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Polo and Horse Show in Golden Gate Park

Magazine article Sunset

Polo and Horse Show in Golden Gate Park

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Polo and horse show in Golden Gate Park

Once the heart of an active equestrian scene, the Polo Field in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park opened in 1906. By the 1950s, participants had taken polo--and most of the park's other equine events--to new fields they had established closer to their homes on the Peninsula.

This month, the old field comes to life again with a major horse show and a series of polo matches.

Horse show and festival, September 4, 5, and 6

The third annual San Francisco Grand Prix and Equestrian Festival will feature show jumping and dressage. If you've never seen a horse show, this is a good one to start with; stakes are high and competition keen for prize money and trophies. Some 150 riders are expected; events will run from about 9 to 4:30 each day. Some highlights: Norwegian Fjord pony and cart exhibition each afternoon, high jumping Thursday afternoon, grand prix jumping finals on Saturday.

Most of the horses are Thoroughbreds or imported breeds, all groomed carefully for competition. Grand prix horses are seasoned (age 6 to 16 years), highly trained, and worth as much as $250,000.

Polo September 12 and 13

Each match features two four-man teams riding in 7 1/2-minute chukkers. …

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