Help Restore the Historic Main Barn at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
A nationally known horse breeding facility established in the 1930s just north of downtown Franklin, Harlinsdale Farm was purchased by the city of Franklin in 2004, placed under a permanent conservation easement in 2007, and opened to the public shortly thereafter.
Harlinsdale Farm has been called the most significant historic farm associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry. In 1933, W.W. Harlin established the farm on the northern outskirts of great renown in the fledgling Tennessee Walking Horse Industry. From the 1940s until the early 2000s, the farm served mainly as a breeding operation, run by the Harlin Family. Friends of Franklin Parks aims to assist the City in restoring this famous Tennessee landmark.
The historic Main Barn at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm is an iconic symbol in our community. This year, Friends of Franklin Parks has pledged $300K to this restoration project. With the help from our community, we have reached close to $260K in support of this effort! Please consider helping us get this important project under way! We are offering the Yearling Club Sponsorship at $1,000. Here’s how you can help:
FRANKLIN SYNERGY BANK RENEWS THREE-YEAR SPONSORSHIP WITH FRIENDS OF FRANKLIN PARKS, HARLINSDALE FARM
By: Brooke Wanser, Franklin Homepage
Franklin Synergy Bank has renewed a three-year sponsorship with the non-profit Friends of Franklin Parks supporting the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The Arena, built and operated through a public-private partnership between the City of Franklin and Friends of Franklin Parks, opened for community events in 2016.
Franklin Synergy Bank was among the first corporate sponsors to lend financial support to the Arena as funds were being raised for construction. The $1.6 million facility, which includes restrooms, a concession stand, a warm-up ring and a scoring tower in addition to the multi-purpose equestrian arena, has been used for horse shows, arena polo and various public events, such as Franklin on the Fourth and the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival.
“We chose to support Friends of Franklin Parks and the Tractor Supply Co. Arena for several reasons. First, we wanted to honor the Harlin family, as Bill Harlin was a founding Director of the Bank in 2007, and his son Wirt was instrumental in raising capital to start the Bank,” said Franklin Synergy Bank Chairman Richard Herrington. “Second, we saw it as a way to enhance the quality of life in our community through this special place that means so much to our history and heritage. Finally, we wanted our bank to be a part of something unique that would give back to our community.”
Herrington said the Arena – as a facility that helps draw people from all over to visit Harlinsdale – helps showcase Franklin’s balance of economic growth, historic preservation and strong family values that make it a great place to live.
“We have such an outstanding quality of life here, and organizations like Friends of Franklin Parks focus on preserving that unique blend and remind us that family is an important part of our everyday lives,” he said.
Torrey Barnhill, Executive Director of Friends of Franklin Parks, said the organization expects to continue attracting events that bring the public together, celebrating the legacy of the property as a historic horse farm while offering opportunities for education and family entertainment.
“This Arena has not only brought the horses back to Harlinsdale with multi-discipline equestrian shows, but it’s also given children a chance to interact with horses for the first time, spawned an inter-scholastic arena polo program, and hosted thousands of people from around the world for major events,” Barnhill said. “None of that would have been possible without the support of Franklin Synergy Bank.”
Founded in 1937, the 200-acre Harlinsdale Farm was a nationally recognized breeding operation for more than 75 years before it was acquired by the City of Franklin, placed under a permanent conservation easement and opened as a passive park. A long-range plan to bring horses back to the historic farm was advanced with the establishment of Friends of Franklin Parks in 2011, a public-private partnership designed to leverage corporate and individual support to enhance and grow public spaces around Franklin.
For more information on Friends of Franklin Parks, the Tractor Supply Co. Arena, sponsorship opportunities and upcoming events, please visit www.friendsoffranklinparks.org.
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FRIENDS OF FRANKLIN PARKS BENEFICIARY OF PILGRIMAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL!
