Jeff has been a member of the USPA for 16 years. He comes from a polo family and grew up around the sport. His teaching career began at only 9 or 10 years old when he started teaching the polo swing to Cornell University students! He entertained himself at the barn by spending his time in the hitting cage perfecting his swing. Jeff started to take his own polo career more seriously when he got to high school and the Cornell Interscholastic team needed another player. When he was around 18 years old, his father started a local group of 4 or 5 students who were interested in learning the sport. He took on a teaching role again at their home field in Preble, New York. Jeff moved on to the west coast in 2010 and started teaching in the Bay Area in California, starting the first ever Interscholastic team in the Bay Area in 2012- Horse Park Interscholastic Polo. In 2016, the California State University, Monterey Bay Intercollegiate Polo Team was formed. Most recently Jeff’s Interscholastic string won the Best Playing Pony and Best string in both the Interscholastic Open Regionals and Girl’s Regionals. In Spring 2017 Jeff took a position with Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club as their head instructor.
What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?
“Seeing the growth of the Students that I started in polo. Most notably Aaron Schnieder at Skidmore and Tommy Costelo who is now playing for the Empire Interscholastic Team. I’d like to believe that I was able to lay a foundation of good fundamentals in my students that allows them to build future success wherever they go in the sport.”
Effective Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
The suspension of USPA Tournaments and Events will be lifted for USPA Member Clubs in locales where hosting polo matches and tournaments is permitted under applicable state and local laws, executive orders and similar decrees. The USPA Member Clubs in these locales are encouraged to follow all such requirements of their state and local authorities with respect to polo operations. In addition, we also encourage all USPA Member Clubs to take the precautions recommended by the CDC. We are preparing a detailed list of best practices for USPA Member Clubs as they return to hosting USPA Tournaments and Events and plan to circulate these guidelines within the next week. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will notify you if we determine a different course of action is necessary.Read More