Keeper of the Plans

Horses taking over Hartman Arena this weekend for charity

Mike Carney is organizing the Park City Polo Challenge. Here he is hitting the ball at Wichita’s Fairfield Polo Club, 9420 S. Broadway, in 2010.
Mike Carney is organizing the Park City Polo Challenge. Here he is hitting the ball at Wichita’s Fairfield Polo Club, 9420 S. Broadway, in 2010. File photo

Hartman Arena is going to the horses – polo horses, that is.

For the first time, the Park City arena is hosting a charity polo event, sponsored by the U.S. Polo Association, among others.

The Park City Polo Challenge is a fundraiser for Carpenter Place, Wichita Children’s Theater, the Wichita Family Crisis Center, Park City Pride and the Oklahoma State University Polo Team.

The highlight of the night will be a match between the women’s teams from Oklahoma State and Colorado State universities, followed by a pro-am polo match.

Mike Carney, volunteer president of Wichita’s Fairfield Polo Club, organized the event based on a similar one he’d seen in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“It’s an absolutely beautiful sport to watch, but indoor polo or arena polo is a lot easier to grasp – it’s a smaller field and it’s more compact,” Carney said.

But you don’t have to go for the polo – there will also be a fashion show from the U.S. Polo Association’s clothing line throughout the night, as well as live music by Patz and a live and silent auction.

“We’re just going to make a party out of it,” Carney said. “You can because you’re there to give to charity, or for a fashion show, or maybe you’ll even go for polo.”

Matt Riedl: 316-268-6660, @RiedlMatt

Park City Polo Challenge

When: 5:30 p.m. Sat., doors open 4 p.m.

Where: Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive, Park City

What: Fundraiser featuring polo matches, a fashion show, live music and auctions.

Admission: $28 general admission, $68 VIP admission. Free for children 12 and under.

More information: www.wichitapolo.com

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