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Temecula Valley Polo Club opens 2014 season with record style

Cowgirl Color Guard of Temecula Horse Country at Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Cowgirl Color Guard of Temecula Horse Country at Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Shawna Sarnowski

On Friday, May 16, 2014, the Temecula Valley Polo Club (TVPC) kicked off its second season with an audience of 500 spectators and sponsors. “Despite threatening smoke and winds, by throw-in time air quality conditions had improved dramatically and the event went off without a hitch.” Stated Polo player and USPA official, Scott Walker, who played in Friday’s match for TVPC. At game time, the winds through the area seemed to hold the smoke at bay.

Opening day at Temecula Valley Polo Club, 2014 (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Opening day at Temecula Valley Polo Club, 2014 (c) Shawna Sarnowski

“Earlier in the day were prepared not to play,  or to cancel games early, but at game time, Dr. Mike Manno and others stated the air quality good enough to let the ponies run.” stated TVPC President, Geraldine Strunsky.

“Families, singles and couples all found the experience to be unique in the valley with many choosing to buy a social membership to enjoy throughout the six month season.” Walker said.

Social memberships include added benefits, such as Sunday Morning Yoga on the field, barn parties, tent access, golf cart polo, and invitations so gatherings outside of the games. For more information on ticket prices, tailgating, and reserved seating/social membership, visit the TVPC web site. 

Divot stomp with sparkling wine, a tradition at Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Divot stomp with sparkling wine, a tradition at Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Brian and Michelle Penna had seen polo in San Diego and Santa Barbara but were ecstatic to find polo being played in Temecula.  “We enjoy the athleticism of the horses and players, the fact that women and men compete together and the overall vibe of the sideline experience,” Michelle offered.

Players on field prior to game time at Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Players on field prior to game time at Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Of the match, it was a high scoring, back and forth contest between the team representing BMW of Murrieta (Matteo Di Paolis, Jessica  Bailey, Manny Rodriguez, Dr. Mike Manno) and the TVPC (Geraldine Strunsky, Victor Soto, Alvaro Tadeo, Scott Walker).

Temecula Valley Polo Club vs. BMW Polo Team at opening day (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Alvaro Tadeo of Temecula Valley Polo Club vs. BMW Polo Team at opening day (c) Shawna Sarnowski

“After trading leads and a couple unplanned dismounts, the United States Polo Association Sportsmanship Cup went to Temecula Polo Club by a half-goal handicap.” Walker stated.

Mallet high, Geraldine Strunsky shows her many talents for Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Mallet high, Geraldine Strunsky shows her many talents for Temecula Valley Polo Club (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Both social members and sideline “tailgate” fans enjoyed some fast polo action, a half time divot stomp, photo ops with horses and players, a full bar sponsored by Baily’s Old Town Temecula, wine tasting and DJ inspired music and dancing.  The crowd stayed and mingled until 9:30 closing and everyone had a great start to the weekend.

Members of both BMW Murrieta Polo and Temecula Valley Polo Club celebrate opening day (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Members of both BMW Murrieta Polo and Temecula Valley Polo Club celebrate opening day (c) Shawna Sarnowski

On hand, food and drink was plentiful, with offerings of Paleo braised short ribs, with delectable side dishes, and Gluten Free brownies and cookies, by Primal Cravings Catering. The crowd stayed to enjoy the bar, sponsored by Baily’s Old Town Front Street, DJ, and dancing late into the night. “It was a great evening, fun had by all,” Geraldine Strunsky, President of the Temecula Valley Polo Club, said.

Temecula Valley Polo Club players, with Burke Strunsky (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Temecula Valley Polo Club players, with Burke Strunsky (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Scott Walker, congratulated club president Geraldine Strunsky for her efforts in getting the second season under way with such a bang.  “Geraldine and her team of volunteers did an amazing job in the off season in getting the field in shape, selling sponsorships, creating the magazine/program, organizing vendors and working tirelessly to present a quality program for the community,” Walker commented.

Temecula Valley Polo Club Enjoying their opening night (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Temecula Valley Polo Club Enjoying their opening night (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Walker added that the USPA is backing her effort to build the club with polo lessons for interested parties, social aspects and charity support.  “The USPA is committed to growing the sport of polo for both players and spectators and recognizes the potential for the sport in the Temecula Valley.”

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Temecula Valley Polo Club toasts opening day (c) Shawna Sarnowski

Polo will be played every Friday through summer with games at 5 p.m. until the end of August, 2014, and Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m. from September through October, 2014. Additional exhibition games will be played on select weekends for charity events.

Local business sponsors include Baily’s Old Town Temecula, Europa Village Winery, Doffo Winery, Southcoast Winery Resort and Spa, Rockstar Energy Drink, and BMW of Murrieta.

For more information go to the website: http://www.TemeculaValleyPolo.com

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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.

2 comments on “Temecula Valley Polo Club opens 2014 season with record style

  1. Daniel Lane
    May 19, 2014

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