Polo in the Park
Blue skies and warm weather prevailed for San Francisco’s longstanding tradition of Polo in the Park. The intimate arena polo gathering was held at the Bercut Equitation Field in Golden Gate Park. The day began with wine tasting, shopping, and a sit-down lunch.
Our meal was served buffet-style with guests assigned to blue-clad tables. The delicious fare included panzanella with garden-fresh tomatoes, pulled-pork sliders, tender chicken, coleslaw, savory spinach salad, and chopped salad. It was a feast.
Ladies donned colorful hats, while men looked dapper for the occasion. Vendors displayed paintings, jewelry, hats, clothing, and Argentinian leather goods, with a portion of the sales donated to the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program.
Renee Richardson from KFOG radio served as master of ceremonies, while executive director Sarah Meakin talked about the event’s history and how this fundraiser makes possible children’s equine riding programs.
Prior to the polo match, there was a riding demonstration of the Peruvian Paso breed. Riders in traditional garb from Peru displayed the unique gait of their horses, taking several spins around the field. We sat back to enjoy our lunch and sip wine.
The polo match took place in a small arena, so instead of the typical four players, there were two players on each team, with a total of four chukkas played. The fast-paced match was close. One team scored, followed by the other team. The enthusiastic crowd cheered for their favorite team. At the end of the match the teams were recognized and received their trophy.
The Meakin family operates Tal Y Tara Tea and Polo Shoppe in San Francisco’s Richmond District, and has been integral to bringing polo to San Francisco and promoting equine therapy programs. Their tea shop is a lovely place to enjoy a spot of tea, surrounded by equestrian gear.
Details: Polo in the Park has been going on for 28 years. This annual fundraiser funds equine therapy programs through the James Brady Foundation. Click here for more information about the riding programs. For more information about Polo in the Park, visit their website.