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“Riding experience is not required for beginners, since each lesson includes riding instruction specific to polo,” explained Dan Keating, head instructor and President of Newport Polo, "but as a student’s polo skills progress, their riding skills will need to become proficient."
Opportunity to learn among players of comparable skill development. Open enrollment allows new players to join at any time and advance at their own rate. A step up program of classes trains beginners along a proven trajectory to player, with various weekly opportunities for lessons and scrimmages in the arena, to grass lessons that lead to monthly and seasonal membership opportunites during the summer months. Each lesson includes an hour of mounted instruction, with varying degrees of horsemanship, polo rules and mechanics, drills and scrimmage. Students are to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the lesson for horse assignment and tacking. Horse & polo equipment are provided. Participants should arrive attired in layered outerwear for outdoor weather conditions, boot w/1" heel and safety helmet. Reservations for classes and chukkers are accepted on a week by the week basis, by registration. To consider this week's Club Schedule and reserve your seat, follow this link. Lesson fees are $75 Arena / $100 Grass.
Specially trained leaders guide Private Groups through polo experiences for team building Lunch & Learn Wednesdays, offered in the 11:00am-1pm time slot. $160/person includes box lunch or BBQ buffet, and instruction in horse prep, mounted basic riding, polo hitting technique, polo rules, strategy & tactics & mounted scrimmage (optional) and prizes. Group Size: Can accommodate multiples of 3 or 4, up to 16 people. Attire: jeans or riding pants and boots with 1” heel; personal safety helmets are welcome Age: teens and adults All participants are required to sign a Waiver of Liability. Details
Newport Polo offers mounted Introductory Clinics seasonally for adult beginners in small, focused groups to learn with other beginners, providing individual attention to each student’s progress, and practice newly learned skills in scrimmages.
Newport Polo hosts nationally recognized Interscholastic Polo Teams, open to boys and girls in 8th-12th grades, in good academic standing, offering year-round instruction to compete against regional rivals during the Autumn and Spring competition season, during which the teams can advance to regional and national tournaments. Our interscholastic program kicks off in July, in partnership with the US Olympic Committee, with a series of instruction and orientation experiences, team practices, clinics and coaching chukkers, and camps, all played in the arena, and team tryouts and selection in August for the official Interscholastic competition season, which is organized by the United States Polo Association (USPA) and runs concurrent to the academic year. During the months of September – March, Newport Polo coordinates team practices, home and away games and participation in USPA tournaments. Eligible participants can earn Varsity Letters and College Scholarships from the USPA. Outline & expense estimates for the Newport Polo's Interscholastic Team program.
Newport Polo also offers Competition Chukkers for qualified players during the Spring and Autumn arena polo seasons. Competition Chukkers are open to Newport Polo Club members and to qualified nonmembers on weeknights and Sat/Sun afternoons, concluding with seasonal tournament(s). Horse leasing is available for $75 for 2 chukkers/$150 for 4 chukkers. USPA membership is required. To view this week's opportunities and reserve mounts, follow this link, then click on the current week's Club Schedule.
Newport Polo also organizes seasonal USPA National & Circuit Arena Polo Tournaments for qualifying teams and monthly Club Arena Polo Tournaments for qualified players during the Spring and Autumn arena polo seasons. Send inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Teams and Positions are limited. Horse leasing is available for $75/chukker plus groom.
Opportunity to experience membership in the Club for chukkers during the outdoor (grass) season, among players of comparable skill development, with coaching during play. Offered in July and August, twice per week, during Club chukkers. Club Memberships.
The aforementioned activities are all results-oriented polo training and skills enhancement opportunities, preparing participants with the necessary skills to ultimately play competition polo as members of the club, in outdoor polo during our 'grass' season, May through September, and enjoy other member opportunities & benefits.
Polo lessons, Clinics, Lunch & Learn Seminars, Interscholastic Polo and Competition Chukkers take place at Newport Polo's private outdoor regulation-size training facility in Portsmouth (not at Glen Farm) during the spring, summer and autumn, and indoors during winter. All lessons and visits are by appointment only. ($75/arena lesson; $100/grass lesson). Directions are provided upon registration.
Group instruction is the ideal format to apply newly learned skills within the context of actual play. Group sizes are small (max. of 6 students) to allow for individual attention. Players advance at their own pace. Basic Riding lessons are also available in spring, summer & autumn. Private riding-for-polo lessons, for all skill levels, are available in summer (rate varies). Private polo lessons for advanced players are seasonally availalble.