With the beautiful weather here in Houston at the moment, why not head down to one of the last matches of the 2013 Spring Season at the Houston Polo Club.
The club, founded in 1928, hosts local and international polo matches and is open to the public on Sunday afternoons in Spring and Autumn. Tucked away in the serene north-west corner of Memorial Park, this is a very family friendly event with people of all ages enjoying a lazy Sunday cheering on the ‘Sport of Kings’.
Games run for about 1.5 hrs and everyone seems to get a kick out of the traditional divot stomping at half-time. Spectators wander all over the field(minus your Jimmy Choos ladies) stomping down the torn up turf. When we went the club was serving champagne to help the stomping along and it was really social and fun!
There are only a few games left this Spring season, with a break for summer and a new season commencing in September.
- Sunday May 26 at 5.00pm – Red Oak Cup
- Sunday June 2 at 5.00pm and 6.00pm – Vaquero Cup
- Sunday June 9 at 5.00pm and 6.00pm – Junior Polo Final/Andrews Kurth Cup
The location can be a little tricky to find – heading north on the 610 before you reach the I-10, take the Memorial Drive exit and keep going up the feeder which turns into the gravel W Loop Service Road and soon takes you west round the bend to the Houston Polo entrance. Try and get there well before the game starts as parking is allowed intermittently whilst the game is on.
The law prohibits bringing your own alcohol and food to the club but there are food and beverages available to purchase on site for spectators, including the Berryhill Baja Grill and a Champagne bar.
So put on your Sunday race day attire and enjoy a dignified afternoon in Houston with horses, champagne and polo in Memorial Park.