Polo season starting with new club owners

Equestrian couple also own Kentucky horse farm

The Sarasota Polo Club opens its 2018-2019 season Sunday under new ownership. Schroeder-Manatee Ranch sold the 130-acre spread, established in 1991 as its first development in Lakewood Ranch, to James and Misdee Wrigley Miller.

The Millers purchased the property in May for $2.6 million, county records show. The club property includes seven Bermuda grass polo fields, a half-mile horse track, boarding facilities for 72 horses, a clubhouse and a pavilion.

The Millers are thoroughbreds in the international equestrian world. Misdee Wrigley Miller — she’s a great-granddaughter of Chicago chewing gum magnet William Wrigley Jr. — is a fourth-generation equestrian. She is a world champion in saddlebred show horses and is one of the world’s most accomplished competitors in Pleasure Driving and Combined Driving.

Misdee Miller won the tricolor ribbon in the Four-in-Hand Coaching championship in Devon, Pennsylvania, this summer. The competition title refers to four horses pulling a carriage around an obstacle course, with judges scoring the team, driver and even the coach.

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