​​​EQUUS Film Festival 

 

2018 Chicago Snow Polo Event in Washington Park, Chicago Illinois

Dates: February 16-18, 2018


Suzanne Kopp-Moskow has teamed-up with Chicago Polo Club to organize this first snow polo event in Chicago, along with the first Chicago Horse Festival. The festival will offer multi-cultural exhibits, demonstrations and interactive activities in the nearby DuSable Museum of African American History and the General Jones Armory. Li'l Herc® will also have a Family Round-up with activities for kids and the Equus Film Festival Tour Stop will be there to show horse-focused family films.

Stay tuned... this is the first announcement.


Compliments to Beatrice Bulteau for this wonderful inaugural poster for the event.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


January 25, 2017


Contact:
CHICAGO HORSE FESTIVAL/
LI’L HERC® FAMILY ROUND-UP/
CHICAGO HORSE CENTER OF AMERICA:
Suzanne Kopp-Moskow
312-257-6456
suzanne@chicagohorseproductions.com

 
PARTNERS & MEDIA:
Angela Baker
angela@chicagopoloclub.com
305-608-6204

Chicago Polo Club and Chicago Horse Productions Announcing 2018 Chicago Snow Polo Cup (CSPC)
Historic Washington Park, Snow Polo, Urban Setting



Chicago, IL, January 25th, 2017 - The inaugural Chicago Snow Polo Cup has secured backing and the venture will be organized jointly by the Chicago Polo Club, LLC and Chicago Horse Productions, LLC. Nestled inside historic Washington Park, the Chicago Snow Polo Cup will be the first snow polo tournament held in Chicago, joining the ranks of other snow polo tournaments held in mountain resort locations such as, St. Moritz, Austria, Cortina, Italy, and Aspen, Colorado. The CSPC is wholly unique by being held in an “urban” setting with the Chicago skyline as its backdrop.  And, the Chicago Polo Club is sharing a part of its own history by returning to Washington Park where it played its first polo match in June 1894.


Running simultaneous to the polo activities will be the Chicago Horse Festival providing visitors with an opportunity to experience an array of multi-cultural and historical horse-related activities and exhibits at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the General Jones Armory, both located in close proximity to the polo arena in Washington Park.  The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum was built to stable horses for decades beginning in 1893, and the General Jones Armory was once home to military horses, and hosted the World’s Fair Horse Show in 1933. Included in the Chicago Horse Festival, is the Li’l Herc® Family Round-up that will offer interactive activities for children and families for learning and recreation, as well as an EQUUS Film Festival Tour Stop that will run family-focused horse films throughout the weekend.

CSPC will also bring focus to Chicago’s history and deeply-rooted ties to the sport of polo and its unique place on the landscape of American polo. Today, Chicago remains home to a passionate and long line of equestrian families and enthusiasts, with polo played year round at ten polo grounds around the Chicagoland area. The height of the season runs May through July each summer.

Polo teams, with players from around the world, are being invited to play in this medium-goal tournament, February 17th and 18th, 2018. On Friday, February 16th, the player's dinner and tournament draw will held in the roundhouse of the DuSable Museum, following team practices and a Chicago Horse Youth League exhibition game.

Snow polo differs from traditional grass polo, with only three players, and a smaller snow packed field. This makes the game faster-paced and exciting for the horse and rider.

The Chicago Polo Club and Chicago Horse Center of America have also partnered to develop a community based equestrian and polo program, modeled after the successful “Work to Ride” program in Philadelphia.



ABOUT CHICAGO POLO CLUB

Founded in 1894, Chicago Polo Club is an equestrian sport and social club dedicated to polo in Chicago. Player and team members participate in polo leagues, active year-round, with tournaments, practice chukkers and social events held at polo grounds throughout the Chicagoland area. The CPC also offers students the opportunity to participate in lessons, leagues and instructional chukkers along with youth and community programs through the clubs polo academy. As noted, CPC played its first game in June 1894 in Washington Park.


ABOUT CHICAGO HORSE CENTER OF AMERICA

A percentage of the profits will be donated to the Chicago Horse Center of America (501(c)(3) organization) organized to create urban equestrian programming in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods to foster a range of community benefits.

INQUIRES:

PARTNERS & MEDIA:
Angela Baker
angela@chicagopoloclub.com
305-608-6204

POLO TEAM & PLAYERS:                                                         
Angela Baker                                                   
angela@chicagopoloclub.com
305-608-6204                                        
                                                                 
POLO TEAM & PLAYERS:                    
Tod Rackley
polo@chicagopoloclub.com

www.chicagosnowpolocup.com

www.chicagopoloclub.com

CHICAGO HORSE FESTIVAL/
LI’L HERC® FAMILY ROUND-UP/
CHICAGO HORSE CENTER OF AMERICA:

Suzanne Kopp-Moskow
312-257-6456
suzanne@chicagohorseproductions.com