The Biggest Halloween Party in Coachella Valley!
Saturday, Oct. 29th at Empire Polo Club
If you dare to venture along the haunted path to TERRORFEST you will have an experience that you will never forget. Ghoulish DJs will be spinning a wicked mix of sounds that will summon demons from the farthest reaches of the Coachella Valley to a haunted night at the Empire Polo Club. Get Lyft or Uber to escort you into a hellfire of rhythm and dance.
Horror flicks will light your way as you move from one music chamber to another. If you are brave enough to walk through the “Path of Horror,” you will encounter the lost souls who haunt the polo grounds If you make it through, you can join the other guests as they gather around the dimly lit Brew House sipping craft brew and mysterious concoctions. Live music will haunt the night as 18 DJs spin a web of sin and delight.
Ghosts of Halloweens past will appear as apparitions filling your mind and ears with flashbacks from the 80’s performed live by Long Duk Dong.
What to expect …
TERRORFEST has become one of the most popular Halloween events in the Coachella Valley. TERRORFEST is held at the Empire Polo Club where several of its venues are combined to create one of the most unique and haunting experiences. TERRORFEST seamlessly flows through The Date Shed and The Tack Room Tavern.
The “Path of Horror” is new this year. It is a dark and spooky path where you will encounter lost souls from Halloweens past. Multiple music chambers throughout the venue will feature an array of DJs and live music, including Long Duk Dong, Death Merchants, Delgado Band and Eevaan Tre. Each chamber will have its own unique vibe.
Halloween-inspired craft cocktails, a large selection of craft brew will be available on tap and fully stocked bars at every turn. There will be more bars this year including the Craft Brew House, which will be placed in the garden, located adjacent to the Date Shed. For the hungry goblins and ghouls in the crowd, a small fleet of food trucks will be onsite during the event.
To buy tickets visit www.dateshedmusic.com. You can also buy tickets at the door, while supplies last.
If you dare …
Empire Polo Club
Saturday, October 29th
Doors Open at 8PM
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
Buy online at www.DateShedMusic.com.
The Date Shed Box office: Oct. 24th – 28th, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Old Town Barber Shop in Indio, 82-723 Miles Ave.
Skitzo Kitty Lingerie 73640 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Date Shed: 18+
Tack Room Tavern: 21+
$15 Presale, $20 Day of show
$20 Presale, $25 Day of show
Empire Polo Club
81-800 Ave. 51.
Indio, CA 92201
(Entrance on Monroe St.).
Entertainment: 18 DJs with live music performed by Long Duk Dong, Death Merchants, Delgado Band and Eevaan Tre.
June 22-26, 2016
We all know how wonderful playing polo in The Desert is during the winter months, but can a person play polo in The Desert during the heat of the summer? Not a problem for the children who attended Empire’s Summer Camp during the month of June. Camp hours for the kids were scheduled to match the outdoor conditions. We started each day with early morning playing instruction, followed by a long afternoon “get out of the sun” break and continued in the evening playing under the arena lights. Having lots of water and ice with cold neck wraps to keep kids cool and hydrated, our players hardly felt the heat. It was a concentrated four and a half days of polo playing fun.
This year’s Empire summer camp was dedicated to introducing three brand new players to the sport of polo: Eva and Brock Rubin each 6, and Brandan Auld, 14, from Washington State. Our goals were to help each new player understand the basics of the game (man-line-ball; the right of way), be a competent rider on a polo horse, know how to use the mallet in a forehand/backhand swing, and hit the ball at a trot/slow canter, over a four and a half day period.
Taking on that job was Empire’s “PoloChella” Interscholastic girls, Elise Pardue, Alyssa Garcia, Ella Bonilla and Clair Jenkins (under the direction of Connie Atkinson). Using the method of kids-teaching-kids, the camp participants received a concentrated, one on one, learning experience. During our morning and evening session, these new players would work individually with one of the young teachers at their side, perfecting their riding and hitting skills through a variety of games and activities. The results were amazing. All the players were able to quickly build upon their polo playing in a short amount of time. Once they were able to play arena polo with confidence, the Empire group moved onto the grass fields allowing players to experience both types of polo.
By the final day of Empire’s polo camp, each player was put on a Camp Tournament team, using our young Empire instructors as their pros. For the purpose of this tournament, only students were allowed to score. Alyssa Garcia was the umpire. The final score was Empire Yellow Jackets, 3 and Empire Red Rockets, 2. MVP went to Brandan Auld.
