Polo is a sport rich in history and culture and carries a mystique of leisure, luxury and elegance. In San Diego, polo can be traced back to 1906 when John D. Spreckels, the “Grandfather of Polo,” helped host San Diego’s first international polo tournament. This year marks the 26th season of polo in Rancho Santa Fe at the San Diego Polo Club. The San Diego Polo Club and its members are composed of active stewards of this community, invested in its health and success.
In addition to being involved with the polo field, the San Diego Polo Club and its members are also active on both a local and an international scale. In June, the Polo Club teamed up with Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale, to raise over $30,000. The name Sentebale means “forget me not” and seeks to help at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa. In the month of August, club members will be spending the day volunteering with TERI Inc. to help wrap up their “Campus for Life” building project. TERI Inc. is an organization that is passionately dedicated to bringing both hope and opportunity to those with learning disabilities. As the polo season comes to an end in September, Giving Back Magazine will be hosting a charity polo match to benefit the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera.
Polo matches are open to the public and occur every Sunday from June through October, and on August 19 the match will honors the Club’s “Founding Father” Willis Allen, and also celebrates an additional seven weeks of polo. Allen, along with his son-in-law Harry Collins, helped to secure and establish the land on which the San Diego Polo Club exists to this day.
Whether you are relaxing in the shade of the VIP tent or basking in the sun while tailgating, polo attendees are guaranteed a captivating, action-packed afternoon of polo in a family-friendly environment.