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FROM THE PRESIDENT
GLOSSARY OF POLO TERMS
DON KING DAYS
FAUX FOX HUNT
FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS
BHEC, BHPC & FLYING H
ROPING ON THE GRASS
HISTORY OF POLO
WEDDING AND GATHERINGS
STOMP THE DIVOTS
BIG HORN POLO CLUB
BHEC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE FLYING H POLO CLUB
SHERIDAN TRAVEL & TOURISM
HOW POLO IS PLAYED
THE STORY OF BHEC
TACK AND EQUIPMENT
LETTER FROM THE BHEC
PRESIDENT DEAR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER,
When I moved from Colorado to Wyoming in 1980, I watched my first polo match on the Moncrieffe Field. My father-in-law was one of the originators of Don King Days and he reined me in to help early on. I’ve been of a part of that tradition for nearly 30 years. I’ve watched amazing steeple chasers, incredible polo, a bronc rider or two buck through the crowd and I don’t know how many steer ropers on these beautiful green fields. It’s captivated me. Another year has gone by and on behalf of our Board of Directors, I want to personally thank you for your past support and ask for your continued patronage in 2020. If you haven’t been out to the Equestrian Center in a while, please make sure to include at least one visit in your summer plans. Whether you spend an hour or a day, I invite you to take in the wide open spaces and beautiful green fields. Bring your visitors to savor the stunning landscape, exciting polo and true western flavor that is unique to our area. Be sure to save December 5, 2020 for our annual Equestrian Ball. Remember, the BHEC is for family, friends and fun! To view our current calendar of events, visit www.thebhec.org. 4
The Equestrian Center is truly a community gathering spot where all are welcome with most all of our activities offered at no charge to spectators. The Equestrian Center is funded entirely by patron fees, user fees and donations which are used to improve the Clubhouse and grounds and to maintain our beautiful fields. Please consider becoming a patron of the center. More specific information about the benefits can be found on the Patron Application that is shared in this program or on our website. If you are interested in holding an event at the Equestrian Center, donating to our facility or have any questions, please contact Sheila Blackburn, our Executive Director at 307-673-0454 or email her at email@example.com. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I hope we can count on your support. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones throughout the season. Thank you again for your patronage of this wonderful community asset. Sincerely, Cecile Pattison BHEC Board President
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OUR CONTRIBUTORS WE COULD NOT MAKE THIS PROGRAM HAPPEN WITHOUT THE SELFLESS DONATION OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND TIME FROM ALL OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS! Photographers: Sheila Blackburn, Kim Campbell, Mandy Carroll-Beil and M.C. Picture Company, DeeDee Connell, Hanna Ehrmantraut, Vicki Jorgenson, Vicki Kane, Karl Knapp, Cassie Madden Photography, Jim Manor, Lauren Musselman, Cecile Pattison, Cate Sheehan, Justin Sheely (The Sheridan Press), Shannon Whittle Cover Photographer: Cecile Pattison Advertising & Editing: Sheila Blackburn, Cecile Pattison Articles: Stacie Beckman, Sheila Blackburn, Bruce Burns, Sam Morton, Shawn Parker (Sheridan Travel and Tourism), Cecile Pattison, Shannon Whittle Program Design: Stacie Beckman, Coe Design & Communications
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TRAVEL SOUTH OF SHERIDAN ON COFFEEN AVENUE (HIGHWAY 335)
FOR 6 MILES TOWARDS THE TOWN OF BIG HORN. TURN LEFT ON BIRD FARM ROAD. TRAVEL 1.9 MILES. TURN RIGHT TO STAY ON BIRD FARM ROAD AND TRAVEL ANOTHER 1.6 MILES. FOLLOW THE SIGNS. BHEC IS LOCATED ON THE RIGHT-HAND-SIDE OF THE ROAD. IF COMING FROM I-90 SOUTH, TAKE THE MEADE CREEK EXIT 33. TURN LEFT ON 342 (MEADE CREEK ROAD) AND THEN RIGHT ON HIGHWAY 87. TURN LEFT ON BIRD FARM ROAD AND FOLLOW THE SIGNS TO THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER.
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THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER IS PROUDLY KNOWN AS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST SCENIC, HIGH-QUALITY SOCCER FACILITIES WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI WITH 26 SOCCER FIELDS SIMULTANEOUSLY IN ACTION, AT A SINGLE LOCATION. EACH MAY the BHEC plays host to the annual Snickers Big Horn Soccer Cup.
This exciting tournament draws over 135 youth soccer teams, ages 8-14, from around the region. 2019 marked the 15th Anniversary of the tournament. A total of 5 states were represented by the players, coaches, families and friends on our fields. In early spring of 2020, due to the national concern for the Coronavirus and for the safety of all that would ultimately attend, the difficult decision was made by the Sheridan Soccer Association to postpone the tournament to 2021. We look forward to seeing this amazing group of athletes next season. The BHEC Board and its many patrons thank the Mars Family, Jim Manor/Tournament Director, Sheridan Soccer Association and the many volunteers that work tirelessly each year to bring this fabulous tournament to the BHEC.
