Last November the Scottsdale Polo Championships drew the biggest crowd in the country with some 12,442 fans enjoying the four-match showdown at the annual Polo Party. This year, with an expanded event schedule and an amped-up polo lineup including the sport’s top players and more vendors, more sponsors, and more horsepower, America’s most-attended polo event is expected to draw up to 15,000 polo fans and revelers to Omni Scottsdale Polo Field at WestWorld of Scottsdale. With the breathtaking backdrop of McDowell Mountains and beautiful white tents lining the field, the Polo Party will again be a weekend destination for both local residents and tourists, especially with some of the world’s top polo players on hand.
It all gets started on Saturday, October 25, when gates open at 11:00 a.m. The lineup features top professional female polo players in the world like Sunny Hale, Sarah Wiseman and Paola Martinez, and the top gay polo player in the world, Caroline Anier, on the Women’s World All-Star Team vs. the event’s reigning champions, the Clogau Wales Polo Team, which plays with Princes Charles, William and Harry. The Arizona Polo Club will also take on the Gay Polo League, the nation’s only organized gay sports league.
An All-Star match between the weekend’s top players will take place alongside the USPA Governor’s Cup on Sunday, commemorating the United States Polo Association’s decision to hold its prestigious Annual Meeting in conjunction with this year’s event.