Polo on the Plains

Back in the saddle to help support grieving children

Written by Julie Schillings

Polo on the Plains returns to the Fairfield Polo Club in Haysville for a second year of polo with a purpose on Saturday, June 7. Proceeds will benefit Kidzcope, an organization providing peer support for grieving children and their families.

"Think the Hamptons meets the Midwest," said organizer and volunteer Sheila Tigert. "This is a one-of-a-kind event in Wichita that you don't want to miss." Ladies dressed in florals and fashionable hats escorted by gents in their breezy summer slacks will be completely transported as they enter the white tent styled in vintage chic decor.

Greeted with a signature cocktail upon arrival, guests will enjoy delectable dishes from Meddys and summer sippers throughout an afternoon filled with heart pounding polo. Experience the thundering hooves of eight 1,200-pound horses, which often come a bit too close to the field's edge, not to mention a 100-mph ball that is occasionally knocked into the well-dressed crowd.

One of the highlights of any polo match is the divot stomp. Following each chukker in the match (a chukker is a timed period of play) spectators are invited onto the field to help replace the chunks of grass that have been churned up by hooves and mallets. Champagne is served and music plays as divot stomping guests prepare the field for more action.

In its inaugural year, Polo on the Plains raised nearly $100,000 and attracted over 300 guests. All of the proceeds directly support Kidzcope programs and services, which are provided at no charge to families. Founded in 2000, Kidzcope is an independent nonprofit that operates with two staff members and numerous trained volunteers.

"Our mission is to accommodate the needs of grieving children in our community," said Kidzcope executive director Julie Prater. "Death is something you don't want to talk about, but we provide hope. When the unthinkable happens to a child, we are here to help them get to the next step."

The opening ceremony at Polo on the Plains will include the introduction of Kidzcope's ambassador family, who will share the impact and healing that the programs have had in their lives. A balloon release will honor the loved ones who have lost their lives.

"This fundraising event is incredibly important to Kidzcope," Prater said. "We have recently partnered with four area schools to provide outreach programs to help students deal with a specific loss in their schools community." Polo on the Plains provides Kidzcope with the means to assist these youth with the grieving process.

Event information

Polo on the Plains

Saturday, June 7 | 2 - 6 p.m.
Fairfield Polo Club | 9420 S. Broadway
$100 Ticket, $125 at the door at
to benefit Kidzcope

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