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Temecula Valley Polo Club returns for fall, 2013 with many fans, much flair, including Real Housewife of Orange County, Peggy Tanous

The second half of the Polo Season in Temecula, California kicked off again with much expected flair. At practice on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 — with the ball throw in by honored guest, Bonnie Miller of Canyon Lake, California.

Canyon Lake resident Bonnie Miller throws out the ball at Polo Practice, midweek at Temecula Valley Polo Club

Canyon Lake resident Bonnie Miller throws out the ball at Polo Practice, midweek at Temecula Valley Polo Club

Practice gatherings are casual, allowing fans to come and learn more about the game of polo without pressing crowds. Players are on hand to answer questions about the game, as well as share their knowledge of what it means to be a part of Temecula Valley Polo Club (TVPC). The 240 acre, 200 stable site of Galway Downs now stables 45 polo ponies, ready for racing the field 9-football fields in size.

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The Humanity of Justice team at Temecula Valley Polo Field (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Visitors get a first hand view of what TVPC is all about. Love of the horses, the fresh air, the green grass, and the beautiful side of exclusive life in Temecula Valley wine country. Charity and sportsmanship are all part of this, the world’s oldest team sport.

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Color guard on horseback, showing respect to this great nation, for the love of the game.

This Friday, the crowd gathered, beating the heat under the tent, with patio misters keeping things cool. Honor guards rode in with colors snapping in the cooling breeze prior to the game’s commencing. Wine, as always, sponsored by the De Portola Wine Trail. and the traditional ball roll out was conducted by Peggy Tanous, from Real Housewives of Orange County.

Real House Wife of Orange County, (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Real House Wife of Orange County, Peggy Tanous (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Real Housewives of Orange County throws out the ball for Temecula Valley Polo Club

Real Housewives of Orange County throws out the ball for Temecula Valley Polo Club

Following the traditional divot stomp, and game, President of the TVPC and family gathered for photo opportunities on the field. Food for the evening was provided by Paninis on Wheels, and the club house improved with seating for over 300 fans. Tailgates remain picnic friendly as ever, and kids remain free.

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(l.) Geraldine Strunsky, Burke Strunsky, and Peggy Tanous (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Unsure of what to wear to a polo match? Strunsky has this to say, “We’re California casual here. Though up in San Bernardino or in San Diego, you may see women in hats and finery, here in Temecula we expect you to come as you are and be comfortable. Whether that means in Polo whites, or jeans and boots. Or of course, like me, with a helmet and a mallet.”

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Tail gating is an honored past time here at Temecula Valley Polo Club, with guests allowed to hang out at the fields, enjoying the atmosphere, bring a picnic, and stay for the divot stomp.

Up next at the fields, this week? Golf Cart Polo. With Golf Carts offered by Prestige Golf Cars of Temecula, this new fan favorite pairs a team player with a club member, with much laughter and even a bit of skill.

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Golf Cart Polo from Member’s Thank You Barbecue, with Kate Ewart and Scott Ward of TVPC 2013 (c) Shawna Sarnowski

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Geraldine Strunsky and Antonio *** of TVPC enjoying a laugh during Golf Cart Polo at Members Appreciation barbecue, 2013 (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Remember, Friday evenings are a breeze, with kids (18 and under) free, and tailgating for as many as you can fit in your vehicle, safely. Bring a picnic and come out this week for “Golf Cart Polo” sponsored by Temecula’s Prestige Golf Cars.

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About Ashley Ludwig

Ashley Ludwig is an Editor for Patch News, Orange County and Los Angeles. She is also an inspirational romantic suspense author.

One comment on “Temecula Valley Polo Club returns for fall, 2013 with many fans, much flair, including Real Housewife of Orange County, Peggy Tanous

  1. Ashley Ludwig
    September 12, 2013

    Reblogged this on Temecula Grapevine.

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