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For nearly 140 years, Chicago has held a unique position in American polo as a Midwestern hub and international polo destination. It is deeply rooted in the history of sport in Chicago. Chicago Polo represents a group of local public and private Chicagoland polo clubs that have built a partnership around promoting and growing the sport locally and internationally. This season, join the upwards of 15,000 polo fans, players, and pros from across the Midwest and the world who will join us for Chicago’s oldest Sunday tradition. From the sidelines and stands on the immaculate fields of Chicagoland, you will experience world-class polo, field-side tailgating, signature cocktails and local fare, champagne divot stops, and pre-match festivities. The 2018 Chicago Polo season kicks off June 10. See schedule and ticket info on page 20.


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WELCOME FROM ARRANMORE FARM + POLO CLUB

CLUBS OF CHICAGOLAND

THE U.S. OPEN AT OAK BROOK POLO CLUB

15 WELCOME FROM OAK BROOK POLO CLUB 19 THE PLAYBOOK

The 2018 Chicago Polo season playbook lays out the season schedule (20), as well as the Chicagoland players, (22), pros (24), teams (26) and clubs (32).

28 SPECTATOR GUIDE

Chicagoland has been the backbone of Midwestern polo since 1879. At the heart of the game are all of the clubs—from international hubs to the local fields—that have kept the game alive for almost 140 years.

48 POLO’S VANGUARD

The Chicago Polo community is strong because of its leaders: patrons, players and pros who are dedicated to growing the sport they love.

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A look back at the legacy of the U.S Open during its 24-year residency at the Oak Brook Polo Club.

86 ON THE FIELD

The 2017 Chicago Polo season in pictures.

92 ON THE SIDELINES

Polo fans come for the game and stay for the food, drink and fanfare on the sidelines.

POLO INSPIRED

Polo style that celebrates the good things in life.

Our Spectator Guide breaks down all you need to know to enjoy the sport of kings.

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CHICAGO POLO MAGAZINE Lisa Muirhead, Poise Publications PUBLISHER Leigh McKenzie ART DIRECTOR Daniel O’Leary and Shannon Greene Robb MAGAZINE ADVISORS Pam Mudra EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHICAGO POLO Photographers: Bari Baskin, TimeStops Photography; Lew Berghoff; Judith Coleman; Paolo Cascio; Karl Knapp; Thomas Reinacher; Mila Samokhina Contributors: George Alexander, Michael Butler, James Drury, Samantha Falbe, Pamela Flanangan, Mariano Gutierrez, John Greene, Angelo Kleronomos, Dean Kleronomos, Megan Kozminski (Media Spur Inc), Tomas Obregon, Horatio Onetto, Chris Vangel, Clifton Yandel.

Oak Brook Polo Club Michael Butler, HONORARY CHAIRMAN, James Drury PRESIDENT, Daniel O’Leary MANAGING DIRECTOR Pam Snyder EVENT MANAGER, Judith Coleman EVENT & OPERATIONS MANAGER, Hollis Onetto EVENT MANAGER, Judy Reyes MERCHANDISE & ACCOUNTING MANAGER, Daphne Ortiz, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, Jocelyn Donnelly EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, Sean Creed GROUNDSKEEPER Oak Brook Polo Club Advisory Committee: Michael Butler, Beverly Taylor, Roger Taylor, John Baar, Donna Bettin, Sean Creed, Karl Maurer, Kathleen Maher, Tod Rackley and Rob Wilkinson Special thanks: George Alexander, Reute Butler, Jorie Butler Kent, Norm Canfield, Norma Cooke, Stewart Diamond, Samantha Falbe, Pamela Flanagan, Riccardo Ginex, John Greene, Shannon Greene Robb, Liz Hancock, Angelo Kleronomos, Dean Kleronomos, Gopal Lalmaiani, Steve Mansmith, Bob McMurtry, James Nagle, Bob Puetz, Luis Pineda, David Rolewick, Chris Vangel, Clifton Yandell, Carlucho Arellano, Paolo Cascio, Diane Kelley, Phil Trocchio, Lithoprint, Speed Pro Imaging, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sports Commission, DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau, Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, Oak Brook Golf Club, Oak Brook Sports Core, Time Stops Photography, United Stated Polo Association, Village of Oak Brook Trustees,

Arranmore Farm + Polo Club John Greene FOUNDER & OWNER, Shannon Greene Robb PRESIDENT Jenin Paradise VENUE DIRECTOR + EVENT COORDINATOR, Lara Filip MANAGING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR + PRODUCER, Heidi Booth MARKETING MANAGER, Lisa Gangi SPONSORSHIP + PUBLIC RELATIONS, Carrie Ostreo ASSISTANT COORDINATOR, Andrea Bruozis EVENT MANAGER, Ellen Husarik EVENT MANAGER, Leslie Husarik EVENT MANAGER Jose Blanco HEAD TRAINER, Colin Rojas GROUNDSKEEPER, Mario Torres ASSISTANT GROUNDSKEEPER, Robert Wilkinson and Paul Picero POLO ANNOUNCERS Chicago Polo is a division of Arranmore Events LLC. Cover: Photo by Paolo Cascio Photography Printed in Canada.

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WELCOME | OAK BROOK POLO CLUB

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t is with great privilege that I welcome you to experience the magic, pageantry, and thrill of world-class local and international polo during Oak Brook Polo Club’s 96th Season. Our tradition of Sunday polo has been one of incomparable fun and excitement, the likes of which you will certainly never forget. This season, the Oak Brook Polo Club will host nine Saturday and Sunday Polo matches on the legendary Prince of Wales field. Highlights will include the return of our popular Horses & Horsepower event and the Midwest’s premier polo tournament— the Chicago Polo Cup. Our International Polo Series will showcase three match-ups featuring teams from Mexico, Jamaica, and Great Britain competing for our most revered trophies, including the Drake Challenge Cup and the coveted Butler International Cup. The British team, captained by Prince Charles, last played in Oak Brook in 1986, in front of 20,000 spectators. Oak Brook Polo has a long and storied history of hosting teams and players from across the globe—from India to Mexico, and Argentina to Canada.

