Bendabout Farm will continue its tradition of hosting polo matches this weekend weather permitting. Matches will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Open to the public, there is no admission charge and there is plenty of free parking.
The matches will feature local, national and international players from the professional and amateur ranks and are a preface to major polo competitions in Aiken, South Carolina, beginning the following week. Of local interest are Gillian Johnston, outstanding female player, and Will Johnston, also a highly successful player. Most recently Gillian’s team successfully competed on the Wyoming summer circuit and will continue on to Aiken to compete. Also playing on her team is Julio Arellano, who is arguably the best American polo player in the USA. Will Johnston, having played well in England and Wyoming this summer, will continue to play in Argentina this fall.
Feature match played on Sunday will benefit the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe. Polo matches between Bendabout Farm and the 6th Cavalry at Fort Oglethorpe date back to the 1930’s. While admission and parking are free to those attending the match, representatives of the Museum will be on hand to answer questions and accept voluntary contributions which are encouraged.
Bendabout Farm is located at McDonald just south of Cleveland on Highway 11. Signs will mark the entry. There is bleacher seating or you may bring folding chairs. In case of inclement weather,
matches may be cancelled. Additional information can be obtained by calling (423) 479-1645 or website www.bendabout.com.