Learn to Play Polo
With Meadow Brook Polo Club
We will start on the ground to learn the basics of holding a mallet, hitting the ball, rules of the game and playing safely before we start riding. We will then begin our riding lesson by getting to know our horses and learning some tips for polo-style riding. Polo is a little like playing golf in an earthquake, but in our lesson, we will learn how to put all of the riding and swinging together to hit the ball through the goal!
Enjoy this unique opportunity to learn the exciting game of polo in a safe, fun and relaxed environment.
*The full lesson will last 1 hour including time on the ground and in the saddle. We suggest you arrive at 9:30am to get all your gear and be ready for a 10am start.
Meadow Brook Polo Club
Meadow Brook Polo Club was founded in 1881 and is one of the oldest polo club in the United States. Located just 20 miles east of New York City. Meadow Brook Polo Club’s newly expanded facilities offer members and spectators the opportunity to enjoy world class polo on 5 Tournament Fields. Also hosting weekly tournaments at Bethpage State Park for enthusiast to watch players in exciting matches not far from NYC.
Experience: Must have basic riding foundation, posting at the trot and confident cantering. Ability to control your balance and horse with all reins in one hand and a mallet in the other.
Recommended Polo Riding Attire: Riding gloves or other grippy gloves, as this helps with holding the mallet. Comfortable riding pants or jeans (white pants not required). Tall boots or short boots with chaps to help with grip and protection in the game. Helmet.
What to expect in a polo lesson:
Lots of new riding and playing vocabulary! Check out a polo lingo guide here
Learn how to rotate and hit a ball while in the saddle - video
Learn about using your legs to balance in the swing - video
Fun Facts about Polo:
Polo dates back to 600BC in China and Persia
Polo was used for training for war and was popular along the Silk Road
Polo was first brought to the USA in 1876, with the club established in NY!
Polo is considered a "mixed" sport, and men and women can compete on the same polo team.
Players are assigned a "handicap" based on their level of play, from -2 to 10 goals. A polo handicap is considered your "passport to the world."
Over 40% of the US Polo Association Members are women.
Location: Old Westbury, NY