When I lived in Saratoga Springs, NY, the equestrian scene was vibrant. As home to one of the oldest race tracks in the country, the town has been a summer destination to Rockefeller’, Whitneys and other society legacies. In addition to the racetrack, there is also a large polo club with numerous tournaments throughout the summer, keeping everyone’s Thoroughbred and pony hankerings fulfilled. That was where I first discovered the amazing sport of polo and fell absolutely in love with it. The ponies are spectacular and it’s absolutely fascinating to watch from the sidelines.
Two summers ago, I sought out a polo club/league in Chicagoland to take my husband to. We found the Oak Brook club and over the summer of 2008, we packed many-a-picnics and watch the ponies play. Last summer, Oak Brook didn’t have a season (it’s a very expensive sport to maintain, so it was no surprise with the economy) and we were unable to find any replacement leagues to my dismay.
This past May, when I was home on maternity leave, one afternoon I searched high and low and was able to find out about the matches at Dahlwood Farm in Elgin. Sure enough, the same polo people from Oak Brook started a new league (on the owners massive land) and I was determined to make it at least once this summer.
We went this past Sunday with my parents and it was a delight. Well worth the schlep out to Elgin, you get that true out-of-the-city experience. We stopped at Whole Foods to stock up one tons of summer salads, we brought an umbrella, chairs, a cooler, tablecloth and voila. There were other people who brought food and packed picnics, it really is a perfect setting for enjoying a nice day and eating delicious food.
I’m hoping to make it out one more time before the season wraps up at the end of the month. If you’re interested in going, let me know and I’ll send directions.