TV Santa Barbara’s First “Hats & Horses” Charity Polo Event & Taste on May 4th

The Only Non-Commercial Network of Community Television Stations in Santa Barbara Hosts “Hats & Horses”, The First Charity Polo Event and Taste at the World Renowned Polo Club in Santa Barbara on Open

March 19, 2014 – SANTA BARBARA, Calif – TV Santa Barbara (TVSB), the sole community public television network and media arts center in Santa Barbara, announced today that they will present their first charity polo event and taste, “Hats & Horses”. The event takes place on May 4th, opening weekend of the 2014 polo season at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, and includes two afternoon matches at one o’clock and three o’clock. The event also features many local restaurants and wineries offering samplings to guests. Additionally, there will be a live and silent auction with one-of-a-kind items up for bid. This exclusive event is open to the public.

“Hats & Horses” promises to be a wonderful event for the public and an opportunity for TV Santa Barbara to introduce its role in the community,” said Annamaria Seabright, Director of Public Relations for TV Santa Barbara. “By providing production services and television exposure, TVSB supports other nonprofit organizations to create and communicate their message through media.”

About the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and Event PREMIERE Sponsor

Every Sunday from May to October, Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club hosts polo matches. The 104 year old polo club is the third oldest club in the nation. The polo field is 300 yards long and 160 yards wide, making it the size of nine football fields. Boasting 87 lush acres and welcoming world class athletes of the human and equine persuasions each year. Polo luminaries such as Tommy Lee Jones & Prince William have played here. Thousands of well dressed spectators arrive each Sunday for the matches at 1:00 and 3:00 where players battle it out for various USPA trophies, many of them for gorgeous decades old trophies and well known tournaments. Several team owners, called patrons, are 4th generation polo aficionados raised amid a polo lifestyle who now field a team for their children (of both genders – nearly 30% of the players are female).

The tone between matches at the stables is jovial with much boasting and teasing amongst the players, but the playing field remains a true battlefield.

The competitive nature of both man and horse is celebrated while the guests in the stands enjoy themselves, sporting their largest hats and uptown or casual attire.

Visitors can arrive with a picnic in hand and set up camp in our tiered grandstands or create a lush tailgating party fieldside, a polo excursion is exciting and is the place to see and be seen.

“We are the best kept secret in your own backyard,” says Alison Hansen, Event and Sales Director for Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. “We welcome the public to come and enjoy a day out with friends and family for a relaxing and exciting afternoon of polo.”

About the “Farm to Table Taste”and “Savor the Vine” portion of the event will include samplings of fresh and organic produce grown locally and incorporated into the culinary dishes of several local restaurants and catering companies from around Santa Barbara County for guests to enjoy. Also a number of wineries will participate and offer tastings from their locally grown and produced wines.

Event Details

“Hats & Horses” Charity Polo Event and Taste will be held on Sunday, May 4th, from noon to five o’clock at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, located at 3375 Foothill Road in Carpinteria, California. The ticket cost is $75 per person and will include entry, complimentary valet parking, both afternoon polo matches (1:00pm and 3:00pm), food and wine tastings, and silent and live auctions.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event, including invitations to vendor and media partners.

For more information please contact Annamaria Seabright, Director of Public Relations and Business Development for TV Santa Barbara, at (949) 235-8181 or Purchase tickets at

“All are welcome at TV Santa Barbara, regardless of your level of experience. We provide hands-on training in media technology and communication. We gladly help you create your own digital media, develop a television program, or learn how to improve your social media and digital media skills,” explains Matt Schuster, Executive Director for TV Santa Barbara.

About TV Santa Barbara

TV Santa Barbara (TVSB) is the only non-profit, community public television network and media arts center in Santa Barbara that provides locally-produced cable and internet programming–connecting local people to local resources and information through live and recorded coverage of community events, business, education, and entertainment. TVSB helps anyone to create content, learn and use the latest media technology, and develop and perfect their production skills to achieve their personal and professional goals through digital media.

Our individual, corporate, academic, nonprofit and government members have access to top quality media production equipment, a professional staff and state-of-the-art facilities that offer high-definition capabilities—including, 6 new edit bays for post-production. Additionally, in support of local youth and education, TVSB proudly presents its Youth Media Arts Program, with Media Maker Workshops for Youth, and Media U, offering courses in field and studio production.

Incorporated in 2002, TV Santa Barbara carries on the 30 year tradition of non-commercial community programming in Santa Barbara, led by Executive Director, Matt Schuster, a highly recognized community television leader and recipient of several coveted industry awards, including the “National Buske Leadership Award” given to one recipient annually. Learn more about the TV Santa Barbara story at and on Facebook at

TV Santa Barbara airs on Cox Communications,TVSB Voice and TVSB Culture channels, TVSB’s YouTube channel and Roku station. TVSB’s Media Arts Center is centrally located in downtown Santa Barbara, California.


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