sport of polo



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.

Certified Polo Instructors

The United States Polo Association’s certified polo instructors have earned the USPA seal of approval, continuing to elevate their knowledge with access to a wealth of resources and continued education courses. Created to standardize the process of certifying quality CPIs, this program originated from the collective desire to establish a core of common knowledge, ensure competency in both play and in teaching, and to speak a universal language that all polo instructors could readily adopt. Here at the USPA, we strongly encourage new players to lay a solid foundation and build on their skills under the guidance of a certified polo instructor. Exclusively endorsed by the Association, these professionals have demonstrated their commitment to safety and horsemanship, having undergone the necessary course requirements to validate their qualifications.


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 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.

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.

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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