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Charity Polo Match benefits wolves

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All proceeds from the St. Louis Benefit Polo Club’s match on Saturday, Aug. 27, went to the Endangered Wolf Center and its important mission of preserving critically endangered Mexican wolves and red wolves.

The match was held at the Blue Heron Farms Polo Club, 4020 Benne Road, Defiance, MO 63341. Gates opened at 3 p.m. and the match began at 4 p.m.

Admission was just $25 a carload.

VIP tickets were $75 a person. VIPs enjoyed a reserved area with an elevated view and all activities, including food and drinks, free of charge. 

Sponsorships started at $500. Sponsorships included seating under a reserved tent with a catered buffet. Call 636-938-9306 to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Kevin and Betty once again were our Event Sponsors. Here’s a list of the sponsors:

Event Sponsor:
Kevin and Betty

Half-Time Sponsor:
August A. Busch III Charitable Trust

Team Sponsors:
Several Anonymous Families
Steve and Kimmy Brauer
Hager Companies
Betty White

Bravo Cucina Italiana
Brio Tuscan Grille
The Commerce Trust Company
Jeremiah and Marjorie Dellas
Dogfish Custom Graphic Apparel
David and Cheryl Gaynor
Harvest Plaza Animal Hospital and St. Charles Animal Hospital
Steve and Betsey Johnson – Foxbrook Farm
Mrs. Wilfred Konneker
Krey Distributing
Jim Kuchar
Lohr Distributing
Musick Construction Co.
The Private Client Reserve U.S. Bank
PVG Land & Cattle Company
Celeste Ruwwe and Geraldine Hufker
The Ryan Tradition-Coldwell Banker Gundaker
St. Louis Car Museum & Sales
Jay Smith
Michelle Steinmeyer
Grenville and Dianne Sutcliffe
Eugene J. Tichacek Family Trust
Virgil and Sandra VanTrease
The Winnick Family Foundation

Guests had a chance to meet and photograph the players and get autographs.

Special exhibits included Spike the Clydesdale, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, Longmeadow Rescue Ranch barn buddies and the World Wildlife Fund.

There was a kids area with games and mask-making, a bounce house, gift shop, silent auction, delicious food, soda and water, and adult beverages for those over 21.

The opening ceremonies included a dove release by Wish Upon a Dove. At halftime, guests took part in a traditional champagne toast and divot stomp.

Whether you’re a polo aficionado or a first-time fan, the sport is simply amazing to watch:
• The regulation size of an outdoor polo field is 300 yards by 160 yards – the size of 8 football fields.
• An average polo pony weighs 1,000 pounds.
• The average speed of a polo pony in play is 35 miles an hour.

Please visit our Facebook page to view a Photo Album of the 4th Annual Charity Polo Match.



The match is played on the Kräftig field at the Blue Heron Farms Polo Club in Defiance, Missouri.

Polo toast

The Charity Polo Match features the traditional halftime divot stomp and champagne toast.