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Denver Polo Classic offers memorable weekend

Thousands of guests attend the three-day event in Littleton


One weekend of the summer, a picture-perfect green field nestled in the middle of a Littleton neighborhood fills with people from across the metro area for the Denver Polo Classic. Under a giant white tent lined with crystal chandeliers, families and friends mingle over food and drink and watch polo games on an adjacent field, all while donating to a cause.

“Even if you aren’t into polo, it appeals to everyone in different ways,” said Carla Finn, event director of Schomp BMW, title sponsor of the three-day event.

The nation’s largest charitable polo tournament, the Denver Polo Classic racks in about $1 million per year for Denver Active 20-30s, a nonprofit of volunteers in their 20s and 30s who raise money for and support disadvantaged, at-risk youths.

Held at the Polo Reserve, 4400 W. Mineral Ave., the weekend kicked off with a black tie dinner on June 23, followed by family day on June 24 and a polo championship on June 25.

Reasons for attending the ticketed events differed among guests.

Amy Sherman, president of Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corp., was at family day with her 12-year-old twins and husband. She said she enjoyed the mix of food, pointing out colorful, bite-sized cupcakes.

“It’s also fun to learn the game of polo,” Sherman said.

Kristen Lee, of Highlands Ranch, sat at a table with her family while her son, 6-year-old Jameson, perched on the grass below, watching uniformed polo players on their ponies dart across the field.

“The boys absolutely love the horses,” Lee said.


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