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the flying h BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER (BHEC) BIG HORN POLO CLUB (BHPC) FLYING H POLO CLUB Most people don’t realize the distinction between the Big Horn Equestrian Center, the Big Horn Polo Club and the Flying H Polo Club. Although there are some differences there is a necessary interdependence that is rare in traditionally competitive environments. The Big Horn Equestrian Center (BHEC) provides a Venue: a clubhouse and roughly 80 acres of manicured polo fields that are host to many events vital to the nature of this community. The BHEC is a non-profit corporation, governed by a volunteer board of directors, which relies on patronage for a percentage of income. The annual Patrons drive invites friends of the BHEC to assist through contributions to help provide operating capital. The BHEC leases the facility to its customers. The BHEC is responsible for maintaining the beautiful fields and unique club house, which provide an amazing setting for the Snickers Soccer Cup, polo, the Fourth of July Celebration, Don King Days, weddings, reunions, corporate retreats and more. 16
Each summer, the Big Horn Polo Club (BHPC) leases the fields from the BHEC. The BHPC is the Equestrian Center’s largest customer, paying a $100,000 yearly lease, generating income through dues paid by members. The BHPC is comprised of local participants and players from all over who come to Sheridan to play for the summer season. A “Goal” is akin to a handicap. The higher a player’s goal rating, the better the player. This is a rare treat where you can come to watch local players scrimmage next to professional players. In addition to the summer matches, the BHPC sponsors a polo school to encourage folks of all ages to learn to play and ultimately become members. Next door to the BHEC is the Flying H, a private Polo Club, that attracts many of the top polo players in the world to come to Sheridan and compete. Top-flight players who spend summers at the Flying H often join the Big Horn Polo Club and play their “green” or novice horses in the less stressful setting on the Big Horn Polo Club fields. They can be a member of the Flying H Polo Club and a member of the Big Horn Polo Club participating at both locations in different levels of polo. This unique arrangement between the Big Horn Equestrian Center, the Big Horn Polo Club and the Flying H has resulted in the fields at the Equestrian Center being named the “Green Horse Capital” of the United States. This remarkable relationship between these three has resulted in a value-added equine agricultural model that generates significant revenue for the area. Equally important, it sustains a unique cultural heritage that’s been over 120 years in the making. Considered one of the tourism treasurers of Wyoming, guests are welcomed to come and join us to watch this dynamic and exciting sport at no charge. Please look for our summer calendar insert or go to our website at www.thebhec.org for times and dates.
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HORN POLO CLUB-IS THE BHEC'S BIGGEST CUSTOMER LOCAL AND NON-LOCAL MEMBERS MATCHES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FREE ADMISSION HOSTS THE SUMMER POLO SCHOOL ESTABLISHED THE MARGARITA LEAGUE FOR PEOPLE JUST LEARNING THE GAME
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to Michael Amundson, polo probably originated in Persia twenty five hundred years ago. The British Colonial Cavalry brought the game to England from India in 1869. Just seven years later in 1876 it arrived in the U.S. when James Gordon Bennett Jr, the publisher of the New York Herald became captivated by the game after visiting England. Polo is called the “Sport of Kings” because it was originally used as a training method for the King's elite cavalry. They mastered the art of warfare on horseback by practicing maneuvers that simulated battle scenes. Polo's link to English royalty is ironically what brought polo to Big Horn, Wyoming. Oliver Wallop was the son of the Fifth Earl of Portsmouth. He was the first ex-pat to arrive in Big Horn after failing his Naval entrance exam for health reasons.
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He used his British Remittance payments to purchase land in Otter, Montana, and soon after in Big Horn, Wyoming. He was joined a few years later by the Moncreiffes and the Gallatins, also expats with links to British royalty. From its inception polo in the US was linked to exceptionally wealthy families. In traditional eastern clubs, polo became a subculture and created barriers between social classes. In Big Horn, Wyoming – the opposite happened. Player Robert Walsh said that while polo was thought of as a “rich man's game” in the east, things were very different in Big Horn. Here each man acted as his own 20
groom and there were no dues thus ensuring the game’s enjoyment for anyone who had a couple horses. This translated into the Moncreiffes, the Wallops and the Gallatins inviting neighboring ranchers to play simply as a means of having enough players. The cowboys often played the Sunday matches riding in their Western saddles, cowboy hats and chaps. Hence the term “Cowboy Polo”. This history is the tradition that is kept alive by the Big Horn Polo Club today. Polo has been in Big Horn for over 120 years, making it one of the oldest clubs in the US. There was a decline in Big Horn Polo when ranches sold or were handed down to subsequent generations. A revival that began in the 60’s brought polo back, first to the Moncreiffe field and then to the Big Horn Equestrian Center in the 80's, and later at the Flying H Polo Club in 2005.
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DIVOTS DID YOU HEAR THE HORN SIGNIFYING HALF-TIME? IT IS DIVOT STOMPING TIME! SIMILAR TO THE 7TH INNING STRETCH, SO GET OUT THERE, STRETCH YOUR LEGS AND STOMP SOME DIVOTS. FOLLOWING the famous tradition in polo, spectators head out onto the field at half-time, turn over and stomp down the divots. This age-old custom not only helps smooth out our fields but also allows us and our dogs (on leashes) to stretch our legs and meet our tailgating neighbors!
