Opening Day of San Diego Polo 2011

June 12, 2011
Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Polo is one of the oldest recorded team sports in history,

and it maintains its sophistication in contemporary culture by offering an

exciting and dangerous viewing experience for high society fans.

The San Diego Polo Club presents live matches every

Sunday at The Polo Fields throughout summer,

located on the cusp of Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe.

Presented by Rivera Magazine. Join the who’s who of San Diego society for a spectacular day in Rancho Santa Fe.

12:00pm Gates Open

1:00pm First Match

Intermission- Fashion Show

3:00pm Feature Match

3:30pm Champagne Divot Stomp
5-7pm 7th Chukker Party presented by FLUXX

Following the fun-filled Divot Stomp ritual, trophies are awarded to the winning team,

whereupon attendees proceed to mix, mingle, drink and dance until 7pm at the Polo After-Party.

General Admission Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event for $10 and children 12 and under are free. If you want the ultimate San Diego Polo experience, VIP tickets cost $25 for adults and $12.50 for children.

The fashion and style of OPENING DAY AT THE DEL MAR RACES.

Socialites of Rancho Santa Fe and celebrities from nearby LA all made sure to make an appearance in their most fabulous attire.

Opening Day boasts a bevy of stylish partygoers socializing and mingling with bubbly in hand,

a designer clutch in the other, and walking with their best sartorial swagger.

Origin of Polo
Polo is one of the oldest and fastest team games. The first recorded game occurred about 600 BC in North Persia from where it spread slowly East as far as China and Japan. However, it was not until around the middle of the 19th century that the beginnings of polo as we know it today took shape, when soldiers and merchants in Northern India adopted a game then played by Manipuri hillsmen. The name ‘polo’ is derived from the Indian ‘pulu’ for the wood from which the ball was made and the word ‘chukker’ comes from the Indian word for a circle or round.

Although the first polo club, The Retreat at Silchar in India, was founded in 1859, no formal rules were produced until 1875 when Hurlingham in London became the recognized headquarters of the game.

During the past 100 years, the game has expanded throughout the world and is now regularly played in over 50 different countries.

Spreckels Cup
It may be the biggest tournament in Southern California. All because of one man…

John D. Spreckels first visited Coronado Island in the late 1800’s, soon after discovering the engaging sport of polo. He was captivated by the area, known at the time as the playground for the wealthy. He immediately made plans to build a polo facility on island’s beautiful fields to host early prestigious polo tournaments, such as the Pacific Polo Open. The first Spreckels match was in 1909 and winners were presented with a dramatic silver trophy over two feet high. Engraved on the trophy was the inscription, “Polo Challenge Trophy, presented by John D. Spreckels,” along with the names of the winners each year. The trophy was retired in 1921 to a dedicated horseman and last winner, Carleton F. Burke.

In an effort to restore the history of polo in San Diego, Julie Mulvihill-Mayer and Joseph E. Jessop searched for old trophies, and soon came across the Spreckels Cup. Jessop Jewelers and President Ken Laughlin restored the old trophy.

When the season officially opened on June 10, 1988, the newly refurbished Spreckels Cup cast an undeniable glow upon the matches and players. The trophy’s presence provided a tangible link across the years and forged a bond between players, John D. Spreckels, and the band of polo players that had such an influence on our sport and upon San Diego Polo.

The California Thoroughbred Foundation generously loans the trophy to us annually.

We’d like to thank the CTF’s board for securing this prestigious trophy throughout this historical event.

Now, let’s fill it with 100 roses and drink champagne with the winners!

San Diego Polo Club
14555 El Camino Real
Rancho Santa Fe CA 92067



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