Schedule / Events
Below you will find our tentative schedule Fall 2013-2014 season.Our Spring season is played from February through April and the schedule will be posted at a later date.
Please note: Membership fees for our 2013-2014 season are due on Monday, September 30th. There will be a 10% increase in fees if paid after this due date. Contact us to reserve your spot for our 2013-2014 season today! Call us at 480-201-4530 or email email@example.com
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The Coaching League is the best learning environment for novice players and people who have taken lessons but are still learning the flow of the game. Novice students get to play in slower paced chukkers with professional instructor on each side. Instructors will coach students on strategy of the game, rules and provide advice feedback after plays.
Anyone interested on polo is welcome to the polo clinic; No riding experience required. RSVP required.
Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Westworld in Scottsdale
Exciting polo matches sanctioned by the United States Polo Association and teams are competing for the trophy. Public welcome to attend and tailgate.
Players sign up and teams are made to have practice matches in a regular basis. Public welcome to attend and tailgate.
Arizona Polo Club to Host Spring Picnic and Polo Clinic – Saturday, April 20th
Tailgating and the Learning the Sport of Kings; Sport Experiencing Revival; Gets Boost From Wildly Popular Scottsdale Polo Championships
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) –If you crave action in which the danger level rivals baseball, hockey and football, with the velocity of the ball sometimes registering 100 mph and moving at speeds up to 35 mph, it’s time to take in some polo, courtesy of the Arizona Polo Club.
Arizona’s biggest polo club is hosting what will be a great day for families and friends. Roll up your vehicle, take the chairs out of the back and sit in the sun sipping your beverage of choice. There’s that and there’s also the chance to get out of that chair and be the one in the arena. That’s right, you can learn how to play the venerable game for free at the Arizona Polo Club’s clinic on Saturday, April 20th. See what it’s like to be part of the fast-paced action in a sport which has players showcasing amazing control and athleticism in guiding 1,000-pound horses, mallets in hand, in tense chases after a fast-traveling ball.
More than 9,000 people on October 20 got an up-close look at the sport at the Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses and Horsepower at WestWorld. The Arizona Polo Club set the pace with some exciting play that day, its season debut, in the opening match between the club’s U.S.-born players and its Colombian-born players.
The polo club is seeing a rise in its membership ranks, which is in line with a revival of the sport across the country. Polo has been recently featured in such national media such as CNN, ESPN and CBS’s “60 Minutes.” It’s also seeing more young people and women becoming attracted to the sport’s beauty, grace and speed. The polo club encourages young people to join the club.
One of the world’s oldest sports, polo’s origins date back to the fifth century B.C. Persian nobles played the sport atop their steeds using a long-handed mallet to push a ball down a field and through a set of goal posts in order to score points. Centuries later, in a vastly different world and thousands of miles from the site where the first player picked up his mallet, the historic game is alive and well.
“This is one of the most exciting times in Arizona polo,” said Diego Florez, the Arizona Polo Club manager. “The sport is getting more and more popular and we are thrilled to be part of its growing success. It’s a perfect weekend routine: pack up some food and drinks and head out to watch some polo and enjoy yourself and the weather. You’ll be awed by the action and want to learn more about the game.”
The Arizona Polo Club has been playing on the Scottsdale horsemen park field at WestWorld Equestrian Park in Scottsdale since 1982. The team also plays at indoor facilities throughout the state. The club’s outdoor and indoor season is played from November through April. New members are welcome. Join the club and start watching or playing polo today.
The club is also available for special events and matches as part of corporate sponsorships. Please contact us for more information.
Viewing & Safety
A polo match is fast and the playing field is very large. Your best bet is to watch the main group of players clustered loosely around the ball. Keeping your eye on the ball is difficult at far ends of the field, if you have binoculars bring them. Always remember to leave at least 10 yards between you and the edge of the field, and never at the ends of the field. For everyone’s safety, including their own, pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Likewise, with one eye at least on the game at all times, we recommend keeping the other eye on any children who come with you. Everyone who attends a polo match or scrimmage needs to remember that this is a fast moving sport with very large participants. While the action a second ago may have been well on the other side of the field, if you aren’t keeping an eye on the game, you may find yourself looking up to see 8,000+lbs. of horses and riders in a much closer way than you ever would have wanted. We overemphasize this point for your safety. In reality, for a spectator, polo is as safe or safer than watching a baseball or basketball game or an evening at the racetrack, but like those sports, accidents can always happen and are much more likely when we aren’t paying attention to what is going on around us. In addition to the game, if you are around the horses, please remember not to make any sudden movements or loud noises. Unless a rider or groom gives you the go ahead, it is always best to keep 6 to 8 feet away. That said, please feel free to come by the trailers after the match to meet and chat with the players. Polo players are passionate about their sport, so you’ll never find a better source of information.
APC encourages spectators to bring food, drinks, friends and family to polo matches. So pack a picnic lunch of items that will travel well for an afternoon sporting event. Because it is outside, remember those important outdoor necessities such as sun-block, sunglasses, water, and a lawn umbrella or other sunshade if you would like. Those pop-up canopies were surely invented by a polo fan! You will want to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for seating. Bring your camera if you want to capture the action or binoculars to keep on top of the action at the other end of the field. Tailgating is very popular at a polo match, and the styles vary widely with the participants.
What to wear for a polo event?
Polo is an outdoor sport , so dress according to the weather. Forget about what you’ve seen in the movies. Polo is watched by all ages, races, and social classes. While you are welcome to dress up, that is more typical during charity benefits, and you will be just as comfortable wearing whatever you normally would wear out on a hot weekend day. Shorts and a T-shirt or a polo shirt or sundress are ideal. You really can’t be over or under dressed. Spectators at a polo match wear everything from jeans to high fashion. If the polo match you’re attending is a major tournament, charity benefit match or special event, you may want to dress up. If you want to go divot stomping at halftime, and you should, it’s a good idea to wear shoes for health reasons and a hat for sun protection. You want to dress and be comfortable for a polo match. In fact, 80 % of polo players are regular people with regular jobs that enjoy the sport and love horses.
Divot stomping is a long standing tradition at half-time. Spectators wander all over the field stomping down the torn up turf. It’s fun and you can meet great people just wandering the field. Even at high goal tournaments the players often walk divots to keep limber at the half, and often they take breaks or change ponies ponies close to the stands. Many times you can say hello to the best polo athletes in the world. Just remember not too be too distracting, these are athletes who need to get back to work.
Learn basics of polo
Learn the basics outdoor sportof the equestrian sport of polo. If you aren’t with a friend who knows a little about polo, ask the people around you what’s happening. Many spectators love to help a new observer. If you’ve already made some studies of the game, you should be able to see the rules in action and recognize great play. If you are interested on taking polo lessons, please contact Diego Florez or call him at 480-201-4530. For more information you can also visit the United States Polo Association website.
What to bring to a polo match?
APC is open for public viewing on scheduled weekends ( some events might be private or have an entry cost). Check the website to make sure the game has not been canceled before you head out to the field or arena. You can enjoy a polo match played by some of the greatest athletes in the world right from the sidelines. Just bring a blanket or beach chair. You can sit anywhere outside of the field and give yourself very good distance between sidelines and yourself. Never site or stand behind the goal posts o at the ends of the field. Horses do not stop right way and you don’t want to be on their way.