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The best private party of the summer? Santa Barbara polo a sweet diversion for Houston expats

The best private party of the summer? Santa Barbara polo a sweet diversion for Houston expats

Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, John Muse, Sandi Nicholson
His team won the Bombardier Pacific Coast Open and she co-hosted a lavish party for the polo teams. John Muse , Sandi Nicholson Photo by Baron Spafford
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Montecito home of Sandi and Bill Nicholson, Ferrari, palm trees
Houstonians Sandi and Bill Nicholson spun Texas magic at their Solana estate in Montecito, Calif., where two Ferrari FFs greeted guests. Photo by Baron Spafford
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Brent Monroe, Sheridan Williams, John Eddie Williams, Carol Linn, Mike Linn, Charles Ward
Guests at the Bombardier table at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet club season finale. Brent Monroe , Sheridan Williams , John Eddie Williams , Carol Linn , Mike Linn , Charles Ward Photo by David Lominska
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Sandi Nicholson, Scott Wood, Carolyn Farb, Charles Ward
Sandi Nicholson , Scott Wood , Carolyn Farb , Charles Ward Photo by Baron Spafford
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Rita Hortenstine, Henry Hortenstine
Rita Hortenstine , Henry Hortenstine Photo by Baron Spafford
Santa Barbara polo, September 2012, John Waggoner, Betsy Waggoner
John Waggoner , Betsy Waggoner Photo by Baron Spafford
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Katie Turpin, Charles Ward
Katie Turpin , Charles Ward Photo by Baron Spafford
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, John Muse, Sandi Nicholson
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Montecito home of Sandi and Bill Nicholson, Ferrari, palm trees
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Brent Monroe, Sheridan Williams, John Eddie Williams, Carol Linn, Mike Linn, Charles Ward
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Sandi Nicholson, Scott Wood, Carolyn Farb, Charles Ward
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Rita Hortenstine, Henry Hortenstine
Santa Barbara polo, September 2012, John Waggoner, Betsy Waggoner
Santa Barbara Polo, September 2012, Katie Turpin, Charles Ward

And you thought that Aspen, Nantucket and Pebble Beach had the lock on the hearts of well-heeled Houstonians. Say hello to the luxe environs of Santa Barbara/Montecito where more than a few of our seasonal expats pass much of the summer.  

As the Santa Barbara polo season came to an end over the holiday weekend, the Lone Star influence was clearly felt during the Bombardier Pacific Coast Open Finals at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Texans on the whole prevailed as John Muse of Dallas led his Team Lucchese to tournament victory, beating out the Andy Busch team that included Houston seven-goal player Jeff Hall. (Busch is great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch.) That victory was the third in a row for Team Lucchese and the first time for a threepeat in the 103-year history of the tournament.

Sandi and Bill Nicholson gave "the best private party of the summer at their fabulous Solona estate," an evening honoring Santa Barbara polo players and Montecito friends. 

Among Houstonians taking in the excitement of this final round of polo, as guests of Bombardier, the luxury private jet manufacturer, were Bombardier jet owner John Eddie Williams and wife Sheridan plus Carol and Mike LinnKaren and Mike Mayell and Carolyn Farb.

Front and center throughout the polo season was former Houstonian, Dallas resident Charles Ward, managing partner of Idea Works, Inc.  Ward summers in this swank California playland, where he exercises his renowned talents as wealth marketing guru. That debonnaire gent maintains an occasional presence on the Houston scene, often accompanying Carolyn Farb.

Ward reports that earlier in the polo-centered activities, Houstonians Sandi and Bill Nicholson gave "the best private party of the summer at their fabulous Solona estate," an evening honoring Santa Barbara polo players and Montecito friends. Ward adds that the season ended with a spectacular party hosted by Houstonian Scott Wood, who heads ERG Team and is president of ERG Resources. Look for this event to become a highly-touted tradition across the polo-infused landscape.

(You might recall that the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club hosted British royals last summer. Shortly after their marriage in 2011, Prince William and Kate were guests at the club, where the prince played in the Foundation Polo Challenge.)