The Pilgrimage Foundation is the non-profit entity of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. Through this foundation funds are raised from donors, ticket sales and other activities in which benefits the parks, specifically Harlinsdale Farm. Over the last three years, the Pilgrimage Foundation has given a total of $52,625 to Friends of Franklin Parks. Thank you Pilgrimage Foundation and we can't wait until this year's Festival at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm!
SEVENTH ANNUAL RAISE THE ROOFS A HUGE SUCCESS!
The Friends of Franklin Parks is so very grateful to our sponsors, City of Franklin Parks Department, Raise the Roofs event Chairs Natalie and Adam Ballash and Ann Frances and Michael Barker, and our wonderful volunteers. The 2018 Raise the Roofs event would not happen without your support, and yielded commitments of over $260,000 for our Harlinsdale Farm Main Barn project!
Platinum sponsors included 906 Studio Architects; Amy Cross Nance, Attorney at Law; Battle Ground Academy; Berry Farms; Boyle Investment Company; The Tyler Berry Group at B. Riley Wealth Management; Chartwell Hospitality; Civil Constructors; Cooper Steel; Franklin Synergy Bank; Jones Bros; Lee Company; the Parker McCoy Group at Morgan Stanley; Pfizer; the Retreat at Iron Horse; Stites & Harbison, PLLC; SunTrust Bank; and Tennessee Equine Hospital.
Gold sponsors included Barry & Jackie Alexander; First Tennessee; Ford Custom Classic Homes; Highwoods Properties; Hoar Construction; Lipman; Regent Homes; Thompson Burton PLLC; TTL; and Williamson Medical Center.
Supporting sponsors included Franklin Home Page; Outdoor Classic Structures; Southern Events; Your Williamson; and Williamson Herald.
HERE'S WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR PARKS THIS FALL!
RESTAURANTS, SUPPORTERS READYING FOR SEVENTH-ANNUAL “RAISE THE ROOFS” EVENT
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The seventh-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” fundraiser is set for August 18th at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, and the focus is back where it began: on the historic Main Barn.
More than 35 key sponsors and 17 local restaurants have teamed up with the non-profit organization to produce the event, to be held Saturday, August 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mayor Ken and Linda Moore have joined Randy Jones & Associates/Nationwide Insurance as the presenting sponsors.
Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director Torrey Barnhill says it’s an indication of the importance our community places on bringing the Main Barn at Harlinsdale into full operational service to the community.
“The restoration of the Main Barn provided the impetus for the inaugural Raise the Roofs event by Friends of Franklin Parks, when the roof was in danger of caving in. Since then, we’ve worked with the City and a host of partners to support that project while also collaborating on a multitude of other park initiatives for the community’s benefit,” Barnhill said. “We’re so close to having the barn fully open, and this event will be focused on getting that initiative completed.”
The evening will kick off with an interscholastic polo match and cocktail hour in the Arena, then transition to the main event that includes great food, drinks, and a silent auction in the lawn adjacent to the Main Barn. The evening will then culminate with an “after party” and concert at the adjacent worker’s cottages on the Shady Grove stage.
Participating purveyors and restaurants include Catering and Events by Suzette, Chuy’s, Circa, Elliston Place Soda Shop, Franklin Chop House, Granite City Brewery, Jim ‘N Nick’s Community BBQ, Juice Bar Franklin, MafiaOza’s, Moonshine Gypsy’s Catering, Papa C’s Pies & Bakery, Padrino’s Pops, Popcorn Village, Publix, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Scout’s Pub, Taziki’s and Triple Crown Bakery. Lipman is providing beer, wine and cocktails for the event.
A limited number of tickets are still available online for $125 per person, and all proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s incredible park system.
Platinum sponsors include 906 Studio Architects; Amy Cross Nance, Attorney at Law; Battle Ground Academy; Berry Farms; Boyle Investment Company; The Tyler Berry Group at B. Riley Wealth Management; Chartwell Hospitality; Civil Constructors; Cooper Steel; Franklin Synergy Bank; Jones Bros; Lee Company; the Parker McCoy Group at Morgan Stanley; Pfizer; the Retreat at Iron Horse; Stites & Harbison, PLLC; SunTrust Bank; and Tennessee Equine Hospital.
