If the increasing number of tailgaters is anything to go by, people are beginning to catch on that polo isn’t some high-society exclusive sport; it’s rocking good fun for anyone to enjoy. If we had a nickel for every new group that showed up toting several kids and dogs, we’d be able to open up a new satellite office in Puerto Rico.
“We have people who are now regulars who have told us they feel like it’s a really friendly atmosphere where they feel welcome. It works out really well, and we feel like we can give something back to the community, and in turn the community supports us.”
—Coach David Eldredge
Another problem with tournament-focused polo that has dogged Associations and diminished numbers is the time and investment necessary. It’s not for everyone, and it’s a pretty big commitment. The old guard players eventually age out, and the millennials are hard-pressed to invest in buying farms and horses and maintaining them. Horses aren’t a hobby; they’re a way of life; essentially a discipline.
He excitedly remembers a father-and-son duo who often come out to play with the team. “The gentleman has always been interested in polo, and now it’s become something he and his son can share an interest in together. Now they’re trying to figure out from a family point of view, ‘How do we make this part of our lives?’”
Team Resolute picks back up again in December and plays through till March, and Eldredge is hoping to draw even more spectators to the Park and demystify the posh lore of polo.
“People want to feel appreciated.” Eldredge points out. “We wanted to let the community know they can come out and watch anytime, bring their families and friends and dogs. We’ll provide the entertainment.”