Lakewood Ranch's Ashley McLeod was breathing hard as she just finished racing her 4-year-old son Caspian Reeves on the Sarasota Polo Club field.
She said the polo match was the perfect place to be on New Year's Day as the Sarasota Polo Club opened its season.
"To me, this is the best thing in the area for a family to do on a Sunday," McLeod said. "This is going to be our second full season."
Lakewood Ranch's Karen Mannering and Deborah Rahman said they both have been attending the Sunday polo matches for three years.
"I've been coming to about 50% of the matches," Mannering said. "Everyone is so friendly so I meet a lot of people. And this is such a unique experience."
"To experience nature always is a good thing," Rahman said. "And the horses are beautiful."