As a member of the Pacific Coast Circuit (which is affiliated with the United States Polo Association – USPA), the Golden Gate Park Polo Club is one of 35 clubs that dedicate their time and energy to the love of horses. In an effort to increase the amount of horse-related events in the San Francisco region, Horses in California, Inc (a non-profit organization) has shifted their ultra-popular events to the Golden Gate Park Polo Field, where polo matches and other adventures for horse lovers take place.

Brief History

Polo in the Park is known as a leading charity event in San Francisco since 1984, where a day-long celebration of the sport and horses unfolds for the good of the James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program, which helps children with disabilities.

This annual event calls the attention of both local and international polo players who compete for the coveted Eric Pedley Perpetual Trophy and the Elaine McInerney Kozak Perpetual Trophy. Four members per team take to horseback – hitting a ball through goal posts located at both ends of the field.

With their tool of choice – a simple wooden mallet – the excitement is nearly nonstop, as spectators watch the intense energy of both rider and horse. Golden Gate Park is also home to other events, such as Jumping in the Park and Dressage in the Park, which have been developing an unforgettable tradition since 2003.

Ticket Information

To enjoy the festivities, grandstand seating is free of charge. If you’d like to participate in the Luncheon on the Lawn (Polo Field), you should know that reserved seating is $100 per adult. Children between the ages of 13 and 18 can gain entry for $50. A table for eight costs $700. Children 12 and under are free. You may also purchase tickets to this event by visiting the website listed below.

Golden Gate Park Polo Club Events

• Segway Polo Match – Polo played on human transportation devices

• Stomping of the Divots – Spectators can join in to repair divots on the field during half time

• Vaulting Exhibition – Impressive agility and gymnastic displays while on horseback

• Quadrille Team – Choreographed horseback routines set to music

• Silent and Live Auctions – Bid on spa packages, polo attire, artwork, and jewelry

• Jack Russell Terrier Races – Canines compete to see whose ‘top dog’

• Live Musical Performances – Jazz and opera

• Classic Car Shows – Participants include the Ferrari Club of California

• Fashion Show

• Wine Tasting

Website: www.sfpolointhepark.com

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