June 20 & 22, 2019 Toronto

Polo for Heart

Canada's largest & longest running charity polo event
Celebrating 40 years of Philanthropy & Polo
NEW FOR 2019: ALL WEATHER VENUE!
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF POLO FOR HEART: NEW VENUE!

*NEW* ALL-WEATHER VENUE: The Polo For Heart games will now be played at our NEW ‘All-Weather’ Venue.  This promises fantastic polo action, rain or shine, and an amazing elevated view of the games. 

Show your support for the 1.6 million Canadians living with heart disease and stroke!

Founded in 1979 by businessman, philanthropist and respected polo player, Colonel Michael C. Sifton, Polo For Heart has been raising funds and awareness for heart and stroke related charities since its inception.

Polo For Heart takes place over two days: an evening event and an afternoon event, and features two international polo matches each day. Besides the action on the field there is shopping, a silent auction, food and drinks, a children’s village, half time entertainment, and the traditional Champagne divot stomp. 

Thursday's Polo Under The Stars evening event offers a glittering night of polo, dinner & dancing. We are excited to announce, in honour of our 40th Anniversary & our benefiting heart related charities this year's theme will be White Party with a Splash of Red! 

Saturday features the traditional Polo For Heart afternoon event, lunch, and a great day out with friends and family. Don’t forget to wear your best hat, there is a daily hay contest with prizes awarded for the finest or most original headwear.

To see the daily agenda, or for more details on each day, please go to GET TICKETS

For decades, Polo For Heart has been a popular tradition known for entertaining Toronto’s dignitaries, philanthropists, celebrities and royalty. Today, we continue to host hundreds of enthusiastic spectators who experience the amazing athleticism and magnificence of this timeless sport - all in the name of a fantastic cause. 2019 funds raised will benefit: The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and The Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.

Enjoy international polo matches, the traditional champagne divot stomp and much more at this first-class event.

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2019 funds raised will benefit The Heart and Stroke Foundation and The Southlake Health Centre Foundation.

RESEARCH AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL
The Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart & Stroke Foundation currently funds several exciting research studies underway at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. Monies donated by Polo for Heart will support two cutting edge research projects at St. Michael’s Hospital (Dr. Philip Marsden’s and Dr. Howard Leong-Poi’s). The gift will also be recognized with the re-dedication of a named space at St. Michael’s Hospital as part of a University Hospital Initiative, which is actively raising $7.2 million over 10 years for important cardiovascular research support at St. Michael’s.

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SUPPORTING ADVANCED CARDIAC CARE, CLOSE TO HOME.
Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation

Proceeds from the 2019 Polo for Heart event will continue to support the expanded Heart Rhythm Program at Southlake Regional Health Centre. To date, funds raised have helped Southlake make critical renovations and expansions to services and infrastructure for this program, which is vital to thousands of patients in our community and beyond. Thanks to your incredible generosity, more than 10,000 new patients each year will have access to these advanced cardiac services, close to home.

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We are proud to partner and support all that Heart & Stroke and the Southlake Foundation does for our fellow Canadians.

Colonel Michael C. Sifton
Our Founder's Vision

Driven by his desire for a winter equestrian hobby, Colonel Michael C. Sifton (1931-1995) is often credited, along with a group of fellow equestrians, Jim Elder, Tom Gayford, Gary Smellie, and Major Kindersley, in reviving the spot of polo in Toronto after the Second World War.

An avid sportsman and breeder, Col. Sifton formally established The Toronto Polo Club (TPC) in the early 1960’s and by 1965 had purchased Fox Den Farm in Gormley (North Richmond Hill), as a home for TPC, essentially creating the epicenter for polo in Toronto.

The world-class indoor facility along with admirable outdoor fields, allowed for year-round polo. By 1969 the TPC boasted a membership roster of over 40 playing members, and the facility had been used by a number of illustrious guests, including Prince Philip.

In 1979 Col. Sifton, by now an ambassador of Polo in Canada, saw an opportunity to merge his love of polo with his commitment to philanthropy. In partnership with The Heart Action Committee he championed the first Polo For Heart event, a charity polo tournament to raise funds for heart-related research (his father, had died of a stroke) to take place on the TPC grounds.

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