I am also excited to welcome members of the U.S. and world polo communities to the USPA 2018 Board of Governors and Annual Member Meetings held here in Oak Brook. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the last U.S. Open Polo Championship held at Oak Brook. To celebrate, we will also host the first ever U.S. Open Polo Alumni Match, featuring current and former Open players. I am honored to act as a steward for the traditions that make Oak Brook Polo Club so unique in the world, and to champion the resurgence of our city as an international polo hub. Working with a superb team and new strategic partners, my aspiration is to make the incredible sport of polo more accessible to the people of Chicago. The Oak Brook Polo Club team is excited to provide the opportunity for our guests to learn, and enjoy, this game while preserving our club’s historic legacy for many years to come. See you at the field,

Jim Drury President, Oak Brook Polo Club

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n behalf of Arranmore Farm + Polo Club, it is our honor to welcome you to the 2018 season! Arranmore is excited to present another incredible selection of offerings including polo, concerts, yoga, and special events. Our most exciting addition to Arranmore’s offerings is our Give Back concert series. We are bringing in world-renowned acts to partner with local charities to create larger-than-life music experiences. The first of this series, on July 14, features the Goo Goo Dolls, with special guest Gavin DeGraw, benefitting Cal’s Angels. Every Wednesday evening at the club means another chance to experience Wine Down Wednesday, a casual, mid-week polo series that runs June 27 through August 22. Challenge yourself to create the perfect tailgate, gather friends, and enjoy a glass of wine. Either BYOB or enjoy discovering new wines at our special wine tastings. Dark Horse Catering and Pastries will be on hand again with their popular offerings, both succulent and sweet. In addition, Arranmore will host two Sunday polo tournaments, including the Chicago Polo Women’s Invitational and the fourth annual Arranmore Polo Classic. Arranmore summer nights would not be complete without CabCab, our signature

outdoor concert series, in June, August, and September. In our sixth season of this original showcase of Chicagoland’s finest talent, our local stars (Grammy-nominated musicians, recognizable TV and film actors, and Broadway performers who call Chicago home) will come together for a one-of-a-kind performance under the stars. Arranmore’s pristine, expansive land continues to be an extraordinary destination for special events, weddings, corporate outings, and more. Arranmore opens our gates and arms to welcome every guest with a personal touch and offers unforgettable experiences for those looking to plan a unique event. The entire Arranmore family would like to take this opportunity to thank our esteemed sponsors, advertisers, polo players, artists and guests for your continued support and loyalty. It is you who are at the heart of Arranmore Farm + Polo Club and our traditions. Cheers, Shannon Greene Robb President & CEO Arranmore Events, Chicago Polo

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CHICAGO POLO DAY SEASON OPENER

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 | GATES OPEN: 1:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM It’s Chicago Polo Day! The 2018 Oak Brook and Chicago Polo Season kicks off with a celebration of Oak Brook’s historic 96th Season. The club’s opening Sunday will feature a highly anticipated Chicagoland matchup, pitting the Oak Brook Polo Team, captained by James Drury, against a local rival. This 6-chukker 12-goal match will give the winning team bragging rights as the best team in “The Prairie State” until they meet again later in the season.


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o membership is necessary to enjoy a day of polo at Chicagoland Polo. Each club offers a range of individual and group hospitality options and family-friendly environment of children, including tailgating, lawn and VIP seating, field side tents for small and large groups, and custom event experiences.

For information and tickets to Chicago Polo’s public matches, visit:

June 1: GoPolo Tournament (GoPolo/Windridge) 10: Chicago Polo Day Season Opener (Oak Brook) 17: Miguel Romero Open (Passion for Polo) 24: Drake Challenge Cup: Oak Brook vs. Mexico (Oak Brook) 20–24: Wild Bill (Morgan Creek/Arranmore) 27: Wine Down Wednesday (Arranmore) 30: GoPolo Tournament (GoPolo/Windridge) July 1: 6–8 Goal Open (Passion for Polo) 4: Wine Down Wednesday (Arranmore) 5–8: Women’s Polo Week (Arranmore) 7: Shirley Kuhn Cup (Arranmore) 8: Chicago Polo Women’s Invitational (Arranmore) 11: Wine Down Wednesday Polo (Arranmore) 14–15: Senior’s Cup (Blackberry) 15: Butler Challenge Cup & Horses & Horsepower (Oak Brook) 18: Wine Down Wednesday Polo (Arranmore) 20–22: National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) (Blackberry) 18–22: Walt Kuhn (Morgan Creek/Arranmore) 22: Heartland Cup & Jaguar Concours, Cats & Ponies Soirée (Oak Brook) 25: Wine Down Wednesday Polo (Arranmore) 29: GoPolo Tournament (GoPolo/Windridge)

August 1: Wine Down Wednesday Polo (Arranmore) 4: 6–8 Goal Open (Passion for Polo) 5: Caribbean Cup - Oak Brook vs. Jamaica (Oak Brook) 8: Wine Down Wednesday Polo (Arranmore) 12: Arranmore Classic (Arranmore) 15: Wine Down Wednesday Polo (Arranmore) 18: 6–8 Goal Open (Passion for Polo) 18: GoPolo Tournament (GoPolo/Windridge) 19: Chicago Polo Open and Horses & Hops (Oak Brook) 22–26: Jackie Murphy (Morgan Creek/Arranmore) 28–31: USPA Governor’s Cup (Morgan’s Creek/Arranmore) September 1–2: USPA Governors’ Cup (Arranmore) 8: 13th Annual LeCompte/Kalaway Trailowners Cup (Barrington Hills) 9: Butler International & Prince of Wales Cup (Oak Brook) 15–16: USPA Rose Cup (Sanfilipo Estate) 16: Tony Sekera Benefit Tournament (Oak Brook) 22: USPA Governor’s Match (Oak Brook) 23 USPA U.S. Open Polo Alumni Match (Oak Brook) 29: USPA Les Baddeley Arena 0–3 Goal (Barrington Hills) October 6–7: USPA Les Baddeley Arena 6–9 Goal (Barrington Hills) 6: 6–8 Goal Open (Passion for Polo)

