What to Wear to Rossmore Cup + Hat Day

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What to Wear to the USPA Rossmore Cup this Sunday, August 23, 2015: HATS!

Casual, whimsical, elegant, small or wide-brimmed, this Sunday is Hat Day at the San Diego Polo Club and the perfect time for you to sport your favorite hat! Here are a few of our favorite hats spotted at Sunday Polo.

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If you don’t have a favorite hat yet, you’re in luck! Jill Courtemanche Millnery will have a pop-up boutique with hats, facilitators, caps, fedoras, and so much more!

Step Up Your Game with the Fall Polo Challenge

6-Week Polo Challenge
This super fun six-week challenge will give you the boost you need to step up your polo game. The challenged is designed to improve your game, your riding skills and your understanding of the rules and then implement that knowledge during regular practice. The Challenge starts September 1.

ANYONE can join – it doesn’t matter what shape you are in or what level of polo you’re at. This program will BOOST your…

  • Understanding of Polo
  • Riding Skills
  • Self Confidence
  • Overall Physical Health
  • Nervous system (mood, mental clarity/alertness)
  • Muscle growth/Decrease body fat
  • Energy
  • Sleep

In addition to all of the wonderful health and mental benefits, participants will be entered to win some amazing prizes, including gift certificates to Searsucker, Cinepolis, Jacksonhole Horse Emporium, Mary’s Tack and Feed and more!
Things to remember:

1. START DAY September 1.
2. You have to play polo 2 times per week (chukkers, pro-pool, tournament practice, lessons).
3. You have to take 1 hitting clinic, 1 riding clinic, and 1 yoga class.

4. We will give prizes throughout the 6-weeks, so be sure to keep up the hard work!

5. Use MindBody to sign up for clinics, yoga, lessons and more!

More info: *protected email* or 619-247-4448

Absolute Leisure: Spending Sunday Polo with Shane Baum & Chris Klein

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A few years back, CEO, CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) member, Shane Baum of Leisure Society, fell in love with the game of polo. It all started when Mr. Baum won polo lessons for his two daughters, Holland and Auna, at a silent auction. While at the lesson with his daughters, he was asked if he would like to join the lesson, so he thought, “Why not?!”
Now, polo has become a passion that borders an addiction.
 As a result, Shane now owns two polo ponies and, along with his family, spends most weekends in the barn taking care of his horses and playing as much polo as possible. Shane has been eager to sponsor a polo club and after attending several matches at the San Diego Polo Club, he found his home. Shane is delighted to have his company, Leisure Society, be the official eyewear sponsor of the San Diego Polo Club 2015 season.
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On Sunday, August 23rd, Leisure Society hosted an elegant tailgate with 50 VIP guests from Los Angeles, Orange County and the surrounding San Diego area. Several VIP guests in attendance included: Shane Baum, Erin MacAlpine, Actor Chris Klein and his wife Laina Klein, Alex Beh, Ashley Stern, Liz James, Tim and Polina Mudrick, fellow CFDA peer and TOMS Eyewear Creative Director John Whitledge, Zack and Carly Bates, David and Aimee Rueda and Seth and Jenny Nelson.
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 Highlights started early in the day at the Leisure Society sponsored polo lessons before the pros kicked-off at 1pm. Long time horseman and first time polo player, actor Chris Klein, having a beginner and quintessential yet dramatic fall off the horse. Klein was playing in his first game of polo ever during our morning polo lessons and with the active encouragement of a vocal audience, Klein found himself over committed and took a slow motion fall off the polo saddle onto the ground.  Everything seemed fine, until we realized that his left foot was still in the stirrup.  We simultaneously gasped in horror as the horse began to kick and pick up speed as Klein bounced around like a rag doll, or better yet, a seasoned Hollywood stuntman doubling in a John Wayne movie. It lasted only moments and I was positive that Chris was maimed or even worse.  Eventually, his boot was pulled off his foot and he laid there limp and motionless, the horse went on its way.  Klein hopped up, regrouped, brushed off/spit out the dust, slipped the boot back on and remounted his steed.  It was a true Clint Eastwood moment, the stuff of legends.  Klein, ever the actor, was quite upset that none if it was captured on film. It seemed so grisly that all cameras were seemingly deafened by the severity of the situation.  I’m happy to report that Klein made it to the festivities later in the day, bruised in ways only a true horseman knows…a courageous moment.

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In the afternoon, Leisure Society designer and CEO, Shane Baum and Erin MacAlpine hosted guests at their tailgate with up-close, panoramic views of the match with ponies racing at 30mph up and down the field.
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A close game with the winning trophy going to the Roseville Motors Cars. Shane, on behalf of Leisure Society, was truly honored to award their MVP, Graham Bray, with Leisure Society Cambridge sunglass: 24ct gold-plated titanium and polarized CR-39 lens with a 12-layer Diamond Cast anti-reflective coating.

Cancellation of Coronado Beach Polo Event Scheduled for October 18, 2015

The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission announces the cancellation of Coronado Beach Polo scheduled for October 18, 2015. Complex and challenging from the onset, recent developments dictate cancellation of this event.

The Commission wishes to thank the San Diego Polo Club for its willingness to bring an amazing polo match to Coronado and to International polo player Nacho Figueras for agreeing to participate. Also, the Commission thanks the Hotel Del Coronado for offering the use of its incredible beach venue.

Originally scheduled to “recreate a moment in Coronado’s history” when Coronado was the epicenter of polo in the western United States, many challenges were overcome by organizers including the untimely death of original polo partner Russ Sheldon a member of the United States Polo Association Board of Governors; however, bringing polo to a West Coast beach for the first time continued to prove problematic and in the end presented a mountain of impossibility. It is with regret that the Commission leaves to history Coronado’s storied connection with the “Sport of Kings.”

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of this event. The Commission continues to offer a full schedule of events in support of the City’s 125th year celebration. For more information, please see CoronadoARTS.com or contact Kelly Purvis, Arts Administrator at *protected email*

About the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission was established by the Coronado City Council in 2011. It is a seven-member commission charged with providing recommendations and taking action to “foster the development and enjoyment of performing, visual, cultural, and other arts in Coronado.” For more information: www.coronadoarts.com. The Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meetings are open and the public is invited to attend. Agendas and Minutes of current and previous meetings are posted and available on the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us