One of the world’s most exciting spectator sports returns to Vancouver when the Southlands Riding Club hosts the first polo tournament to be played in Vancouver for over 20 years on 17 August 2014. Teams will be made up of different level handicap players from around BC.
The oldest team sport in the world, polo is a perfect mix of style and excitement with the spectacular field action complemented by cool sideline picnics. While there will be limited food available on site, spectators are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch and blanket.
It’s a perfect family day out or a special occasion for couples or friends. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available with covered seating and catered high tea luncheon as well as a glass of sparkling wine for the traditional half-time divot stomp.
Polo has been played in Vancouver since 1913 and in the 1960s the Southlands Riding Club was actually the Southlands Riding and Polo Club, with games played on Sundays for a small admission fee. Southlands Riding Club celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2013 and is home to several hundred members enjoying a wide array of equestrian disciplines at all levels from novice to Grand Prix.
The gates open at 12.30 for the game starting throw in at 2pm. Fancy dress is appropriate and a best-dressed awards will be given to the lady, man, couple, child, dog and picnic setup that most catches the judges’ eye.
Admission is $5 and entrance is free for kids aged 14 and under. Limited VIP tickets are on sale for $50 and can be purchased by calling 604-263-4817.
The heart of Vancouver’s equestrian community, Southlands Riding Club can be found at 7025 Macdonald Street, just a 20-minute drive from downtown.