About The Tournament
Each year thousands of Canadians are touched by breast cancer. It not only impacts individuals living with the disease but their families, friends and loved ones as well. In 2007, six female polo teams gathered at the Toronto Polo Club to play the first ever “Polo for the Cure” tournament. This “all women” tournament was created to raise money and awareness for a cause that touches the lives of so many people.
Polo is an exhilarating team sport played on horseback in which the objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Riders score by driving a small white plastic ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet. The traditional sport of polo is played at high speeds on a large grass field up to 300 yards in length, and each polo team consists of four riders and their mounts – specially trained and/or bred “Polo Ponies”.
This extraordinary sport is thrilling to watch and some say that it is a lifestyle. While the popular notion of polo may be a romantic one, inspiring images of cocktails, sundresses, fashionable hats and luxury cars, the sport is also a lovely environment for good friends and family to spend a pleasurable afternoon together.
Polo in Toronto was first played in the 1920’s and 30’s at Woodbine Racetrack and at the Armoury on Avenue Road. Polo activity ceased during the War years, but was revived in the late 1950’s. By 1960 the Toronto Polo Club was re-instated in the United States Polo Association. In the 1960’s Fox Den Farm in Gormley became the headquarters of the Toronto Polo Club. Today, the Toronto Polo Club boasts a membership roster of over 70 playing members, as well as a strong group of social members. The Club has the use of six outdoor fields, one outdoor arena and an indoor arena. Polo is played year round at the Toronto Polo Club.
Polo is a renowned stage for philanthropy. At pristine polo fields and grand greens across North America, polo continues to score big wins for worthy causes. Action-packed afternoons filled with glamour, glitz and generosity attract spectators, socialites and celebrities who gladly open their hearts to help! Over the years, the Toronto Polo Club has created and developed many successful charity events such as Polo for Heart (for The Heart & Stroke Foundation), Polo for Health (for the Stevenson Memorial Hospital), The Emerald Chukker (for the Toronto Commandary Foundation / palliative care), etc. Polo for the Cure is a new women’s tournament that was launched in 2007 to raise awareness and funds for the cure for breast cancer.