October is my favorite month for many reasons: the beautiful fall weather, my birthday, getting to pull back out boots and sweaters, and one of my very favorite annual events: Polo at the Point.
Each fall, Polo at the Point takes place during mid-October in Point Clear, Alabama, and is one of the loveliest events of the season! It is one of the best days filled with family, friends, horses, fashion, food, and so much more. Best of all is that this event benefits an incredible cause, helping families across Baldwin and Mobile counties receive the best healthcare possible. Proceeds from Polo at the Point directly help the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and Thomas Hospital. The Point Clear Charities Mission Statement explains their purpose:
“To engage our community in the sport of polo by hosting premium fundraising tournaments through high-level competition among players with proceeds benefiting local charities and promoting an atmosphere of fellowship and goodwill.”
I have had the joy of attending this event for many years with my family, and I have loved getting to grow up with it. Some years have been especially fun watching my dad and brother play in the polo tournament. One of my earliest memories from attending Polo at the Point when I was little was being completely fascinated by the Dogwood Trail Maids and their colorful antebellum style dresses (so crazy to think this was over 10 years ago and I'm now older than these girls #timeflies). Another favorite Polo at the Point "fashion memory" was getting to wear a dress I designed and made to the event last year. You can see my full post about it here. The fashion and style surrounding this event was something I took note of when I was little, and it is still something I love getting to see year after year. Ladies come out in their best dressed attire wearing the most beautiful dresses paired with equally unique and stunning hats! Each year there is no shortage of fashion and inspiration at Polo at the Point.
From the gorgeous fashion to the grand tents to delicious food, no detail is missed at Polo at the Point. Not only is the décor, fashion, and setting incredibly captivating, but watching the beauty of the polo sport and the talent of each player is equally as exciting. In the first match of the day, Team Schwing Bioset (Frank Stitt, Collen McCosh, Alan Martinez, and Bob Edmundson) played Team Dream Ranch (Jesse Weaver, Joe Meyer, Jake Flournoy, and Eddy Martinez) in the Charity Cup at 12:30pm, and Schwing Bioset pulled through with the victory.
This year the two teams in The Grand Oak Cup, the final match of the day, were Grand Hotel Marriott and Mercedes Benz of Mobile. Roni Duke, Herndon Radcliff, Carlucho Arellano, and Tom Gose played on the Grand Hotel Marriott team, and Collen Clark, Cathy Alba, Tommy Collingwood, and Luis Ansola played for the Mercedes Benz of Mobile team. After six chukkers, the Grand Hotel Marriott team came out on top defeating Mercedes Benz of Mobile. Roni Duke was named the Amateur MVP, and Herndon Radcliff was named the Professional MVP.
From fashion to food to sport to charity, this event is the culmination of so many lovely things and makes for one of my very favorite events year after year! To learn more about Polo at the Point, visit their website here!