From pony clubs to regional shows to national competitions and beyond, equestrian sports are the one place where boys and girls—and men and women—compete head to head. But it wasn’t always like this, especially when it came to polo.
Long known as the sport of kings—and bronzed South American gods—polo is finally yielding to the inevitable. It took a determined mother and talented daughter to move the goalposts. While mother Sue Sally Hale went through elaborate disguises to find a way to compete on the field, Sunny “simply” made herself into the best female polo player in history.
In 2000, Adolpho Cambiaso, probably the best player ever, selected Sunny for his Outback Polo Team as they began their assault on the U.S. Open, the polo championship. She was the only woman on the team, and the only player he wanted at her position. It was no surprise to him, at least, that they won.
In the years since then, the walls began tumbling down. Founded by Sunny in 2005, the WCT (Women’s Championship Tournament) is the largest women’s polo league in the world—and the women’s teams are the fastest growing segment in polo.
In this, as in so many equestrian endeavors, Wellington leads the way. Field One at the famed International Polo Club has been the setting for many storied clashes and is accounted the best field in the US. But this year, for the first time ever, it hosted the U.S. Women’s Polo Championship final. Was the late, great Sunny Hale smiling down on them? If anybody could, she would.
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