Bendabout polo comes to town this weekend

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 9/11/19

Polo is returning to Cleveland and Bradley County.Bendabout Farm will continue its long-standing tradition of hosting polo matches in September. The matches will feature local, national and …

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Bendabout polo comes to town this weekend

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Polo is returning to Cleveland and Bradley County.

Bendabout Farm will continue its long-standing tradition of hosting polo matches in September. 

The matches will feature local, national and international players from both the professional and amateur ranks, according to a press release from Bendabout Farm, located in McDonald.

The events will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The matches are the highest rated in the Southeast during this time,” according to Amy Moore, vice president of The Tucker Foundation

Moore said local players this year include Gillian Johnston and Will Johnston. A Bradley County native, Gillian Johnston is the highest-rated female USA High Goal Polo player. Will Johnston is a Chattanooga native and the fifth generation of polo players.

In addition, Moore said Miguel Novillo, who captained the Coca-Cola Polo Team’s 2002-winning U.S. Open Team, will also be participating. Novillo is one of the world’s outstanding players, winning both the U.S. and Argentine Open Tournaments.

Owen Rinehart is a former 10-goal and Hall of Fame inductee.

“Players from both teams have played worldwide with great success and will offer people in this area an opportunity to view polo competition at its very best,” Moore said. “They will be playing their best ponies that are as competitive as their riders.”

Feature match play on Saturday will benefit the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Moore said polo matches between Bendabout Farm and the 6th Cavalry at Fort Oglethorpe date back to the 1930s. 

"While admission and parking are free to those attending the match, representatives from the museum will be on hand on the 15th to answer questions and accept voluntary contributions," Moore said.

Matches will be played weather permitting.

Gates are open to the public two hours prior to start time. There will be plenty of free parking and seating.

Bendabout Farm, 3553 S. Lee Highway,  is located south of Cleveland on U.S. Highway 11. Look for the “Polo Today” signs.

Moore said everyone should visit and enjoy the day watching the polo matches.

"We would love to see a big crowd," she said. "It's a neat tradition."

For additional information, visit www.bendabout.com or call 423-476-6602.

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