It’s Chukka Time

By Richard Mineards   |   April 30, 2024
The 113th season of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club starts on May 5 (courtesy photo)

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club opens its 113th season on Sunday (May 5) kicking off an action-packed schedule filled with exciting tournaments and events that will showcase some of the world’s most talented equestrians from across the globe.

Horsies at the ready… (courtesy photo)

With a record number of teams and players participating at every level, this season is set to be one of the most memorable in the Carpinteria club’s history.

Although nothing is currently scheduled, given Prince Harry’s latest deal with Netflix covering the sport of polo, it is not unreasonable to assume the Riven Rock-based Duke of Sussex will be showing his skills on the club’s hallowed Holden Field, as he did two years ago playing with good friend Ralph Lauren Polo model Nacho Figueras’ Las Padres team.

Netflix film crews filmed him playing in Miami, Florida, at a Sentebale charity match, as well as participating in activities at Wellington, the sport’s winter home, earlier this month.

“Santa Barbara has always been a coveted world-class destination for polo players and enthusiasts alike,” says David Sigman, general manager.

“It’s a place where players from around the world come to play top-tier competition, while also experiencing the beauty of Santa Barbara.”

And, for the 17th year, I have been asked to judge the mélange of magnificent millinery on display in the stands on Sunday, July 28, so prepare to don your toniest tête toppers for the always hotly-contested elegant competition.

The season opens with the 12-goal series in May and June followed by the pinnacle high goal series in July and August, closing with the 8-goal in September and October.

Long may they rein….

Polo is a divot-ing experience (courtesy photo)

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