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 Basics" (PX) Curriculum is a ten (10) lesson introductory program 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
INTRO TO RIDING BASICS
CARE AND SAFETY
HOW YOU PLAY, RULES, STRATEGY
PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER
INSIDE THE BOARDS
BIG HATS - NO HATS
COMMRADERIE | NETWORKING
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.
● One (1) hour private lesson (per person rate) $200
*After the first introductory lesson, lesson packages will be offered to continue.
LESSON PACKAGE - POLO BASICS COURSE $1500
● One (1) hour group lesson
● Meets twice a week
10 SESSION PACKAGE - GRADUATE CHUKKERS $1500
**Available to those who have completed the Polo Basics Course
This will be included in the Graduate Membership
Membership Fees will also be applied depending on when you complete the Polo Basics Course
Integration into Club Chukkers
There is no prior riding experience required
All lessons must be paid in full before scheduled riding time
Lesson Packages must be used within the scheduled 6-week time frame
Lesson Packages are for group lessons only; private lessons are an additional $200 per session.
All students must have a signed and up to date liability release form before their first lesson or before any interaction with an equine
Maximum weight of rider is 220 pounds for polo school ponies
Please allow a minimum of 2 hours for entire lesson. This includes tacking, riding time, game strategies and chalk talk.
If you already have polo playing experience, please allow OBPA Instructors to evaluate your skills. Therefore we can place you with the correct group.
IMPORTANT STUDENT & LESSON INFO
In association with the
Oak Brook Polo Club