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Polo teaches skills such as hand-eye coordination, communication skills, diplomacy, and teamwork through a fast-paced and fun environment.  Teammates work together to move the ball down the field and navigate through the opposing team’s players.  Members learn to work as a group and communicate effectively.  Good sportsmanship is always emphasized, with team members penalized for rough play, and handshakes are always exchanged at the end of the match.


Polo is a fast-paced team sport on horseback where each team works to send the game ball through a goal while moving the ball along the ground using a mallet.  It is similar in concept to soccer on horseback.  Points are scored when the ball is shot through the opposing team’s goal.  Matches are played in periods, called chukkers, that last 7½ minutes each.  At the end of the fourth chukker, the team with the most points scored is declared the winner.

Polo is one of the few equestrian competitions to be managed by referees.  The referees signal player fouls or play deemed too rough.  They look out for the welfare of both horse and rider during the match as well.

Polo in Pony Club

In Pony Club, polo teams consist of three riders and a Stable Manager.  Matches are played much like any other polo competition.  Members may compete in polo rallies, starting at the Novice level before moving up to Intermediate and then on to Advanced.  Pony Club members are encouraged to compete in polo matches outside of Pony Club at the local and regional level as well.  Pony Club regions may host polo rallies but this discipline in not currently offered at the national championships.  Many regions of Pony Club host polo clinics in conjunction with the United States Polo Association as an introduction to the game and a way for members to practice.

Polo Awards & Opportunities

Polo is a resource discipline in Pony Club. Members can participate in meetings to learn more about this sport and its benefits. To learn more about  Awards offered through other disciplines during Championships competitions, Click Here.

Opportunities, Grants & Awards

Opportunities abound for those wishing to pursue Polo during their Pony Club career! The core values members learn in Pony Club also prepare them for other positions in the equine industry.

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