Sue Sally and "Maya" c.1977
Sue Sally on "Traveler" c. 1948
American Polo Pioneer
Sue Sally Hale
From roaming the Hollywood hills on horseback dressed as an Indian all the way to polo's Hall of Fame, she "just wanted to play polo". At times disguised as a boy and the only girl on the polo field, Sue Sally Hale pioneered women's acceptance into the sport's governing body, going where no woman had ever been, Sunday polo.
With no predecessor and no path to follow she persevered, campaigning for more than 20 years and in 1972 Sue Sally Hale was accepted as a playing member into the United States Polo Association, finally eligible to play in U.S.P.A. sanctioned tournaments.
The "Grand Dame" of polo and a legend in her own time, Sue Sally (Sal) shared her enthusiasm and love for the game with everyone she encountered for more than five decades. A trail blazer who pushed the boundaries of what was possible, accepted or allowed, she opened doors, created opportunities, and propelled the sport of polo forward inspiring generations who followed, and in the process achieved many historic firsts for women in polo.
In addition to her passion for polo, Sue Sally was a competitor, instructor and mentor in several equine disciplines, the mother of five children (Brook, Stormie, Dawn, Sunset & Trails), a volunteer fireman, an EMT, a community activist, an artist, author and an award winning poet.