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Adult Polo Intro Clinic

Time: March 19, 2023 11:00 AM

Location: Newport Polo's Private Instructional Facility by appointment only, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871

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America's oldest polo club is still at the forefront of introducing the 3,000 year-old sport to new players, and seeking its 2021 Rookie of the Year!  Newport Polo, reputed as a leading instructional polo program by the United States Polo Association (USPA), continues annual polo training initiatives with Introductory Clinics for athletic adults with proficiency in other sporting disciplines, that are seeking a new team sporting pursuit. 
We will name a Rookie of the Year in October, and it could be a new player starting in an Intro clinic. That player will be invited to play in our polo club's season-ending arena tournament - the Players Tournament - with instructors Dan and Minnie Keating, and will be our guest at the Players Dinner, our polo club's annual awards banquet when we take over the Sky Bar atop the Clarke Cooke House in Newport.
In the Intro Clinic, our USPA-certified instructor will guide you through polo basics, concluding with a scrimmage.  No riding experience required. Seats limited. Register below. 
  • Sunday MARCH 19 at 11:00AM
The Adult Intro Clinic is oriented as a 1-time 'jump-start' introduction to newcomers, to continue with weekly group lessons along a proven course of instruction to polo player.  The Clinic is conducted in a small, focused group format to learn with other first time novices, and provide individual attention to each student’s progress, concluding with a scrimmage using newly learned skills. The Clinic will cover...

Riding Skills for Polo
Basic Hitting and Defense
Rules and Strategy
This introductory offer includes 1 hour of instruction and scrimmage in the arena, the use of facility horses, tack & polo mallets.  Personal safety equipment is not available for loan. Suggested dress is layered outerwear, jeans, and boots with 1" heel and a safety helmet.  

USPA-certified instructors: Dan Keating; Minnie Keating.  Lesson horses are of the finest thoroughbred caliber & training, and professional-grade polo equipment is provided. Directions to Newport Polo’s private equestrian training facility is provided upon registration.


Complete your registration entirely online, with basic information about the participant, a Waiver of Liability and Health Screening, and advanced payment of $100/person.  Reservations and Cancellations require 24-hour notification. Reserve a seat at this link.  

Riding experience is not required for beginners since each lesson includes riding instruction specific to polo,” explains Keating, "but as a student’s polo skills progress, their riding skills will need to become proficient."

According to the USPA, the sport has grown in the US by 20% in the past few years, in addition to its global footprint in over 80 countries, with the help of clubs like Newport Polo that allocate resources for new participants to try the sport.  Newport Polo’s club of members today is made up mostly of players who got their start through the lesson program’s group lessons over the past 30+ years. Click here for more details about the lesson program.

View the album of photos from recent Intro Clinics.  Sign Up to receive the weekly Lesson Schedule via email, offering subsequent classes by open enrollment in weekly beginner classes to continue learning the sport of polo, after taking the Intro Clinic.

For adults aspiring to add a challenging athletic pursuit to their personal accomplishments, polo offers a lifelong sporting activity that is rewarding and enriching.”