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THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER IS HOME TO THE BIG HORN POLO CLUB. FRIDAY AND SUNDAY POLO ARE PERFECT FOR AN AFTERNOON OF TAILGATING, AND THE ADMISSION IS FREE! clubs in the U.S.? It free and open to the public! Sunday afternoons in the summer are made for polo; tailgating, food trucks, friends, neighbors and an exciting sport to enjoy. We would be willing to bet there are even a few of your friends and/or business associates out there on the field playing. So back up your vehicle or have a seat in the IMPACT AUTO BODY grandstands. After the last match, the clubhouse is open to everyone for drinks and conversations about your favorite team or players. Polo begins the first week of June and plays through Labor Day weekend. There are practice games on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. In June, the Sunday tournament games are at 1:00 pm. Then in July and August, there are two games each Sunday, at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Friday Night Light games will start July 10 and run through August 28 at 5 pm. Polo is also an exciting thing to do on a Friday for date night! 24
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FLYING H HIGH GOAL POLO THE FLYING H POLO CLUB, COMPLIMENTED BY THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER, ALLOWS FOR THIS MAGNIFICENT VALLEY TO PRESENT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR POLO TO BE PLAYED AT EVERY LEVEL, FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. THE LAST FEW YEARS have been enourmously successful for the Flying H Polo Club. Successful not only in the promotion of high caliber polo played in the Bighorns but also in attracting players and spectators alike to this beautiful part of the world. As an extension of the Flying H Ranch, and its top quality polo-pony breeding and training operation, the Johnston family established the Flying H Polo Club in 2005. The Flying H Polo Club brought high goal polo to Big Horn for the first time in its one hundred and twenty year history. This level of polo is only played in a few locations around the world.
The 8 week season at the Flying H Polo Club will run from the first week in July through the last week in August. A new tournament will be played each week. Teams will be changed each week to give players a chance to play with as many different people as possible and create a level playing field. This format has proven over the years to insure a friendly but competitive spirit. Games are played on Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. So come along and enjoy an afternoon of world class polo, soak in the ideal summer climate and be surrounded by the spectacular Bighorn Mountains.
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THE GAME OF POLO IS PLAYED ON A 10 ACRE GRASS FIELD. GOAL POSTS ARE SET EIGHT YARDS APART AT EACH END. There are two teams that compete in each game. The teams are made up of 4 mounted players. They play 6 chukkers/periods that are 7 minutes and 30 seconds long in a single game. You will hear the horn blow at 7 minutes into the game, warning players that the chukker is almost over. The final horn is blown 30 seconds later. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball downfield, hitting the ball through the goal for a score. The team with the highest score at the end of the game is deemed the winner. Teams change direction after each goal is scored. Ponies are typically switched out at the end of each chukker. Penalties and/or injuries may stop play, as there are no time-outs or substitutions allowed, except for tack repair. 34
Each of the 4 players on a team wears a jersey with the number 1, 2, 3 or 4 on his/her back. Each number corresponds to their assigned position. #1 is the most offensive player who concentrates on scoring goals. #2 and #3 are usually the most experienced players on the field with the #3 being the most pivotal player on his/her team. He/she coordinates the offense and passes the ball up to his/her teammates as they press towards the goal. #4 is the most defensive player, primarily responsible for defending his/her teamâ€™s goal. Each player has earned themself a handicap ranging from -2 to 10. The higher the handicap, the better the player.
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As a former player and Chairman of the United States Polo Association, his influence brought teams from all over to the Flying H as a summer polo destination. Over the years residual members from the Flying H at times accounted for half the membership of the Big Horn Polo Club at the Equestrian Center. Soon several million dollars was generated to the local economy as Big Horn became the largest polo center in the United States. Ranches were bought, jobs created and hundreds of horses changed hands. When the land the Equestrian Center operates on was offered for sale, Skey purchased the land to conserve the area for continued use by the community as a whole. It is with much appreciation that the Equestrian Center will operate with this new ownership and guidance. Three generations (left to right) Skey, Summerfield Sr., and Skeeter 38
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The Helmet and its padded lining is used to prevent trauma by absorbing a shock to the head resulting from hitting the ground or from the impact of a ball or mallet. The polo bridle is typically made up of two sets of reins (draws and straight), brow band, nose band, drop nose band, standing martingale and bit. All these components allow the rider to communicate direction and speed to the horse. The cane of the mallet is made from Manau cane, a thorny member of the palm family. The head is cut from the Tipa tree, a durable, close grained wood. The ball is hit with the side of the mallet. Players generally have their initials stamped on the heads of their mallets.
The whip and spurs are used to propel the horse in a forward motion and further aide the rider in guiding the horse.
The polo saddle is a supportive structure for the rider. It characteristically has a relatively flat seat and saddle flaps are long and fairly straight. There is very little or no padding on a polo saddle allowing the rider to have maximum freedom of movement.
Players usually wear a riding glove on their mallet hand. Some wear gloves on both hands for better grip and protection on the reins and mallet.
Knee guards provide protection to the knees of the rider during play.
Riding boots not only protect the legs from wayward balls, bumps and potential bruises but come high enough up the leg to prevent the leathers of the saddle from pinching the leg of the rider. The boot has a distinct heel to prevent the foot from sliding through the stirrup.
Splint or tendon boots protect and support the horse’s tendons/legs from impact from the mallet or another horse’s legs. They are usually fitted to the leg over the polo wraps.
With a diameter of 3 to 3½ inches and a weight of 3½ to 4½ ounces, the polo ball is made of solid, hard, high-impact plastic.
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THE ULTIMATE GOAL FOR POLO SCHOOL IS TO CREATE SUSTAINABILITY IN THE PROGRAM FOR THE BIG HORN POLO CLUB.
