Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Santa Barbara Polo Matches

Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean in the Carpinteria Valley lies the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club

3375 Foothill Road, Carpinteria 93013 * 684-6683

Founded in 1911, the Santa Barbara Polo Club is the premiere equestrian Polo Club in the Western United States. The club consists of three full size outdoor polo fields, one arena, extensive horse boarding and exercise facilities, as well as stabling for 350 horses.

 The Santa Barbara Polo Club is home to the Pacific Coast Open, United States Polo Association (USPA), America Cup and the USPA Circuit Player Cup. 

follow the long drive between the practice and competition fields 

 In the distance are the Polo Field Condominiums. Many Polo families and fans rent a condo during Polo season.  Others are occupied year round by locals who love living near the fields, the Ocean and the charming City of Carpinteria. Condo prices run from $500,000 for a smaller unit without views to well over $1,000,000 for a large Penthouse with Ocean, Mountain and Polo Views. Units are typically offered for sale (and for rent) through local Realtors who are members of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and MLS. You can also access the entire MLS through my website,

 The Polo and Raquet Club is a private club with many wonderful amenities...members and guests only.
The Polo Matches are open to the public, tickets available at the gate.

 The scoreboard always tells the story...
 The polo shutes are waiting for the competitors to arrive....

here they come....

action, thundering hoves....score!

a very exciting sport to watch....

Polo ponies on their day off...resting and being groomed....beautiful and very spirited animals

lots of pomp and circumstance

The Pacific Coast Open is currently in play.  If you want to attend any of the remaining games, you may obtain tickets at the gate.  $10/person, children under 12 are free.  for more information:  805 684-6683, 
If you can attend only one game, be sure to attend the grand finale on Sunday, August 29th.  It is truly an exciting event. You will be up and close to the ponies and their players. It is truly a thrilling game to watch, even for the novice.The Pacific Coast Open currently enjoys participation of several internationally renowned Polo Players.

Location of the Polo Fields:  3375 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013.

Santa Barbara Pacific Coast Open Schedule

Thursday August 19th
4 matches : 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 4pm

Sunday August 22
1 pm and 3 pm
arrive at 12:30 to get a good seat
bring blankets and picnics if you want
concessions available and stand seating

Thursday August 26
4 semi-final matches
10 am, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm

Saturday August 28th
noon:  Western Badge and Trophy (PCO Subsidiary)

Sunday August 29th
2 pm PCO Final

Polo School:  The Santa Barbara Polo Club is home to the Santa Barbara International Polo Training Center.  The SBIPTC is a polo school for beginning players, taught by John Westley.  The school teaches interscholastic, intercollegiate and adult player. Westmont College has seated a team for competition.

(information and some photos taken from sbpolo website)

just another day in Paradise!
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