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Temecula Valley Polo Club ends record first season at Galway Downs

Temecula Valley Polo Club pony in action (c) Crispin Courtenay

Temecula Valley Polo Club pony in action (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

America the beautiful John Wayne style on horseback at American Flag Horses at end of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

America the beautiful John Wayne style on horseback at American Flag Horses at end of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

American Flag Horses at Colors flying at End of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

American Flag Horses at Colors flying at End of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.”

Colors flying at End of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

Colors flying at End of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

End of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

End of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

Geraldine Strunsky before festivities at end of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

Geraldine Strunsky before festivities at end of season 2013 Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

Strolling with the great dane through Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

Strolling with the great dane through Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

Monika Kerber and Louise Gardner celebrated the 10th anniversary of Villa Chardonnay, raffling with much energy, enjoying the afternoon at the polo club.

Monika Kerber (l.) and Louise Gardner raffling for Villa Chardonnay @ Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

Monika Kerber (l.) and Louise Gardner raffling for Villa Chardonnay @ Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

Kids at play at the polo club in Temecula Valley Tailgating style 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Kids at play at the polo club in Temecula Valley Tailgating style 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Relaxation at the polo club in Temecula Valley Tailgating style 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Relaxation at the polo club in Temecula Valley Tailgating style 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

“It’s a beautiful, sunny day with the ponies!” tailgater Jenny Thomas said as the horses thundered past.

Tailgating at Temecula Valley Polo Club  2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Tailgating at Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Geraldine Strunsky introduces her partner Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Geraldine Strunsky introduces her partner Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

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 at season's end Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Geraldine Strunsky at season’s end Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

Scott Walker and Pony Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Scott Walker and Pony Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

Divot Stomp festivity Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Divot Stomp festivity Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Divot Stomp Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Divot Stomp Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Scott Walker Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Scott Walker Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

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.

Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

Temecula Valley Polo Club 2013 (c) Crispin Courtenay

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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.

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