Prestonwood Adds Pageantry to Polo

Amber Smith and Ameera Swaidan
Amber Smith and Ameera Swaidan

It might not have anything to do with horses and mallets, but the Ladies Polo Auxiliary at Prestonwood Polo Club recently held its first Miss Prestonwood Polo Club pageant with the idea that it would share some parallels with polo.

Since polo is known in some circles as “the gentlemen’s game” — where competition on the field is accompanied by camaraderie on the sidelines — LPA organizers thought a pageant could provide the same experience for women.

“Pagentry offers poised, confident, and caring young ladies the same type of friendly competition on stage with a sisterhood bond off stage,” said Highland Park resident Dena Miller, LPA founder and a pageant veteran herself. “We felt that a Miss Texas America franchise was a perfect venture for our women’s group.”

The group crowned Amber Smith as its inaugural Teen winner, while Ameera Swaidan will represent the club at the Miss Texas pageant on July 4 in Richardson. Both are accompanying the Prestonwood varsity polo team to Houston this week for the National Interscholastic Championship.

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