Many things make Sarasota Florida one of the most attractive places to live in the United States. Not the least of these is the arts, cultural, shopping and dining amenities along with a year round flow of festivals and events. But one of the truly unique and less popularly known amenities of Sarasota is the presence of the Sarasota Polo Club. While polo is more commonly associated with Great Britain and South America, the sport enjoys a strong following in the United States. From its beginnings in a New York City riding academy in 1876, the popularity of the sport in the United States has grown continuously.
The Sarasota Polo Club traces its roots back to 1922 when the Uihlein family, founders of the Schlitz Brewing Company, bought 28,000 acres in eastern Sarasota and Manatee County. Back then, cowboys who worked the ranch played something roughly akin to the game of polo using their work-a-day horses on a dusty cow pasture. From those humble beginnings, the Sarasota Polo Club, officially founded in 1991, has grown from just two fields to be an outstanding first-class polo club. With 130 acres and 9 meticulously groomed and irrigated polo fields, two stick and ball fields and a regulation size arena, the Sarasota Polo Club is now one of the largest polo clubs in the United States.
Sarasota Polo Club facilities include a member’s clubhouse, a full-size outdoor arena, a covered pavilion, a three quarters of a mile exercise track, veterinary clinic and three 24-stall barns. During the polo season up to 600 horses are housed on the Polo Club grounds and in the 35 private ranches surrounding the polo fields.
New players are invited to join the Sarasota Polo Club which offers 4, 8 and 10 goal leagues. Practice games are offered 3 days a week and an arena polo program is also available. The club hosts U. S. Polo Association (USPA) tournaments from 4 to 12 goal tournaments during its season.
Polo matches at the Club, weather permitting, are open to the public and will be held this season every Sunday afternoon at 1:00PM from January 8th through April 9th. Beginning this season, matches will also be held the last Friday of each month at 3:00PM. Gates open on Sundays at 10:00AM on Sundays and 2:00PM for Friday matches. Admission is $12.00 per person and children under 12 are free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate. Well behaved dogs on leash are allowed on the grounds.
So, once you’ve had your fill of sun tanning on some of the finest beaches in America and you're ready to introduce yourself and your family to something exciting, consider bringing the family, your guests and a picnic basket to the Sarasota Polo Club for a match during the 2017 season.
There's a good reason they call polo "the fastest game on four feet." The excitement is real and the Sarasota Polo Club is one of the “Best of the Best” places to witness world-class polo play.
Attending a polo match can be a fun-filled afternoon. The kids will enjoy pony and Clydesdale wagon rides, tailgate parties, half-time entertainment and even a round of divot stomping. If Polo sounds like the sort of exciting sport you'd enjoy watching or maybe even participating in, ask me for more information about Sarasota Florida and the wide array of indoor and outdoor cultural and sporting activities you and your family are certain to like.
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