American Polo Pioneer
Sue Sally Hale
Sue Sally and "Maya" c.1977
Sue Sally on "Traveler" c. 1948
Born the daughter of Oscar nominated Hollywood screenwriter Grover Jones and former ballerina Susan Avery and raised by her stepfather, iconic Hollywood stuntman Richard Talmadge, Sue Sally went from roaming the Hollywood hills on horseback dressed as an Indian all the way to polo's Hall of Fame. 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.
Sue Sally started polo at the Riviera Polo Club in Pacific Palisades, California under the tutelage of some the greatest polo players of the day and continued on at the Will Rogers Polo Club where she, at times, even disguised herself as a boy to play. With no predecessor and no path to follow she persevered, playing regularly and participating on teams with such legendary players as Skene, Linfoot, Conant, Atkinson, Jason, Wooten, Graber, Murry, Howden, and Coulter, campaigning for more than 20 years to be included in the U.S.P.A. 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 an additional 30 years. A trail blazer who pushed the boundaries of what was possible, accepted or allowed. She criss-crossed the country opening doors, creating opportunities and propelling the sport of polo forward inspiring generations who followed, and in the process achieved many historic firsts for women in polo while mentoring and reinforcing the positive role of women as professional players, instructors, managers and organizers of the sport.
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.