Vigorous cowboy polo clubs once flourished in Delta County with teams competing at the Surface Creek Saddle Club in Cedaredge and at several other venues in Delta County and surrounding communities. Dates when the clubs were active are sketchy and many of the participants have passed away.
The DCI is asking the public’s help in tracking down this story. And the editorial staff would like to hear stories and obtain photos from anyone who remembers viewing or taking part in these unique activities.
Legend has it that the contests, while generally resembling classic polo matches, were considerably more rough and tumble.
Please help us out by calling the DCI office at 970-874-4421 to share any leads. Or email us at editor@deltacounty
independent.com and please put ‘Cowboy Polo’ in the subject line.
As recently as 2012, South Dakota cowboys were competing in bouts of polo.
Photo by Aaron Rosenblatt, Rapid City Journal