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Oak Brook Polo looking for a boost

Oak Brook, 07/19/13--Robert Stephens of Team Hinsdale Living reaches over on the left side of his horse to hit the ball towards the goal as Clifton Yandell of Team Double Tree gives chase. The Oak Brook Polo Club held its Inaugural Polo Match for 2013 on Friday afternoon.   | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Oak Brook, 07/19/13--Robert Stephens of Team Hinsdale Living reaches over on the left side of his horse to hit the ball towards the goal as Clifton Yandell of Team Double Tree gives chase. The Oak Brook Polo Club held its Inaugural Polo Match for 2013 on Friday afternoon. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media

Polo is a a long-standing tradition in Oak Brook and the Oak Brook Polo Committee is hoping to not only maintain that, but boost it as well. Read more from that Chicago Tribune:

Jim Pehta remembers the golden age of polo in Oak Brook, a time when even a royal from the British monarchy played there.

It was the summer of 1986 when Pehta saw Prince Charles arrive in a Jaguar, mount a horse, and play in the match with everyone else.

"He was fantastic and a very active player," Pehta said. "At one point, he was riding his horse and he fell off of it, landing 20 feet in front of me. He didn't even blink and got right back on the horse."

Pehta, who now serves on the Oak Brook Polo Committee, says the village is working hard to maintain the tradition of polo. There have been three matches so far this year with plans for eight more Sunday matches this summer — two each on Aug. 18, Aug. 25, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22. Matches start at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Oak Brook Polo Grounds, 2606 York Road.

Read the full article from the Chicago Tribune.

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