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4th Annual Fort Sill Polo Classic draws crowd

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FORT SILL, Okla._It's not something you see everyday here in Southwest Oklahoma! Families put on their Sunday best and celebrated Mother's Day today with some equestrian competition in celebration of Fort Sill. 

When you think of a military post, big hats and champagne may not be the first things that come to mind. But this isn't exactly the Running of the Roses, today these folks are out in droves in order to celebrate a little slice of fort sill history.

"They played it in the early 1900's out here and it's just great that we're able to bring it back to such a rich military base," said U.S. Polo Assn. President Joseph Meyer.

It's a sport used as battlefield training for turn-of-the-century soldiers -- a sport that turned many troops into horseback experts. But with competitive play long gone from Fort Sill, organizers wanted to honor a special time period in military history by introducing families to something not seen very often.

"It was a new experience so it was just nice to do something we had never done before," said one spectator.

"It was really neat...it was my first time to see something like this...something that was this fun," said another first-time attendee.

"Military families do so much we talk about the soldiers and the soldiers have done so much for us but it's the families at home that really have to go through a lot," said Meyer.

But players weren't the only stars of the show on Mother's Day. These horses are former racetrack hotshots who are used to close quarters when it comes to scoring points.

"Polo is actually a natural extension of what they do in the wild. They bump up against each other, they race against each other, they really have that athleticism," said Meyer.

At the end of the day, one team took home the coveted trophy for the exhibition match, but players agree it's the spectators who win the biggest award of all.

"Anytime we can help them with events like this and let them see horses, these magnificent animals that they are and a fantastic game that has a rich military tradition, it's a lot of fun to do," said Meyer.

"It's fun to be able to spend it with your loved ones and enjoy something so cool to watch," said one Polo Classic fan.

Sunday's polo match featured teams and players from all over Oklahoma and Texas. If you'd like to learn more about the sport, check out uspolo.org.

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