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George Alexander

John Greene

Peter Alworth

Juan Martin Gutierrez

Afredo Aubone

Mora Hearne

Kelly Aubone

Macee Hughes

Tomas Aubone

Katie Johnson

Ed Bates

Les Johnson

Sandy Barbier

Adam Kaminski

Greg Beemster

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Jose Blanco

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Juan Caset

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Freddie Castro

Angelo Kleronomos

Mark Cope

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Laura Cunningham

Dick Kuhn

Jim Drury

Scott Lucas

Shannon Eldridge

Jan-Dirk Lueders

Samantha Falbe

Frauke Lueders

Pamela Flanagan

Anna Margalef

Carlitos Font

Ed McKinley

Memo Font

Bob McMurtry

Katie Fricke

JC McWilliams

Bob Fury

Emily Meyer

Douglas Giebel

Luke Misukanis

Nina Gowl

Seth Misukanis


VISITING PLAYERS Len Monson

Whitney Siebens

Escuela de Polo Mexico, Mexico

Jack Murphy

Scott Silver

Miguel Gomez de Parada

Julie Murphy

Dariana Slater

Guillermo Steta

Timmy Murphy

Mariana Solari

Pedro Montoya

Tony Natale

Nicholas Srivastava

Robie Payn

Bill O’Leary

Jennifer Tempel

Aden Oduwa

Charles Todd

Kingston Polo Club, Jamaica

Alexandra Osborne

Jack Treacy

Rachel Turner

Emma Pieper

Griffen Tuftie

Charlie Chambers

Franco Pizarro

Chris Vangel

Marc Melville

Peco Pugliese

Whitney Vogt

Jose Laritirigoyen

Adrienne Purves

Chuck Weaver

Adam Long

Gaston Raimondo

David Wigdahl

Jason Wates

Bill Read

Megan West

Frances Reback

Rob Wilkinson

Wales Polo Club, Great Britain

Tucker Reback

David Wolf

Niall Donnelly

Dean Regas

Cindy Wozniak

Orlando Camus

Tracy Regas

Bill Wrigley

Victoria Grace

Tracy Riff

Clifton Yandell

Pete Webb

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IN THE SPORT OF POLO, PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS BRING THEIR TALENT, CAREFULLY TRAINED STRING OF HORSES, AND EXPERIENCE TO THE TEAM. TEAM SPONSORS WILL HIRE PROFESSIONALS TO PLAY ON THEIR TEAMS

Horacio Onetto (4) Home club: Oak Brook Polo Club

Tomas Obregon (4) Home club: Oak Brook Polo Club

Mariano Gutierrez (4) Home club: Oak Brook Polo Club

Matias Obregon (4) Home club: GoPolo

AND HELP TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS ON THE FIELD. MANY PROS TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR AND PLAY FOR DIFFERENT SPONSORS AT D I F F E R E N T C L U B S , DEPENDING ON THE SEASON.

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Maco Llambias (4) Home club: Arranmore Farm + Polo Club

Juan Martin Gutierrez (2) Home club: GoPolo

Del Walton (3) Home club: Aiken Polo Club

Lindor Novillo Corvalan (4) Home Club: Sanfilippo Estate

Tod Rackley (2) Home club: Morgan Creek Polo

Anthony Garcia (5) Home club: Passion for Polo

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A BRIEF HISTORY

Polo originated in Persia sometime between the sixth and first century BC as part sport and part training for war, with cavalry “teams” growing to up to 100 players per side. The game eventually spread to Constantinople, Tibet, China, Japan, and India. Polo started its move west when British officers learned the sport of kings in India. It hit England in 1869 and traveled to the United States in 1876, when the father of U.S. polo, James Gordon Bennett brought the sport to New York. Polo surfaced in Chicago in 1879 and flourished throughout the 20th century, becoming the hub of both U.S. and international polo cirucuits.

THE BASICS

There are two types of polo: outdoor polo and indoor (or arena) polo. An outdoor polo match is played on a 300 x 160 yard (9-acre) field—approximately the size of nine football fields. The arena field is smaller, 300 x 100 feet, and the game is played with a ball similar to a mini soccer ball, as opposed to the smaller hard plastic ball used for outdoors. Arena polo teams have three players, and because of the smaller scale of the arena field, each player usually fields only two horses per match. The beauty of arena polo is that is can be played all year round. A polo game begins at center field when the umpire throws the ball into play, similar to a puck dropped in hockey. Each game is divided into 7-1/2-minute periods called chukkers. A low or medium goal game has four chukkers and a high-goal game has six. At 7 minutes, a bell rings to warn the players of the end of the chukker. The second bell rings 30 seconds later to stop play.

In polo, the term “goal” can refer to several things. First, there is the kind of goal that indicates that a point is scored. A point is scored when a player hits the ball between the two goal posts, placed 8 yards apart, at any height. The second kind of “goal” refers to a player’s handicap rating. These “goal ratings,” based on experience and skill on the field, determine the make-up of teams, so that teams in tournaments are well-matched in terms of skill. The United States Polo Association assigns players a goal rating between -2 (for beginners) and 10 (reserved for only the top-rated professionals), and reviews these handicaps each year. In a match, opposing teams are equally matched by adding up the rating numbers of each of their players. For example, a team competing in a 6-goal tournament must have a total handicap of 6 when the goal ratings of all four players on the team are added up. Polo is the only professional sport in which men and women are rated on the same handicap scale and compete regularly both against and with each other on the same teams.

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American polo ponies are thoroughbreds or part thoroughbred and part quarter horse. It takes 2–3 years to train a green pony, and their polo careers can last over 15 years. For player and pony safety, their tails are braided and their manes are roached (clipped) for game play. Polo ponies work really hard on the field, so most polo players play a different pony in each chukker. Players are allowed to remount at any time during a match, similar to hockey players changing lines.

