Start Date
Saturday, March 18th, 2023
End Date
Saturday, March 18th, 2023
Organizer's Name
Pebble Hill Plantation

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Additional Information

***The Pebble Hill Polo Classic will be held rain or shine. Only under the threat of severe weather will the event be cancelled. In the event of rain, bring your popup tents, ponchos, and umbrellas. We will have a great time no matter what! Live music by Blue Burden will begin at 11 a.m. Children’s activities will be held in a tented area.***

Presented by Parker Poe Charitable Trust, Pebble Hill Plantation is excited to bring the Pebble Hill Polo Classic to the Red Hills region to honor the memory of Mrs. Elisabeth Ireland Poe. This charity event benefits Pebble Hill’s Preservation Fund with proceeds dedicated to the continued care, maintenance, and restoration of the historic 3,000 acre estate and its more than 60 structures. Join us for this exciting event featuring a women’s polo match, pony rides, children’s activities, music, food trucks, all with the time-honored tradition of “Stomping of the Divots”. A a special treat, we will have a parading of the Live Oak Hounds. All sponsors and VIP passholders receive access to a sponsor-only area with complimentary parking, food, beverage and reserved seating. General admission passes are also available ($50 per vehicle), and there is a $10 cooler fee (glass containers prohibited).

Children’s activities, inclulding pony rides are FREE with paid admission.

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All Sponsorships and VIP Passes may be purchased by following this link:

General admission tickets are $50 per vehicle. Purchase by following this link:

Elisabeth “Pansy” Ireland Poe was a pioneer for women in the sport of polo. As a young woman in her 20s, Pansy registered under her initials with the United States Polo Association and played on men’s teams. At the time, women were not allowed membership in the USPA and when her ruse was discovered, she was unceremoniously stripped of her USPA membership and her handicap. Women were denied membership until 1973. Pansy died in 1978.

(Visit the “Trailblazer for Women’s Polo” exhibit in the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Gallery at Pebble Hill to learn more about Pansy’s impact on the sport)

What to Expect at the Event:

Gates will open at 10 a.m. with live music and other festivities beginning at 11 a.m.

General Admission pass holders will be directed to park on the grassy area adjacent to the paved parking lot near the visitors center. There are a limited number of bleacher seats available. Feel free to bring chairs or picnic blankets and find a great spot on the sidelines. You may bring your cooler for a $10 fee (alcoholic beverages are allowed, but glass containers are prohibited). Food trucks will be on site.

VIP pass holders will be directed to park in the paved parking lot near the Visitors Center. You will have reserved seating in the sponsor’s tent with complimentary food and beverage.

Sponsors will have priority parking near the Main House and will enjoy reserved tables and complimentary food and beverage.

The Main House will be open for abbreviated tours of the Elisabeth Ireland Poe Gallery and the exhibit in her honor, Trailblazer for Women’s Polo, prior to and after the polo match. The House will be closed during the match.

Children’s activities including pony rides, games, and art projects led by the Thomasville Center for the Arts will be in a special area near the west end of the polo field.

Players will warm up their ponies prior to the match followed by the National Anthem. The Live Oak Hounds will parade for the crowd and we will then have a symbolic rolling out of the first ball to begin the match.

During half-time, we will have fun games and the time-honored tradition of the “Stomping of the Divots”

The match will resume and at the culmination, we will have a trophy presentation and fans will have the opportunity to meet the players and their ponies.

What to Wear:

While polo offers the allure of dressing up, the most important thing is to be comfortable! Typically, people opt for separates and sun dresses, or wear chinos or dress pants with a dress shirt. The Polo spirit is bold – dare to add a splash of color. We all know that March weather can be a bit unpredictable so, a blazer, sport coat, or jacket for the gentlemen would be a good idea. Ladies should bring a sweater, shawl, pashmina, or jacket. Hats are a great idea and while not as flamboyant as hats for the Kentucky Derby, hats at a polo match are a necessity for sun protection, but can also add an element of style for both the ladies and the gents. Wear comfortable shoes that will be suitable for the divot stomp.

Things to bring:

As mentioned above, you may bring your cooler for a $10 fee (no glass containers). Feel free to bring chairs and picnic blankets for sideline seating. There will be a limited number of bleacher seats available on the north side of the field. Food and drink will be available on site for purchase for General Admission pass holders, but you may bring a picnic with you. Don’t forget your cell phone or camera for pictures! There will be photo opps with the players and ponies.

Gates will close at 5 p.m.

**Well-behaved dogs are allowed at the event, but owners must clean up after their pooches.

Rules of the game (information from the United States Polo Association) Our match will be a three-on-three game with four chukkers, played in an arena polo format. Spectator Guide | U.S. POLO ASSN. (en-US) (

Thank you for supporting this event and the preservation efforts of the Pebble Hill Foundation.