Equestrians ride for kids


Rebecca Kozlowski of UK rides after the ball during the polo match against Virginia Tech at West Wind Stables on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Adam Pennavaria | Staff

Alex Brinkhorst

Despite Saturday’s gray skies and light rain, Commonwealth Polo Club hosted Annie’s Answer Charity Polo Invitational with the UK Boys and Girls Polo Teams competing. 

According to Annie’s Answer’s website, the event includes two polo matches in the Polo Club’s new arena and  a silent auction, with one such auction item being a tour of American Pharaoh’s farm with the Triple Crown winner himself. 

Chemical engineering sophomore Willia Reedy helped organize the event, and hopes that by recruiting volunteers interested in working with children and horses, the group will be able to hold the event every year. She described it as “the Blue and White Game for UK’s Polo.”

According to Annie’s Answer’s website and Reedy, the invitational is the kick-off event for Annie’s Answers. The organization itself is about six months old. 

What Annie’s Answer explains on their Facebook page is that it is a “non-profit organization in Lexington, Ky. dedicated to utilizing horses to assist in the emotional healing of children who have been victims of emotional trauma.” 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is the focus of other organizations here in the Bluegrass, including Horses Healing Humans in Nicholasville and Central Kentucky Riding for Hope in Lexington.