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FIELD OF DREAMS/

THE STORY

THE OLDEST TEAM SPORT HAS A LONG HISTORY IN LANCASTER COUNTY.

 

FOUR LANCASTER COUNTY CATTLE DEALERS FOUNDED THE LANCASTER POLO ASSOCIATION IN 1940. BEN FORNEY, LORIN CLARK, JOHN DUNLAP AND JACK HALLMAN, CHALLENGED TO A POLO GAME BY A TEAM FROM YORK NEW SALEM, BOUGHT MALLETS AND HELMETS, ENLISTED THE COACHING SERVICES OF CHARLES LITTLE AND PRACTICED AT THE OLD LANCASTER FAIRGROUNDS. MUCH TO THEIR SURPRISE, THEY WON THE FIRST MATCH-AND SUNDAYS IN LANCASTER WERE NEVER AGAIN QUITE THE SAME.THE GROUP CONTINUED PLAYING AT WHAT IS NOW OVERLOOK GOLF COURSE OFF ROUTE 501 BETWEEN LANCASTER AND NEFFSVILLE. WHEN PLANS FOR A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT USURPED THE PLAYING FIELD,

 

BEN FORNEY BUILT A FIELD ON HIS FARM IN ROTHSVILLE IN 1956. FORNEY KEPT DOZENS OF POLO PONIES, MANY RESCUED FROM THE NEW HOLLAND AUCTION-ENOUGH TO MOUNT HIS OWN AND VISITING TEAMS. MANY CURRENT LANCASTER POLO PLAYERS GOT THEIR START IN THE GAME BY GROOMING FOR OR LEASING ONE OF FORNEY'S TRIED AND TRUE MOUNTS.OVER THE YEARS FORNEY FIELD HOSTED TEAMS FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, CANADA, CALIFORNIA, TEXAS, AND THE ENTIRE EASTERN SEABOARD.

 

FORNEY WAS TRULY DEDICATED TO AND LOVED THE SPORT OF POLO. HE CONTINUED TO PLAY POLO WELL INTO HIS EIGHTIES AND WAS FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED AS AMERICA'S OLDEST ACTIVE POLO PLAYER. WHEN FORNEY DIED IN 1988 AT AGE 84, PART OF HIS FARM WAS SOLD FOR DEVELOPMENT AND THE DAYS OF DOZENS OF ON-SITE POLO PONIES ENDED. BUT THE FIELD REMAINED AND POLO CONTINUES ON.

THANK YOU/

 APPRECIATION

 

A HUGE THANK YOU GOES OUT TO SO MANY PATRONS EACH SEASON WHO HELP KEEP THE FORNEY DREAM ALIVE AND THE CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: BOB SHREINER, BOB LEMIN, RANDY ROBITZER, KEN MCSHERRY, TED DZUBINSKI, GILIAN MCSHERRY, PETER STANISH, AMANDA CORWIN, AND AMY HYNES. 

 

HERE IS A LIST OF THE PATRON NAMEPLATES THAT LINED THE FIELD!

 

THE SPIDERS

KRUSE CLAN

DR & MRS EDWIN ROBLES

THE SCALIAS

JASON, LYSSA, & MIA TRATE

MARK & CHRISTIN NEWCOMB

THE SENSENIGS

THE TODDS

DAN & LAURA GINGRICH

ADAM BARTLES/LISA CAROSELLA/B. FORSYTHE

KAO-SEDA & CHERISTOPHER

WINIFRED

JAMES TELLER & LISA WALTON

SCOTT & LISA MORRISON

TWIN OAKS LANDSCAPING

GERADA & PHILLIP SHOBER

SZCZYRBAK FAMILY

JEFFREY OWEN

DEB & JIM COLGROVE

THELMA & LOUISE

THE BUSHEYS

BUCKET LIST 1

RYAN & HAUGER & FRIENDS

THERESA & SUSIE

MIKE & NORA MARTIN

THE BARNETT FAMILY

GRAND CRU

RALPH & JUDY MENTZER

KAREN & BOB CHERRY

JIM & DOT NISSLEY

SCOTT & COLLEEN COOK

GARY & LINDA SNADER

NOBLE GROUP

D&L EXPRESS

MELLO CELLO

BOGARS ADVISORS

HICKORY RUN CAMPGROUND

VASS

HANDYMAN MATTERS

KEPNER FAMILY

COLONEL MAGNER

IDLE PUBLISHING

THE CAKES

MATTY & BETH STOMBAUGH

ERIC & BETH STOMBAUGH

MARK & WENDY STICKLER

VERA SWEENEY

OWATIN CREEK

PLAZA MOTORS

CHOP CHOP!

SCOTT SECHLER

MONICA SELCHER

AL & SANDRA KUNKLE

MILLER INSURANCE

BRADLEY FRISBEE

KRESPAN

TOUCHE VENTURES

ERRIGO FAMILY

HIRAM RHODES SOCIETY

AMERIPRISE FINANICIAL

LIZAK FAMILY

PRIMITIVES BY KATHY

GALE ZORIAN & JIM HAGELGANS

WORK TO RIDE & CAROL MARBLE

HOOVER/YOHN

BOB & AILEEN HAMILTON

JOHN TROUTMAN

MARY ANN BROCKIE

AUDI DEVON

PLS INVESTMENTS

JOHN & RILEY KLEINFELTER

DUNCAN ALDERSON & ISABEL LARK

ROBERT FOGARTY

LORI STAHL

KAREN MCSHERRY

GRANDAD BOB LEMIN SR

MICHELE WISE

JEFF EBERLY

TED & JANE DZUBINSKI

URIONDO FAMILY

LAMSON FAMILY

SCARFF FAMILY

BUFFER FAMILY

STEVE/CHRIS/ALECIA TROUTMAN

C HORSES

BROAD STREEN BRENNANS

TEAM RAMROD

SUMMDUMM

CAMERON FURMAN

R WEAVER

JONNE SAUNDERS& D CRAIG

ANN SWATZBAUGH

DAVID & DENISE KETNER

BILL & DEBBIE'S PLACE

JIM & TAMI BOWMAN

TEAM WOLF

BRILLHART LADIES

SUE& PHILL BARRY

JAMISON PLAYGROUND

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