Polo players and cowboys unite for weekend festivities
Rugged cowboys, fresh off the ranch, and polished polo players will join forces this weekend for three days full of fun activities known as the SMR (Schroeder-Manatee Ranch) Cup. The SMR cup is a three-day competition between teams of cowboys and polo players, all competing for the coveted Bull Trophy – and bragging rights, of course – to be awarded on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.
Weekend events include fishing, skeet shooting, roping, cattle penning, mechanical bull riding, polo, and more!
Some of the weekend events are open to the public, and most events are open to the media. The public is invited to see the roping and penning, free of charge, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the rodeo arena. On Sunday, the public can see the cowboys and polo players compete in three, two-chukker games on fields 3 and 5, starting at 9:30 a.m. The teams will also participate in a horse race during halftime of the regularly scheduled polo match (the match starts at 1 p.m.). Admission for the polo match is $12.
The SMR Cup started back in 1991, when Robin Uihlein, then president of the Sarasota Polo Club and Roger Hill, then SMR cattle manager, decided to come up with an event to bring the worlds of ranching and polo together.
This year, one of the participants will receive the annual Randy Ballard Award, named for an SMR cowboy who took up polo and made himself a competitive player.
For more information about the SMR Cup go to www.sarasotapolo.com or call 941.907.0000.