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Marland Estate

Palace on the Prairie

 

Explore the History of the Marland Estate . . .

Fox Hunts and Polo

E. W. Marland brought the sports of polo and fox hunting to Oklahoma. The little red foxes that they hunted are not indigenous to this part of the country; Mr. Marland had them brought in from Pennsylvania. There are many of them living in this region now, and they are all descendants of a “Marland” fox that got away.

He hired a “Master of the Hounds” to direct the hunters in the proper way to conduct themselves during a fox hunt. It became the “elite” thing to do in Ponca City, to become a part of the “Horsey Set.”

Polo was also introduced to Ponca City by Marland. He organized a team and set up 3 different polo fields for practice and for competition. George Marland was very active on the Ponca City polo team, and quite a good player.