California Riding Magazine • March, 2013

Sport Showcase
New polo club set to open at Galway Downs.

The Temecula Valley Polo Club, located at the acclaimed equestrian setting of Galway Downs, is set to open in May.

"We are thrilled to position the club as a regional fundraising venue and prestigious polo club, showcasing the talent of local and internationally renowned players in our beautiful wine country," says the club's president Geraldine Strunsky. "I am working with several local charities and sponsors to hold fundraisers in the upcoming seasons, and the generosity and support for the club has been tremendous."

Geraldine is collaborating with Ken Smith, owner of the acclaimed Galway Downs, a 240-acre equestrian center in Temecula. Together they have overseen and led the development of the polo field to become certified by the United States Polo Association.

"We welcome the newly formed Temecula Valley Polo Club as a member club of the USPA," says Dennis Geiler, Pacific Coast Circuit
Governor, USPA.

Temecula Valley Polo Club is destined to be a premiere polo club, connecting renowned players from around the world to participate in one of the world's oldest team sports. In addition, Temecula Valley Polo Club will merge philanthropy with polo by serving as a regional fundraising venue for local and national charities to host exclusive events aimed to raise funds and awareness for a variety of causes.

"Polo in California is an important part of our Association and we are excited about the continued growth in the popularity of our sport," says Scott Walker, Lt. Governor of the USPA and director of the Temecula Valley Polo Club.

Polo attendees will also have the opportunity to bask in the richness of Southern California wine country as they witness the grace of polo at catered luncheons. These events will feature local wine and food pairings, world-class entertainment and silent auctions showcasing luxury products as well as traditional champagne divot stomps.

For more information regarding Temecula Valley Polo Club or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Geraldine Strunsky at