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The Temecula Valley Polo Club drew record crowds to their final polo match of the season at Galway Downs Sunday, October 27, 2013.
In the shadow of Mount Palomar, the game began with John Wayne’s rendition of America the Beautiful, while the flag cantered past the white tents of the polo club.
Color guard and polo teams stood to attention during John Wayne’s description of this beautiful land, Wayne’s rich baritone over “America the Beautiful,” as the ultimate cowboy stated, “It’s why I stare in disbelief at the surf roaring in. Why I love her? A million beautiful reasons, beneath God’s wide, wide sky.”
With a presentation of the players and the “National Anthem” the final match of the 2013 season began between the Thompson Riders and the Temecula Valley Polo Club.
TVPC President, Geraldine Strunsky, paused pre-game amid last minute details, to thank all for attending. Never one to miss a beat, Geraldine Strunsky is also featured in the inaugural issue of Temecula Valley’s Best magazine.
Fans and polo club members took their time to wander through the displays, purchasing raffle tickets for Villa Chardonnay, the horse rescue charity which was honored during the last game of the season. Raffle items included an iPad, as well as Wine Country Baskets, and items from Temecula BMW.
Monika Kerber and Louise Gardner celebrated the 10th anniversary of Villa Chardonnay, raffling with much energy, enjoying the afternoon at the polo club.
As the polo match went point for point, tied through the first and second chucker, fans of all ages enjoyed their tailgate parties. “We’ve been coming all year. Now we bring our friends, as well. The more the merrier!” proclaimed Robert Cameron.
“It’s a beautiful, sunny day with the ponies!” tailgater Jenny Thomas said as the horses thundered past.
During the divot stomp, players bring ponies to meet the fans, and show how friendly, approachable, and enjoyable this club is in Temecula Valley.
Geraldine Strunsky, who had more than one assist, and veteran favorite, Scott Walker, each helped punctuate the end of the season with an exciting 4-4 tie.
The champagne divot stomp is ideal for families and kids of all ages, with the reminder a la Pretty Woman, to avoid the steaming divots.
If you came this year, tell a friend. If you missed it, get ready for polo to return to Galway Downs in the spring.
Until then, Temecula Valley Polo Club will be planning ways to engage the crowds. Just wait to see what they have up their sleeves next.
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