When thoughts turn to polo, cities like Palm Beach, Bridgehampton and Santa Barbara spring to mind. Yet the nation's largest charitable polo match ? the Schomp BMW Polo Classic ? is played right here in Colorado, in Littleton's ultra-swank Polo Reserve.

Located about 11 miles south of Denver, this enclave of multimillion-dollar homes has its own equestrian center and polo field, making it an ideal venue for the three-day fundraiser put on by the Denver Active 20/30 Children's Foundation.

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Erica Beard and Sean Brizendine were among those enjoying this kickoff to the 25th Schomp BMW Polo Classic. (Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post)
Reserve, specifically two of its elegantly appointed stables, also is the setting for the Barn Party, a night of boot-scootin', barbecue-eatin' and country-music-listenin' fun. The Barn Party is the official kickoff for the Polo Classic, and Caleb Hester, who chaired the May 19 event, said that it was again a sellout with proceeds sufficient to put Denver Active 20/30 on track to raise a minimum $500,000 from the tournament and its related activities.

Proceeds go to local charities whose focus is aid to at-risk kids.

Guests at Barn Party 2012, including Michael and Amy Schulte; Ashley Scott; Auna Jornayvaz and Andrew Wolf; Megan Kemp; Jenna Rosenthal and 9News' Amelia Earhart, enjoyed music by Tara Keith, recipient of the 2012 Emerging Artist Grammy, and World According to Garth, which is billed as the "ultimate" Garth Brooks tribute band. The chuckwagon-style dinner was catered by Big Papa's BBQ.

Foundation president Dave Sjerven made sure that folks like Candace Wilson,

Drew Peterson and Tami Haith. (Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post)
Caitlyn Fagan, Lori Auguste, Stacey Banks
and Sam Boik knew that "polo weekend" opens June 22 with the Del Frisco's/Sullivan's Black-Tie Ball. There, guests will be treated to dinner catered by the two steakhouses; music by Funkiphino and a live auction of items ranging from fine wines to deluxe vacations.

Family Day is June 23 and the championship match is June 24. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the event's

Craig Arcand and Maryvonne Tomkins. (Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post)
website, denverpolo.com.

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Lindsey and Zac Alden take a spin on the dance floor. (Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post)

Megan Kemp found her Indian jewelry on Etsy.com. (Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post)