The Menlo Polo Club’s Oliver Jin on his horse, Rosa, during the Fallen Warriors Tournament.
The Menlo Polo Club concludes its current season with two more events: Polo for Lyme, a benefit for the Bay Area Lyme Foundation (Sept. 11); and one final match (Oct. 16). As with all of the polo club’s competitions, both will take place at the Menlo Circus Club (190 Park Lane, Atherton). Tickets for September’s Polo for Lyme—which will include a luncheon, Champagne divot stomp and silent auction—are $100; the last time the event was held, in 2014, it raised $200,000. The Menlo Polo Club’s October match is free. “It’s a really exciting sport to watch in person,” says Lyn Jason Cobb, president of the Menlo Polo Club. “You hear the thundering of the hooves, and everybody is amazed by the agility of horses when you see them close-up.” Cobb, who grew up playing polo—her grandfather, William Gilmore, founded the Menlo Polo Club in 1923—likens the sport to a combination of hockey and chess. And then, of course, there are the 1,000-pound animals involved. Many spectators have remarked to Cobb that “they could never stay on [the horse] and hit a ball,” she says, adding: “You’re galloping at 30 miles per hour, riding another player off to get to the ball!”
Originally published in the September issue of Silicon Valley