BRANDYWINE POLO CLUB

KENNETT SQUARE, PENNSYLVANIA

Enjoy Friday Nights under The Stars and Sunday Afternoon Polo

The Best Polo in the Tri- State Area!

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley in Kennett Square, PA, the Brandywine Polo Club is one of the East Coast’s oldest polo establishments, dating back to 1950. BPC has a long history of bringing the polo lifestyle to Chester County’s elite equestrian scene and Philadelphia society. An area already rich in tradition, taste, and culture, it brings to mind renowned names like Wyeth and duPont. That combined with the lush surrounding landscape make it the perfect setting for the sport of kings.

Whether you are a professional player, a beginner learning the basics, or a spectator looking for something different, BPC has much to offer. Located on 300 acres, BPC facilities include 2 irrigated fields, a practice field, outdoor arena, enclosed members area, covered pavilion, hitting cage, and on-site stabling for 100 horses.

Sunday Polo Events

  • 3.00pm Match begins
  • 4.00pm Champagne divot stomp
  • 5.15pm Trophy presentation
  • 5.30pm After Polo Party

Sunday Polo matches are open to the general public. Gates open at 1:30pm. Feature Match at 3pm.

General admission is $10 and children under 16 are free. The general admission area includes a small grandstand as well as a place to set out your own chairs and picnic blankets. Bring your own food and beverage. You are welcome to pack a picnic. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Sunday Field-side Tailgating is available to purchase for the season ($400) or by the day ($20) which allows spectators to park at the edge of the field and tailgate off their car.

FRIDAY NIGHTS UNDER THE STARS

Spend a relaxing evening under the stars listening to live music, watching polo and sipping great regional wines. Pack a picnic or purchase delicious eats from Carolina Pit Stop Southern Bar-B-Que. Wine will be sold each night.
(by the glass and bottle)

CONCERT CALENDAR

  • Gates open and intra-club polo matches begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Music starts around 7:30 p.m. (after polo matches conclude).
  • Last call for wine purchases will be between 9 and 9:30 p.m.
  • Children under 12 are free.
 

HOW TO WATCH POLO

The Object: Move the ball downfield and through the goal in 4-6 periods of play, known as “chukkers.” Each chukker is 7 ½ minutes long. Most polo rules are for safety of the player and their horses. Primary concerns are the “right of way” and “line of the ball,” which is an imaginary line formed each time the ball is struck. The player who last struck the ball has the right of way and no other player may cross the line of the ball in front of that player. Crossing the line is the most common foul in polo. A penalty shot is a free hit from a predetermined distance into a guarded or unguarded goal. A dramatic pause in action often provides some of the most suspenseful moments in the game.

The Players: Four on a side, positions designated by jersey number. Number 1 is the most offensive forward player and usually has an accurate hit. Number 2 plays offense and defense, interchanging with Player 3. Number 3 is the quarterback and play maker. This player is often the highest rated and most experienced player. Number 4 is the last line of defense and can hit a long ball accurately. Each player has a given handicap awarded by the Unites States Polo Association (USPA) between -1 and 10 goals (ten is best). Players’ handicaps are added together to form a team that is equal to its competition. The difference in goals between two teams is awarded to the lower rated team before play begins.

The Ponies: Memo Gracida, perhaps one of the best polo players in the world, checks on his ponies before he goes to sleep. They are the heart and soul of the game. Gracida once said, “There are two athletes that play this game: the player and the horse.” In no other sport does a player depend so much on an animal partner for his success. Thoroughbred lines come from Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Like any good athlete, the pony has to be built for the game. A horse must accelerate to full speed, change direction or slow down to zero in a short distance. Just like the players, the ponies thrive on the action and excitement of the game.

For more information visit: http://www.brandywinepolo.com