Charleston City Paper                
September 22, 2009

Horses return to Kiawah after quarter century

by Erica Jackson

Kiawah Island’s elite turned out in pastel, hat-wearing droves for a polo
exhibition at the beautiful Kiawah Club Sunday afternoon. Some older
members of the community were no doubt reminded of the beach horse races
that took place on the island decades ago, but for most seeing horses gallop
on the sand was an entirely new experience.

Kiawah’s team was a family reunion of sorts for the Limehouse family —
brothers Brien, Brad, and Chip (an S.C. State Representative) repped the
island. Brad is a professional polo player, and he suffered a fall during the
match that resulted in a broken shoulder. Kiawah played Hyde Park Polo
Club, headed up by Ravenel native Amy Flowers, who held her own among
the men and shone throughout the match. But the real hard workers were the
horses — stung by wayward balls, making quick turns, and running hard in
the afternoon sun, the animals earned the picturesque sunset dip they
enjoyed after the game.

The crowd politely observed as Hyde Park won the match by two points, then
headed up to the Beach Club for the Polo Party. The advertised heavy hors d’
oeuvres turned out to be a generous, delicious spread prepared by the Club
chefs, and guests ate and drank around the pool while listening to the East
Coast Party Band. While tickets may be a little hard to come by for the
average Joe, if you’ve got the opportunity, don’t miss the chance to watch
beach polo on Kiawah — rumor is this won’t be a one-time event.