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THE RULES

Right of way/line of the ball: Once a ball is hit, its trajectory establishes the line of the ball. The player closest to the ball with the narrowest angle has the “right of way.”

Crossing: If a player crosses the line of the ball close enough that it is dangerous or approaches the player with the right of way at too sharp an angle, the umpire will call a foul and subsequent penalty shot against their team.

If a player comes from behind and passes a player with the right of way, they may not cross the line of the ball if it will create a dangerous situation.

Players can receive a foul if they approach their opponent’s pony at an unsafe angle or if they are too far ahead of the player’s pony in their approach.

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Ride-off: The objective of a ride-off is to prevent an opposing player from taking a shot or to drive the player off the “line of the ball” by pressing the shoulder of one pony into another. If a ride-off causes a pony to stagger, a penalty will be called.

Hooking: A player can hook another player’s mallet to prevent them from hitting if they are on the same side as the ball or directly behind the opposing player. The player may not reach over, under or across any part of the opposing player’s pony. When hooking, the stick must be lower than shoulder height.

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THE CLUBS

Chicago Polo is an established network of 12 polo facilities and six USPA member polo clubs that have formed a strong community to support the growth and sustainability of polo in the metropolitan Chicagoland. Arranmore Farm + Polo Club, Barrington Hills Polo Club and Oak Brook Polo Club serve as the three clubs that welcome spectators to weekly or select scheduled events during the season, while others offer a venue for safe and competitive tournament and league polo for the community’s 130+ players and students.

A R R A N M O R E FA R M + P O L O C L U B LOCATION: Oswego, IL Arranmore Farm & Polo Club is situated on 300 acres of family-owned and operated land on the edge of suburban Chicago. It is home to some of the most pristine fields in the United States. Located 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, Arranmore Farm & Polo Club has held private polo matches since 1999 and opened its gates for the club’s first public polo matches in 2015. Its summer calendar also includes a series of outdoor music concerts, festivals, and charity events. Along with two world-class polo fields, Arranmore is a working polo farm including six stables, large pastures, a clubhouse, and a historic farmhouse.

B L AC K B E R RY P O LO C LU B LOCATION: Batavia, IL Blackberry Polo Club was organized on George and Barb Alexander’s Lake Run Farm in Batavia in 1986 as a venue for recreational polo. Practice sessions and matches with visiting teams, followed by a gathering under the trees with a nearby smoking grill and cold keg are the Blackberry tradition. The club also hosts a National Youth Series tournament and a Polo Training Foundation Seniors’ Tournament each summer season.

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D U E W E ST P O LO LOCATION: Oswego, IL Due West was established in 2002 by Clifton Yandale. The 35-acre farm’s polo field serves as a practice field for players in the area. People from the Chicago Polo community assemble at Due West on Tuesdays for casual chukkers to get some time in on the field and to socialize with others in the polo community. Friends and family dot the hill overlooking the field and players will often stay after the game to grill and take in the incredible sunset before heading home.

F O N T FA M I LY FA R M LOCATION: Plano, IL Established in 2008, the club is a family joint venture with the purpose of learning, improving, playing polo, and providing the community with riding, horsemanship and stabling opportunities. The facility includes an outdoor polo field, one outdoor arena, an indoor polo arena, 40 horse stalls, and turnout paddocks. We like to share the sportsmanship, enthusiasm and maybe the formidable obsession that we experience playing with horses.

GO P O LO LOCATION: Naperville, IL From April until October, Windridge Farm is the summer home of GOPOLO. Polo pro Matias Obregon and certified Polo Instructor Juan Martin Gutierrez run the GOPOLO polo school catering to new and up-and-coming players. GOPOLO offers group lessons, private lessons, horses for lease, and everything you need as a new player. GOPOLO hosts club-level 4-chukker tournaments for the -2 to 1-goal players throughout the summer. When you are ready to step up, GOPOLO can find the right polo pony for you.


M O R G A N C R E E K P O LO LOCATION: Yorkville, IL Morgan Creek Polo Club was founded in 1995 by Angelo and Dean Kleronomos. Its polo history includes Laurel Team Polo and Maple Lane Polo Club dating back to 1980. The 200-acre horse farm in rural Oswego, Illinois, has two polo fields, an indoor arena, clubhouse, player and groom apartments, 40 stalls, 10 large turnouts, and a galloping track. Morgan Creek teams have participated in 8–22 goal polo in Wellington, Aiken, Oak Brook, and Chicago. Angelo and Dean have played internationally in Canada, France, Germany, and Argentina.

OA K B R O O K P O LO C LU B LOCATION: Oak Brook, IL Founded in 1922 by legendary businessman, Paul Butler, the Oak Brook Polo Club is one of the oldest polo clubs in the United States. It was once the sport’s epicenter for elite professional polo and, among other prestigious international and national polo tournaments, hosted the U.S. Open Polo Championship for 24 straight seasons. For decades, the club’s popular Sunday tradition and social scene has entertained Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries, royalty, and Chicago’s distinguished. Located 17 miles straight west from Chicago’s Loop, the club is home to Chicago’s Polo Team, which is captained by Chicago business leader, James Drury. The team has six U.S. Open Polo Championship titles and once fielded the Michael Jordan of polo and hall of famer, Cecil Smith.

PA S S I O N F O R P O L O LOCATION: Barrington Hills, IL Frauke and Jan-Dirk Lueders caught the polo bug in 2013. They eagerly sought out a place to develop their skills and their string of ponies and purchased what is now the Passion for Polo farm in 2013. Since they acquired their property, their polo string has grown from 4 to 17, and they have completed construction on

the only regulation-size indoor polo arena in the Midwest. They have also developed a full-size outdoor field adjacent to the arena, where they host friends, tournaments, and develop their Passion for Polo team.

