19th Annual Event Highlights Colorado’s History & Horse Culture
June 26, 2023 (GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.) – History and tradition were alive and well at the Devereux Polo Cup tournament earlier this month at the Stout Ranch south of New Castle, Colorado. UC Ranch Properties™ – the premier ranch division of Kansas City, Mo.-based United Country Real Estate – was one of the event’s two title sponsors.
Featuring the largest selection of ranch properties for sale, and a vast national network of experts in ranch, farm and land real estate, UC Ranch Properties is all about the local ranch expertise of its members and the broad national marketing reach for listed ranch properties.
At the polo tournament, the brand’s team was well represented. It included Gary Hubbell, managing broker of Hotchkiss-based United Country Real Estate | Colorado Brokers & Auctioneers, his wife Doris, their son Jake, agent Spencer Jordan and broker associate Dan Vigeant. The elder Hubbell is also an Accredited Land Consultant (along with Jake), auctioneer and UC Ranch Properties affiliate. He and his team of 11 agents sell ranches, farms, wineries/vineyards, hunting land, country estates, and luxury homes across Western Colorado.
“Spencer Jordan was the man who connected us with polo,” Hubbell said. “He is one of my agents, and his father Leighton Jordan was instrumental in founding the Saratoga, N.Y., polo club and the Greenwich, Conn., polo club. Spencer invited us to a couple of matches and we were hooked!”
Now in its 19th year, the Devereux Polo Cup event represents a sport originally established by Walter Devereux, who first came to Aspen in 1883. He built wealth through several patents on smelting silver ore, and then turned his eye to Glenwood Springs, 40 miles northwest of Aspen on the Roaring Fork River.
In 1885, Devereux spent $125,000 to buy the land surrounding the world-famous hot springs in Glenwood Springs. He built the Hot Springs Resort and the Hotel Colorado above it, then brought electric power to the town with a hydro turbine from the Colorado River. He needed a good manager to handle all these operations, so he hired Hervey Lyle, an accomplished polo player. Devereux and Lyle founded the Glenwood Polo and Racing Association, which hosted its first polo matches in 1890.
More than 130 years later, Garfield County’s Stout Ranch has been the ideal location for the Devereux Polo Cup. Ranch owner Barry Stout, a former professional polo player, is a passionate advocate of the sport and has been a major force in honoring the polo tradition in Western Colorado, Hubbell said. From a high mesa southwest of Glenwood Springs, Barry Stout hosts the tournament each year.
Hubbell’s passion for horses is well known. He and his wife Doris founded Marble, Colo.-based OutWest Guides, which provides top-quality horses for guests to ride on day rides, summer pack trips into the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness, and week-long elk and trophy mule deer hunts.
“At one point, we were running 47 head of mountain horses,” Hubbell said. “We have owned around 325 horses, including Quarter horses, paints, Arabians, draft crosses, even thoroughbreds. We love them all. The idea of playing polo on horseback is very appealing to us. And polo fans are the kind of people interested in the properties we list and sell.”
This year’s Devereux Polo Cup showcased a thrilling competition between the UC Ranch Properties team and the Land Rover Roaring Fork team. The match was shortened by a sudden thunderstorm that made the polo pitch wet and slippery, with the Land Rover USA team in the lead. It turns out the weather dampened Hubbell’s hopes for a victory.
“One of our teammates, Santiago Torres, is a top U.S. polo player,” Hubbell said. “I wish we could have played the final couple of chukkers. I think we could have won. We’re already looking forward to next year … though I may have to take some lessons with Barry!”
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