It's good news all the way around! The old Wild Sunday Farm, located at 490 W. Specht Road, just off Blanco Road, is now the home of a premiere boarding facility, the San Antonio Polo Club Equestrian Center. The San Antonio equine community is very lucky this 36-acre property didn't fall into the hands of another subdivision developer as has happened to so many of the equestrian facilities in and around San Antonio.
The San Antonio Polo Club (SAPC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year as a United States Polo Association club, and it's has been looking for a permanent home since the 1990s when the Retama Polo Grounds went bankrupt. They had temporary facilities around south central Texas throughout the years, but no place to permanently call home...until now.
The good news is the new San Antonio Polo Club Equine Center is not just for the San Antonio Polo Club...it's a premier boarding facility. The 42-stall facility is designed for split boarding...half available for polo boarders and the other half can accommodate outside boarders and trainers. The facility is set up for multi-use such as Polo Matches, Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, Horse Events, Polo Lessons, Clubhouse Rental, Arena Rental, and much more!
The equestrian center is beautifully arranged for dressage and hunter/jumpers. There are four arenas that are set up for dressage and jumping. There are two dressage arenas...one grass and the other has all weather footing. In the Grand Prix jumping arena there are 15 permanent jumps ranging from 3 feet up to 5 feet.
Amenities include large restrooms in the Clubhouse, European 6-horse walker, 8 individual turnouts, plus two large group pastures, large tack locker area with two large tack rooms. There are 8 wash racks; 4 indoor racks with hot and cold water, and 4 outdoor racks. Most of the stalls are 12x12, but there is a selection available for larger horses at 12 x 16 feet. The previous owners say they dug each six feet down and filled them with limestone, beveled the edges and added permeable rubber matting. The stalls have been refinished in an elegant mahogany and black. There is a new automatic fly control system throughout the barn.
Full board includes feeding premium feeds and hay twice daily with turnout and inclement weather turnout. There is an area for trailer parking for an additional charge. Your horse will be cared for by the Equine Center's two full time grooms, a part time groom and a full time barn manager.
Already activities are ramping up with polo lessons currently being offered. There will be weekly practices on the stick and ball polo field which will begin in the fall. The Clubhouse has already been in use for mixers and open houses and can be rented for $500 per day. There is also a nice kitchen with a bar for catering during shows and events. The entire rear of the barn is decked for viewing and picnicking. The facility not only can be rented out for horse events, but also for group events such as picnics, weddings, and other outdoor/indoor events. There will be a series of 4-H competitions scheduled for this coming fall and spring.
SAPC has been upgrading and reworking the facility to be able to offer much more. There are plans to rework some of the rear paddocking area into a USPA regulation-sized polo field, which should be completed in the spring of 2021. They've also been repairing fencing, upgrading the septic systems, improving the footing, and cleaning up the arenas and grounds. New features include installing a round pen and one of the arenas is due to be covered soon.
SAPC was planning to hold a 100th anniversary event this past spring. "When the COVID-19 closures began, we had to change all of our plans,"" said SAPC President Ursula Pari. "Instead, we will hold small events until the city allows large scale events than can accommodate more than 100 people. We hope to hold a Grand Opening this coming fall.""
SAPC is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization and offers free polo outreach programs for inner city kids to experience polo and to interact with horses. It is funded through the generosity of donors such as Kym Rapier and the Rapier Family Foundation and the San Antonio Foundation for Equine Education (SAFEE) who believe all children can become leaders and successful if given opportunity. SAPC is headed up by President Ursula Pari, Vice President Weston Stone, Treasurer Susana Baird, and Barn Manager Patrick MacLeod.
For more information about boarding, clubhouse/arena rental or polo lessons, you can call 210-310-9866 or visit www.SanAntonioPoloClub.com or visit them on Facebook for the latest news and events.