P RA I R I E P O LO S C H O O L LOCATION: Wauconda, IL The Prairie Polo School was founded in 2014 to provide a regional platform to lease trained ponies, get year-round lessons, and play in organized and affordable step-up leagues. The club also hosts Corporate Polo events for team building. Prairie Polo is owned and managed by Nadir Khan, who is a USPA-certified Polo Instructor with over 14 years of experience with polo, training horses, mentoring new players, and giving lessons. We offer a year-round lease program and lessons to players at all clubs. The club boasts a state-of-the-art grass polo facility, a regulation outdoor arena, and an indoor regulation arena during the winter months. Prairie Polo Lessees and students can enjoy polo action every week of the year!

W I N D R I D G E FA R M LOCATION: Bolingbrook, IL Located 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, Windridge Farm is an equestrian hunter jumper facility with polo benefits. The facility has two indoor arenas, two outdoor arenas, and one polo field on the 60-acre property supporting both the equestrian and polo programs. Windridge Farm offers its boarders exceptional, individualized equine care. At Windridge Farm, we provide a goal-oriented lesson program taught by experienced professionals. We welcome, and are qualified to train, riders at all levels, from beginner through Grand Prix. When it comes time to purchasing a horse, our expert sales team will match you with the horse that is right for your ability, as well as, your budget. Your success is our success. 33


WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY POLO

JUNE 27 – AUGUST 22 | GATES OPEN: 5:00 PM | MATCH STARTS: 6:00 PM Wine Down Wednesday Polo is a tradition at Arranmore Farm + Polo Club. Every Wednesday (excluding July 4th), a late afternoon match is open to an enthusiastic public. Tailgating cars park field-side for a breathtaking up close vantage point to enjoy the action. Pack your food and your cooler. We have food/beverage options for purchase and featured wine sampling. All Wine Down Wednesday matches are family-friendly. For event and ticket information, please visit arranmorefarmandpoloclub.com


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Lieutenant Hennessy (l) and Captain Lassiter (r) of Chicago’s Fort Riley polo team battle Bryn Mawr Polo Club from Philadephia on the Onwenstia Country Club fields (1907).

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he first Chicago Polo Club had a fledgling start in 1879, when four players showed up on October 18 to introduce the city to the game. A local newspaper described it thusly: “The ‘Club’ met yesterday afternoon to the number of four. The four in the middle of the open space provided for them looked as small as flies in a large barrel of molasses, and about as helpless. Society is grateful to them for the introduction of this favorite pastime of the upper ten.” That incarnation of the Chicago Polo Club popped up here and there in the 1880s, most notably in 1893, during the World’s Fair, when James Carey Evans and Capt. Francis Michler organized a Chicago Polo Club match on the lawns of a house in Brookline, near Chicago. The following year, a formal club started in Washington Park with 16 players. Organized outdoor polo matches started outside the city around 1897, when two clubs formed at Evanston Country Club and Onwentsia Club. Owentsia, a private club, hosted polo matches on its properties for over 100 years. Smaller clubs in Chicago such as Speedway, Whip and Spur, the Spur and Saddle Club, Dupage County Polo and Hunt Club, and Overbrook Polo Club opened up in the decade between 1915 and 1925. In 1920, the long-standing North Shore Polo and Hunt Club started hosting matches. Oak Brook Polo Club was established in 1924 in Hinsdale (what would in 1968 be established as the Village of Oak Brook), and grew to be not only the largest club in the Midwest, but by the 1950s, one of the largest clubs in the world.

Various indoor arena venues have come and gone in Chicago, largely owing to the military polo tradition in the area. Indoor polo was played at the Chicago Riding Club, Dexter Park, Plush Horse Stables, Parkwat Stables, and, most notably, in the 124th Field Artillery building, which is now known as the Chicago Avenue Armory. The 1930s and 40s saw just a few clubs hanging on through the Depression and World War II. One of Chicagoland polo’s historical highlights took place at Onwenstia in 1933 when the East–West tournament (pitting the best teams from the West against their rivals in the East) drew an astounding 15,000 spectators. The teams from the West (Texas and California) proved their mettle, taking two out of three games. The real heyday of growth for Chicagoland polo came in the three decades after the war. In 1954, the USPA relocated both its offices and the U.S. Open to the fields of Oak Brook Polo Club for a 24-year period, and polo thrived in the surrounding areas, with polo fields in Evanston, Wadsworth, McCook, Peoria, Rockford, Barrington, and Naperville. The 1980s saw the advent of the first all-women’s polo club in the United States: the Naperville Women’s Polo Club, and many smaller clubs that opened in the 1980s had staying power throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including Blackberry, Naperville, Lakewood Acres, and Fox Meadow Farm. Chicagoland was a hub of international polo, with visiting teams from India, Mexico, New Zealand, Argentina, Italy, Cuba, and Great Britain. Oak Brook alone drew royal polo 39


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Oswego

Chicago Polo Club

Wheaton

Our Day Farm Polo Club

Elgin

Speedway Polo Club

Chicago

Naperville Women’s Polo Club

Naperville

Whip and Spur

Chicago

Naperville Polo Club

Naperville

North Shore Polo and Hunt Club

Chicago

Blackberry Polo Club

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Grassmere Farm

Barrington

White Ash Polo Club

Plainfield

Oak Brook Polo Club

Hinsdale/Oak Brook

Lakewood Acres Polo Club

Wauconda

Dupage County Polo and Hunt Club

Wheaton

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Carbondale

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Fox Meadow Farm

Naperville

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Dahlwood Polo Club

Elburn

Arlington Farms Polo Club

Evanston/Libertyville

Palermo Club at Glendale

Glendale Heights

Mill Creek Hunt Club

Wadsworth

Barrington Polo Club

Barrington Hills

Peoria Polo Club

Peoria

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Naperville

Barrington Hills

Barrington Hills

Due West

Chicago

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Rockford

Morgan Creek

Yorkville

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Barrington

Chicago International Polo Club

Oswego

Fairlane Farms

Naperville

Millagros Polo Club

Oswego

Glendale Polo Club

Barrington Hills/Glen Ellyn

Silver Spur Polo Club

Maple Park

Northern Illinois Polo Club

Elburn

Passion for Polo

Barrington Hills

Chicago Avenue Armory

Chicago

Windridge Farm

Bolingbrook

Greene Valley Polo Club

Naperville

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Scrimmage at Onwenstia Country Club 1907