THE BIG HORN POLO CLUB POLO SCHOOL is the opportunity of a lifetime to learn the sport. Our teachers are available to offer the polo enthusiasts the opportunity to play polo and become knowledgeable in the rules and regulations. There is no one too young or too old to join in! We are excited to have Megan Flynn as our United States Polo Association Certified Polo Instructor. In addition to Polo School, Megan will also be available for private or group lessons. • NOVICE RIDERS ARE WELCOME. • RENTAL HORSES AND EQUIPMENT ARE AVAILABLE TO PARTICIPANTS. • A WILLING ATTITUDE, A SENSE OF ADVENTURE, A GOOD PAIR OF RIDING BOOTS AND THE LOVE OF HORSE AND SPORT REQUIRED! 46
Dates: Mid June through the beginning of September Times: TBA The summer Polo School will be an 8 week course. Everyone will have the option of attending once or twice a week. No riding experience necessary! Use your own horse or one of ours. Private and group Polo lessons are scheduled at your convenience Tuesday-Sunday. Megan will help the players improve their game and get them ready to eventually participate in Margarita League and regular chukkers. For more information or to sign up contact Megan Flynn at 414-651-8091 or email@example.com
Dates: Mid June through the beginning of September Times: Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays at 9:00 am The Margarita League is a 1 to 4 chukker polo game. It is the next step for Polo Scholars, with an end result of regular play at the Polo Club. To sign up for Margarita League chukkers contact Megan Flynn at 414-651-8091 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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HORSE QUESTIONS THE BEAUTIFUL PONIES OF POLO ARE A BREATHTAKING SIGHT. THESE MAJESTIC CREATURES REQUIRE EXTENSIVE TRAINING AND PREPARATION FOR PLAY. HORSES ARE MEASURED IN HANDS.
1 “hand” is equivalent to 4 inches. There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to selecting the right height horse. The main thing to consider is that you aren’t too large for the horse and that you won’t cause them injury by riding them. Polo horses are often referred to as polo ponies, but most are actually horse size. The diminutive “polo pony” moniker originates from the sport’s early days, when horses were required to be no more than 14 hands. Today, the sport’s equine mounts stand at full-size ranging from 14-16 hands at the horse’s shoulders and weigh between 900 and 1,100 lbs. Small in name, but tall in stature to be sure. There is no specific polo pony breed, as most possess varying bloodlines. Some of the standout cross breeds include thoroughbreds, Polo Argentino (a cross of a thoroughbred with a South American Criollo horse) and quarter horses of the Appendix variety. To excel in competition, polo ponies must possess a unique combination of traits that includes speed, agility and intelligence. 50
A horse’s skills, next to that of his partnered rider, are the most important competitive element and often determine a win or loss. In addition to skill, a polo pony must also have the right temperament. Cowboys and quarter horses go hand in hand. Quarter horses are famous for being the go-to horse for the American West. Throughout American history, cowboys with ranches relied upon quarter horses for both manual labor as well as entertainment in the rodeo. Quarter horses can run at incredible speeds for short distances. Their athletic physique makes them perfect for competing in western riding disciplines like barrel racing and reining, as well as English disciplines such as jumping. Quarter horses’ great athleticism is combined with a mild and calm temperament, so they can make wonderful pleasure riding horses. All of these traits combined make them excellent candidates for lower and middle goal polo ponies as well. Thoroughbred horses originate from Britain and were bred for racing.
Because of this, thoroughbreds are incredibly fast and strong. Most high goal polo ponies are thoroughbreds that are bred specifically for polo, with proven polo bloodlines. Thoroughbredsâ€™ intelligence and athleticism makes them a great riding companion for experienced riders, but they can be a lot to handle for beginner riders. It takes time to learn how to handle such a powerful horse. In addition to racing and polo, thoroughbreds do well in English disciplines like dressage, hunting, and jumping. They also make excellent trail horses. If you are on the search for a horse, you should take some time to think about your long-term riding goals. If your goal is to compete in high-level equine competitions or polo, then you should choose a horse in their prime with many strong years of riding ahead of them. You should also make sure that their physique is suitable for the physical demands that you will be placing on them. If you play 4 to 12 goal polo you don't need a horse that Adolfo Cambiaso just finished playing in the Argentine Open. Find the horse that enjoys playing at the same pace you wish to play. If you havenâ€™t made many connections in the horse world, but you know where you plan to board your horse, you can try calling the owner and asking if they or someone they know would be willing to come and assist you in your search. Having a second more experienced set of eyes assisting you can help alleviate any nerves that you might have. Spend some time discussing your riding goals and your abilities with whoever you plan to take with you so that they will have an idea of what type of horse might be suited for you. When it comes time to test ride the horse, you can have them ride the horse first to get a feel for their temperament and how they respond to the commands of a confident and seasoned rider. 51
POLO TERMS RULES AND DEFINITIONS THAT WILL HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE GAME OF POLO APPEAL Appealing for a foul may be by voice or action. A demeaning comment or gesture is an appeal. The raising of the mallet in an attempt to draw the Umpireâ€™s attention to a play is an appeal. BOWL IN When the umpire starts or resumes the match by rolling the ball in, down the center of a line-up of players. A bowl in is also known as a throw in. BUMP When a player directs his pony into the side of an opponentâ€™s pony. CHUKKER Term used for the period of play in polo - seven to seven and a half minutes long. There are six chukkers in a polo match. 52
FLAGMAN The goal judges are appointed to signal, by waving a flag over the head if a goal is scored or under the waist if no goal is scored. FOUL Whistle is usually blown for infractions of rules governing play on the field. It is usually blown for hazardous riding or improper use of the mallet. The umpire can award anything from a free goal to a free hit from a determined distance when a foul is called. GOAL OR SCORE Anytime the ball crosses the line between the goal posts, regardless of who (including ponies) knocks it through. HANDICAP Each player has earned himself a handicap ranging from -2 to 10. The higher the handicap, the better the player. OVERTIME Overtime is sometimes played when a draw is reached at the end of the sixth chukker. A seventh (sudden death) chukker is played until one team scores a goal. SPARE PONY Players have the option of using a spare or substitute horse during a chukker. This is done when their playing pony fatigues or is injured. THIRTY-SECOND BELL Bell or horn heard thirty seconds before the end of the chukker. The end of the chukker is signaled by another bell or horn known as the final whistle.
