! Ask if they have plumbing and if they don’t, try renting out portable bathrooms. And power is always a must, especially if you’re thinking about including string lights in your barn wedding.
  4. Check the floors. The floors at rustic weddings and barns can go one of two ways; it’s usually either very polished or very unfinished. It’s something to consider for your shoes, the material of your dress (if it might snag), etc. Ask these types of questions while booking!
  5. The weather. We can’t control the weather, but you can control how the venue reacts to it. Some barns suck in a lot of moisture, and some don’t. This is something to consider depending on seasonality!

We’d love to host your wedding here at Chukkar Farm! Our green barn venue gives it some flair, and we are incredibly flexible! Take a look at our gallery, or see our testimonials.

You’re Engaged! Now What?

You’re Engaged! Now What?

It finally happened. The moment of a lifetime. Your beloved dropped onto one knee (or you did—hey, you’re a modern girl) and asked you to share a lifetime together. The world dissolved into sunshine, hazy daydreams, and questions. Endless questions.

Keep your eye on the prize. These are our best tips for what to do when you get engaged.

6 Tips for the Newly Engaged

  1. couple's hands - engagement ringEnjoy it! Yes, your parents want to talk budgets, your relatives are clamoring for a wedding date, and your friends want to know who’s going to be in the wedding party. But this is your special moment. Savor it with your spouse-to-be.
  2. Pick a venue. Before you can choose a date, you need to choose a place. Tour wedding venues around Alpharetta. Ask about availability in the upcoming year, and decide how flexible you’ll be on your desired wedding date.
  3. Set the tone. Your flowers, centerpieces, catering, and even your wedding dress all work together to form a cohesive theme. Before you place a single down payment, determine your dream theme for the venue you found.
  4. Set a budget. Be frank in your discussion with family, friends, and of course, your fiancé. After all, every wedding planning decision hinges on this one.
  5. Register. The sooner the better! People will be celebrating you for months to come. You’d be surprised how many guests give gifts before the engagement party. (It’s a Southern thing).
  6. Make it official. Plan an engagement photoshoot at Chukkar Farms, solidify your guest list, and mail your Save the Dates. It’s official! You’re getting married!

Winter Wedding – Remember These Points!

Vintage Wedding DressAre you thinking of hosting a winter wedding? It can be done, especially here in the south where we don’t typically have harsh winters. But, the weather can be unpredictable and you don’t want your guests to be cold and miserable. When you’re planning your frosty ‘I Dos,’ keep these things in mind:

  • Dress warmly. Even if your gown has long sleeves, you’re going to feel the chill. Whether its a stole, a jacket, or a warm scarf, bundle up!
  • Men too. Make sure your groom and groomsmen wear the warmest suits they can find. They may even want a scarf and gloves for any outdoor photoshoots.
  • Keep guests entertained and happy with warm drinks like hot chocolate, cider, coffee and hot toddies. Basically, if it’s warm and wet – they will be happy!
  • Get festive in your details! It’s time for silver, pine cones, berries, and greenery to bring the feeling of the season into your celebration.
  • Invite early. There’s nothing worse than receiving a last minute wedding invite during a season that’s already extremely busy. Make sure you give your guests plenty of time to arrange their schedules. This way you won’t be disappointed with a low turnout!
  • Remember the fact that the days get dark extremely early this time of year. Use this to your advantage but make sure you get your photos done early. There’s nothing worse than running out of light to ruin your bridal photos. Get them done before the ceremony if you have to. When the sun does go down, use fairy lights and candles to keep the ambiance going all night long.

We’d love to help you host your winter wedding! We have plenty of tips and tricks to keeping you and your guests warm and dry if winter is your season of choice.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Chukkar Farm family! What a wonderful year it has been here in Alpharetta, GA. We have hosted so many beautiful weddings, enjoyed exciting concerts, played thrilling polo chukkars, and that’s just the start of it. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the year here following along with our events as well. Here’s a round up of your favorite blogs from the last year:

What to Look for in a Wedding Venue 

When you’re looking for a wedding venue, the choices can be overwhelming. There are so many beautiful outdoor wedding facilities in north Georgia, it’s hard to choose. When you start looking for a wedding venue, there are a few key items that will help you narrow down your choices.

4 Ways to Promote Your Fundraiser

Are you trying to get as many people to your non-profit fundraiser as possible? Then make sure that you are leveraging all of the channels possible, and using them in the most effective way. Chukkar Farm has years of experience hosing fundraisers and helping our charities reach out to their network to raise attendance (and therefore increase their event profit goals). Here are a few great tips to abide by.

Love for Cara

Cara Cashin impacts everyone she meets. Her inviting simile, kind words, and selfless attitude make you feel as if you’ve known her for years, even if this is your first afternoon touring around the farm with her. Cara is one of the Cashin daughters that has dedicated her life to family, polo, and running  Chukkar Farm. If you’ve ever come by to see the facility for an event, learn about polo lessons, or even just come over to enjoy a Sunday afternoon of polo, chances are, you’ve met Cara, and you haven’t forgotten her.

 

 

Now is the time to book for 2017 weddings!

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield | www.haleysheffield.comDo you think that you will be seeing something shining and round in your near future? The holidays are the busiest time of the year for new engagements. As soon as you’ve said ‘yes’ it’s time to start looking for venues because believe it or not, they fill up fast! Chukkar Farm already has weddings booked for 2017, so if you would like for us to host your 2017 wedding, start looking at all we have to offer.

 

Our Facility

Our farm is more than just a polo facility. Established in 1980, we’ve been hosting events for decades. From birthday parties to corporate events, fundraisers to weddings – we do it all. Our farm boasts a wide variety of settings for your to choose from, including:

  • Covered Pavilion
  • Barn Yard
  • Polo Field
  • Vintage Clubhouse
  • Rustic Chapel
  • Rolling Pastures

What We Offer

Whether you’re looking for an all in one facility, or a DIY venue, we can help. We have a list of preferred vendors and wedding coordinators that can do all of the hard work for you, or we can help you find the right people to make your big day a success. We do not require you to work with anyone specifically, and will give you free rein (pun intended) to work with whomever you choose.

 

Not only can we help you with your vendors, but we can assist with decorations as well. We have a whole closet full of beautiful accents that we give you access to for a small fee. Use as many or as few as you like, and avoid expensive rental fees.

 

Our first wedding of 2017 is officially on the calendar for March 18th, so don’t miss out on your perfect date (April 25th is still open). Check out our calendar to see what we have available. We keep it updated on a regular basis as new weddings and events are booked.

 

Or, give us a call for a tour of our facility and to talk about what you have in mind for your wedding day.