Locals know what to do on Saturday nights in the summer, and you can join them by heading to the twilight polo matches at Great Meadow Events Center. That’s where beautiful horses, skilled riders and enthralled fans converge. From mid-May through the beginning of September, the matches have become a summertime tradition. They are held in an outdoor arena, which makes them easier to follow (especially for those new to the sport). Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; the first of two matches begins at 7 p.m. When the weather is iffy, a decision on whether to hold the matches is made by 4 p.m.
This part of Virginia has long been home to horses, but polo was an unknown until 1990 when Great Meadow was unveiled. The 250-acre complex is operated by a foundation that preserves open space for community use. Every summer, it becomes a magnet for women in summer dresses quaffing fine local wine, men setting up elegant tailgate picnics and children playing tug-of-war or engaged in other games on the grounds. Groups of families and friends spread blankets on a grassy hill for pre-polo picnics. Join the fun by letting us prepare a wine picnic basket to take to the matches.
If you still have energy after the games, there’s dancing under the stars in the Meadow Club polo pavilion.