Sunday, October 03, 2010

Did something different today....I went to a POLO match....I won a free pass to the match at Hyde Park Farm  in Ravenal... It was interesting.   The match was an exhibition game to support Debi's kids and the Salvation Army Angel Tree.  I was not sure what to expect, but it was strangely similar to that scene in "Pretty Woman".. Some of the girls were dressed to the hilt... I mean they were tromping around in the dirt in heels and shorty dresses... My friend, Paula, and I were sensible.  We wore pants and tennis shoes.  It was definitely a social scene.  I mean some people were more in to drinking their champagne and talking rather than watching....To me, it was something like hockey...I was concerned about the safety of the horses but the jockeys and referee watch out for that. Actually after 2 Chukkers(a period or inning), they trade out and get a different horse.  
They have 7 Chukkers in regulation play.. Plus they have a 3 minute rest between Chukkers and an halftime . So they give the horses plenty of rest.  Each Chukker is 15 minutes.
The weather was beautiful. Sun was out and there was a nice breeze. In fact, Paula and I were in the shade but somehow I got some sun on my face. Before the match, a band was playing. It was an awesome day.  We actually got to "stomp the divots" like they did in "Pretty Woman"
This is me "stomping the divots".   It was a very tiring but relaxing dayWe took our chairs out there and packed a cooler and just kicked back...Although it was tiring physically for me, it was SO GOOD to get out of the house for a bit..I tried to get some more pictures of the horses but they were running too fast.