One of the truly unique but less popularly known assets of Sarasota is the presence of the Sarasota Polo Club. Polo is more commonly associated with the United Kingdom and South America, yet this exciting and entertaining sport enjoys a strong following in the United States. From its beginnings in a New York City 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. Cowboys who were brought to the ranch started playing something roughly akin to the game of polo using just their rancing horses and sticks on a rough pasture. From those humble beginnings, the Sarasota Polo Club has grown from just two polo fields into a first-class polo club. Today, with 130 acres and 9 meticulously groomed 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.
The Sarasota Polo Club includes a member’s clubhouse, a full-size outdoor arena, a covered pavilion, a 3/4 of a mile exercise track, three 24-stall barns and a well-regarded veterinary clinic. 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.
Everyone is invited to join the Sarasota Polo Club which offers training sessions, 4, 8 and 10 goal leagues. Practice games are offered 3 days/week. 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 are open to the public, weather permitting, and are being 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 in $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 playing and sun tanning on some of the finest beaches in America, introduce yourself and your family to something exciting,. Bring the family, your guests and a picnic basket to the Sarasota Polo Club the 2017 season. Attending a polo match can be a fun-filled afternoon with the kids enjoying pony rides and Clydesdale wagon rides. Tailgate parties, half-time entertainment and even a round of divot stomping will complete your afternoon.
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