Tribute to Mothers: Meghan Arellano

Meghan Arellano has just arrived at the family farm outside of Aiken, S.C., where she and her polo brood will spend the spring season, following a successful winter in Wellington, Fla., where two of her three children played high-goal tournaments together. The trip, which she made twice back-to-back, while pulling a horse trailer between Aiken and Wellington, is nine hours each way.

“I never drove a trailer before I had kids,” Meghan said. “I played polo my entire life but couldn’t drive a truck and trailer. Then along came my three kids, and I found myself pulling the trailers up and down the coast. But they’re getting old enough to start doing some of the driving now.” Her three children, Agustin, 23, Lucas, 21, and Hope, 18; all play polo and like moms across the world, Meghan reflects that the last 20 years of her life have been all about the kids – where they’re playing, where they’re not playing (equally important), where home is, how they’re getting there, where the horses are and where they need to be next.

“Having kids who play polo is like having child actors. They’re working since they’re really young, so you have to protect them at all costs. You have to make the best decisions for them. We discuss everything as a family and go from there… (more recently) everyone has an opinion nowadays,” said Meghan.