Gold sponsors include Barry & Jackie Alexander; First Tennessee; Ford Custom Classic Homes; Highwoods Properties; Hoar Construction; Lipman; Regent Homes; Thompson Burton PLLC; TTL; and Williamson Medical Center.
Supporting sponsors include Franklin Home Page; Outdoor Classic Structures; Southern Events; Your Williamson; and Williamson Herald.
Purchase your ticket for the 2018 Raise the Roofs!
Buy your ticket now for the best party of the summer! The seventh-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” event will be held on Saturday, August 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The evening will kick off with an interscholastic polo match in the Tractor Supply Co. Arena, then transition to the main event that includes great food, drinks, live entertainment and a silent auction on the lawn of the Main Barn. All proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s incredible park system. To purchase tickets, or for more information, click here.
HERE'S WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR PARKS IN JULY & AUGUST!
TWILIGHT POLO MATCH SET FOR SATURDAY
Come to The Tractor Supply Co. Arena on Saturday, June 30 for Twilight Polo! This International polo match will feature USA vs. South Africa. Gates will open at 5:30PM with an interscholastic match beginning at 6:00PM, and the featured match at 7:30PM. The evening will also include a bounce house, concession stand, music, half-time challenges, vendors, polo pony rides, & more!
General admission tickets will be sold for $10.00 at the gate. VIP Cabanas are available for purchase in advance. Children 10 & under get in FREE! Visit www.franklinpolo.com for more information.
YOGA IN THE PARK RESCHEDULE FOR JUNE 28
Due to weather, Yoga in the Park has been rescheduled for June 28.
Help us celebrate the International Day of Yoga! Bring your yoga mat or blanket & come join us for a free family day of Yoga fun, health & wellness! This celebration will include family yoga, GOATS, office yoga, mommy & me yoga, giveaways, and so much more! Festivities begin at 10AM at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.
Click here for a complete schedule of events!
UPDATE ON PINKERTON PARK PROJECT
Noticed the work happening at Pinkerton Park? It is the start of the concrete ping pong table and ADA accessibility to the Tinkerbell Pavilion. This project is in partnership with Leadership Franklin, Friends of Franklin Parks and City of Franklin! Click here for more information!
POLO MATCH & KIDS ARTS FESTIVAL OF TENNESSEE ON JUNE 2
The City of Franklin Parks is hosting its annual Kids Arts Festival of Tennessee this Saturday, June 2. This event features art stops, music, an interactive mural, printmaking, art exhibits, foods trucks, & much more! Bring the family to Pinkerton Park between 10:00AM - 3:00PM for this FREE event!
After the Kids Arts Festival of Tennessee, head to the Park at Harlinsdale Farm on Saturday for a competitive, commentated polo match! The Franklin Polo Academy is hosting the State Challenge Cup featuring Tennessee vs. Kentucky at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena. Gates will open at 4:00PM and the match will begin at 4:30PM. The event will also feature a bounce house, face painting, and polo pony rides for the kids. Don't miss out on this equestrian themed event with food, drinks, music, vendors, & more! General admission is $10.00 per ticket and kids 10 & under get in FREE! VIP Cabanas are available for purchase in advance by calling 615.800.2268 or emailing email@example.com.
New to the summer polo series...Stephanie Kantis jewelry will be sold during polo matches with the Friends of Franklin Parks as the designated charity for jewelry sales. Be sure to check out the Stephanie Kantis booth this Saturday!
