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From the Vault: Horse Sense

One b/w film negative of a polo game at St. Finnbar Farm at Woody Creek, 1960 (the area is also known as the Flying Dog Ranch and the Collins Creek area). As the Aspen Daily Times noted, "Legitimate polo returned to the Roaring Fork Valley last Sunday after an absence of over 60 years when two teams of local riders met on the turf of St. Finnbarr Farm at Woody Creek. Although local players have frequently played broom polo and palametto polo with rubber balls, this was the first known game using standard sticks and balls since Aspen's boom days."

"LEGITIMATE POLO BACK TO ASPEN AFTER 60 YEARS," declared a headline in The Aspen Times on Aug. 5, 1960. "Legitimate polo returned to the Roaring Fork Valley last Sunday after an absence of over 60 years when two teams of local riders met on the turf of St. Finnbarr Farm at Woody Creek. Although local players have frequently played broom polo and palmetto polo with rubber balls, this was the first known game using standard sticks and balls since Aspen's boom days. Leading the two teams Sunday were two part-time Aspenites from Chicago, Don Brothers and Pat Connors, both members of Chicago's squad, 1960 winter champions. Also playing were Wilton Jaffee, Roy Reid, Bert Simons, Art Pfister and Henry Pedersen. In addition to local mounts, the players used Brothers' string of polo ponies shipped to Aspen at the close of last winter's Chicago tournament. A second game, in what the players hope to be a regular series, has been scheduled for 2 p.m. next Sunday, August 7. After the game players and spectators plan to organize an Aspen Polo Club to plan future events." The photograph above shows a polo game at St. Finnbar Farm at Woody Creek, 1960.

This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at aspenhistory.org.