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The Hoof Beat September 2007

Another Season at Will Rogers

The Will Rogers Polo Club hosted the 5rd Annual Hector Sustaita Memorial Tournament on September 29th. The last weekend of the season was October 6th with the 40th Annual Will Rogers Memorial Tournament. The Will Rogers Estate was gifted to the State of California in 1944 on the condition that the polo and equestrian activities continue at the park.

Controversy erupted in 2001 when State Parks and Recreation closed the stables where many local equestrians boarded their horses. Some felt the "interpretive" model proposed was not representative of the Roger's cowboy tradition where riding is something you did, not something you read about. The park has continued the Polo tradition, access for day use trailering in mounts, and has added riding lessons while it considers other equestrian programs. However, one has to think Roy would have found much fodder for his sense of humor and proportion in the recent history of the park.

Photos courtesy of Steve and Carol Ford
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