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Off The Horse: Luke Klentner

5/25/2018



Name: Luke Klentner
Age: 17 years old
From: Santa Barbara
Playing for: Klentner Ranch Polo Team

When did you start playing polo?
I started playing polo competitively at 11 through interscholastic polo, but have been riding and watching my father play since I was 3.

What do you love most about the sport?
My favorite part about the sport is the satisfaction of working really hard on exercising and schooling my horses and having them play really well.

What’s the most challenging aspect of polo?
The most challenging aspect of polo for me is being patient and slowing down when trying to create an offensive play.

Tell us about your horses (or your favorite horse)?
My favorite horse is champ, he was out first homebred horses from one of my fathers all time favorite horses. He is always a very dependable chukkar for me where I’m very comfortable and I feel like I can get a lot done.

Favorite pre or post-match meal?
Before every game you can find our team eating at The Nugget in Summerland.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Santa Barbara when you’re off duty?
My favorite thing to do in Santa Barbara is going to the beach and spending time with my family and friends.

Where will polo take you next this year?
Polo has been a major motivator in life and next year I hope it takes me to a college where I can continue playing.

Photo credit: David Lominska


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Boots & Bourbon a Rip Roaring Success

5/24/2018






Good times were had by all at Boots & Bourbon at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Friday, May 22, 2018. The Club hosted over 150 members and guests for the festive event, which featured tastings of Jefferson’s Bourbon, live music by the Brian Titus Trio, delicious barbecue from Craft Wood Fired Catering, grill demonstrations by Ferno Grills, and a fun mechanical bull and photo booth set up.

Event sponsor Jefferson’s Bourbon poured tastings of their small batch bourbon for guests to sample. Chef Kyle Jones from Craft Wood Fired Catering prepared a barbecue dinner featuring favorites including Red Oak Smoked Tri Tip, Dry Rubbed Chicken, and Brown Sugar and Bourbon Baked Beans, spiked with Jefferson’s Bourbon. Event sponsor Ferno Grills demonstrated their proprietary firewheel technology that revolutionizes grilling capabilities. The evening was capped off with dancing to the tunes of the festive Brian Titus Trio,  taking turns riding on the mechanical bull, and enjoying the fun photo booth. 

For more information about events and membership at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, visit SBPolo.com or email info@sbpolo.com. 

Photo credit: David Lominska
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Off The Horse: Felipe Vercellino

5/18/2018




Name: Felipe Vercellino
Age: 23
Juego para: Antelope Polo Team

When did you start playing polo? 
Empezé a jugar polo a los 8 años, en Chile en una ciudad llamada Rancagua.
I started playing polo when I was 8 years old, in a city called Rancagua in Chile. 

What do you love most about the sport? 
Lo que mas me gusta de este deporte son los caballos, y otra cosa que me encanta es compartir el día a día con mis peticeros, amigos y familia en las caballerizas, canchas de polo, etc... pero siempre al aire libre.
I like the horses! I also like being able to share the day with my pets, my friends, and my family at the stables and outdoors on the polo fields.

What’s the most challenging aspect of polo? 
Creo que lo mas desafiante de este deporte es saber montarse bien, eso significa tener los mejores caballos posible, y otra cosa que es muy difícil es saber llegar con los caballos al 100% al partido, por otra parte con este deporte a uno le toca viajar mucho, lo que hace que estemos mucho tiempo lejos de nuestras familias.
I think the most challenging thing about this sport is knowing how to ride well, meaning having the best horses possible. Travel is also difficult; being able to get all the horses to the match. And since we travel a lot for the sport, we spend a long time away from our families. 

Tell us about your horses (or your favorite horse)? 
Nose si tengo alguna caballo favorito, pero creo que lo primero que busco en un caballo es que tenga buena boca, es decir que frene muy bien y tenga buenas curvas, después es como todo, todos queremos el caballo perfecto que corra fuerte, frene, doble, sea manso, etc... pero si tengo que elegir una cualidad es buena boca.
I do not know if I have a favorite horse, but the first thing I look for in a horse is that it is really handy, stops well and turns well. That is to say it brakes well and has good curves. We all want the perfect horse to run strong, stop well, be gentle….but if I have to choose a quality, the horse is really responsive to my riding. 

