E. W. Marland brought the sports of polo and fox hunting to Oklahoma. The little red foxes that they hunted are not indigenous to this part of the country; Mr. Marland had them brought in from Pennsylvania. There are many of them living in this region now, and they are all descendants of a “Marland” fox that got away.
He hired a “Master of the Hounds” to direct the hunters in the proper way to conduct themselves during a fox hunt. It became the “elite” thing to do in Ponca City, to become a part of the “Horsey Set.”
Polo was also introduced to Ponca City by Marland. He organized a team and set up 3 different polo fields for practice and for competition. George Marland was very active on the Ponca City polo team, and quite a good player.