Playing polo for more than 20 years, at times disguised as a boy and the only girl on the polo field, Sue Sally Hale campaigned to be accepted into the sports governing body, which did not allow women at that time.She bought her own polo ponies with money she earned teaching riding and trained them herself. She diligently played where and when she was allowed. mentored by some of the best polo players of the day. She was asked to leave the field on occasion because an opposing team refused to play against a girl. She played sick, injured, had her life threatened, played "five days before her children were born and three days after" because in those days she was never sure there would be another opportunity.
In 1972 she was accepted into the United States Polo Association.
Sue Sally spent the next 30 years playing, organizing, promoting and coaching the sport she loved and in the process achieved multitudes of historic firsts for women in polo, always creating new opportunities and pushing the boundaries of what was possible, accepted or allowed, propelling the sport of polo forward for those who would follow.
In addition to her passion for polo, she was an avid horsewoman, instructor and mentor in other disciplines, the mother of five children, a fireman, an EMT, an artist and an award winning poet.
From "... a fate worse than death..." to the "Grand Dame of Polo" Sue Sally Hale was a true American original.
"Polo is life, live it to the fullest, good bad and indifferent." Sue Sally Hale