With its return to the official calendar of events, the Fiesta Kings Cup took Olmos Basin Park by storm as polo players from San Antonio and all over Texas battled it out on horseback.

Rivard Report Photo Editor Scott Ball set up a yellow backdrop along a horse trailer and waited for attendees to pass by. Take a look at the above gallery to see portraits of attendees, competitors, horses, and fabulous hats.

Hosted by the San Antonio Polo Club, teams representing King Antonio and El Rey Feo took to the green to deliver exciting matches that wowed the crowd of around 200 people. Food and drinks accompanied the fast-paced fun on a crisp Sunday afternoon, Day Four of Fiesta 2017’s 11-day slate of festivities.

Almost as majestic as the muscular horses galloping across the field were the hats that men and women in attendance sported: The San Antonio Express-News’ fashion and pop culture reporter Michael Quintanilla – whose “favorite kind of polo is Ralph Lauren” – sported perhaps the most extravagant creation of them all, adorned with countless butterflies honoring his position as El Rey De La Mariposas.

Another highlight of the event was the divot stomp at halftime: reminiscent of Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman, spectators flocked to the field to replace pieces of turf cut out by the polo players’ club strokes. Not only an interactive way for attendees to participate, stomping the divots back into the ground ensures the horses don’t trip and injure themselves.

For more information on forthcoming Fiesta events, click here. 

Before moving to San Antonio in 2004, Hanna was a competitive rhythmic gymnast in her native Austria. She earned degrees from St. Mary’s University and the Texas State Graduate College before joining...

Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.