Sticks and hooves
Four years in the running, the Hotel Colorado hosts the annual Devereux Polo Cup, with a weekend of complimentary community events.The polo-focused weekend begins Saturday, featuring a meet-the-players reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Colorado. The free event includes hors d’oeuvres, live music by Jon Chandler and The Wichitones, and the presentation of the Devereux Cup to the hotel for its custodianship.On Sunday, the festivities continue at 11 a.m. with match play at the Roaring Fork Polo Club (Stout Ranch), located at 2000 Baldy Creek Road in New Castle. The consolation match, final consolations and finals will be played. Trophy presentation follows for tournament winners, who will also have their names inscribed on the Devereux Cup. The ranch hosts a free barbecue for those in attendance.
The Devereux Cup named for Walter Devereux, founder of Hotel Colorado and the reason polo became popular on the Western Slope in the early 1900s will be on display at the hotel for public viewing.Polo arrived in Glenwood Springs in the 1890s when Devereux and Hervey Lyle, both championship players, formed the Glenwood Polo and Racing Association. Upon completion in 1893, the Hotel Colorado built its own polo grounds for the use of the guests. “The Hotel constructed Glenwood’s polo grounds and race course to the ‘south of town’ and quickly gained a fine national reputation by hosting teams that had attained a world-class standing,” according to “Hotel Colorado, Fountains of Enchantment.”The Glenwood Springs team was world champion in 1903, 1904 and 1912.
The Hotel Colorado offers room specials, with a two-night-minimum, during the weekend’s festivities.
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