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Will Rogers Polo Stable

at the Will Rogers State Park

Pacific Palisades, California

 

 

Click here or on the photo above to begin your one minute video tour.

Born in 1879 in Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation on his family’s Dog Iron Ranch, Will was a star on Broadway and Hollywood, starring in over 71 movies.  He was an author and syndicated columnist, a radio broadcaster and a friend to Presidents, senators, stars and slaves.  After years as a trick roper and masterful rider, his polo matches at his ranch near Los Angeles were legendary …. Clark Gable and Walt Disney were just two of the games’ regular riders.

Until recently stars and directors boarded their ponies here, but the decision was made to preserve, rather than use the facility.  Will called it “the barn that jokes built.”  In the video you’ll see a black and white picture of the barn; Will had written in the names of his horses.  This is now part of California’s Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades, near Los Angeles.  It is also one of the country’s oldest Polo Clubs.  When Betty Rogers, Will’s wife, donated the ranch to the state it was on the condition that the equestrian activities continue.

Click here for more photos and stories at the Will Rogers Polo Club site.

Happy New Year to you and your family!  May it be the best one ever.