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LEADERSHIP FRANKLIN CLASS PARTNERS WITH FRIENDS OF FRANKLIN PARKS AND CITY OF FRANKLIN PARKS FOR PINKERTON PARK PROJECT
The pavilion at Tinkerbell, Pinkerton Park is a Leadership Franklin Class of 2017-2018 community improvement project. The project includes upgrades to the Pavilion, ADA compliant access to the Pavilion, a charging bar for electronics, concrete ping pong table, shade sails, and benches for park goers.
Our passion and goal is to provide the next generation an area that they can enjoy while keeping an eye on their children. Charging station so folks can be “connected” as well as another form of fun and activity for all ages with the ping pong table. This area will be beautifully landscaped with benches that will be very inviting for all ages.
We are honored and thrilled to create a space that will be a blessing to many in the future. We are partnering with the City of Franklin and Friends of Franklin Parks for this project. If you would like to be a sponsor of this pavilion contact the Friends of Franklin Park at 615-674-5388, or please consider making a donation below. Click here for more information.
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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED THE ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION AT PINKERTON PARK!
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB AT EASTERN FLANK EVENT FACILITY
Friends of Franklin Parks spent a fun day with students from the Boys & Girls Club at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park enjoying Bingo, a corn hole tournament, coloring, a visit from a Water Specialist from the city talking about our water and Harpeth River, and a very special lunch guest, Mayor Moore. We originally had planned for a historic hike, fishing and horse clinic at Harlinsdale but we picked another great park for indoor activities due to the rain.
A very special thank you to FirstBank for being FOFP's partner and sponsoring our educational program this year. And thank you to Tennessee Equine Hospital for sponsoring lunch!
YOUR EDUCATION: THERE IS A NEW WAY TO READ A STORY IN THE PARK
Pinkerton Park Storybook Trail Opens This Month
The City of Franklin Parks department has partnered with Friends of Franklin Parks and the Williamson County Library, to create a new opportunity for children and families at Pinkerton Park. On March 2nd, officials cut the ribbon on the new Storybook Trail, an interactive walk and read experience along the trail at Pinkerton Park. Mayor Ken Moore was present to read a story and even a few furry friends from the story were on hand!
Franklin Parks Facilities Superintendent Kevin Lindsey says, “There will be twenty different spots along the trail for children and parents to stop and read a story about forest animals as they walk along the trail.”
Executive Director of Friends of Franklin Parks, Torrey Barnhill says, “We saw a similar experience when we were at a parks conference last year and knew we needed to bring the storybook trail to the children of Franklin. We are so excited to cut the ribbon and let families enjoy this new interactive attraction at Pinkerton Park.”
The exhibit will be ongoing throughout the year and the goal is to change the story annually. Parents can also purchase the book with proceeds benefiting Friends of Franklin Parks. Contact Torrey Barnhill at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or visit friendsoffranklinparks.org.
FRIENDS OF FRANKLIN PARKS KICKS OFF 2018
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The new year has brought more good news for Friends of Franklin Parks: the non-profit organization has added new Board members, elected a new Board president and received a major gift from the Harlin family to support ongoing restorations of the main barn at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.
“We are jumping into 2018 with a lot of momentum, and it is rewarding to have the support of people who are willing to give their time, talents and resources to the important work we do as a non-profit organization on behalf of Franklin’s incredible park system,” said Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director Torrey Barnhill.
On January 3, members of the Harlin family met with Friends leadership to present a check including proceeds from the sale of the last of Harlinsdale Farm’s legendary horses. Upon the passing of Bill Harlin last year, the family wound down operations and offered to donate nine horses and two foals from the legendary Harlinsdale line. Those horses found great homes and will keep the legacy alive for years to come.
Friends of Franklin Parks has also added new members to its Board of Directors and named Adam Ballash its new Board president. Ballash, of Boyle Investment Company, helped form Friends of Franklin Parks and has served as vice president of the organization ever since. He oversaw construction of the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm and has been heavily involved in connectivity and other Friends efforts in recent months.
