Sunday, June 26, 11am to 2pm
Come and fete as the horses frolic! The Culture List invites next gen adventurers to enjoy a day in the beautiful Southern California sun. Transport yourself to Los Angeles in the 1930’s, a time when Will Rogers was the most popular and highest paid actor in Hollywood. Our day will include a Polo championship on LA’s last active polo field, a catered lunch from Santa Monica’s historic Bay Cities Deli (est. 1925), and a tour Will Rogers’ perfectly preserved estate—all in beautiful Pacific Palisades.
Live your life in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.Will Rogers
About the Will Rogers’ estate: From his start in vaudeville theater with a trick roping act, Will Rogers rose to world-wide fame as a columnist, philosopher, radio personality, and movie star. During the 1920s, he bought land in Santa Monica, where he developed a ranch. Eventually, Will Rogers owned 186 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in what is now known as Pacific Palisades.
The ranch became the place where Will Rogers could relax with his family and friends, pursuing his favorite pastimes of riding and roping. At his untimely death in a plane crash in 1935, Will Rogers’s ranch consisted of a 31-room ranch house, a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, polo field, golf course, and hiking trails. His widow, Betty, in 1944 gave the ranch to California State Parks and it became a state historic park.
You may find it hard to believe, but in the 1930’s, there were over 25 polo fields in the Los Angeles. Today, the Will Rogers Polo Field is the only remaining polo field in Los Angeles California.
About the Polo match: We will be enjoying the 20th Annual C.D. LeBlanc Memorial Tournament Finals.
For an introduction to the sport of Polo, read “How To Watch A Polo Match” by Richard Foxx.
Arrive early and enjoy an enormous amount of “behind the scenes” preparation such as feeding, cleaning and daily exercise. The horses are cleaned, brushed and “tacked up” in their special saddles, bridle and leg protection wraps. The players dress in their white joudpers, team shirts, boots, knee guards and riding spurs.