Prairie Polo rezoning is approved by planning commission

WICHITA — A rezoning request Jack Shelton first sought in Summer 2008 for his Prairie Polo at 95th Street South and Broadway has now been approved and is on its way to the county commission for final approval.

“We got a lot of slack the first time we went through it,” Shelton says.

Part of the problem was he needed approval from the city of Haysville first, which he now has.

More than a decade ago, Shelton put two polo fields on his 125 acres.

More recently, his goal was to attract people for lessons.

Shelton is former chairman of the United States Polo Association.

This year, the association approved Prairie Polo as a regional training center for the Midwest.

But Shelton ran into difficulties when he erected signs to attract potential students.

“You gotta get approval on everything,” he says.

His goal is to have a planned unit development to allow numerous things on the property.

Shelton already restored one 100-year-old barn to use as a school, and he plans to build more.

“We hope the school grows and becomes something,” he says.

Shelton says Wink Hartman Sr., his friend and former polo competitor, helped him build an arena at Prairie Polo.

It’s “what I call the small Hartman arena,” Shelton says in reference to the Hartman Arena in Park City.

Except Shelton says he never expects his to be a booming business.

“There’s no money in this deal. . . . The only money I’m doing is putting out money.”