|Steve Van Andel|
Mt. Brilliant Farm will proudly host the Kentucky Cup 14 goal polo tournament in September. The tournament will be played at Mt. Brilliant farm on three pristine polo fields. The schedule will be posted once all teams approve. USPA Umpires Julian Applebee and Ka’aina DeCoit will oversee the play on the field. Game updates and changes will be shared with The Morning Line, Facebook and other social media.
We are thankful for the support in the past from teams such as Riverview, Orchard Hill, White Birch, Clearwater, Hillcroft, Orchard Hill, SD Farms, Villa Del Lago, Faraway, Mt. Brilliant to name a few.
September 7 – September 30 – Kentucky Cup Invitational
Please check back regularly or with our Facebook page for game updates. We received over 5 inches of rain over the weekend and are waiting for the fields to dry out. Thank you.
We ask that all traffic for polo use
4424 Huffman Mill Pike,
September in Lexington, KY, The Horse Capitol of the World, couldn’t be better for families and equine enthusiasts of all disciplines. The month kicks off with Polo in the Park, on September 7 with Kentucky Cup, also played as the Bluegrass International Cup. The 14 goal tournament which takes place at historic Mt. Brilliant Farm, will be conducted on three of the best polo fields in the Midwest and South. The Bluegrass International Cup will highlight the opening weekend while also benefitting The Fayette Alliance (http://www.fayettealliance.com) and Markey Cancer Foundation (www.markeycancerfoundation.org).
Played on some of the most beautiful and best maintained fields in the mid-west, Polo in the Park has hosted Crab Orchard, Villa del Lago, Orchard Hill, Isla Carroll, Riverview, White Birch, Hillcroft, Sophisticated Living, Mt. Brilliant and Faraway polo teams. Some of the more notable players to join the fray include Memo Gracida, Julio Arellano, Julian Daniels, Sugar Erskine, Pelon Sterling, Hector Galindo, Bete Donovan, Nacho Figueras and Nic Roldan. The format of the tournaments lends itself to sorting horses and players for the high goal season later in the year, as well as a place for up and coming players to establish their handicaps. Safety and fun are all important as the footing on the fields and the care of the horses come first and foremost. The area is home to two world acclaimed equine hospitals, Hagayard Davison McGee and Rood and Riddle, and who have staff on hand for all games. Highly trained paramedics are on hand for all games.
What to do between polo games? Concurrently, The Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the largest of it’s kind will take place beginning September 10. The Kentucky Horse Park, the host to the 2008 World Equestrian Games, Land Rover Three Day Event, High Hope Steeplechase (to be held Sunday, September 23) to name a few as well as the daily Parade of breeds and the Museum of the Horse, to name a few. The famed Horse Capitol of the World, has plenty of beautiful Thoroughbred farms which are also available to tour through Horse Country Tours (http://www.visithorsecountry.com).
If you are looking for a break from horses, there are plenty of Bourbon tours in the area, including Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark and Four Roses as well as the newly opened Castle & Key distillery. The microbrewery scene is another fixture in Lexington, featuring Country Boy, West Sixth and Blue Stallion to name a few besides Alltech which hosts a beer and bourbon tour located on the edge of downtown. If you like hiking and the like, the Red River Gorge provides a plethora of trails and interesting sites. Kentucky is also known for its caves, a hour drive will get you to some of the most interesting formations in the country.
There are plenty of restaurants in the downtown area, including Dudley’s, Distilled at Gratz Park, Le Deauville, The Blue Heron, Toney’s Stakes & Seafood, Portofino, Windy Corner, The Grey Goose and Nick Ryan’s, just to name a few. If you are looking for something a bit more quiet, Midway is a quaint town, reminiscent of a movie set, the town has shops and restaurants to suit most tastes.
We strive to make the month a fun filled time and hope that we can accommodate those interested.