Polo — cowboy and regular — highlight Sunday

BIG HORN — As Sunday approached, and rodeo week came to an end, there were still a few diehard fans who mustered the energy to come out to the annual tailgate party at the Big Horn Equestrian Center to watch polo matches.

The first match, the Eatons’ Ranch Cup, was played between the Pony Grill & Bar and R.R. Williams, with the Pony winning it 3-2 after six hard-fought chukkers. Wearing the number one jersey 11-year-old Hope Arillano scored first for R.R. Williams.

From Florida, Arillano and her family come to Sheridan every summer and she has been playing polo since she was 5-years-old.

“I always loved riding since I was little so when my dad was playing polo, I loved doing it too,” Arillano said. “This is my second tournament here.”

Before the second polo match is held, a crowd favorite, cowboy polo, is played with Western saddles and broomsticks. Players have to chug a beer and then they play two, three-minute chukkers to determine a winner.

In the WYO Rodeo/Shane Winkler Memorial Cup, Hammer Chevrolet  defeated Century 21, 6-3.

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