To ensure your Reimbursable Clinic needs are met, select a clinician from this list of USPA Eligible clinicians (many of whom are also CPI Certified) to run your clinic. Be sure to check out each clinician’s bio before contacting them as they might have experience specifically targeted to the clinic you want to host at your club.

Stuart Campbell

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Sarasota, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia

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Stuart has been a member of the USPA for 21 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. He grew up show jumping with his Mum and sisters, giving him a solid riding background for when he took after his father and started playing polo. Stuart started teaching polo in Sarasota, Florida to help get new players involved in the sport. Stuart currently teaches in Sarasota during the winter seasons, and teaches in Atlanta and Tallahassee the rest of the year. He has had students receive Most Improved Player awards at Sarasota, Stuart has won the Best Penalty Shooter award the past 2 years in Sarasota, and a few of his horses have won Best Playing Pony awards.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Bringing in many new players that couldn’t ride to becoming accomplished players. I’ve also enjoyed teaching my 2 kids and watch them improve over the years where we can now enjoy playing with each other.”

Contact Stuart today to learn more about polo lessons in Georgia and Florida!

Anthony Condo

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Ithaca, New York

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Anthony has been a member of the USPA for 13 years and earned his USPA Certification in 2016. Anthony’s polo career began during the winter of 2003 at an adult beginner’s clinic hosted over the intersession break at Cornell.  This was after riding at Cornell’s Oxley Equestrian Center over the previous summer and seeing arena polo played on rainy days in the area. After showing a keen interest in the sport, David Eldredge asked him to be more involved in helping the program, being as he was a local and could consistently help the team over the years in whatever manner he could provide.  That started with accompanying the kids to away games, umpiring chukkers and games, teaching students of all-levels, all the while striving to become a better player himself. He has been teaching and coaching with Cornell Polo since 2004, making this year his 13th season with the program.  He teaches first-year, junior varsity, and varsity players of all riding and playing levels year-after-year.  Since 2015, he has been the acting coach/organizer of the Cornell Interscholastic Polo Program, and has coached their Open division team during their season for the past two years and counting. Additionally, Anthony has been a USPA certified umpire since 2007 and has actively umpired at the pre-Regional, Regional, and National levels.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I love to see the joy on my kids’ faces when they win their tournament games at any level they participate.  This is particularly true since at the Interscholastic level, our kids have all come in knowing nothing about the sport and in some cases, very little about riding.  So, to see them learn from us and translate that knowledge into wins on the field is really special to me.”

Contact Anthony today to learn more about polo lessons in New York!

Connor Deal

Team USPA Member

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

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Home Club: UCONN Polo Club

Henri duToit

USPA Clinician

Location: Bend, Oregon

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Home Club: Bend Polo Club

Jorge Estrada

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Plattsburgh, New York

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Home Club: Polo Azteca

Jorge Estrada, rated 2-goals outdoor and 4-goals indoor, is a Team UPSA member, USPA Certified Umpire and a USPA Certified Polo Instructor. His father introduced Jorge to the sport at a young age. He has traveled around the country working in polo and developing himself as an instructor and player. Jorge received the Team USPA Equus & Co. Award for his continued involvement in the Team USPA program. He began teaching at Polo Azteca in Phoenix, Arizona to help develop their club almost two years ago. In addition to running a polo school in Arizona, Jorge travels as a clinician teaching at Youth Player Outreach Clinics.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

Almost winning prelim regionals with the Being the Change interscholastic team

Megan Flynn

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Houston, Texas

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Megan received her USPA Certification in 2016. She is from a polo family from Brown Deer, Wisconsin and grew up helping her father train polo ponies. Her polo career really began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she played arena polo training young horses in the winters and spent here summers playing at the Milwaukee Polo Club. She also did the Hunter/Jumpers from age 9 through 19. Megan then went on to attend Texas Tech University and play polo for them. After college, she moved to Aiken, South Carolina and took an internship with Polo Development LLC. She was sent to California, Texas, Florida, and Wyoming to learn from some of the top instructors in the country. After she completed her internship she started her own polo school in Sarasota, Florida and in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Megan received the Polo Development LLC Outstanding Contribution to the Sport of Polo Award in 2013. Megan is currently instructing at Houston Polo Club.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Graduating from the intern program, setting up a successful intern program, and then having my own intern. Full circle!”

Contact Megan today to learn more about polo lessons in Texas!

Ethan Galis

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Austin, Texas

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Ethan has been a member of the USPA for 5 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. Ethan initially became involved in polo in college through the University of Texas Polo Club. He had ridden in various three-day-eventing competitions in Area V successfully competing through the 1-star level since age 9. After joining the polo club at college and falling in love with the being taught the specifics of the sport by his coaches at the time, Jason Atkins and Cuatro Tolson, he got heavily involved at the UT club. He was so involved that he was Vice President and finally President of the UT polo club his last year in school. He initially began teaching polo at the UT polo in his junior year, and was accepted into the USPA-RPC Internship Program after graduating. He was offered mentorships with various Polo School Managers/instructors such as Tom Goodspeed and Mark Prinsloo. He took over the Big Horn Polo Academy shortly after completing these mentorships. Ethan currently teaches a small group of up-and-comers at the Central Texas Polo Association in Austin, TX. In addition to instructing, Ethan is involved in the USPA Contract Clinician program performing mainly arena clinics at clubs around the nation and is certified Level 3 Instructor with the Certified Horseman’s Association. One of Ethan’s most recent accomplishments was receiving the RPC Internship Grant from the USPA in November of 2015.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“This summer, when one of the students I had the pleasure of teaching at the Big Horn Polo Academy, Harry Caldwell, was selected for the Zone 2 team at the National NYTS Championship tournament at Myopia Polo Club.  It was fantastic to see how far he’s come, playing tournament polo with kids of his age.”

