Time for chukkers and caps

RANCHO SANTA FE — Fetch those fedoras and search for some stomping shoes. The Country Friends is hosting its inaugural Hats and Flats polo event at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at The San Diego Polo Club, 14555 El Camino Real in Rancho Santa Fe.
The all-day “sport of kings” event will feature a premier polo match beginning at 1:30 p.m., champagne divot stomp, requiring hats and flats, and a party with musical entertainment following the seventh chukker, or period.
Tickets are $110 and include general parking, admission, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Premier tickets are also available for $175 and include preferred parking, admission, premium seating, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a top-shelf hosted bar.
Proceeds will help fund grants that support local charities. Purchase tickets at www.thecountryfriends.org or by calling (858) 756-1192, ext. 4. Melanie Cruz Walsh and Jeanne Lucia, current president of The Country Friends, are chairing the event.
The Country Friends, which was formed in 1954 by a group of Rancho Santa Fe women, began with 167 members and now numbers more than 1,200. The organization has distributed more than $16 million to human-care agencies in San Diego County, including the Community Resource Center, Elizabeth Hospice, the Escondido Community Child Development Center, Angels Foster Family Network, the Burn Institute, ElderHelp of San Diego, the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and Helen Woodward Animal Center.
The group is divided into nine areas, each of which is represented on the board of directors. Those jurisdictions are Carlsbad and Oceanside; La Jolla; Lake San Marcos, San Marcos and Vista; East Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, Bonsall and San Luis Rey; Fallbrook; Rancho Bernardo, Poway and 4S Ranch; Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch and Del Rayo; El Cajon and San Diego; and Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas.

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