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September 17, 2013

Myopia Polo Club celebrating its 125th season in style

Dating back to the late 1800s, Myopia Polo Club is one of the oldest active clubs of its kind in the country.

On Sunday afternoons, you can find many folks from South Hamilton and across the North Shore at their beloved Gibney Field sipping on drinks, enjoying picnic lunches while taking in the polo matches.

This year marks the 125th season at Myopia, the same place where former member General George Patton would spent many a day during the summer months.

The storied club wouldn’t be complete without, of course, the horses.

Myopia has gone to great lengths to ensure exceptional care for their horses. The equine welfare standards that Myopia developed are even being adopted by the United State Polo Association.

“We truly appreciate and enjoy playing at Myopia, where equestrian sports are loved and strongly supported,” said Bill Coke of Ipswich, who has been playing at Myopia for over 20 years. “Competing on beautiful and talented horses is part of the club culture and tradition that has been passed on from family to family for many generations.”

Like many summers past, this celebratory season was filled with matches and events put on by the Myopia Polo Club. There were national tournaments, such as the 12-goal Chairman’s Cup back in July, and the 6-goal Governor’s Cup in August, while the club also featured a National Youth Tournament Series last month.

“Sunday is game day, so we head to Gibney Field early,” explained Coke. “We will compete in six chukkers (periods), seven if it goes into overtime. Then head to the field-side awards ceremony with team players, family, friends and guests and celebrate the day.”

This past weekend was the annual Wilmington Trust Cup, featuring a Harvard vs. Yale game; this weekend is the Captains’ Game in which Myopia takes on rival Newport Polo out of Rhode Island.

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