I’m a sucker for silent auctions, especially when you know the funds are going to a good cause. At one local fundraiser this past Spring, I set my eyes on items that focused on experience. I was excited to see an array of interesting activities and couldn’t wait to get bidding. After a lot of table stalking (oh, you know you’ve done it), I was lucky enough to snag four Phillies tickets, four Sight and Sound tickets and the one item I really wanted: Polo Lancaster tickets! That’s right, I was heading to a polo match this Summer, and I couldn’t wait. You see, I’ve never been to a polo match before and looked forward to learning more about the game and checking out the local Lancaster Polo scene, now in its 74th year.
When you’re lucky to get a private spot around the field you take full advantage. It works like tailgating. You pull up your car to your spot, back in, open the trunk and set up your space. You can tell the pros with tables, coolers, tents and chairs all lined up and ready for the game. Only a small wooden frame outlines the field and they do suggest setting up your area a few feet back so when the horses step over the lip they don’t step on you. This was very helpful, because they do step over which is exciting and scary all at once.
The horses are beautiful and the 15 minute chukkers or periods are full of action. I was hooked and so was my family. Between the chukkers you and the family can stomp down the divots which is the tradition.
The people were very friendly and the announcer was a hoot. Georgie even got to change the scoreboard which only enhanced the experience.
After the match was over (we lost to Delaware), the players rode their horses around the field so we could all high five them.
If you get a chance to check out a match, go! It’s fun for the whole family and the game is a sight to see. Just another great thing to do in Lancaster County.
Upcoming Cups & Match Schedule:
Reading Symphony Orchestra cup LPC vs WTR
Chilli Cookoff: LPC vs Delaware
Triangle Therapy Riding benefit match LPC vs Rabbit Hill
George Pucak Memorial/Patron Appreciation Day & WTR benefit
Saturday Oct. 17
“work day” 9am – 1 pm to close the field