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.
Oak Brook Polo Academy's "Polo Experience" (PX) Curriculum is a ten (10) lesson introductory course that focuses on four (4) key areas:
“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
Over the course of ten (10) lessons you will achieve the following...
Riding basics - including introduction to your new best friend – The horse. Learn the language or Horse+Rider Communitcation – cues, equipment and care. Here you will understand how to handle not only your mount but the equipment and techniques for putting it all together competently. Learn riding exercises that prepare you for the mastery of Core 1 in order to transition to Core 2 of your Polo Experience
Swing Analytics – learn the four basic shots and how to execute each properly. On the horse and off of the horse, you will embark on the learning journey along with your team of new players. We will use analytics and videos, as well as lots of field time to get the swing of it.
Strategy – Explore the rules of an ancient sport of Kings and Nomads alike. Team play essentials that will challenge your mind, and fulfill your spirit, as you work towards learning these “chess-like” strategies on and off the fields. There is a reason that Polo was the preferred sport of military training in preparation for the intricacies of battle.
Rules – Penalties – Player Positioning –You will begin to understand learn what your teams expectation is of you and where you need to be positioned in order to add to the Team cohesiveness.
Coaching Chukkers – This is where the fun begins and your life will never return to normal. You will find that when you put all of the learning pieces of the puzzle together this is the reward. The assimilation of a real polo match that you will experience on horseback that will lead to your next PX Level of training.