Favorite post-match meal? 
La verda que la comida que mas me gusta después de un partido es el Macdonald jajaja aunque trato de evitarlo porque no es lo ideal.
The truth is the food I like the most after a game is McDonald's! Though I try to about it because it is not ideal. 

What’s your favorite thing to do in Santa Barbara when you’re off duty? 
Cuando estoy en horas libres lo primero que hago y que es lo que mas me gusta de Santa Barbara es ir a hacer Surf, voy recorriendo playas desde Padaro hasta Ventura viendo donde hay mejores olas para meterme al agua.
When I have free time, the first thing I do, and what I like the most about Santa Barbara, is surfing. I go to Padaro Beach and to Ventura to see where the best waves are. 

Where will polo take you next this year? 
Bueno después de Santa Bárbara sigo jugando polo en Argentina y en Chile.
After Santa Barbara, I am playing polo in Argentina and Chile

Photo by David Lominska
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Off The Horse: Hilario Figueras

5/10/2018



Name: Hilario Figueras
Age: 18
From: Argentina
Playing for: Antelope

When did you start playing polo?
I started playing polo when I was 6.

What do you love most about the sport?
I like visiting a lot of different places.

What’s the most challenging aspect of polo?
The most challenging aspect of polo is being able to get the teams and jobs that work for you.

Tell us about your horses (or your favorite horse)?
My favorite horse is a chestnut called Las Vegas. She is one of my best horses and the one that I feel most in my comfort zone.

Favorite post-match meal?
I really don’t have one; I try to eat something energizing.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Santa Barbara when you’re off duty?
My favorite thing to do is go to the beach or play golf.

Where will polo take you next this year?
I will probably go to Argentina.
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Off The Horse: Leigh Brecheen

4/30/2018



Name: Leigh Brecheen
Age: The age of wisdom

What team are you playing for?
I’m playing for Farmers and Merchants Bank Team as co-sponsor.

When did you start playing polo?
1984

What do you love most about the sport?
Everything, the horses, the teamwork, the pure joy of playing.

What is the most challenging aspect of polo?
It is like chess, the better you get the more complicated you realize it is.

Tell us about your horses, or your favorite horse!
I have 16 right now, 2 homebreds, one of whom will start playing polo this summer. He is named JD after my husband because he was born on Father’s Day and is adorable. His brother Poseidon grew too large for polo and is a jumper. The rest are mares and  I love each and every one-they are my warrior queens!

What is your favorite post-match meal? McConnells Ice Cream is my go-to for early game meals. Lucky’s after late games!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Santa Barbara when you’re off duty?
There are so many wonderful things to do in the area it is difficult to choose but I do love to ride to the beach and play with the horses in the surf.

Where will polo take you next this year?
Indio, Palm Beach, and, I hope, India!

Photo Credit: Gary Moss/805 Living
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Polo in Paradise Returns May 6!

4/30/2018



The fields are groomed, the horses are at the ready and the best of the best competitors are headed to Santa Barbara for the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club 2018 Polo Season! Join us on Sunday, May 6, 2018 as we officially kick-off a season full of action-packed tournaments in one of the most prestigious equestrian venues on the West Coast… get your tickets online NOW!

The season kicks off May 6 with the Folded Hills Pope Challenge, (12 Goal Series). Check in for Sunday Polo begins at 2:00 pm, followed by the Pony Parade, the singing of the National Anthem, team introductions and the ball throw in at 3:00 pm. Sunday Polo is open to the public and General Admission tickets start at $12, with a variety of seating options including Grandstand Seating as well as Luxury Cabanas. View the full season schedule by clicking here. Tickets are available online here: General Admission is $12 online and $15 at the door, shaded General Admission is $22 online and $25 at the door.