New Board members include: Braton Machleit, owner of Buzz’d Fly Fishing and co-owner of Harpeth River Shuttle, a Centennial High School graduate and United States Navy veteran who returned to his hometown to pursue his passion for introducing people to the Great Outdoors and the incredible Harpeth River. He lives in Franklin with his wife Molly, two children and a Labrador retriever, Brookie, who often joins him on float trips.
Susan Smallwood, a longtime Williamson County resident and community volunteer with organizations as varied as the Tennessee Senior Olympics, TN Achieves and Friends of Franklin Parks’ ad hoc Harlinsdale Committee. A graduate of Barrington College and Trevecca Nazarene University who holds a graduate degree in medicine as a physician’s assistant, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Hope Academy, where she chaired the Board in 2012 and 2014.
Katie Spence, who works as an internal audit manager with Jackson National Life, focusing on broker-dealer and investment advisory activities and other key risk areas across North America. Katie has more than 15 years of financial services experience in operations, compliance and internal audit, and holds a variety of specialized industry certifications and licenses. She is also an Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional with Series 7, 24, 63, 66 securities licenses, and her expertise will be particularly valuable to Friends of Franklin Parks on the development side. She is an avid cyclist and overall outdoor enthusiast, and will contribute to efforts surrounding connectivity of Franklin’s parks and other key initiatives.
Kevin Thompson, a founding partner at Thompson Burton PLLC, is one of the most sought-after attorneys in the country in the direct sales industry. He was recently selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, and is regularly quoted in the national media on legal matters and speaks at conferences throughout the world. He is a former All-American decathlete and a proud husband and father to four children.
Ballash, the new Friends of Franklin Parks Board president, says the new slate of directors confirms the momentum carrying into the new year.
“These new Board members demonstrate the diversity of our organization, and the kinds of people who are attracted to our work – not only at Harlinsdale, but across our entire park system and with our focus on connecting all of our parks through trails, sidewalks, greenways and a new bridge across the Harpeth River. We are proud to have them join our leadership team,” Ballash said. “We are deeply grateful for the leadership of Dr. Monty McInturff as our outgoing president, and are looking forward to his continued contributions as a director.”
WHOA Fall Classic & Franklin Polo Academy's Poloween this weekend at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena
Come out to The Park at Harlinsdale Farm this Saturday, October 28, for the Walking Horse Owners Association (WHOA) Fall Classic! Showing starts at 11AM at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena. Click here for a full showing schedule.
Also this weekend, Franklin Polo Academy is hosting it's second annual POLOWEEN event! Come out for a spooky good time on Sunday, October 29. Gates will open at 2PM and the polo match begins at 3PM. The warm-up match is Superheroes vs. Villains, and the headlining match features Franklin Polo vs. University of Kentucky. General admission is $10.00, and kids 10 and under are free. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged! Food, drinks, bounce house, costume contest, face painting, polo pony rides, music, live commentated polo match, vendors, & TRICK or TREATING!
Franklin Parks Dept. & Friends of Franklin Parks to Cut Ribbon on Warm-Up Arena
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Just over one year after opening the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, the City of Franklin’s Parks Department and the non-profit organization Friends of Franklin Parks will cut the ribbon on an adjacent warm-up arena designed to accommodate a range of equestrian and other events. The celebration will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 2 p.m., and the community is invited.
“This project is another great example of the way the public and private sectors are working together to continue enhancing our parks system,” said Paige Cruse, parks and recreation superintendent for the City of Franklin Parks Department. “Friends of Franklin Parks brought a significant financial contribution and a vision to the table, and our staff worked to execute the plan that we’ve had in place for Harlinsdale’s infrastructure around the multi-purpose equestrian arena.”
The approximately $50,000 project not only added a secondary warm-up arena to the Harlinsdale campus to better accommodate equestrian events, but it also added critical electrical, drainage and irrigation infrastructure that will support other activities in the park, both now and in the future.
