Tag archives: Tom Barrack

Piocho Polo Party
By Richard Mineards   |   July 19, 2022

A sold-out crowd of 400, many of them in tony tête toppers, descended on the sprawling Piocho Ranch home of the Happy Canyon Vineyard, owned by Santa Barbara Polo Club billionaire patron Tom Barrack, for the 10th anniversary Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic that raised more than $150,000 for People Helping People, a Solvang-based organization […]

What a Classic
By Richard Mineards   |   October 12, 2021

The Amazons ruled at the ninth annual Santa Ynez Polo Classic hosted by former Santa Barbara Polo Club billionaire patron Tom Barrack at the Happy Canyon Vineyard at his sprawling Piocho Ranch. The popular event, co-chaired by Nancy Hunsicker and Alanna Tarkington, featured four all-female teams watched by 350 tony tête topper wearing guests, while […]

Social Distance Serenades
By Richard Mineards   |   April 9, 2020

Santa Barbara classical guitarist Chris Fossek is looking to the Middle Ages, when balladeers roamed the land, to soothe our furrowed brows during these most trying of times. Chris, who has performed at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and Rome’s Olympic Stadium, has launched a charming new project, Open Window Serenades. “As long […]

Rubber Meets the Road
By Richard Mineards   |   September 6, 2018

Despite paying a world-record price of $38.1 million six years ago for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which formerly belonged to British racing driver Stirling Moss, Montecito-based cellular phone billionaire Craig McCaw seems to have made a good investment. A similar model of the same year – one of just 36 in existence – just […]

Helping Hands
By Richard Mineards   |   June 28, 2018

Santa Barbara Polo Club patron Tom Barrack hosted the 7th annual Santa Ynez Valley polo classic at his sprawling Piocho Ranch, raising around $60,000 for the 26-year-old local charity People Helping People, which has a two million dollar annual budget and serves nearly 4,000 clients. The bountiful bash, which attracted 1,000 guests to the ranch, […]