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don king days THERE ARE BIGGER, MORE PRESTIGIOUS CELEBRATIONS OUT WEST, BUT FEW CAN RIVAL DON KING DAYS. THIS EVENT TRULY RECAPTURES THE SPIRIT AND TRADITIONS OF THE WEST, AND ENGULFS SPECTATORS WITH THE OPEN-AIR, UNCONFINED AND UNHURRIED ATMOSPHERE OF RODEOS PAST. LABOR DAY WEEKEND, 2020 will be the 32nd year for Don King
Days, considered to be the grand finale of equestrian events in the area. It all started back in 1989 when a group of ranchers, ropers and friends of Don King organized the event and named it in honor the world-renowned saddle maker and King’s Saddlery founder, who contributed so much to the western culture. The intent was to celebrate the classic equestrian events unique to the Sheridan area, polo, steer roping and bronc riding.
-- While polo games and tournaments are held throughout the summer months in the Big Horn community, the largest polo tournament of the Big Horn Polo Club’s season is played over Labor Day Weekend. Don King Days Cup on Monday is the “Daddy Of Them All”, and showcases the best polo teams of the season. 54
STEER ROPING -- Steer roping developed out of necessity on the
open range in the late 1800’s and continues to be a common method of doctoring cattle. The Wyoming Steer Ropers Association has selected Don King Days as the venue for their season finals. Ropers come from Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas to rope in this prestigious event.
BRONC RIDING -- The invitational matched bronc riding at Don
King Days is truly unique. The bronc is saddled and blindfolded, then snubbed up to a pick-up man’s horse. The cowboy, riding double behind the other pick-up man, eases himself onto the waiting bronc. As soon as the cowboy is “set”, the blindfold is removed from the bronc and the excitement begins! With no fences, the action can get real close, putting the crowd right in the action!
-- We have vendors from all over the area that set up their shops and food trucks for the event. Jewelry, leather makers, clothing, gifts fine art and much more! Some of the best food from the tristate area, all in one place.
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action winds down, head on over to the Club House to listen to Nashville recording artist Paul Bogart and his band. Paul makes Don King Days a regular stop on his late summer tour each year. An avid horseman himself, Paul writes his own songs about the cowboy lifestyle. Gather the whole family for old-time western excitement that you wonâ€™t forget. Bring your lawn chairs and be ready to spend your weekend watching the action and visiting with old friends. Remember to stop by the Club House for a cold frosty beverage!
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THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE TO BE ON THE 4TH OF JULY THAN THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER. 2020 WILL BE THE 32ND ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION ON OUR BEAUTIFUL FIELDS IN BIG HORN. THIS GREAT EVENT draws spectators from across the region. We thank
local Wyoming Senator Bruce Burns, who is both the financial and professional backing for this fantastic Independence Day Celebration. Bruce is a long time pyrotechnician and a lifetime member of the Pyrotechnical Guild International (PGI, the nation’s largest association involved with the manufacturing, marketing, and displaying of fireworks in America). Enjoy live music sponsored by Sheridan Media, tasty treats from local vendors and refreshments in the clubhouse. Gates open at 4pm and the brilliant fireworks display at 10pm is sure to impress all. The display consists of 5 separate segments designed by pyrotechnicians Bruce has gathered from California, Virginia, New York, and locally to present 5 individual shows. The 6 minute segments align to 60
create a unique display of color and sound. The entire show is simulcast to music on 94.9 FM by Sheridan Media to avoid any time lag between the music and the display. Admission to the show is free, but we do encourage a recommended donation of $10 per car(or more if you desire) to the Big Horn Lions Club whose members volunteer there time to facilitate the event. All donations go to the Big Horn Lions Scholarship fund.
WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A SPECIAL THANKS TO SENATOR BRUCE BURNS AND HIS GROUP OF PYROTECHNITIONS, THE BIG HORN LION’S CLUB, KIM LOVE & SHERIDAN MEDIA AND THE MANY VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS FOR SUPPORTING THIS EVENT. A SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO THE NORMATIVE SERVICES INC. FOR THEIR HARD WORK IN CLEANING UP THE GROUNDS ON JULY 5TH.
