How Kate Is Getting Over Her Horse Allergy

07/11/2011 at 08:55 AM EDT

Kate Middleton Is Getting Over Her Horse Allergy
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William
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Perhaps love really does conquer all.

While her polo-loving husband spends a significant amount of time near horses, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is allergic to them. Kate has watched many of Prince William's polo matches from a distance over the years, but on Saturday at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, she was in the middle of the action.

How did she manage? According to Clarisa Ru, wife of Santa Barbara Polo Club president Wesley Ru, Kate has been working on overcoming her allergy.

"I got a chance to have a conversation with Kate," Ru told PEOPLE. "I asked if she was into polo before she met William. She said no. But she's been riding horses for awhile and she hopes to play polo one day. She said 'I'm actually allergic to them, but the more time one spends with them the less allergic you become.' "

And on that sunny, victorious California day, Kate's allergies didn't appear to act up, allowing her to hand out awards and kiss her winning husband in style.

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