The Devereux Cup Meet the Players Reception
There is a reason polo is associated with kings and country clubs.
Players have to swing like Tiger Woods; maneuver the ball like Wayne Gretzky and play the field like Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho.
It also helps if one is a seasoned equestrian.
Walter Devereux, who built the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool and the Hotel Colorado, loved the game of polo so much he chose a match as the official event to open the hotel 113 years ago.
On Saturday night the hotel hosted a reception that afforded an opportunity for the public to meet the Devereux Cup Polo players.
“It’s paying homage to our founder,” MacDonald said.
“He had a dream and a passion for polo in this area.”
And Larry MacDonald and Barry Stout want to bring that back.
In the Devereux era, matches were held in a field on the west side of the hotel.
And although polo is the oldest team sport in the world, it doesn’t appear that it has lost any of its regal charm.
On Sunday, a crowd gathered to watch the Hotel Colorado beat the Roaring Fork team in a match held at the Stout ranch above New Castle.
Stout, who breeds, raises and trains horses said that polo ponies are special because they need the speed of a Thoroughbred, the intelligence of an Arabian, and the agility of a Quarter horse.
MacDonald said that there is a misconception that the game is hard on the horses, and Stout agreed.
“These horses are handy, fast and enjoy the competitive nature of the sport.” He said.
This also describes the players who race their horses down the field in a full forty-mile-an-hour gallop while whipping a plastic four-ounce ball that moves at speeds near 110 miles per hour.
For those who prefer a more tranquil atmosphere, the hotel opens its new wine and martini bar next month.
The new lounge feels like an upscale Manhattan restaurant with decor that is classy, simple and masculine.
MacDonald said they deliberately tied the polo concept into the hotel’s lounge to pay tribute to the historical significance of the game.
“We want to bring back the grandeur.” He said.
And there’s no better way to do that than to give locals a taste of the game often called “The Sport of Kings.”
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