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GRASS HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY THERE ARE CERTAIN RODEO SPORTS? THE SPORT OF STEER ROPING ORIGINATES FROM THE SITUATION A COWBOY FACES WHEN CHECKING ON CATTLE OUT ON THE RANGE, COMPLETELY ALONE EXCEPT FOR HIS HORSE AND A ROPE. HE MUST BE ABLE TO ROPE the steer and “trip” him (knock him off his
feet) without hurting him, but long enough that so he can get down from his horse and immobilize the steer by tying up three legs. Once this is accomplished the cowboy can administer medicine or do whatever is required before turning the steer loose. This is no easy task and so it's only natural that it would develop into a sport with cattlemen eager to display their skills. The modern sport of steer roping takes great precautions to ensure the health of the cattle used in the sport. They wear protective horn wraps. The rules of Steer Roping are very specific about legal and illegal head catches and the way in which a steer can be tripped. This sport was taken from an everyday activity that saved many a cow's life and it is in that spirit that the sport continues today. 64
The Wyoming Steer Ropers Association was formed in 1959 and has grown every year. Steer Roping on the BHEC field proves especially challenging by virtue of its sheer size. The event on the grass more realistically creates a scenario as it would naturally occur than what occurs in an arena. There are no fences so the steer can more easily outsmart the competitor.
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THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER thrives because of the generosity of its patrons and friends. Over the years we have lost many notable friends of the Equestrian Center. We are honored to have had the pleasure of knowing these wonderful individuals and we will remember their contributions. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 29 33 35
Henrietta Horton, HF, 1991 Dean Thomas, HF, 1991 Boots Blatt, Stu Perkins, 2002 Lynda Gaskell, 1989 Frank Greenough, 1991 Archie MacCarty, 1992 Billy T. Wayman, 2001 Henry Burgess, 1995 Bud Tyler, 1999 Ken Schiffer, 1990 Mike Long, 1990 Dennis Duncan, 2008 Burton Brewster, 1991 Jan Drake, 1996 Clint Hoagland, 2008 Don King, 2007 Shirley Taylor, 2007 David Masters, 1990 John King, 2003 Robert King, 2003 Bill Alderson, 1990 Skeeterâ€™s Patio Kelly Howie BBQ Glen Hart, 2015 Shane Winkler, 2015 Jean King, 2015 Moncreiffes and Wallop Family, 2015 Lyle Tyler, 2015 Robert Connell, DVM, 2015
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THE WINTER BALL HAS BEEN A TIME HONORED TRADITION SINCE 1985 WHEN THE BIG HORN EQUESTRAIN CENTER BEGAN. The Winter Ball was originally organized to help raise funds to pay off the $80,000 note that was written to level the ground, plant the grass, and move the old school house to the site of the new Big Horn Equestrian Center. Over the years the note was paid off but the ball continues to be a major source of funding for the BHEC thanks to volunteers, members, friends, and patrons. More importantly it brings friends together on the first Saturday in December for one last celebration before yearâ€™s end. Set your calendar to start your holiday season with us this December 5, 2020 for our Winter Ball. Black tie or elegant western is preferred while enjoying an evening of drinks, dining, music, dancing, auctions and friends. Remember to get your tickets early to celebrate our past year with us. Watch Facebook and or go to our website at www.thebhec.org for more information soon. 76
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS JOE STEGER, VICE PRESIDENT
It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be part of the BHEC board of directors for the past 4 years. Looking back over time, I can honestly say that some of my fondest memories have taken place here. From spending time with friends and family watching polo, attending weddings, Don King Days, or showing off one of the areas most unique treasurers to clients, the BHEC never ceases to amaze!
JOHN CHASE, TREASURER
There is only one- The Big Horn Equestrian Center. Across the West, you’d be hard pressed to find another facility so user friendly and beautiful. The Big Horn Equestrian Center is a special place to the community as it is to my family and me. My sister had her wedding rehearsal dinner here in 1995. I played polo here and coached my kids’ soccer teams at numerous Snickers Cups and State Cups for years. It uniquely captures everything we love about the “Sheridan Lifestyle”.
Being married to a high goal professional polo player almost 50 years we’ve lived and traveled all over the USA, Argentina, England, Spain, and Malaysia. As my husband Tommy’s professional career was winding down, our friend Skey Johnston invited us to come to Big Horn in 1997 to help with his polo operation during the summers. By the third summer we decided to settle down and make Big Horn home. We fell in love with the hospitality of this community and the diversity of the people who share an appreciation of the mixing of small towns, ranching, hunting, fishing and horses of many disciplines. The Big Horn Equestrian Center exemplifies and brings together all the attributes of this special community where everyone is welcome to share in the beauty of the mountains and wide-open green spaces with family and friends. It’s been my privilege and passion to serve on the board of the BHEC as we strive to keep this beautiful property viable for many years to come.
In the crazy times we live in and all the amazing experiences I have had. This place, this huge field, this fantastic little “schoolhouse”. It is all the BHEC. My wife and I always look forward to being here and enjoying this incredible place. I am happy to be a part of what makes it operate and continue all that it is.
Practicing law in Sheridan continuously since 1974, I was brought into the Big Horn Polo Club in 1976 through Sheridan Burgess. I played through 1989, and was instrumental in setting up the Big Horn Equestrian Center in 1985 and negotiating the original lease for the fields and preparing the successful 501(c)(3) application to perpetuate a place where everything a horse can do is appreciated. Along with many others, I have helped the BHEC develop as a center of Big Horn horse culture.
