Medieval Times, the local dinner-and-jousting tournament venue, has organized a polo team to compete in the LeCompte Kalaway Landowners Cup on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Barrington Hills.
“This will be the first time in history for a Medieval Times polo team,” said Sandy Martinez, Medieval Times’ marketing director. “We also plan to stage a jousting exhibition on the polo field.”
She explained that polo — the world’s oldest team sport — is a perfect fit for Medieval Times.
“History is a vital component of what we offer, and this will be an historic event,” Martinez said.
The annual LeCompte Kalaway Landowners Cup is the largest polo event in the Chicago area. In addition to the jousting and fast-paced polo matches, the event also will feature hay rides around the field, a demonstration of classical dress, a Fox River Valley Pony Club exhibition and a parade of foxhounds by the Fox River Valley Hunt.
Event co-chair Linda Adair noted that other attractions include the Barrington Children’s Choir performing the National Anthem and a mounted color guard featuring war veterans from Bravehearts.
“For the second year, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will be on hand to throw in the first ball to start the matches,” Adair said.
The Cup is hosted by The Riding Club of Barrington Hills and the Barrington Hills Polo Club to honor and thank the landowners in Barrington Hills who permit riding trails across their private property as part of a nearly 200-mile trail network that links the entire village.
According to co-chair Catherine Keady, the highlight for trail landowners will be a luncheon under a private tent located at mid-field for the best views of the equestrian action.
“This is the most popular event of the year in the Barrington area, bringing together horse people and non-horse people to enjoy the equestrian nature of our community,” she said.
The Cup will take place at the Oakwood Farm Polo Field on Bateman Road, between U.S. Route 62 and Lake-Cook Road.
For more information or to reserve field-side tailgate parking spaces, contact Megan West at (847) 702-0475. Individual tickets will be available at the gate for $15. Children under 12 will be admitted free.