Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00
Country Farms’ Polo at the Park summer polo matches at Bethpage State Park opened on Labor Day will continue on Sundays Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7 and 14. Once considered the “game of kings” polo is becoming more popular among competitive sports fans and those seeking casual, local and low-cost entertainment. Gates open at 2 p.m. and matches start at 3 p.m. On Sept. 16, Polo at the Park will have a patriotic theme with special entertainment and activities to honor men and women in the military and veterans.
Country Farms Polo operates a polo training and equestrian center in Medford with indoor and outdoor polo fields operating year-round. “With its high speeds and energy, polo is the original extreme sport. With Polo at the Park we wanted to introduce Long Islanders to polo in a way that is accessible to everyone. Long Island has a tradition of horsemanship and a thriving equestrian community; polo is a natural fit for those looking for a new experience that is thrilling and relaxing at the same time,” said Bob Ceparano of Country Farms Polo.
Each polo match features eight riders on horseback that form two 4-player teams. The two teams of riders and ponies will show off their speed, endurance and panache as they fly around at speeds up to 40 mph. The match consists of 7 chukkers (time periods) of 7.5 minutes each. Played on a manicured field of green grass, spectators can enjoy a relaxing picnic or spend the day surrounded by the beautifully landscaped grounds.
The entrance to Bethpage State Park is located approximately one mile east of exit 8 on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway off Plainview Rd. Gates open at 2 p.m. and matches begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $5; kids under 12 are free. For information on matches and special events, please visit www.poloatthepark.com or call (631)345-9585.