It’s an opportunity for tourists and locals alike to put on their sun hats and polo shirts and enjoy a genteel afternoon cheering on a sport that has thrived below the Bighorn Mountains for more than 120 years.

Polo began in Sheridan on July 4, 1893, at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds in a game witnessed by more than 1,000 spectators.

Today, the sport is played by the Big Horn Polo Club at the Big Horn Equestrian Center and at the Polo H Club located just west of the Big Horn Equestrian Center at the Flying H Ranch, which is also a working cattle ranch and polo pony breeding and training ground.

Some of the best players in the world spend their summers in Sheridan County and play polo at a variety of levels.

The Big Horn Polo Club is comprised of local players from around the region. From the first week in June through Labor Day weekend, teams play tournament games on Sundays and host practice games on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Spectators are encouraged to come enjoy an afternoon of tailgating and polo each Sunday throughout the summer. Admission is free, the games are announced and concessions are available. Following the last match, the clubhouse is open for drinks and continued conversation.

The Flying H Polo Club, located west of the Big Horn Equestrian Center on Bird Farm Road, became one of only three clubs in the United States to offer high-goal polo in 2005. High-goal polo is played when a team’s handicap totals 17 or more.

The club features four tournament fields and one practice field. Barns on the grounds can hold more than 100 horses. Games are held on Thursdays and Saturdays from early July through August.

Players come to the Flying H Polo Club from around the world, many of them making Big Horn a summer stop in their travels to play professional polo.

Admission to Flying H Polo games is also free, and any and all are invited to come for an afternoon of fun — and, of course, the half-time champagne divot stomp.