What are you doing this weekend? Well, come on out and join us at POLO!
If being outdoors on a beautiful green lawn, witnessing powerful horses and making new friends while sipping something cool sounds appealing to you…come to a polo match!
“Polo is one of the OLDEST (over 2,500 years old…it’s even older than Jesus…I know because I looked it up because I myself had a hard time believing polo was that ancient, but it is and originated from China and Persia); one of the fastest (horses and rider can travel up to 35 MPH while four fearless opponents are traveling at similar speeds are trying to interfere with the other teams shots); one of the most dangerous (a well hit HARD polo ball approximately the size of a softball can travel a speeds of up to 100 MPH and without the protection of shoulder pads and in most cases a face mask! All they have to protect themselves are a hard helmet, a hard, leather knee pads and quality leather polo boots…AND THAT IS IT!); played on the largest field in professional sports (over 9 NFL football fields could fit within the total square footage can fit within a regulation polo field with side boards.)
WOW! RIGHT!? That’s what I though!”
~ Charlotte Taylor (The Polo Lady)
POLO IS A WAY OF LIFE
Polo is the perfect sport if you are seeking the ultimate outdoor experience. It makes for a family-friendly social gathering. It’s a perfect way to spend your afternoon, relaxing in the breeze, wiggling your toes in the grass, watching the big game with your fun friends and family. You know…hot dogs, apple pie and POLO!
Children LOVE seeing all the horses. Just one polo team may possibly bring up to 24 horses for just one, six chukker polo match! Children also enjoy running around outdoors and at polo, there is enough room for them to run around on the sidelines and after the polo match, play chase on the actual polo field. Parents love this because after all the excitement and running around, their kids will sleep sound at night when they get back home.
Polo is played all throughout the week (Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) all over Texas. Anywhere you go, polo spectators are encouraged to bring their own outdoor games: bocce balls, croquet, Frisbee, horseshoes. For the polo clubs on private property with no concessions or bar (please call your local club to confirm their rules), tailgate comforts, iced down coolers, and tasty, fresh picnics. Often it is breezy outdoors and warm in Texas so please keep that in mind as you decide what and how to pack your personal picnics.
At Halftime, depending on the club you’re attending, after the third chukker, often fans can partake in the infamous champagne divot stomp and enjoy a little “bubbly” on the polo field as you help re-smooth the lush polo lawn by “stomping divots.” It is a really special and fun treat you can tell your friends about the next day at work!
Post-game, take the opportunity to mingle with the players and ask about the big plays that won the match. Polo players are very passionate about their sport of princes and kings so they enjoy talking to people who enjoyed being at their polo match.
The attire at polo is relaxed and comfortable. Most men enjoy wearing collared shirts, shorts or jeans. Ladies may enjoy the same or wearing a comfortable sundress is another great option. Ladies, don’t risk scraping your beautiful stilettos that will quickly sink into the lawn much like cleats. Wedged heels or flats make it easier for the ladies to get around on the grassy polo fields. For more attire details please check out out “attire” page on this website.
At many* of Texas private polo clubs and ranches listed on this website, encourage guests to bring their lawn chairs, cozy picnic blankets, and coolers containing all beverages and picnic snacks of your choice.
*More established clubs not on a polo patron’s private property such as the Houston Polo Club do have concessions and do not allow outside coolers into their polo club. The Houston Polo Club also has a well-stocked bar open to all guest over the age of 21 years old. Please visit the club you’re interested in attending to learn of their specific requirements.
For your convenience a link to each Texas polo club is listed here under the drop down, sub-menu on the Texans for Polo “Schedules” page.
There are no concession stands many of these polo clubs and ranches therefore guests are encouraged to bring all their tailgating comforts and picnic. Due to the fact they are all located on private property and with the exception of a few of the polo clubs listed here, admission is FREE and adult beverages are welcome for all guests over the age of 21 years old. That being said, please consume responsibly, be respectful of the owners private property, and leave the ranch just as you found it when you arrived.
Tailgating suggestions are:
- Lawn chairs;
- Picnic blanket;
- Load your own goodies in your picnic basket;
- Ice down your ice chest with cool beverages of your choice (champagne & polo go together just like peanut butter & jelly!!!);
- Cups, napkins, forks, spoons, etc.;
- BRING YOUR FRIENDS;
- Bring your family (children love running around on the lawn, sidelines and looking at all the pretty horses);
- You can even bring your leashed dog as long as they get along with long time, loyal polo patron of Willow Bend Polo & Hunt Club and the Las Colinas Polo Club, Fred Johnson of “Friends of Polo” fame’s rescue dog named “Bentley!”