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Temecula Valley Polo Club (TVPC) celebrated their first annual member appreciation at the end of July, 2013.
Inviting members and friends back out to their location Galway Downs for a traditional southern California Mexican style barbecue, TVPC served beer, wine, and bounteous friendship for members and guests alike.
Approximately 100 gathered to share in the festivities that culminated with a lifetime membership award for TVPC board member, Kate Ewart. After supporting TVPC in their freshman efforts with expertise and elegance, Ewart returned to her home polo club in the UK this month.
Now, on summer hiatus, the TVPC will return in September with bigger things in their future, said president Geraldine Strunsky. “We’ve got some great things coming up for our members and friends.” Said Strunsky.
Members Bill and Suzi Battaile enjoyed the evening, stating their pleasure at becoming members this year. “It’s been great fun to come out here. Wonderful people, beautiful events. There’s nowhere else like it in Temecula.” Said Bill.
When one heads out to Galway Downs, just a few miles outside of Temecula on the 79 South, but a world away. The improvements to the property this year show with every turn, from the manicured roadway, crossing steeple chase fields and even a horse racetrack to the peaked white roofed tents that mark the polo club. Inside, comfortable couches, chairs, tables await atop outdoor carpeted floors. TVPC wear and logo merchandise is available for all.
What to wear? The dress is California Casual–but white is the color of polo, as are riding boots, hats, and of course, blue jeans. The grassy field (9 football fields in size) invites children to run and play when games are not in session. There is also croquet, bocce ball, and fire pits for when the night air chills off the slopes of Mount Palomar.
“Our Friday nights rounded out at over 300,” said Strunsky. “They’ve become very popular. Members are invited in the tents, or visitors are welcome to tailgate with up to 6 per vehicle. We’ve become quite the place to go.”
This year, TVPC has also become the new name in events venue for local charitable organizations. Hosting everything from gala events for S.A.F.E. Temecula, to mother daughter teas for the Humanity of Justice Foundation, organized by the Strunsky’s, and a local supporter of multiple charities including S.A.F.E. and Rancho Damacitas.
“We’ve had sky divers land on the field, put up additional tents, with even more improvements coming in September. All is owed to our members, both family and corporate, and of course to our sponsors.” Strunsky Said.
Of the late July event, all were treated to a game of “Golf Cart Polo” driven by team members, with much competition, and laughter for all in attendance.
Photographer Shawna Sarnowski captured the event with stunning style.
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