James Armstrong (Co-Owner, Director of Polo Operations & Instructor) 
USPA Certified Polo Instructor (Level 1)

James was born and raised on a farm in South Africa, where he learned to ride and play polo from his father, starting at the young age of 10. At the age of 18, James immigrated to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a professional polo player. For over 25 years, James has played professionally in the U.S., competing for some of polo’s most prestigious titles. At the height of his career he was rated at 6 goals. Since 1994, James has managed and played on the Franklin-based Riverview Polo Team, owned by local businessman Orrin Ingram. Some of the team's achievements include winning the $50,000 USPA International Cup twice, the BMW International Series in South Africa, the Music City Challenge Cup and Chukkers for Charity. James has competed professionally in South Africa, Spain and Argentina. He also manages Nashville Polo club, a private club here in Franklin. James started Franklin Polo Academy, along with fellow pro and teammate, Stevie Orthwein. He is married to Lexie, an accomplished amateur polo player herself and a talented artist. They have three young boys and live on a farm in Williamson County. He is also an affiliate real estate broker with Jones Properties, specializing in residential farms, equestrian properties and residential homes in the area. James is one of the initial founders of “Chukkers for Charity," an annual fundraising polo match held at Riverview Farm. Over the past 19 years, Chukkers has raised over $2,000,000 for Saddle Up! and the Rochelle Center. 

Steve Orthwein Jr. (Co-Owner & Instructor)

Stevie is a 3rd generation polo player with roots in St. Louis, Missouri. After learning to play polo on his family farm, Stevie attended the University of Virginia where he played on the polo team from 1998—2002 and won the National Intercollegiate Championship in his 4th year. In 2003, Steve moved to Wellington, Florida where he has played professionally with a 4 goal handicap on numerous medium and high goal teams.  Steve has also been a three-time member of the US Polo Team competing in the 1998, 2005 and 2008 FIP World Championships. In 2008, along with his father and brother, Stevie founded the Port Mayaca Polo Club located in Port Mayaca, Florida. The club operates throughout the winter months, has 7 polo fields, and stabling for 220 horses. Stevie has played in Mexico, Canada, Argentina, France, Brazil and Malaysia. In 2013, Steve married Margaret Lipman of Nashville, Tennessee. The couple spends much of the summer months in Nashville where Stevie plays polo with the Nashville polo club and competes with the Riverview Farm polo team.

Sammie Uys (Polo Manager & Instructor)
USPA Certified Polo Instructor (Level 1)

Sammie is from Huntington, West Virginia and grew up riding horses of many disciplines. While attending Ohio University, she showed on their three (Hunt, Western, and Dressage) intercollegiate equestrian teams. Out of curiosity, she scheduled a polo lesson in Lexington, Kentucky with some friends and immediately fell in love with the sport. After a packed summer season of galloping racehorses in the morning and learning how to play polo in the afternoons, Sammie started grooming and training horses for James Armstrong in Florida in December of 2010. Between working for James on and off during the years, she has worked for Steve Dalton, traveled her way around multiple states and polo clubs, and spent numerous hours in the saddle with green horses. Now Sammie is here to stay in Franklin, Tennessee to manage Franklin Polo Academy and instruct students. She would love to open the doors for everyone to experience the thrilling sport of polo..