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Inaugural Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party Raises Funds for Program Services

Updated: Jun 27

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Memphis, TN, held its inaugural Jockeys & Juleps Derby Party on Saturday, May 7, 2016. With attendance attracting 900 guests, the sold-out event raised more than $290,000 to support program services that exclusively benefit people with disabilities throughout the Mid-South. Featuring bluegrass, big hats, and bourbon, Jockeys & Juleps’ guests were dressed to the nines to enjoy live music, a silent art auction and live auction, Bulleit bourbon bar, southern style food, signature mint juleps, games on the lawn, and a live broadcast of the 142nd annual Kentucky Derby. Hosted at a private residence on Shady Grove Road, the venue provided sophisticated Southern glamour for the greatest two minutes in sports. “Hosting a Kentucky Derby Party was the perfect fit for our largest event fundraiser,” says Executive Director, Jill Haag. “Horses are magnificent and powerful, and they are also compassionate and considerate as therapy animals. We were thrilled to host such a wonderful event to showcase our program and how horses can dramatically improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.” Bringing the program front and center, “Freckles” and “Shadow”, Southern Reins’ mini-pony ambassadors, were also on site.

During the event, Jennifer Lipe, mother to Claire – a young rider at Southern Reins - shared her story about how Southern Reins has improved the quality of life for her daughter. “My first visit to Southern Reins I knew I had found a place where Claire belonged,” said Lipe. “She radiates pure happiness when she's riding and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you for the unconditional love and for changing our lives.”

Southern Reins is a new non-profit organization that was founded in July of 2015 to provide therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted activities to help individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities to empower, inspire, nurture and succeed. The program helps individuals with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and more.

Jockeys & Juleps was greatly supported by Presenting Sponsor, FTB Advisors, as well as sponsors Lexus, Dobbs Management Services, Friend of Southern Reins, Sara Dobbs, Cindy and Edward Dobbs, nexAir, Regional One Health, Annabeth & Mark Parker/UBS Wealth Management, Anne and Mike Keeney, Bobby and Sally Alston, Astor Fine Builders, Blue Moon Bedding, Boyle Investment Company, Bulleit Bourbon, Buster’s Liquors & Wines, Carlisle Corp., CBIZ, Chuck Hutton Chevrolet/Toyota, Cushman & Wakefield, Will and Angie Deupree, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Kirby and Glenn Floyd, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Hauber Foundation, Garden District, Healthchoice, Hobson-Martin-Flinn-Gipson, Hollis & Burns, Hollywood Feed, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel, IBERIABANK, The Ledbetter Family, Looney Ricks Kiss, Lowery-Muller-Anderson-Yarbro, LSI, Montgomery Martin Contractors, Morris Auction Group, Oak Hall, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Pat and Catherine Muscari, Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck, Kim and Bryan Jordan, ServisFirst Bank, Social, Stovall Collection, Thomas & Betts, Trenary and Truitt Families, Trotz and Hill Families, Watson Burns PLLC, Wells Fargo, and Yum Yum Rd. Also, special thanks to the generous in-kind donors for donating amazing art pieces and excursion packages for our silent and live auction, and to the generous food donors who served up some great Southern fare!

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