fans and players such as King Hussein of Jordan, the Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur, and notably, Prince Charles himself, who brought his Windsor team to play their first official game in the United States on our fields in 1986 to a crowd of thousands. The new millennium has brought a renewed interest in building up the sport of kings in Chicagoland through the network of clubs under the umbrella of Chicago Polo. Oak Brook Polo Club and Arranmore Farm & Polo Club maintain large venues with weekly matches throughout the season that are open to the public (see page 21 for the schedule). Oak Brook 42

continues to focus on drawing international teams to compete on their fields each season, this year welcoming Mexico, Great Britain, and Jamaica for their international series. Arranmore hosts two major weekend tournaments and weekly Wine Down Wednesday polo matches. Smaller private fields such as Blackberry, Barrington Hills, Due West, Morgan Creek, Passion for Polo, and Go Polo/Windridge Farm hold casual chukkers for local players and serve the community as training fields and a great place to play and relax with their fellow players.


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DRAKE CHALLENGE CUP INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 | GATES OPEN: 1:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM OAK BROOK (USA) VS. ESCULEA DE POLO MEXICO (MEXICO) Oak Brook Polo is excited to welcome the Esculea de Polo Mexico team to play for one of the club’s oldest and most celebrated trophies. Named after The Drake Oak Brook Hotel, the Drake Challenge Cup was established in 1964. Mexico has a long history of visiting and playing in Oak Brook, and we are thrilled to reignite this storied friendship! For event and ticket information, please visit oakbrookpoloclub.com


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With over 140 years of history, Chicago Polo holds a foundational spot in the city’s sporting legacy. The traditions, tournaments, and tenacity of Chicago Polo are upheld by our polo leaders, who are committed to developing the sport through mentoring new players and bringing their passion to the field.

S A M A N T H A FA L B E Favourite polo memory: Last year, I carried my own team in a 12-goal tournament. I got MVP on that field, and as an amateur and a woman playing among these players who have been playing all of their lives, it felt amazing because I got to share that with the people who helped me get there. Why polo: Polo really is the gateway to the world. Anywhere you are in the world, you can just go to a club say “I want a lesson”—and you instantly have 50 new friends. Why Chicagoland: It’s the people and the horses. It’s a fun group of people, and everyone wants everybody to do well. The community and the culture are different than any other sport.

PA M E L A F L A N A G A N Favourite polo memory: Playing Stella, my rescue pony turned polo pony, in her first match at Arranmore Polo Club last summer (August 2017). Why polo: If you love sports, and you love horses, you will love polo. Why Chicagoland: Polo in Chicago is special due to its rich history and continuing success. Chicago has hosted tournaments ranging from absolute beginner level, all the way up to the U.S. Open. It is exciting to see the increase in players and polo fields in the Chicagoland area.

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JOHN GREENE Favourite polo memory: Winning the 20-Goal Rolex Gold Cup with Antonio Herrera, Geoffrey Kent and Dominic Cece. Also: seeing a big crowd for polo at Arranmore. Why polo: If we can put a player in a sage environment on a quality horse the magic will happen. It is that kind of a sport. (The first lesson is free.) Why Chicagoland: The beauty of Chicagoland polo is the multitude of private fields along with the history of Oak Brook. Jim Drury has done a fantastic job reintroducing Oak Brook Polo to the world.

A N G E LO K L E R O N O M O S Favourite polo memory: In 2007 I went to the Argentine Open with my son Dean and friend Bill Read. We spent a week watching the Open matches, playing polo, and trying horses at the ranches outside Buenos Aires. Why polo: Polo is the greatest getaway there is. You leave everything at the picket line and think about nothing but your horse, your opponent, and the game.  It can become an addiction and a lifestyle. Why Chicagoland: An incredible history started by Paul Butler including high- and medium-goal matches, the U.S. Open, international matches, and charity events, drawing players and celebrities from all over the world.   It has been a privilege to be a part of it for the past 38 years.

C H R I S VA N G E L Favourite polo memory: Playing in Jamaica for the first time Why polo: Polo has a great competitive aspect but also has a wonderful tradition based on friendship and commitment to the sport Why Chicagoland: The history of polo goes back generations.

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Mariano Gutierrez, Horacio Onetto, Tomas Obregon, James J. Drury

MARIANO GUTIERREZ Favourite polo memory: Growing up playing polo bareback at the ranch with my brothers, cousins and my dad. We were all day long on a horse! Why polo: Polo is the only sport where you are on a team made of human beings and animals, so you create a bond with your teammates, your horses and their horses. Everything happens fast on the field so you have a lot of adrenaline, but you also need a lot of technique to ride and to hit that little ball. You need to be smart to understand the game and strong because it is a very physical sport. You have everything in one sport. Why Chicagoland: Polo has a lot of history here, and Jim Drury is 52

doing a lot to support the sport at Oak Brook. The polo community is working hard to grow polo in the area. And for me, I have great fun playing on a team with Jim, Horacio and Toto.

H O R AC I O O N E T TO Favourite polo memory: Playing with my father when I first started playing as a boy in Argentina Why polo: I love everything about it—the horses, the adrenaline, the competition—everything! Why Chicagoland: I started playing here when I was very young, so it is like home to me.


TOMAS OBREGON Favourite polo memory: Winning the Governor’s Cup with my twin brother Matias in 2008. Why polo: You get to travel so much and everyone you meet in polo is so welcoming. Why Chicagoland: There are so many different people that come to play polo. You get to meet people from everywhere. It’s like a whole new world. We always have fun in Chicago.

