Hyde Park Polo


That is right, in addition to all of the other wonderful things Charleston has to offer that I have told you about we also have polo brought to you courtesy of Amy Vann Flowers at Hyde Park Farm and Polo Club . Vann Flowers has brought this centuries old game to Charleston and made it accessible to the average Joe (or Jane in this instance) like me whose only experience with Polo is watching Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman in a great brown dress with white polka dots avoid the steaming divets during half-time and then get hit on by that awful Stucky (later known to us as George in Seinfeld who is also arguably awful but that is a discussion for another post that may never be worth having). Anyway, Sunday afternoon was a beautiful day for getting out and embracing something new.

Even if our feet got a little dirty . . .

There was music  . . .

Tents . . .

Dogs . . .

Kids . . . .

and babies galore.

Oh, and of course, the horses, their riders and the match!

Having never attended a polo match before I found it to be a great experience. At only ten dollars a person with children under ten free, this is definitely something David and I will be loading up our picnic baskets in the car for again. Make sure you do the same and bring your camp chairs and/or blankets too. However, if you prefer a little man-made shade, you can also rent various sized tents that come with some tickets as well. You may even want to gussy up your tent in an effort to win the best decorated tent of the event (see the flag flying number featured above).

If you want to start out small though, for you ladies, just find your favorite milliner and c0me with head gear made to impress. Sunday’s winner is pictured below and she won a free subscription to a great magazine called Charleston Magazine, which features stories on the Charleston area community’s businesses, restaurants, entertainment, attractions. I don’t usually buy magazines but I do buy this one!

And to top this perfect afternoon off I leave you with a picture of the men behind the mic . . .

This, my friends, is what I love about the South, only here can a man wear white pants with horses embroidered on them. I love it!


About Southern Adventuress

Transplant from California now living in Charleston, South Carolina after getting married in September 2010 to a Southerner. Join me as I reinvent my house on a strict budget, navigate the streets of my city; meet the challenges of pet ownership; and delve into education after institutional learning.

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