What do the Plateau and the sport of polo have in common? Not much, other than the letter “P.”
That is rapidly changing, however.
During the past year or so, a pastoral scene a bit north of town – west of state Route 169 on Southeast 400th Street – has been transformed under the guidance and ownership of the Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club.
Now, the organization, billing itself as “the newest and premier polo club in the Pacific Northwest,” will host its inaugural event this weekend, Aug. 9-10, at the Enumclaw grounds.
The public is invited to watch polo and, further, participate in the cultural and social aspects of the sport, which is known as the “Game of Kings.”
On both Saturday and Sunday, spectators may attend to watch the two qualifying games. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to view the games, along with food and nonalcoholic beverages. Food also will be available for purchase.
The SPEC’s 68-acre Enumclaw property includes a full-size polo field (approximately the size of nine football fields), plus two riding arenas, stables for 60 horses and a pasture for an additional 60 horses.
Polo is said to be one of the oldest team sports in history, originating in Persia more than 2,000 years ago. The United States Polo Association was created in 1890 and now boasts more than 250 active polo clubs.
A general admission pass is $10 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday or $20 for both days. Plenty of upgrades are available: Saturday tailgate access is $30; Sunday tailgate access is $50; and a Sunday VIP pass is $50. Tickets for the weekend event are available at www.seattlepoloparty.com.