WEST LINN, OR – Polo in Portland? Who knew? Actually, a great many of Oregonians are proud followers of the longtime equestrian sport and culture surrounding the “Sport of Kings.” Scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2018, the 3rd Annual Polo Noir, will be held at the Portland Polo Fields, home to the Hidden Creek Polo Club. It’s a majestic 88-acre property that is privately owned and maintained. The event will be held on one of the three Polo fields, the Championship Field – 300 yards long by 160 yards wide. This is the equivalent of nine NFL football fields or 10 acres.
With incredible action, one of the world’s oldest games is also one of the fastest. Balls can travel up to 110 mph. Horses gallop and cut at 30 mph. Player and horse work in partnership to get a ball through a goal, while using every possible strategy to prevent the opposing side from doing so. What happens on that quest is both brutish and beautiful.
The game of Polo and the luxury real estate brand, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, form quite a natural fit, as partners for the event. A sponsor of Polo Noir, and the sport itself, the Central Oregon based brokerage currently operates Portland Metro offices in The Peal District and downtown Lake Oswego, as well as several Oregon Coast cities and SW Washington. The firm is an active supporter of company-branded teams which compete at Polo clubs along the west coast. Guests are invited to visit the Cascade Sotheby’s hospitality tent to enter a drawing for an authentic Cascade Sotheby’s Team Polo jersey. Brokers from the local offices will be on hand to chat real estate and offer giveaways.
Avid Polo enthusiasts will savor watching the play of Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, an Argentine native who started playing polo at the age of 9 and turned pro at 17. He has a 6-goal handicap and is recognized as one the world’s greatest polo talents – sometimes referred to as the “David Beckham of Polo.” He has also been the face of Ralph Lauren’s Black Label line since 2005. Nacho will be playing the Championship Match at Polo Noir and will be available for photographs on the field after the match.
Part of the fun of Polo is the sophisticated yet celebratory dress code. Typically, people opt for separates and sun dresses, or wear chinos or dress pants with a dress shirt. The Polo spirit is bold – dare to add a splash of color. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, a blazer or sport coat is a useful “layer” and very occasionally a guest might want to wear a tie or a panama hat. Brogues, loafers, driving shoes, wedges, or flats are excellent footwear choices, as sharper heels risk sinking into the freshly-mown grass, even on the driest of days. For the signature Polo touch, sunglasses and binoculars are an excellent addition.
There will be 3 hours of Polo with a divot stomp included. A highlight of the day! Guests can take the field during the second and final Polo match to help repair the field by flipping over the divots. Professionals will deal with the horse droppings. Divot stomping is a long-standing Polo tradition. Spectators converge on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the ponies’ hooves. It becomes, without fail, quite festive just a few minutes.
The event is a single-day experience, accompanied by live music and featuring world-class wine from the Willamette Valley. The Youth Music Project (YMP) will take the main stage as the opening act. YMP is an amazing non-profit based in West Linn, OR providing music education for youth and teens enrolling 3,000+ kids annually! The headliner, formed in Seattle by a group of northwestern transplants, The Head and the Heart is an indie folk band whose influences include Americana, country-rock, and classic Beatlesque pop. They will provide the perfect energy after Polo with their chart-topping sing-a-along hits and will also ramp down the evening to conclude the day. Some guests will stand and dance, some will roll out their blankets and enjoy their last bottle of Rosé. Either way, there is something for everyone!
Polo Noir is committed to supporting two local charities, The Children’s Cancer Association, an amazing organization that prescribes joy to seriously ill children and their families, founded in Portland over 20 years ago, and Harper’s Playground, which is dedicated to making the world more inclusive, one playground at a time.
Tickets start at $89, with gates open at 11am. Players will take the field promptly at 11:45am.