JAMES J. DRURY Favourite polo memory: Playing my best polo ponies ever, Lucy and Apache, in 12and 16-goal polo matches. What a privilege that was. We lost Apache a couple of years ago. And Lucy is now retired and living the good life on our farm. Why polo: It is the only high-energy team sport that you can play for a lifetime. If you’re playing because you love the game for the long term—welcome. If you’re playing the game primarily for the personal “glory”—it won’t last. Why Chicagoland: Its international history as a polo town. Oak Brook was among the best polo clubs on the planet from 1954–1979, when it hosted the U.S. Polo Championship matches, longer than any other club in history. Since then and today, a number of Chicago polo clubs remain highly active under the ownership of our most experienced players, offering lessons for beginners who seriously want to learn the game. 53


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Start your engines! The Ferrari Club of America, Continental AutoSports Ferrari, and Oak Brook present a day of conservation, horses and horsepower. Our on-field parade of new and classic Ferraris opens the finals of the historic Butler Challenge Cup tournament. The Friends of Conservation will host its annual fundraising event in conjunction with the match. Flaunt your Ferrari pride with an afternoon of fast polo action! For event and ticket information, please visit oakbrookpoloclub.com


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CARIBBEAN CUP INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 | GATES OPEN: 1:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM OAK BROOK (USA) VS. KINGSTON POLO CLUB (JAMAICA) For the third straight year, Oak Brook Polo is excited to welcome the Jamaica Team, from the Kingston Polo Club, back to play for the reinstituted Caribbean Cup. The Cup was first established in the mid-1900s to commemorate Oak Brook’s and Jamaica’s friendship and match. Jamaica returned in 2017 to play for the The Drake Challenge Cup and in 2016 for the Butler International Cup in 2016. The Jamaica Polo Team will be led by Marc Melville, who first played in Oak Brook when he was 16 years old with his father “Danny” and younger brother Zander. For event and ticket information, please visit oakbrookpoloclub.com


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APC + URBAN POLO

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 | GATES OPEN: 2:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM The Arranmore Polo Classic is Arranmore Farm + Polo Club’s signature tournament event. APC + Urban Polo is an unforgettable polo/music mash-up as Team Heineken battles the Arranmore home team and then takes over the DJ booth for a fieldside dance party. Guests are treated to unique pre-match access to the club’s barns and horses. Tailgating spots available.

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he U.S Open is the most prestigious 26-goal tournament in the United States, and one of American polo’s longest traditions. Internationally, the match stands with the Argentine Open and the British Open as the three largest polo tournaments each season. Domestically, the tournament holds a spot in the U.S. Triple Crown, alongside the C.V. Whitney Cup and the USPA Piaget Gold Cup. The inaugural U.S. Open match, held in 1904 in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, hosted only two teams; by 1910, the match had grown to six teams and was hosted at Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island. In 1920, the U.S. Open began its 21-year residency at Meadow Brook Polo Club in Westerbury, New York. Progress, however, waits for no man, and in

the great New York infrastructure expansion of the 1950s, Meadow Brook, the country’s oldest polo club, was paved over to make way for the Meadowbrook Parkway. Luckily for the USPA, just outside of Chicago, a polo club that had established itself as an international polo hub extended a welcoming hand. POLO HEADS WEST In 1898, rancher and paper magnate J.W. Butler was already playing polo on his property in Hinsdale, and offered stabling on his property for other players. In 1921, his son, Paul Butler, set his sights on developing a large-scale polo property. Paul’s son, Michael Butler, recalls, “We had about 60 farms within this land, so dad began turning the farmhouses into rental 71


properties and getting his polo friends to move out there.” In fact, Paul Butler was so passionate about his vision for the polo property that he sold his family’s paper company (the oldest family-owned business in Chicago at the time) and the family ranches so he could focus on developing Oak Brook. On October 24, 1924, Oak Brook Polo Club was chartered by Paul Butler, Gene Gordon Culver and J.W Butler. Paul oversaw development of the club, initially developing six fields, built at different elevations in order to provide playable fields no matter what the weather, and stabling for 160 ponies. By the time Meadow Brook was forced to close in the 1950s, Paul Butler had grown Oak Brook into the biggest club in the United States. Michael recalls his father answering the call when the USPA was looking for a new venue. “They approached Dad, and he said yes, so the Open moved to Oak Brook. The polo club expanded quite a bit and wound up with 13 polo grounds and stabling for 400 horses. Oak Brook, at that time, was the largest polo club in the world. It was bigger than Argentina, bigger than any club in England, in terms of the fields and in terms of the high level of competition. [Moving the Open there] was a tremendous benefit to polo, because instead of people having to travel the entire length of the country, from California to New York, they could come to Chicago. It became much easier for the teams to get there every year for the main championship. People came from all over the world just to see it.” The first U.S. Open held at Oak Brook Polo Club was in 1955 and hosted four teams. In its tenure at Oak Brook, until 1978, the tournament was held elsewhere only twice: Santa Barbara in 1966 and 73


Memphis in 1968. Michael Butler remembers when the tournament first arrived in Oak Brook: “At the time the U.S. Open came to Oak Brook, I was 26. Dad asked if I wanted to play and I was put on a team with him, [legendary 10-goal player] Cecil Smith, and Jackie Murphy, who was about my best friend at the time. I was so excited I couldn’t see straight.” The tournament grew as polo gained steam in the post-WWII economy. Over the years, the tournament hosted teams from New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan, South Carolina, 74

California, and Florida, and twice hosted teams from Mexico. Some of the world’s best players graced Oak Brook’s field in those tournaments, including Cecil Smith, Robert Skene, Carlton Beal, W. Ray Harrington, Roy M. Barry, Bob Uihlein Jr, Harold “Joe” Barry, Dell Carroll, Billy Linfoot, Tommy Wayman, and Memo Gracida. Recognizing how central the club had become to the sport of kings in the United States, the USPA also moved its offices to Oak Brook, where it stayed until 1986.


