It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Santa Barbara. We drove up to the Santa Barbara Polo Club fields to the gentle sounds of galloping horses, and very little expectations. This was our first polo match, so we walked into the club with some images of Julia Robert’s, Pretty Woman, in our heads minus the inappropriate themes of the movie. We found seats in the grand stand and immediately google polo rules. Here are a few simple ones to know:
1. There are 6 chukkers in a game. A chukker is similar to a quarter in basketball.
2. Once a ball is hit, there is a line of play that it follows. The player who hits the ball, gets the right of way.
3. A player can hook an opponent’s mallet or push an opponent off the line of play
4. A player can bump their opponent’s horse
Also, in between the 3rd and 4th chukker, the game will go into a half-time. During this time, everyone is invited to go onto the field to turn over divots. Adults are given glasses of sparkling wine and children get sparkling cider to drink. The experience made for a very relaxing and enjoyable Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss out, this summer, on heading to Santa Barbara for some lovely polo matches. Whether it’s your first or hundredth, it’s a great way to spend the afternoon.
The Santa Barbara Polo Club is open on Sundays to the public. Matches begin at 1 pm & 3 pm. The gates open at noon. See you all there!