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Hyde Park Polo Team Wins Beach Polo Tournament
"Beach polo at Kiawah was amazing! They really know how to treat their
guests! Our team had the very best experience and look forward to the
next match in 2010." - Amy Flowers
Charleston City Paper
September 22, 2009
Horses return to Kiawah after quarter
by Erica Jackson
Kiawah Island’s elite turned out in pastel, hat-wearing droves for a polo
exhibition at the beautiful Kiawah Club Sunday afternoon. Some older members
of the community were no doubt reminded of the beach horse races that took
place on the island decades ago, but for most seeing horses gallop on the sand
was an entirely new experience.
Kiawah’s team was a family reunion of sorts for the Limehouse family —
brothers Brien, Brad, and Chip (an S.C. State Representative) repped the island.
Brad is a professional polo player, and he suffered a fall during the match that
resulted in a broken shoulder. Kiawah played Hyde Park Polo Club, headed up
by Ravenel native Amy Flowers, who held her own among the men and shone
throughout the match. But the real hard workers were the horses — stung by
wayward balls, making quick turns, and running hard in the afternoon sun, the
animals earned the picturesque sunset dip they enjoyed after the game.
The crowd politely observed as Hyde Park won the match by two points, then
headed up to the Beach Club for the Polo Party. The advertised heavy hors d’
oeuvres turned out to be a generous, delicious spread prepared by the Club
chefs, and guests ate and drank around the pool while listening to the East
Coast Party Band. While tickets may be a little hard to come by for the average
Joe, if you’ve got the opportunity, don’t miss the chance to watch beach polo on
Kiawah — rumor is this won’t be a one-time event.
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