Empire Yellow Jackets
Empire Red Rockets
Empire’s summer camp was a huge success as witnessed by the outstanding improvement made by each of these young players during the course of the camp. It says it all when parents comment that their children are having so much fun that they can’t wait to get back to the barn to get their horse and play polo. We had a great time, both peer polo instructors and polo students. Sometimes June can be very hot locally, but by the time it got too warm, the horses were put away, fed and watered, and the rest of us went to sit in an air conditioned restaurant to talk about our polo exploits.
Empire’s Summer Polo Camp is the best!
School is OUT and Summer polo is IN! Empire Polo Club is pleased to be hosting its annual Summer Polo Day Camp for children. Beginners to more advanced players are welcome to join Connie Atkinson and Empire’s polo instruction staff to learn more about the game of polo, horse care and riding skills.
Date: Wednesday, June 22th thru Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Time: Morning Lessons 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM and Afternoon Lessons 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
**Players are expected to attend both AM and PM lessons
- Care of polo horse and equipment
- Tacking & wrapping a polo horse
- Rules & strategies of the game
- Mallet work
- Team work and development of playing skills
- Daily scrimmage practice in the arena and on the grass fields
- Final tournament
Cost: $425/person (includes horse & tack, water, snacks, evening BBQ, camp shirts, prizes and trophies)
Requirements: U. S. P. A membership is required of all participants. New players are eligible for one free year of membership.
Space is limited. Please contact Connie Atkinson to reserve your junior player’s spot.
Phone: 760.899.5102 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lockton took home the title and most of the cash in the USPA 8-goal Champions Cup final at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on April 3.
Each of four teams put up $5,000, which was matched by the club for a total purse of $40,000. First place took home $30,000, while the runners-up took home $10,000.
In the final match, Lockton’s Jessica Bailey, Bryan Middleton, Max Menini and Tim Kelly faced Lauburu Polo’s Eduardo Perez, Francisco Guinazu, Rodrigo Salinas and Doug Blumenthal.
It was evident from the get-go that both teams were seeing dollar signs. Three-goal Middleton put Lockton on the scoreboard first with a drive down field, but 4-goal Guinazu responded with a successful drive of his own. The teams battled back and forth until the umpires’ whistles stopped the action. Lockton was awarded a Penalty 2, which Menini easily converted. Later in the chukker, Lockton was whistled on a play and Guinazu sunk a 60-yard Penalty 4 to knot the score at 2-all. The second chukker mostly belonged to Lauburu Polo as Guinazu found the mark on another Penalty 4 and Salinas scored from the field. Menini split the uprights for Lockton, but Blumenthal answered for Lauburu Polo, keeping it ahead 5-3 after two chukkers. Neither team could find the mark in the third until Blumenthal sunk a Penalty 2, increasing Lauburu’s lead to three at the half.
A Menini-Middleton one-two punch cut Lockton’s deficit to just one in the fourth, while Lauburu was silent. Blumenthal put Lauburu back up by two early in the fifth, but Menini went on a scoring rampage, sinking two open-goal penalties and a field goal, to which Tim Kelly added a goal to put Lockton in the driver’s seat, 9-7.
Lauburu fought back, shutting down any Lockton drives to goal while Guinazu sunk his third 60-yard penalty and a field goal to tie the score at 9-all in the waning minutes of the sixth, and forcing overtime.
In sudden death, the teams struggled to reach the goal with Lockton miss-firing twice and Lauburu once. Finally, with time ticking away, Menini found the mark to give Lockton the win. Menini was high scorer with seven goals, three from the penalty line. He was named MVP for his efforts, and his pretty bay mare Tita was honored as Best Playing Pony. Guinazu led Lauburu Polo with five goals.
USPA Champions Cup Teams
March 25th – April 3rd
Tim Kelly 0
Max Menini 4
Bryan Middleton 3
Jessica Bailey 1
Sterling Giannico 4
John Eicher 3
Cameron Smith 1
Athena Malin 0
Roseville Motor Cars 8
Ashton Wolf 3
Eric Hammon 0
Mariano Gutierrez 5
Bryan Ward 0
Lauburu Polo Team 8
Eduardo Perez -1
Francisco Guinazu 4
Rodrigo Salinas 3
Doug Blumenthal 2