THE SPORT

LEARN TO PLAY

“There is a fascination about the game of polo that is hard to describe to anyone who has never played. Once a man has had a taste of it, the task of curing him is rather hopeless.” – Tommy Hitchcock

There is nothing else like it. What other competitive team sport requires you to hit a ball, maneuver your way through a cluster of thundering hooves, all while riding full-out on the back of a powerful horse? In the game of polo, people and their equine partners come together to play an exhilarating game, showcasing the incredible athleticism and coordination necessary of both horse and rider. If you have ever watched polo, you may find the idea of learning to play daunting. On the contrary, polo can be enjoyed by everyone, both men and women of any age. With the help of Certified Polo Instructors, polo schools and USPA clubs, people from all walks of life are able to pick up a mallet and participate in one of the oldest team sports still thriving today.

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Who Can Play Polo?

Polo is a sport that can be enjoyed by a variety of people ranging from the serious competitor to the weekend amateur. Men, women and children are all able to play together as an equine teammate is an amazing equalizer. There are also different areas of polo specific to a person’s age, experience and interests. For the younger players, we offer USPA middle school, interscholastic and intercollegiate programs and National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS), as well as a variety of youth programs. Many polo clubs have lead line polo for young children and senior polo for those who have started playing the sport later in life. The USPA also offers women’s, amateur and military tournaments that are hosted by clubs all over the country. Click here to learn more about USPA programs.

Do I Need To Know How To Ride A Horse?

A person does not need any riding experience prior to learning how to play polo. However, riding is a key component and prior experience is beneficial. There are several polo schools located across the country that specialize in introducing beginners to the sport. A passion for learning something new and exciting is all one needs to start playing the game.

Where Can I Take A Polo Lesson?

The USPA has nearly 300 clubs across the country. All of these clubs welcome new members with many offering polo instruction.

What Should I Wear To My First Polo Lesson?

A pair of comfortable pants such as jeans, an athletic shirt and a pair of riding boots are recommended. If riding boots are not owned, a pair of athletic shoes with a short heel will suffice. A certified riding helmet and eye protection is required, and can be provided by most polo schools.

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