A LASTI N G LEGACY “The U.S. Open was great, great fun,” recalls Michael. “The ceremonies, the horses, all the activities going on. We used to have tremendous parties. I have to hand it to my father, because he financed it until later on when it could stand on its own two feet.” The Oak Brook polo team won the national title six times while the tournament was played at its home club: in 1960, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1971 and 1973. By 1968, Michael Butler saw his father focusing more on golf, and anticipated what the future of Oak Brook could be. “I realized that golf was beginning to make heavy in-roads, because my father was not playing polo much anymore, he was playing golf. So, I made a proposal to him. I wanted to concentrate on the upper fields, which would give us about 4–6 grounds we could keep, and keep the Open there forever. I had realized that having the Open there was a lifestyle that everyone was really enjoying. My father said no. I knew he was thinking of increasing the golf.” In 1977, Paul Butler announced that he would be selling a large part of his property to the Village of Oak Brook. By 1978, the tournament had been built up to also include two handicap tournaments, for the Butler National Handicap and the A&K Trophy. The USPA knew that this was the beginning of a new era of independence for the tournament, which would have to find a new home and begin a drive for corporate sponsorship. “The Open left because we had developed so many of the fields, a lot of it going to golf,” recounts the prescient Michael. “The problem is that they built golf bunkers on one of the best polo fields in the world.”

The legacy of the U.S Open lives on in today’s Oak Brook Polo season. The club continues to focus on its ambassadorship to the world, hosting international tournaments with Great Britain, Mexico and Jamaica this season. The Butlers remain a strong part of the Oak Brook Polo Club community, with Michael Butler representing the family on the board as Honorary Chairman. Also maintaining a close relationship with the Club is Paul’s daughter, Jorie Butler Kent, the first female polo player inducted into the U.S. Polo Association, and her daughter, Reute Butler, who also played the game. Our club is pleased to continue to host the annual charitable event for the Butler’s 36-year young philanthropic organization focused on conservation efforts in Africa, Friends of Conservation. Two tournaments carry the Butler name today, to honor their place in U.S. polo history: the Butler International Cup and the Butler Challenge Cup. The Oak Brook Polo Club hosted the U.S. Open tournament from 1955-1978, longer than any other club in its history. Jim Drury, President of the Oak Brook Polo Club, and Captain of the Oak Brook Team, is proud of the Club’s heritage: “The opportunity to maintain the luster and history of this wonderful treasure is a rare privilege and trusted responsibility. We look forward to sustaining the health and prosperity of this extraordinary sport for many years to come. We are honored to host this year’s USPA Board of Governors and Annual Meeting during September, in commemoration of the 96th anniversary of the Oak Brook Polo Club.” 75


CHICAGO POLO WOMEN’S POLO INVITATIONAL SUNDAY, JULY 8 | GATES OPEN: 2:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM DAVID YURMAN VS. BULLEIT WHISKEY

Arranmore Farm + Polo Club will be host to the 2018 Chicago Polo Women’s Polo Invitational. This weekend- long tournament will bring in women polo players from across the country. Women’s polo is the fasting growing membership of the United States Polo Association. Join us and cheer on these amazing women.  For event and ticket information, please visit: arranmorefarmandpoloclub.com


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 | GATES OPEN: 1:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM Chicago’s signature polo tournament wraps up with Oak Brook vs St Louis in the Chicago Polo Open Championship Match. We are also excited to introduce the inaugural Horses & Hops beer festival. Watch the match while sampling Chicagoland’s new and popular breweries! For event and ticket information, please visit oakbrookpoloclub.com


BUTLER INTERNATIONAL PRINCE OF WALES CUP INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 | GATES OPEN: 1:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM OAK BROOK (USA) VS. WALES POLO TEAM (GREAT BRITAIN) In the final match of the International Polo Series, Oak Brook Polo welcomes back the Wales Polo Team to compete for the Butler International and Prince of Wales Cup. Oak Brook Polo has a long history of deep ties to England’s Royal Family. Prior to 2015, the Cup was last seen in 1986 when it was presented to Prince Charles’s Wales Polo Team. For event and ticket information, please visit oakbrookpoloclub.com


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HEARTLAND CUP JAGUAR CONCOURS, CATS & PONIES SOIRÉE SUNDAY, JULY 22 | GATES OPEN: 1:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM The Oak Brook Polo Club honors its tradition of welcoming out-of-state clubs to play our fields, with the Heartland Cup, a match between Oak Brook Polo and a rival out-of-state team. Before the match, we will open our gates early to the public to enjoy the Illinois Jaguar Club’s 2018 Concours, Cats & Ponies Soirée featuring new and vintage award-winning cars. For event and ticket information, please visit oakbrookpoloclub.com


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USPA BOARD OF GOVERNORS MATCH SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 | GATES OPEN: 1:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM The Oak Brook Polo Club was awarded the 2018 United States Polo Association (USPA) Board of Governors and Annual Member Meetings, an event that draws the entire U.S. and global polo community to our community. To celebrate, Oak Brook Polo will host a “polo weekend” beginning with the USPA Board of Governors Match, a round-robin tournament featuring today’s polo leaders and legendary players in the United States. For event and ticket information, please visit oakbrookpoloclub.com


USPA U.S. OPEN POLO ALUMNI MATCH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 | GATES OPEN: 1:00 PM | MATCH START: 3:00 PM The second match of Oak Brook’s “polo weekend” in conjunction with the United States Polo Association’s (USPA) 2018 Board of Governors & Annual Member Meetings is the USPA U.S. Open Polo Alumni Match. The Oak Brook Polo Club and USPA will host an exhibition match between current players and some of history’s legendary U.S. Open Polo Championship players. This historic match closes Oak Brook’s 2018 Polo Season. For event and ticket information, please visit oakbrookpoloclub.com


Chicago Polo  

The 2018 Chicago Polo magazine showcases the exciting highlights of the 2018 polo season and gives the reader insight into the deep historic...

Chicago Polo  

The 2018 Chicago Polo magazine showcases the exciting highlights of the 2018 polo season and gives the reader insight into the deep historic...

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