How the Polo Classic Helps Retired Racehorses

by | Aug 2023

The Polo Classic

Photos: Hal Tearse; Toni Thomas

When a day promises Champagne sipping and divot stomping—all for a good cause—we want to learn more.

Since 1989, The Polo Classic has been held in support of This Old Horse Inc., located in Hastings, with other venues around Minnesota and Wisconsin. “We give horses a safe harbor for life where they may age in place, [be] loved, honored and respected to the end or move on to a happily ever after in a loving new home,” the organization notes on its website (

The fundraising event is set for 11 a.m.–5 p.m. August 6 at 6755 Turner Road in Maple Plain and includes entertainment, food trucks and beverages, a classic car show, equine events (jump event), a color guard and the polo match. Halftime entertainment includes a hat parade. (Learn about local milliner Karen Morris, who will have more than a few “hats in the game.”)

General admission tickets are $35; tailgate tickets are $250 for four attendees and include up-to-the field car access and food trucks. Tickets for the private, reserved tent area start at $1,500.

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