The Club is introducing a change to the parking system for this season. Members and their guests will still receive complimentary valet parking through Blue Star Parking in the Main Entrance. Visitors (non-club members) attending Sunday Polo will follow signage indicating “Visitor Gate,” and park on Field 1.

Keep your Sunday funday rolling at the Patron Tequila After-Party, beginning immediately following the trophy presentation at Sunday Polo. The after-party will take place in the main clubhouse, as well as on the field, where guests can dance the night away with DJ Fab and enjoy drinks for purchase at the bar. The after-party on the season-opening weekend of May 6 will feature DJ Erik Lohr.
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Folded Hills and Santa Barbara Polo: A Perfect Match

4/30/2018



The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club welcomes Folded Hills Winery. Owners Andy and Kim Busch’s long legacy with the sport of polo and exquisite winery make this a perfect pairing. “At Folded Hills, we love to share the wonderful ranch lifestyle with families, polo teams, and now our new wine friends,” says Andy Busch.

Growing up in St. Louis, Andy helped run his family’s ancestral home, Grant’s Farm, caring for the land and hundreds of animals that lived on it – elephants, elk, bison, and Clydesdales, to name a few. It wasn’t until 1998 when he served as Captain of the USA Polo team at the World Cup that he and his wife Kim fell in love with the Santa Barbara lifestyle. They decided to raise their family on the California coast and longed to share with them the hard work and joys of ranch life… they found their place at Folded Hills. They poured their love into their land, and in 2014, after walking their hills, studying their soil and microclimate, they planted their first grapes: Grenache, Syrah, and a collection of Rhone whites.

Folded Hills wine is a tribute to family, past and present. “This is a heritage project for us,” shares Andy. “The wine has strong roots back to our St. Louis history. We love sharing these family stories that influence how many of our wines were named. The stories can also be found on the back of each bottle of wine.” Standout vintages that Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club guests will get to enjoy this season include the highly anticipated 2017 Estate Lilly Rosé, an estate rosé that’s an homage to Busch’s great-grandmother, Lilly Anheuser Busch and six generations of family women down to his granddaughter Lilly; Grant Grenache, which recalls President Ulysses S. Grant, previous owner of the ancestral home, Grant’s Farm, where Andy grew up; and August Red, a blend of Grenache and Syrah, named for Andy’s father and grandfather.

Their vineyards and winery allow them to pursue their passion for making wine, and provide a beautiful way to enrich and preserve the land for future generations. Folded Hills is a place to gather and share, to carry on our tradition of making friends. In honor of that, each wine they make is inspired by a piece of their family history.

Polo guests can look forward to sipping these wines all season, the perfect pairing for Sunday Funday! For more information about Folded Hills visit foldedhills.com or follow them @foldedhills.
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Save the Date for these upcoming events!

4/30/2018



Save the date for these exciting special events this season at the Club, open to the public!

On Sunday, May 13, celebrate Mother’s Day at the club! Treat the mothers in your life to a day of polo in paradise, and enjoy bottomless mimosas for $15 (not included in your admission).

On Sunday, September 2, celebrate the end of the season at the Engel & Völkers After-Party, immediately following the thrilling Pacific Coast Open Final. Come for the match and stay for the after party!

On Saturday, September 8, don’t miss the second-annual Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival (tickets: from $65, early bird pricing is subject to availability, available at sbpoloandwine.com) from 12 pm to 7 pm. Enjoy two polo matches, nationally touring artists, and tastings from some of Santa Barbara's finest wineries.

Follow our social media channels for additional social events & happenings throughout the season: Instagram, Facebook,  and Twitter.
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Friday Happy Hour Returns!

4/30/2018



Kick off every weekend this season by watching our Friday match accompanied by Happy Hour at the clubhouse, from 4 to 6 pm beginning May 4 (opening weekend) through October 12 (closing weekend). Whether you bring your friends or bring your family, Friday Happy Hour is the perfect way to start the weekend right! There will be small bites for purchase that pair perfectly with signature club cocktails, wine, and beer from the bar (open to the public). Happy Hour during the Pacific Coast Open will be on Thursdays, August 16, August 23, and August 30 from 4 to 6 pm.
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