When the lightning storm came through on the evening of Friday, June 3, the arena polo teams representing the USA and South Africa were locked in fierce competition.

This Sunday, Oct. 9, the teams get to finish the battle.

Gates open at 11:45 a.m. and the first ball drops at 12:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are just $10 and children 10 and under get in free.

“Players like Whistle Uys, Craig Ellis and Allie Henderson are among the best competing in America today. This is strong talent, combined with several local players who are very good, so we’re expecting a really competitive match,” said James Armstrong, director of the Franklin Polo Academy and himself a player once ranked nationally. “The weather is expected to be beautiful and it’s a fun afternoon for the whole family.”

Children will have an opportunity to meet the players and horses, race stick horses at halftime, take a turn with a mallet on an actual polo pony, enjoy a bounce house and face painting and more.

Arena polo is played on a 300’ x 150’ surface, with three players on a side. Horses and players are rotated in throughout the adrenaline-filled chukkers. Many compare arena polo to hockey on horses.

Guests at the Sunday match can grab a seat on the terraced berm and enjoy food and drink from the concessions stand. VIP Cabanas are also available through Franklin Polo Academy. For more information, contact Armstrong at [email protected] or by phone at 615-800- 2268.