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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutantes and Honor Guard proudly partnered with the Prestonwood Polo Club for an evening of polo matches, dinner and drinks and halftime activities. The annual Honor Guard Polo Cup was held at the Prestonwood Polo Club in Oak Point on June 24. The Debutantes, Honor Guard, and their families viewed the polo games from the pavilion, with many wearing their best derby hats. 

The Debutantes participated in the traditional divot stomp. Divot stomping is a long-standing tradition where spectators converge on the field to stomp down the turf that has been torn up by the ponies' hooves. Attendees gathered on the field for a glass of Champagne, photo opportunities with players and horses, and meet club owner, Vaughn Miller.

Miller is the son of Tincy Miller who founded the Presentation Ball in 1987. He was among the first group of Honor Guards in the inaugural year. His family continues the tradition of support for the Presentation Ball. Daughter Gigi made her debut this year and sons Vance Miller, III and Vaughn Miller, Jr. served as Honor Guards. The Presentation Ball is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL and over $15 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event,    

“We are so grateful to Dena and Vaughn Miller, Vaughn Miller, Jr., Vance and Gigi for their incredible Prestonwood Polo Club venue,“ said Presentation Ball chair Kristin Cordiak. “The Honor Guard Polo Cup evening was exciting with the horses, players, champagne divot stomp - all fabulous fun!!”

The evening was one of the season events for the debutantes which culminate with the 38th Presentation Ball, to be held on February 10, 2024. 

“This Presentation Season is filled with fun events like The Polo Cup, and we have the added focus of bringing music education to our community through the DSO Education and Outreach Programs,” said DSOL President Nancy Labadie. “Keep watching for what is up next for this amazing group of young women.

Founded in 1946, the DSOL's mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $22 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

Photos by James French

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