Three different contractors (electrical, irrigation and drainage, and specialized arena footing) were engaged in the project, and were supported by the Parks Department’s Athletics and Maintenance divisions, who assisted with connections to existing utility systems and the construction of the cross-tie framework in which the arena base material sits.
Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director Torrey Barnhill says the partnership with the Parks Department demonstrates how the timeline on long-range plans can be advanced with private contributions that benefit taxpayers and visitors.
“Friends of Franklin Parks is proud to be able to bring resources that enhance our City’s incredible parks system. This warm-up arena was supported financially by the Central Tennessee Dressage Association, because they see the value in having a fully built-out equestrian facility at Harlinsdale, but the Pilgrimage Festival was also able to take advantage of the new infrastructure in place,” Barnhill said. “It’s rewarding to see it all come together, and we encourage the public to join us in celebrating its opening.”
As part of the ribbon-cutting event on October 12, the Central Tennessee Dressage Association will host an equine demonstration, and the Boys & Girls Club kids who participate in Friends of Franklin Parks’ educational outreach program will also be on-hand. Light refreshments will be served, and officials will commemorate the occasion.
Friends of Franklin Parks Unveils Big Plans at Sixth-Annual Raise the Roofs
Bridge Across Harpeth, Horse Museum and Visitor’s Center at Harlinsdale on the Drawing Board
As a sellout crowd enjoyed food and drink from 17 different purveyors on August 19, Friends of Franklin Parks played a video highlighting the fruits of its partnership with the City of Franklin and unveiling big plans for future of the Harlinsdale Park campus.
“Our job is to bridge the gap between public and private, and to work with the Parks Department to preserve and enhance our park system. You see that manifested in the main barn at Harlinsdale, the old mare barn, in the Tractor Supply Co. Arena and now a new warm-up ring, but we want to do more,” explained Friends of Franklin Parks President Dr. Monty McInturff.
“Our plans now are focused on two areas: connecting all 16 of our Parks for the community, starting with a bridge from Harlinsdale across the Harpeth River; and bringing back the old power station there as a Harlinsdale Horse Museum and Visitor’s Center while continuing our work on the Main Barn and the Hayes House.”
Working with numerous stakeholders, including the City and the Chestnut Bend Homeowner’s Association, Friends of Franklin Parks is developing a plan to connect the park to existing trails on the other side of the Harpeth River, which would allow safe and easy access to Bicentennial Park and downtown Franklin on foot or bicycle.
The power station – built near the turn of the 20th century to supply coal-fired power to Franklin – was ultimately replaced by cooperative utility systems after the Great Depression. The historic building was heavily damaged during a storm in 2014.
“This is an opportunity to restore that building and create an educational experience that tells the story of the horse’s impact on middle Tennessee and the region, and serve as a destination for people exploring our parks,” McInturff said. “This Visitor’s Center, located right in the middle of Franklin’s ‘Central Park,’ will be the resource for anyone who wants to understand how to take advantage of everything the 16-park system offers, whether it’s history or hiking, floating, fishing, events or riding.”
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The sixth-annual Raise the Roofs event was presented by Kemp Orthodontics and Randy Jones & Associates.
Among a polo match and other horse demonstrations, Nashville’s own Americana-roots favorites Boy Named Banjo played throughout the evening. Bites from Buttermilk Sky Pie; Catering and Events by Suzette; Circa; Chuy’s; Daily Dish; Franklin Chop House; Jim ‘N Nick’s; Juice Bar Franklin; MAFIAoZA’s; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Padrino’s Pops; Pueblo Real; Scout’s Pub; Sperry’s; Taziki’s and Yat’s Cajun Creole will delight the crowd. Lipman Brothers and the R.S. Lipman Company will provide wine, beer and a specialty cocktail.
