WELLINGTON, Florida – When it comes to the love of dogs, there is no rescue in town quite like Big Dog Ranch Rescue (BDRR). This Valentine’s Day, BDRR presents Big Dogs Valentine’s Night Out, with all proceeds benefiting the largest cage-free shelter in the United States. On Wednesday, February 14, from 6 – 11 p.m., Wellington’s newest restaurant, Polo Bar and Grill, is generously hosting the event and, the equestrian hot spot will transform into the idyllic Valentine’s Day destination, and for one night, the equestrian community will come together for a country-chic western-themed evening under the stars. The event features an exquisite dinner, silent and live auctions, a night filled with dancing, and a private concert with Nashville Country sensation Randy Houser.
 
Tickets are selling out fast at only $250 per person, and a limited number of table sponsorships remain. 
All event proceeds benefit the nation’s largest cage free no kill shelter, Big Dog Ranch Rescue. Over 23,000 dogs have been saved by the organization’s work as the campus evolves into the nation’s premiere rescue facility and animal lover’s destination. BDRR is the prototype for what every rescue should be; a place that not only houses, but heals both physically and mentally, to ensure a sound, forever companion for a new family. BDRR is a leader in the national animal welfare movement, through compassionate, innovative rescue practices and transformative educational programs.
 
Big Dog Ranch Rescue Founder and President, Lauree Simmons, said, “I hope you will join us for this special Valentine’s Day celebration of love. Invite some of your friends, and experience not only an incredible evening, but the joy we feel everyday as we rescue our four-legged companions.”
 
BDRR’s goal is to give the gift of life to as many dogs as possible, enrich the lives of those who adopt them, and in doing so, help create a better world. Big Dogs Valentines Night Out will benefit the expansion and enhanced life-saving services provided in their all-new state-of-the-art Veterinary Healing Center, as well as continue to support their ongoing mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming as many dogs as humanly possible. During the past year alone, BDRR has rescued more than 3,000 surviving puppies and dogs from the hurricanes in Houston, the Florida Keys and Puerto Rico.
Country music star Kenny Chesney stepped up to work with BDRR in the wake of the devastation of the hurricanes, helping to rescue 100 dogs along with Victory Air, and transport them to safety in the U.S. His dedication to BDRR did not end with the live-saving mission, and it was upon his recommendation that Randy Houser stepped forward for an exclusive concert to be held during Big Dog’s Valentine’s Night Out.
In between his New York and Texas events, Houser will fly to West Palm Beach for a one-night occurrence, to perform specifically for the love of dogs. The country singer/songwriter who broke out as a co-writer for the popular song, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” has since written and performed 12 billboard songs, with “Boots On” topping his career at its peak in the second position on the charts, and other popular hits such as “Anything Goes,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “We Went” also bringing the country star even further into the limelight. Houser’s performance will open with local talents Burnt Biscuit, and Tom Blake and The Backroads Band will keep the dancing going throughout the night.
Grab your western wear, pull on your dancing boots, and get ready for a Valentine’s Day that you will not forget. Whether you head out to Polo Bar & Grill for the dinner, drinks or dancing, you are sure to have an outstanding evening. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on a Meet & Greet with Kenney Chesney at any one of his 60 tour date locations, a Hot Air Balloon Ride, and a beautiful diamond bracelet, along with an array of top-of-the-line items for the silent auction.

The event will also feature a demonstration from Cobra, an American Mustang who was destined for death, but was adopted from the wild, and has since reached the highest level of classical and western dressage ever for a wild horse. He is known throughout the world, and a “Breyer” horse was made of him. His rescuer and rider, Marsha Hartford-Sapp, and Cobra will perform and host a Meet & Greet with Cobra. His story has stolen the hearts of millions, and is sure to steal those of the guests at Big Dogs Valentine’s Night Out. 
Bringing Driving sport back to the Wellington community are FEI Drivers Bettina Scherer and Mary Phelps showing the versatility of the sport of Combined Driving. It is an FEI Sport that will be represented with Four-In-Hand International Teams at the World Equestrian Games (WEG), Tryon 2018. 

Modeled after the sport of Eventing, it was England’s Prince Phillip, when president of the FEI, who created the sport for the world stage. The three phases, Dressage, Marathon (Cross Country) and the third phase, Cones, has their own World Championships for Singles, Pairs, Four-In-Hand, and Ponies.

Scherer will demonstrate the elegance of dressage with her Standardbred/Dutch Harness horse cross, Banjo. In the traditional dress with her lovely presentation carriage, Bettina will show some of the moves required in the FEI 2* Dressage Test, required for qualification for the Single Horse World Championships. Sherer organized eight Combined Driving events in Wellington from 2011-2014, and is eager to bring this exciting and versatile sport back to South Florida. 
Then Mary Phelps and “The Gangsters” Markel’s Al Capony and Bugsy Maloney will ramp up the speed in their Marathon carriage doing a derby-style demonstration showing the speed and agility required for the Marathon and Cones Phase. Mary Phelps, owner of  HorsesDaily.com  is a well known personality in the equestrian community as a photographer and journalist, now competing at the FEI Level in the sport. 

“From its inception, our dream for Polo West and Polo Bar & Grill has been a community-centric golf and equestrian clubhouse to support important events and activities. To us, there is no more important organization and no more noble activity, than saving the lives of the Big Dog Ranch Rescue dogs,” Polo Bar & Grill owner, Gary Fellers concluded.
 
Fellow owner Jeanette Sassoon concluded, “Please join us in supporting this important cause, and we urge the community to make a donation if they cannot attend, as well as follow Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s amazing journey.”
About Polo Bar & Grill:

Polo Bar & Grill, home to Polo West Golf & Equestrian Club, is a welcoming, family and dog-friendly restaurant that focuses on locally-sourced ingredients in the heart of Wellington's famed equestrian community. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week, with brunch served on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Address :
2470 Greenview Cove Drive
Wellington, FL 33414
 
 
Phone:
Restaurant: 561.429.2049
Golf: 561.328.3800
 
Big Dogs Valentine’s Night Out:
When : Wednesday, February 14
Time : 6 – 11 p.m.
Attire : Western Cocktail
 
Tickets : BDRR.org/Valentines
 
About : Join us as the equestrian community comes together for a western-themed
evening under the stars. Exquisite cuisine, silent & live auctions, Nashville country star Randy Houser, a demonstration of the American Mustang Cobra, music by local talents Burt Biscuit and Tom Blake & The Backroads Band, and dancing the night away; all for the love of dogs!
 
Benefiting : The expansion and enhanced life-saving services provided in our new state-of-the-art Veterinary Healing Center at Big Dog Ranch Rescue, the largest cage-free dog rescue in the U.S.
 
About BDRR: Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States. It's our mission to be a leader in the national animal welfare movement, through compassionate, innovative rescue practices and transformative educational programs. Our goal is to give the gift of life to as many dogs as humanly possible, enrich the lives of those who adopt them, and in doing so, help create a better world. 
SPONSORS
Polo Bar & Grill
2470 Greenview Cove Drive
Wellington, FL 33414

Hours
Monday - Wednesday
11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Thursday - Sunday
11 a.m. - 11 p.m.


For more information about Polo Bar & Grill: www.polobarandgrill.com

Restaurant:  561.429.2049
Golf:  561.328.3800