Contrary to conventional wisdom, one can in fact look a gift horse in the mouth, now that the mouth no longer houses the retina-scorching nuclear reactor that powers the horse. Get an eyeful of equine incisors with today’s Groupon to the Memphis Polo Club in Rossville. Choose between the following options:
• For $35, you get a one-hour polo lesson (a $75 value).
• For $7, you get two tickets to a Sunday polo match (a $14 value; kids under 10 get in free).
The Memphis Polo Club’s 200 acres of top-notch riding grounds couples regulation-size tournament fields with a scenic exercise track and a spacious stick-and-ball field at Rossville Farm, the club’s home since 2003. Professional instructor and club manager Alfredo Guerreño conducts lessons—with horse and gear provided—covering everything from basic horsemanship and mallet techniques to game strategy and fitting your steed into a penalty box. Each lesson is tailored to the rider’s specific needs and skill levels, and instruction can be arranged at any time except on Mondays and match days.
Attend a polo match to experience the grace of equestrian ballet along with the excitement of misdirecting opposing horses by dressing up as a giant carrot. The Memphis Polo Club encourages tailgating guests to bring chairs, eats, coolers, and umbrellas to take in the country air as players race across the field. On Sundays the home team hosts matches against neighboring rivals, with asados—traditional Argentine barbecue—making a field-side appearance.