Polo has been a part of life in Sheridan County since the 1890s, when Malcolm and William Moncrieffe, ranchers with deep Scottish roots, began teaching the game to their cowhands in order to muster the numbers required to start a match. The game has grown by leaps and bounds in the hundred years since, with Bighorn, Wyoming’s Flying H Polo Club continually hosting many of the world’s greatest players during summertime matches.
The Flying H, nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Bighorn Mountains, is a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon; I caught my first polo match back in the summer of 2011, and was enthralled by the speed of the game, the grace of the horses, and the skill of the strikers. I never thought I’d visit a polo pitch in Wyoming, and I certainly didn’t expect to love it as much as I do.
The best part? Admission to the Flying H is free on match days (Thursday and Saturday).