It's that time of year again. Food and wine and promises of things to come. Why not buy your loved ones something they will really enjoy in the New Year? A Polo lesson voucher. Always a welcome present and sure to bring a smile to anyone's face. To get your voucher just go here and click on either group or private lesson voucher. No stress, no wandering around shops, just a couple of clicks and you are done!
The nights are drawing in and there is a distinct chill in the air which means a sad goodbye to Summer. Thankfully, the Polo does not stop there. We have a full Winter programme, not only with Polo but a few club nights out for good measure.
On Sundays we will be heading to the pub for a late lunch after chukkas. Friends and family are welcome to join in. The club has a break over Christmas and then in February the Frostbite League starts.
New players are welcome to join us and for those who have never tried Polo before we have lessons available too so why not kick out the Winter blues and join us?
It all started in the Champagne bar. How often does that happen? Yes, it may have been 4.30 in the morning but undeterred my members made haste towards those little silver stools located at the Champage bar in Edinburgh Airport. A few drinks later it was last call for the flight and a rather large gulp down.
Once on the flight I think we were all glad we had had some alcoholic refreshment as the plane was making an unholy noise that sounded like the roof was about to rip off. Nervous moments for everyone involved. A unscheduled pit stop at Manchester to fix the problem determined that it could not be fixed and we would have to change planes.
A few hours later we arrived in Malaga. Beautiful, sunny weather quickly made us forget the difficulties of travel. Luciano kindly picked us up and an hour later we arrived at Iridike, more than ready for lunch and to plunge into the pool. A few more beers lifted tired spirits.
Later in the day it was onto the ponies and playing chukkas, for one of our group, it was her first chukkas ever. Bravely she competed and was not to be put off by the speed. After chukkas, more beer to watch the Sun go down over the pitch and exchange polo stories with the neighbors swiftly followed by a delicious dinner.
The next day started off with breakfast at a leisurely 9.30am which suited everyone after the previous day. Onto the pitch at 11 for a lessons/stick and ball followed by lunch, pool, more chukkas and a fantastic Asado (Argentine bbq) to finish the day. I was delighted to be joined by an old friend and someone who started his Polo career off at Stewarton, Peter Donald Reid. Now a Patron who plays in Dubai and Sotogrande.
The next day was more of the same and then sadly Monday came and everyone went home. Meanwhile I nipped off to my apartment in Sotogrande for some r and r before Winter season starts. All in all a fantastic holiday. Argentina next in January. Watch this space for details.
What a great season we are having so far. Early Summer saw us blessed with glorious weather encouraging many new people to come out and play leading to us quadrupling our membership.
The arena which was finished before Christmas has been an absolute blessing on the wetter days meaning we have lost no days to cancellation this Summer. Our wooden horse hitting cage is going up as I write this and should be finished by the end of the week. Our members will be very happy to practice on that and improve their swings without the need for a horse.
We ran two successful courses for adults and juniors. Our adult course led to all the participants enjoying it so much that now they have joined the club and are looking to buy their first polo pony. Exciting times for them
In September we are heading out to Sotogrande in Spain for a long weekend to enjoy lots of polo, food and wine. Should be a great time. There are still a couple of places left if you want to join us.
Not only have we had a lots more members join but we also have a lot more horses at the yard and are nearly full. If you are considering livery with us now, please get in touch soon to avoid disappointment.
With a couple of months left of Summer season why not start Polo now whilst the weather is still warm. We have a full programme of events for the Winter so the fun doesn't have to stop once the nights draw in.
Our next 6 week course starts on Friday, August 11th. Perfect for learning all the basics and be ready to play your first practice game by the end. Cost £250. Please fill in the form below to sign up.
Hi ho hi ho, it's off to Soto we go. Yes we plan an epic polo holiday to Sotogrande in September. Leaving the 8th of September and returning on the 11th, it promises to be a weekend of Polo, food, drink and much fun.
Get in touch if you fancy tagging along.
Book now for this fantastic camp for Juniors. We are bringing up a special coach to run this camp. Mike Hobday has many years experience working with national teams and the schools and universities. He loves the game and is great coaching kids. Your kids will not want to miss this!
The camp is over three days from August 1-3rd. It is possible to hire ponies from the club if your kids don't have a polo pony or they may need to try on their own fluffy if they think it can neck rein.
Participants are welcome to bring a tent and stay on site with their parents and ponies.
Places are limited to contact us now to book.
The ultimate Polo experience. Two months of intensive Polo to take you from complete beginner to playing a match. This experience is only available to three lucky people and we guarantee it will be the experience of a lifetime.
The price includes unlimited Polo for two months. You must be available to train at least three times a week. Not only that but for three days you will go out to Sotogrande, the European mecca of Polo, for three days of intensive training at a a beautiful Polo ranch. Also included is membership of the club and the governing body and your polo equipment. All for £5000 which is an incredible saving on the actual price. Oh and not let's forget the parties and other social events you will be invited to.
Due to a person dropping out we have one space available so apply now to grab it. Entries close on Sunday 30th July
You do not need to have any Polo or riding experience to take part, just enthusiasm, commitment and sportiness. Please make sure you have the time and the budget before applying. Are you up for the challenge? Please fill in the form below.
We are incredibly lucky to have Fiona Brims as our official club photographer. Fiona has taken many amazing shots at the club, many of which are featured on this site including the heading banner.
For further information on hiring Fiona to photograph your horses or events go to www.fionabrimsphotography.co.uk
At long last we have a long, dry spell of weather and we are running lots of lessons. It is great to see how enthusiastic all the new people are and we hope to see them very soon in chukkas.