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, AND AMANDA CORWIN. 

 

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

 

ANN AND GREG KULP

IAN AND JESSICA JACK

AL AND SANDRA KUNKLE

MONICA AND SCOTT SECHLER

THE STEWART FAMILY

MILLER INSURANCE

BOB AND KAREN FOGARTY

JAXSON AND SHYANNE

TOUCHE VENTURES

THE HIRAM RHODES REVELS SOCIETY

THE LIZAK FAMILY

DUNCAN ALDERSON AND ISABEL LARK

GALE ZORIAN AND JIM HAGELGANS

LEZLIE HINER - WORK TO RIDE

CAROL MARBLE

BOB AND AILEEN HAMILTON

MARY ANN BROCKIE

AUDI DEVON

PLS INVESTMENT

BOB AND JAN JOHNSON

JEFF EBERLY AND FAITH HOLLERN

TED AND JANE DZUBINSKI

BEDNAR FINANCIAL GOUP AND LAMSON FAMILY

URLONDO FAMILY

THE SCARFF FAMILY

THE BUFFER FAMILY

ELIZABETH AND DAVID BECK

SUE AND PHIL BARRY

AURORA FILMS

BEIMA

TEAM RAMROD

SUMMDUMM

CAMERON FURMAN

R. WEAVER

JOANNE SAUNDERS AND D. CRAIG

BEAN SOLUTIONS LLC

BILL AND DEBBIES PLACE

THE BRILLHART LADIES

JIM AND TAMI BOWMAN

TEAM WOLF

GROSH LAW

BRTON

MAX HEMPT

SWINGTAIL STABLES

CONWAY/SHUCK

YUBPR

THE SPIDERS 

THE BUSHEYS

KRUSE CLAN

DR. AND MRS. EDWIN ROBLES

MIKE AND NORA MARTIN

THE BARNETT FAMILY

GRAND CRU

MILLER - DALE

HILLER

KAREN AND BOB CHERRI

RALPH AND JUDY MENTZER

SCOTT AND COLLEEN COOK

THE NOBLE GROUP

MELLO CELLO

BOGART ADVISORS

GRETNA GANG

VASS

THERESA RICHARDSON

GERADA AND PHILIP SHOBER

COLONEL MAGNER

IDLE PUBLISHING

THE TESCHE FAMILY

THE CAKES 

MATTIE AND ROXY STOMBAUGH

ERIC AND BETH STOMBAUGH

VERA SWEENY

MARK AND WENDY SWEENY

OWATIN CREEK FARM

PLAZA MOTORS

THE HOSHOURS

BLACK FOREST

THE SUNSETTERS

BOB S.

CORWIN FAMILY

THE ROBITZER ESTATE

RANDY AND BO ROBITZER

BEN ROBITZER

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