The polo community is its own special sort of great big family. In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked a sampling of polo players from around the world what they’re thinking about this holiday season.
Sunny Hale – Professional Polo Player
“I am thankful to God for the gift of horses in this world and what he planted in my heart in the form of a personal dream. The passion that unfolded in pursuit of achieving my dream and the fact that it was based around the relationship I would come to know and love with horses is more than I could ever have asked for. These are gifts of a lifetime that I am truly thankful for.”
Amanda Uechi Ronan – Houston Polo Club
“I am extremely grateful to have been introduced to the sport of polo this year, although my bank account might disagree! Still, it has changed my life in immeasurable ways: by reinvigorating my love for horses and riding, allowing me the opportunity to travel and providing me with a whole new family. The camaraderie of the sport is absolutely priceless. My season has ended this year and I’m already missing my teammates. I can’t wait to get going in 2016.”
Melissa Nance – Houston Polo Club
“The unintended or intended consequences of polo are friendship. Having moved multiple times across the country, where ever work happens to take me, I’ve had to make new friends along the way. I’m grateful and blessed to have met you ladies. Had a blast in Wyoming and am certainly looking forward to more good times.”
Christine Vermes – Winter: Empire Polo Club, Summer: Menlo Polo Club
“Not only thankful for another great year of polo but also a year where I was able to marry my passion and my profession. What an honor to lead marketing for the 125-year-old United States Polo Association!”
Diana Jensen – Blogger @ Polo, People and Places
Thanksgiving is a pretty awesome holiday in my opinion. I really appreciate and enjoy the spirit and tradition of Thanksgiving, a special holiday where families gather and give thanks. A time to reminisce about the year that has passed and think about all the things we are thankful for. This year has been a crazy, but nonetheless fun, one for me, with some unexpected turns and twists, such as suddenly moving to Bahrain. I am very thankful for the opportunities that have come my way this year, the many new friends I have made, with my job and with my new adventure in learning to play polo, which started at the Grand Champions Polo Club in Florida and continued to The Berkshire in London and next up will be in Argentina. I am thankful for the kindness I have received from total strangers, who have welcomed me with open arms in to their lives. And last but not least I am thankful for my good health and all the joy my friends, family and the worldwide polo community bring in to my life.