DeeDee and I had just moved back to the area when the Equestrian Center was formed. My father and the original Board members were making the rounds at the Kiwanis, Rotary and Lion’s clubs explaining the unique nature of the proposed facility. When the fields were planted and the side roll sprinklers needed to be moved every 3 hours, DeeDee handled the job. From the start, our family’s main focus has been keeping the grass green and making sure that people understand that the facility is there to be used by the community and for what ever purpose people can come up with.
Whether you are spending a day in the saddle, or just kicking back watching the fast and exciting action of polo at the Big Horn Equestrian Center, welcome to Wyoming’s garden spot, Sheridan county. This is truly the equestrian center of Wyoming. Two polo venues, Flying H Polo and the Equestrian Center, The Sheridan WYO Rodeo and the Winter Rodeo featuring the countries largest Skijoring competition, along with one of the nation’s oldest Dude Ranches. Enjoy our “Little Piece of Heaven”.
The Equestrian Center provides a setting and recreational opportunity that is unique and special. The polo spans from working horses to very skilled competition is the mainstay. In addition the BHEC is a community asset that is open to many public venues from weddings to corporate events in a setting that is post card view. The BHEC board is committed to community use and enjoyment.
BHEC leases this unique facility and the Directors oversee the operation and maintenance of the property to make it available to a wide variety of users. Operating funds come from user fees and patron donations. Like all non-profits, a major challenge of the BOD is to balance fund-raising with expenses. A primary use of the facility is polo, but the club is also used for other equestrian events as well as annual events such as youth soccer tournaments, July 4th fireworks displays, Don King Days and others. Patrons are entitled to ride their horses or just walk around on these beautiful grounds. Events are normally free to the public except when the facility is rented for private events, such as weddings and barbecues. The Directors are individuals with varied experience and expertise, not limited to equestrian activities. However, we all share one common passion – to preserve and maintain this unique facility to benefit the maximum number of people. Partly because of my life-long love of horses, I felt especially privileged to join the BHEC board in 2011 and look forward to doing what I can to assure the continued success of the BHEC. 81
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My wife Kristen and our daughters, Harper and Grace live in Wellington, Florida in the winter and Big Horn in the summer. We are very happy to be part of the summer polo season in Big Horn, Wyoming.
PAUL SCHWARTZ. BHEC HOME OWNERS I serve as the BHEC Home Owners representative on the Board. It is a pleasure and an honor to serve on the Board of the premier outdoor facility in Sheridan County that brings fun and happiness to everyone who visits.
PERK CONNELL, BIG HORN POLO CLUB
Born and raised at the Oak Brook Polo Club, my first loves were always horses and polo. The earth was still cooling when I rode my first polo pony. I have lived in Big Horn for 40 years and have joined a family whose dedication to the BHPC and BHEC is unsurpassed. I now enjoy being the president of the BHPC. I am also CEO (Chief Equine Officer) of Perkâ€™s Horspital, a layup facility and raise Thoroughbred polo ponies. I get to do what I would do if I didnâ€™t have to work.
KRISTINE DALTON, BIG HORN POLO CLUB MANAGER
This will be my 7th season as manager of the BHPC. It is a fast paced, short season, but I love every minute of it. I look forward to seeing the regulars come back year after year, but also enjoy making BHPC a destination club for so many new people. In addition to the Club, I also ride and train horses and enjoy showing and riding with my daughter Stella in the off season. You can find me at center field during polo games with 2 or 3 Jack Russell's tethered to my truck!
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THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE RECREATION FACILITIES IN WYOMING - PERHAPS IN THE ENTIRE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST. A SPRAWLING multi-use facility, whose beauty is matched only by the
breathtaking. Bighorn Mountains that tower to the south, the BHEC has made a size-able impact on tourism and recreation for the local community. Consider that these stunning 60 acres of green space host major equestrian events, celebrations, sports tournaments, festivals, weddings, and much more each year, and you'll begin to understand the role that the BHEC plays in the lives of so many of our locals and visitors alike. 3,000 - 5,000 Vehicles line up to tailgate on the fields during the annual 4th of July celebrations, one of the largest fireworks spectacles in the region. 86
Don King Days is a celebration of craft and culture that draws competitors to compete in rodeo events and a variety of other activities, and regularly sees 3,000 people pass through the gates. The BHEC hosts world-class polo matches all summer long, which are free and open to the public. That Sheridan County stands as one of the premiere polo destinations in the world often comes as a surprise to visitors, but perhaps it shouldn't, once you consider our region's rich ranching history and deep connection to the British Royal Crown. Many players and their teams call Sheridan their summer home, while some 10,000 spectators - a mix of locals and visitors - attend games during the 14-week season.
The Balloon the Bighorns* festival and other new events are staged by local organizers to take advantage of the stunning natural beauty of the BHEC, proximity to local amenities (only 12.5 miles from downtown Sheridan), and deep connection to the Wyoming outdoors that the Center provides. Outside of equestrian sports, the Snickers Big Horn Soccer Cup is the most well-known event that calls the BHEC home. The Center becomes the site of 25 soccer pitches, where 135 teams from five different states spend two days in heated competition. Teams vary in size depending on age group, but if we consider that teams average 10 players per side, that means some 1,350 players attend the event each year. State data suggests that party size for families traveling to Wyoming is 2.5, which means that some 3,375 people come to Sheridan County for the event – before subtracting the local teams, of course. Even if these teams “only” stay 2.3 nights in the community (the average length of stay) and “only” spend $429 per day, or $1,164 per trip (average spending figures), the economic impact of Snickers Cup is $1,571,400 – each year. This is an extremely conservative estimate that underlines the importance of events hosted at the BHEC, and just one example of why this facility is so important to Sheridan County. Shawn Parker Executive Director, Sheridan County Travel & Tourism www.sheridanwyoming.org *Editors note: The Balloon the Bighorns has been held at the BHEC in the past, but will be moved for the 2020 festival. We look forward to possibly hosting it again in the future.
