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Rocky Mountain Polo Championship begins in New Castle

Linda Lafferty
Special to The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Andy StoneBarry Stout of the Hotel Colorado team blocks a goal at last year's Devereux Cup at Stout Ranch near New Castle. Saturday and Sunday, the Rocky Mountain Polo Championship will be held at Stout Ranch near New Castle.

NEW CASTLE, Colo. – This Sunday, local rancher Barry Stout and the Roaring Fork Polo Club will resurrect a tradition of polo that began in Glenwood Springs in 1890 – Polo in the Rockies.

The 2010 USPA (United States Polo Association) Land Rover Rocky Mountain Polo Championship will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Stout Ranch south of New Castle. Four teams will compete for the title.

A charity event, this year’s benefits will go to Childhelp/Riverbridge Children’s Advocacy, caring for child victims of sexual and physical abuse.

The festivities will also feature a cocktail party to “meet the players” Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Glenwood Meadows Courtyard by Marriott patio. There will be food, a cash bar and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Childhelp/Riverbridge Children’s Advocacy Center. The party is open and free to the public.

The original Rocky Mountain Championship was conceived by Hervey Lyle and Walter Devereux of Glenwood Springs at the turn of the century. The silver trophy cup resides in the Frontier Museum, with Glenwood capturing the title in 1903, 1904 and 1912.

At that time, players came from as far away as Nebraska, and even Canada, to play in the tournament. Especially stiff competition from teams in Denver and other towns on the Eastern Slope contributed to the rivalry between teams.

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In the early years of competition, horse races were part of the equestrian festivities. In 1907, a jockey was killed in a drunken brawl after a horse from the 10th Cavalry Fort Robertson, Nebraska, lost a race and a $5,000 wager to a Glenwood colt.

This year, players hail from Denver and Utah, along with local Roaring Fork Valley players. One player from England – Christian Moon – will also be competing this year.

Sponsors include Land Rover, Childhelp/Riverbridge Children’s Advocacy, Glenwood Meadows Courtyard by Marriott, The Post Independent and The Aspen Times.

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