Additional sponsors include: Amy Cross Nance, Attorney at Law; Berry Farms, a Boyle Development; Berry Farms Animal Hospital; Bell & Associates Construction, L.P.; Burr & Forman LLP; Franklin Synergy Bank; Franklin Tomorrow; Jones Bros. Contractors, LLC; Stites and Harbison, PLLC; Tennessee Equine Hospital; TTL, Inc.; and Williamson Medical Center, along with CJC Technologies, Ford Custom Classic Homes, Lee Company, and Barry and Jackie Alexander.
"Raise the Roofs" Includes Auction of Champion Harlin Horses
In Honor of the Late Bill Harlin, Family Donates Three Horses and a Foal to Fundraiser
For the last three years, Harlinsdale Farm patriarch Bill Harlin has donated horses from his world-champion lines for auction at Friends of Franklin Parks' annual Raise the Roofs event. Harlin passed away in June at the age of 92, and now the Harlin family is honoring his legacy by offering three horses and a foal to the fundraising effort. Raise the Roofs is set for this Saturday, August 19, at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.
"The Harlin family has contributed so much to our community, both with the sale of Harlinsdale Farm to become a public park and in supporting Friends of Franklin Parks' efforts to bring the horses back to that historic property," said Monty McInturff, president of Friends of Franklin Parks. "He left an incredible legacy, and the rest of the Harlin family has stepped up in a big way to continue supporting our efforts to preserve and enhance Franklin's park system."
The eight-year-old chestnut mare Summer Adventure and the chestnut colt by her side, born in April, are both rich with famous bloodlines tracing back to the original Harlinsdale Farm and its legendary stud Midnight Sun.
Mainly Rowdy, a handsome three-year-old gelding descended from two world champions, will be a great pleasure and trail horse for a child or adult. The chestnut horse has a beautiful flax mane and tail.
The third horse made available for auction at Raise the Roofs, the personal horse of the late Bill Harlin's wife Barbara, bears an uncanny resemblance to his predecessor Midnight Sun. Reggie Rowdy is a two-year-old black stallion has the same size, stamina and physical constitution of his ancestor, and Reggie's four-year-old brother recently sold for $18,000.
"These generous donations not only preserve and celebrate the legacy of Mr. Harlin and Harlinsdale Farm, but they will make great pleasure horses that families can enjoy riding for many years to come," McInturff said.
Saturday's Raise the Roofs event is sold out, but General Admissions tickets are available to a polo match that will be held as part of the event. Gates for the match open at 6 p.m., and the concessions stand will be serving food and drink.
Local restaurants, sponsors lined up for Raise the Roofs
More than a dozen local restaurants will be on hand for the sixth-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” event on Saturday, August 19th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The evening of equestrian-themed fun at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm is presented by Kemp Orthodontics and Randy Jones & Associates.
Among the polo match and other horse demonstrations, Nashville’s own Americana-roots favorites Boy Named Banjo will play throughout the evening. Bites from Buttermilk Sky Pie; Catering and Events by Suzette; Circa; Chuy’s; Daily Dish; Franklin Chop House; Jim ‘N Nick’s; Juice Bar Franklin; MAFIAoZA’s; Nothing Bundt Cake; Scout’s Pub; Sperry’s; Taziki’s and Yat’s Cajun Creole will delight the crowd. Lipman Brothers and the R.S. Lipman Company will provide wine, beer and a specialty cocktail.
“Raise the Roofs has become a late summer favorite, but it also serves a critical purpose in raising funds for our Franklin’s park system,” says Executive Director Torrey Barnhill. “We have some exciting updates to share on new initiatives, against the backdrop of the new Tractor Supply Co. Arena that this event directly supported in its first five years.”
Tickets, which includes food, drinks, live entertainment and a live and silent auction, are available for $100 per person. And for the first time, a general admission ticket is available to watch the polo match for $15.
Gates for the match open at 6 p.m. and the first ball drops at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available, as well as face painting and balloon animals for family fun.
Barnhill says tables and tickets are selling quickly, and she expects a sellout. All proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s 16-park system.