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WHAT FUN I HAVE AS A VOICE for the Big Horn Equestrian Center and all of it’s amazing activities, both on and off the field. I help plan events, hang with polo players, adore the brides, watch the fireworks, bask in the sun and enjoy wonderful people just like you. And let me just say, you have been amazing! You have introduced me to your families and friends and have been a joy to get to know! It has been my pleasure playing host to your experiences with us and I cannot wait to see you again this summer. Throughout my career I have routinely worked in the great outdoors and marketed popular nonprofit organizations; as spokesperson for the best attended outdoor musical drama, being involved with an at-risk youth fly fishing foundation, and now representing all of the unique activities we hold at the BHEC. Through each I thought I had weathered nearly every storm, both weather related and politically based. Until now. This spring bio security issues unexpectedly changed the environment for everyone. Our focus at the BHEC continues to be for the utmost safety for our guests and participants. Although our age old Snickers Tournament was postponed until 2021, we are still looking towards the sunshine and green grasses with the backdrop of the Big Horn Moun90
tains for all of our wonderful celebrations to come. Our calendar is filled with exciting polo, stunning fireworks, beautiful weddings, corporate events, reunions of all kinds and Don King Days. To learn more about creating your own unique event please contact me or look for me on the fields. We do ask just one thing, to understand that while we creatively plan all of these remarkable activities, things can change very quickly. We will do our best to continue our schedule as planned, but “weather” in many forms can sometimes happen with little notice. From rain to social safety concerns we are putting you first. Please remember to watch us on Facebook for current event details. Sheila Blackburn, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org 307.673.0454
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the bhec FORMED IN 1982, THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED WITH THE VISION OF PROVIDING A BEAUTIFUL VENUE FOR PRIMARILY AG AND EQUESTRIAN THEMED EVENTS. EARLY BHEC HISTORIANS had the inspiration and foresight to establish a 501(C)3 and to develop one of the greatest assets of our area.
Always growing, the Big Horn Equestrian Center has taken a not so flat piece of land and has turned it into a magnificent facility for events and celebrations of all kinds. The stunning view of the Big Horns is like no other. From hosting hundreds of soccer kids and their families to showcasing heart stopping fireworks, amazing polo, incredible cowboys and beautiful weddings, the events on our fields will leave you with memories to last forever. Traditionally a spring through fall venue, there are now exciting plans to promote and enjoy winter activities here as well. Remember to like us on Facebook to see information on all BHEC activities. 94
The BHEC continues to stimulate our local economy and generate significant revenue for Sheridan and the surrounding area. Public and private events such as the Snickers Big Horn Soccer Cup, Fourth of July celebration, Don King Days, polo, and weddings send guests and participants into our community to shop, eat at our restaurants, and stay at our hotels. Respectfully no tax dollars are spent on the BHEC. As one can imagine, it takes hard work, expensive materials and talented people to assure our grounds and club house are perfect and ready for all occasions. To best accommodate our many needs we depend on event income, donations and patronage. We hope you will consider helping us provide for our community through a personal gift of time or financial support.
planned giving THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING A FACILITY FOR THE USE AND BENEFIT OF THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY. THE HISTORIC CLUBHOUSE sits on 80 acres of manicured grass with panoramic views of the awesome and beautiful Big Horn Mountains.
The tremendous task of maintaining this unique facility is done through fees, donations and legacies gifted to the Big Horn Equestrian Center. To ensure the continuance of the Big Horn Equestrian Center, the board of directors thanks you for your support through cash gifts, in kind donations and for including the BHEC in your legacy estate planning. The Board would be happy to visit with you personally about your planned giving.
TO PROVIDE A FACILITY FOR MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY AND EQUESTRIAN EVENTS.
NOT ONE PENNY
OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS IS USED FOR THE BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER
HOW IS THE BHEC FUNDED? EVENT INCOME CHARITABLE DONATIONS ANNUAL PATRONAGE
THE EQUESTRIAN CENTER NEEDS YOUR CONTINUED FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND INVOLVEMENT FOR SUCCESSFUL GROWTH. PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORM TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR GIFT TODAY.
BIG HORN EQUESTRIAN CENTER 2020 PATRON APPLICATION Enclosed is my/our contribution in the amount of ____ $5000 ____ $1000 ____ $500 ____ $250 ____ $150 ____ The B.H.E.C. is classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with Federal Tax I.D. #74-2401981. Under the IRS guidelines, your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax receipts mailed for $250 and higher. All levels of patronage of $150 and above confer admission for your family to all events affiliated with the BHEC, the patron’s appreciation event and riding privileges (subject to weather and field conditions). Riders must complete a release form prior to utilizing the field. This form is available at www.thebhec.org or by calling/texting 307.673.0454 Please mail this form, your riding release and your contribution to the BHEC, P. O. Box 6413, Sheridan, WY 82801
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