The weekend isn't quite over yet, but it has been a pretty darn good one so far. Isn't summer wonderful?
We started out on Friday evening with overnight family visitors. Since our guests included a horse-loving 14-year-old niece, we packed up a picnic supper and headed over to Saratoga Polo.
The match was exciting to watch, with galloping horses sometimes only ten feet or so away from our lawn chairs. Because we went early, our niece was able to walk over near the horse trailers before the match started and get a close-up look at the polo ponies.
The crowd is not a rowdy one. It's like watching pro tennis or pro golf: everyone is fairly quiet and intent on the action. We knew nothing about polo and felt foolish for not having looked up the rules before we went. I know more now. For example, most polo "ponies" are thoroughbreds or thoroughbred crosses. A polo match lasts approximately one and one-half hours and is divided into seven-minute time periods called chukkers. There are six chukkers in a match. There is a 15-minute halftime.
If you've never been to Saratoga Polo, I recommend it. See their website for more information. Here's my tip: if you choose to tailgate, bring a hat with a visor or brim because you will be looking into the setting sun.
On Saturday, we were off to see more galloping thoroughbreds, this time with some former co-workers of my husband.
There were happy couples...
and more cute baby girls...
and kids in ancient apple trees...
and, in keeping with this weekend's theme, more horses.
A sweet pony shared a barn with the Armer family's massive and handsome...
All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.