“There’s something about horses, late summer and the historical significance of Harlinsdale Farm that make Raise the Roofs special,” she says. “We expect this year’s event to be the best one yet.”
Additional sponsors include: Amy Cross Nance, Attorney at Law; Berry Farms, a Boyle Development; Berry Farms Animal Hospital; Bell & Associates Construction, L.P.; Burr & Forman LLP; Franklin Synergy Bank; Jones Bros. Contractors, LLC; Stites and Harbison, PLLC; and Tennessee Equine Hospital, along with CJC Technologies, Ford Custom Classic Homes, Lee Company, and Barry and Jackie Alexander.
THANK YOU to our event sponsors & participating restaurants!
A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible! Buy tickets here:
Friends of Franklin Parks announces Sixth Annual "Raise the Roofs" Event at Harlinsdale
The sixth-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” event promises to be the best party of the summer, including bites from some of Franklin’s most wonderful restaurants, plenty of equestrian-themed entertainment, and a polo match to cap off the evening.
The event, to be held Saturday, August 19th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will take over the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, with a tented grass berm and the natural beauty of the farm as a back drop. Tickets to the event, which includes food, drinks, live entertainment and a live and silent auction, are available for $100 per person. And for the first time, a general admission ticket is available to watch the polo match for $10. All proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s 16-park system.
Chairs Renee and Ashley Hill and Kelly and Chad Dannenfelser have spent the spring months planning the event, along with Design Chair Stacey Perry of Down to the Wire. Ashley Hill, a Friends of Franklin Parks Board member, is executive vice president and chief banking officer at Franklin Synergy Bank, and Renee Hill is a tax and estate administration paralegal at Bass, Berry & Sims. Chad Dannenfelser, also a Friends Board member, is neuroscience area manager at Avanir Pharmaceuticals, while Kelly Dannenfelser is a long-range planning supervisor with the City of Franklin.
“We’re fortunate to have both the leadership of our Board and event chairs as well as the support of the community as we approach our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Torrey Barnhill, executive director of Friends of Franklin Parks. “This is an event that people look forward to all year long, because it’s unique and fun and is dedicated to a cause that people hold dear.
“Friends of Franklin Parks has used the proceeds from this event to build the multi-purpose arena at Harlinsdale, to contribute to the restoration of the main barn and to provide the seeds that will grow into future enhancements of our incredible park system and trails,” Barnhill says. “We’re looking forward to sharing our vision with the community at Raise the Roofs.”
THANK YOU to our event sponsors & participating restaurants!
A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible! Buy tickets here:
Equestrian Trails open to public at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
From the Williamson Herald
March 29, 2017
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Equestrian Trails at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm was held Monday afternoon.
Trails will be open to the public.
The new equestrian trail is open to all horse and stable owners as a self-guided trail throughout the park, uniquely located next to historic downtown Franklin. The trail features 2.62 miles of standard trail and .33 miles of advanced trail throughout the historic farm, once known as the birth place of the modern Tennessee Walking Horse.
The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena with food by Catering and Events by Suzette. From the city and parks department, Mayor Ken Moore, Lisa Clayton, Eric Stuckey, Kevin Lindsey and Executive Director of Friends of Parks, Torrey Barnhill and Dr. Monty McInturff were all in attendance. Members of Friends of Franklin Parks, Franklin alderman Brandy Blanton, Heritage Foundation members and community leaders and friends also attended.
Trail and park amenities include trailer parking, tie rails throughout the trail course, rules and information kiosk, and restrooms. The trail will be open for public use on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 30 minutes prior to the official sunrise, to 30 minutes after the official sunset.
The trail was funded by a Recreation Trails Program grant, which aims to provide trail funding for recreational uses. The City of Franklin Parks Department staff constructed the trail and amenities.
For a detailed listing of trail rules and regulations, please visit the City’s website at www.franklintn.gov/parks. For more information, please contact the Parks Department at 615-794-2103.