Robert Koehler

Gravette, AR

Growing up in western New York Bob was exposed to arena polo as a young teen through a local work-to-ride type program where he was mentored by local talent Bob Stuerzbecher, Ron Sullivan, and Harold Frey. Bob has managed several clubs over the last decades including the Columbine Equestrian Center and Polo Club and Denver Polo Club. Additionally Bob has led intro and advanced coaching clinics for juniors 2014 to present resulting in four out of six players making varsity high school polo team. In 2013, Bob and his wife Susan started Northwest Arkansas Polo Club where they offer lessons, a polo school, and junior summer camps. Bob and Susan are also active in the community hosting free intro to polo clinics.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?
“To see a young man who rode jumpers and worked for me pursue polo as a career successfully, in addition to some of the students investing in the sport by building clubs and teams that serve people today, and continue to expose people to polo. I also love seeing horses go on to play polo for a lifetime.”