Several weeks ago we had the opportunity to check out Brandywine Polo Club’s Friday Night Under the Stars event. The ironic thing is that we lived 10 minutes or less from Brandywine Polo Club for four years. We passed it quite a few times and always said we needed to check it out but kept forgetting. A blogger friend set up an evening for us to come check it out and thankfully my schedule was clear. Wish I could say the same for my husband as he would have loved it if he had been there too.
We didn’t go into the evening knowing much about polo, “the sport of kings”, and besides my daughter asking “is it water polo” about 5 times, we were clueless about what to expect besides horses, riders, and a ball. We had so much fun. Tickets usually sell for $20 per adult or child over 12. With that ticket you have access to the matches going on that evening and the concert that takes place afterward. Bring chairs, blankets, and food and set up for a fun evening. The do have Carolina Pit BBQ if you choose to buy food there, and they also have a booth with Kreutz Wine if fine dining is your M.O. for the evening.
With open spaces the kids really enjoyed themselves. I wish we could have stayed for the concert afterward as friends who were there said it was so much fun and the kids loved dancing to the music. However, with 3 kids on my own, and a husband at home, I was tired and done. Next time we will check it all out.
One of the things I love about Brandywine Polo Club and Friday Night Under the Stars is that they support All Riders Up, a non profit that gives people with special needs the opportunity to get out and get some exercise.
Here’s what my kids thought when asked what they learned and/or their favorite part of the evening.
E9: I learned they ride horses and swap them for other horses when one horse gets tired so they don’t lose speed. It’s kind of like hockey. I learned that their “innings” are called chuckers.
K7: My favorite part was when they trade the horses out. I liked that the dogs there didn’t go after me. I liked that I got to eat lots of carrots.
R4: (She learned it isn’t played in water.) I liked the horses.