The Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA have matches at 12 and 2 from January through March. Last Sunday was Opening Day and Hat Day.
Before the matches started, we wandered around the nearby gardens.
The first match begins! Each match has 5 "chuckers" which are 7 1/2 minutes each. The horses are changed each chucker.
Entrance to the match is free, unless you want the fancy seats on the other side. You can even tailgate right on the edge of the field for free on our side.
A short video showing how fast these horses can move - up to 35 miles per hour!
After the end of the 3rd chucker (like halftime, but really 3/5 time), the "crowd" is invited to walk across the field and do the "Divot Stomp." Everyone participates, even the dogs -
And the rich folks on the other side of the field.
We got a close up look at where the rich folds watch the match from...
Then it's time for the 2nd match.
Another "Divot Stomp" after the 3rd chucker, and this time we are promised free champagne! We all raced over, not doing a very good job on the divots, but unfortunately all the champagne was gone by the time we got there.