Tag archives: Dan Walker

A Present Under Turner’s Tree
By Richard Mineards   |   December 27, 2022

Christmas came early for Montecito’s Turner Foundation when president Dean Wilson was presented with a check for $175,000 by polo playing Farmers & Merchants Bank president Dan Walker at the financial institution’s annual Yuletide fête at its East Carrillo Street branch. The 100-guest bash, which featured Dickensian-costumed carol singers and comestibles from Rincon Catering, attracted […]

A Game to Remember
By Richard Mineards   |   September 13, 2022

The 113-year-old Netjets Pacific Coast Open is considered the biggest polo event on the Left Coast, but this year’s final at the Santa Barbara Polo Club was an absolute cracker with the L.I.N.Y. team, consisting mainly of teenagers, beating the more established Farmers & Merchants Bank, led by two-time PCO winner Dan Walker, 12-11 in […]

High Goal Season Off to a Bucking Start
By Richard Mineards   |   July 19, 2022

Social gridlock reigned when, after a two-week hiatus, Santa Barbara Polo Club launched its highly anticipated high goal season with four top teams playing in the roster at the Carpinteria equine paradise through September. The 20-goal culminates at the end of August with the Netjets Pacific Coast Open, the biggest tournament on the Left Coast, […]

Falling for Lillian
By Richard Mineards   |   March 15, 2022

David Cale’s Lillian, which just opened at the Ensemble Theatre Company’s New Vic, is a wonderful one-woman show about love, life, and loss. The 75-minute production about a bookish middle-aged British woman, who falls for a man half her age, taking her on a whirlwind adventure, stars Nancy Travis, who co-starred with Tim Allen in […]

Challenging Chukker
By Richard Mineards   |   September 5, 2019

It was the battle of the bridled behemoths at the Santa Barbara Polo Club when former president Dan Walker‘s Farmers & Merchants Bank team took on current president Texan tycoon John Muse‘s Lucchese team for the 110-year-old Silver Air Pacific Coast Open trophy, the most prestigious tournament on the Left Coast. With a record 4,000 […]

Bank Bash
By Richard Mineards   |   August 1, 2019

Having won polo’s 55-year-old America Cup three times in the last four years, it seems appropriate that former Santa Barbara Polo Club president and banker Dan Walker should now be sponsoring the three-week annual 16-goal tournament that runs through August 11. To mark the occasion, he hosted a bustling reception at his Farmers & Merchants […]

Trophy Trot
By Richard Mineards   |   July 4, 2019

It was a first for the Santa Barbara Polo Club when the Lucchese USPA Intra-Circuit Tournament was played at the Carpinteria equestrian paradise with six teams competing for the much sought after trophy, as well as $50,000 in prize money. “This has certainly never happened before,” says club manager David Sigman. “The United States Polo […]

Bank on It
By Richard Mineards   |   October 25, 2018

Farmers & Merchants Bank, founded in 1907 and headquartered in Long Beach, is certainly making inroads in our Eden by the Beach. A year and a half ago, the bank – run by Santa Barbara Polo Club players Dan and Henry Walker – opened a trust department on Santa Barbara Street, near the police headquarters, […]