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The ‘sport of kings’ meets Carolina tailgating

Bella Hamon, second from left, of Team Charles House moves the ball forward under the pursuit of Scott Lail, left, of Team J.M. Edwards Jewelry during the Triangle Charity Polo Classic match that took place Saturday at the Crooked Creek Farm in Hurdle Mills. The proceeds from this event went to benefit the Transitions Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center located in Raleigh. Lana Jayce, center, from Raleigh plays with her stick horse while fans participate in the customary field divot stomping at halftime during the annual match.
Bella Hamon, second from left, of Team Charles House moves the ball forward under the pursuit of Scott Lail, left, of Team J.M. Edwards Jewelry during the Triangle Charity Polo Classic match that took place Saturday at the Crooked Creek Farm in Hurdle Mills. The proceeds from this event went to benefit the Transitions Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center located in Raleigh. Lana Jayce, center, from Raleigh plays with her stick horse while fans participate in the customary field divot stomping at halftime during the annual match. newsobserver.com

A grassy meadow near the juncture of Durham, Orange and Person County might be among the last places one might expect to ladies in wide-brimmed hats and gentlemen in bowties sipping champagne, but the scene fit perfectly with a warm, breezy afternoon Saturday for the third annual Triangle Charity Polo Match.

Spectators were able to pull their cars up close to the field, which was lined with tailgaters. More than one table was set with tablecloths, crystal and silver, and the competition for “Best Hat” was just about as serious as the match itself at Crooked Creek Farm.

Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens was on hand to serve as honorary master of ceremonies, and retired U.S. Army Brig. General Robert L. Johnson, one of the “Founding Fathers of N.C. polo,” rolled out the ceremonial ball for the first chukker.

Team Charles House won the match 10-6 against Team J.M. Edwards Jewelry, but the real winner was the Transitions Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, located in Raleigh, which was the beneficiary of the proceeds for the annual event.

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