Tom Goodspeed

Honorary Polo Instructor

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World renowned polo instructor and author Tom Goodspeed has spent four decades in the sport of polo. He has been a National Collegiate Champion, professional player (achieving a 5 goal handicap outdoors and 9 in the arena, receiving the Arena Player of the Year award), and Captain of the LA Colts & Stars thru the historic Pro Arena Polo era in LA. In addition, he has managed clubs for over 20 years. He is a noted horse trainer and USPA Certified Umpire, has served on various USPA committees, and is a sought-after polo coach.

Tom began playing polo at Joy Farm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the age of 12, delivering newspapers to pay for his riding and polo lessons. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Tom went on to manage a couple of the top equestrian facilities in the country. He specialized in polo management both in San Diego, CA, for 14 years and Pine Plains, NY, for 6 seasons. He coached the Culver Academy Teams for 4 years. He currently coaches the collegiate program for SMU in Irving, TX.

Cindy Halle

USPA Certified Polo Instructor Certifier

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While a student at UC Davis, Cindy won four National Women’s Intercollegiate Championship titles, ultimately acquiring a three-handicap in the arena and a two-handicap outdoors. Cindy has played all over the U.S. as well as Argentina, and has won numerous tournaments as a player on the grass and in the arena throughout her career.

She moved east in 1986 to be the polo coach at Garrison Forest School, in Owings Mills, Maryland. She grew and improved the polo program, coaching her Garrison girls to five National Girls’ Interscholastic Championship titles. After a ten year hiatus, she returned to GFS in 2007 and guided the team to National Championship titles in 2009 and in 2011. Her players have garnered five PTF Interscholastic Player of the Year awards. Her high school players have also gone on to play polo in college, taking on leading roles in no less than fourteen National Women’s Intercollegiate Championship teams since 1990.

In addition to her GFS students, Cindy has a large number of junior and adult polo students, including several Interscholastic teams from the nearby West Shore Polo Club. In 2015, her West Shore team of boys won the Open Interscholastic National Championship.

Cindy created the MGP program through the Baltimore Community Foundation. She also umpires and does clinics for Intercollegiate, Pony Club and club teams. She is an active playing member of the Maryland Polo Club during the summer months.

Tiamo Hudspeth

Team USPA Member

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Home Club: South Texas Polo Club

Megan Judge

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Los Osos, California

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Megan has been a member of the USPA for 21 years and earned her USPA Certification in 2015. Megan grew up playing polo in California with her grandfather, Bill Carter. When Megan began playing collegiately at Cal Poly she was the only member on the team who played outdoor and began taking on the instructor role for her peers and friends. Currently Megan is the coach for the Cal Polo Team, Central Coast Polo Club and is the owner and manager of the Central Coast Polo Club, started in 2002. Megan currently has teams competing in Middle School Tournaments, NYTS, Open and Girls Scholastics, Men’s and Women’s Collegiate and competes in many tournaments herself. In addition to coaching, Megan is a certified umpire (CC arena, CT outdoor), a member of the Arena Committee, Club Development Committee, I/I Committee and works with local Pony Clubs.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“In 2013 the Central Coast Polo Club Girls team defeated the Eldorado Open team (all boys) in a preliminary/qualifying match, by a score of 14-7. It definitely gave me a huge smile…. I don’t think the boys were in shape, but it was a win none the less!”

Contact Megan today to learn more about lessons in California!

Dan Keating

Honorary Polo Instructor

Location: Newport, Rhode Island

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Home Club: Westchester Polo Club

Robert Koehler

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas

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Home Club: Northwest Arkansas Polo Club

Bob has been a member of the USPA for about 30 years, a Certified Polo Instructor, and a USPA Certified Umpire. Bob started riding when he was 9 years old and participated in 4H activities. Neighbors and others played arena polo and he started playing in his teens with his own string. He would often help other players with difficult their horses. He moved west after high school and got his big break thanks to the Gandmocar family at the Denver Polo Club. Later he became the manager of the Denver Polo Club and was responsible for general operations, managing the polo string, making and training horses for polo and lessons as well as playing competitively both in the arena and outdoors. He later was responsible for helping to build Columbine Polo Club and managing all polo operations including field maintenance, charity and corporate events. He has helped many players and horses start their polo careers and go on to play for a lifetime. Bob’s wife’s career took them to Bentonville, AR and they started Northwest Arkansas Polo Club (NWA Polo Club) in 2013 with several other polo enthusiasts. They offer adult polo lessons, leagues and have been working with both area youth and high school age students. Several of his high school students have gone on to varsity level after polo camp with him and NWA Polo Club. Bob serves as a delegate for his Great Plains Circuit and has done so in the past for Rocky Mountain Circuit.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

One of my students in the late 1990’s was a young man who rode jumpers as kid and he is now a polo pro with a great string and career helping sponsors enjoy the sport.

Pedro Lara

Team USPA Member

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

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Home Club: Langdon Road Polo Club

Corky Linfoot

Honorary Polo Instructor

Location: Indio, California

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Home Club: Eldorado Polo Club and Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club

Corky, rated 4-goals outdoor, is a third-generation polo player and has been a member of the USPA for almost 50 years. His dad was 9 goals and was the first American to win the Argentine Open. Corky is an incredibly accomplished polo player, winning 2 US Opens, 4 Pacific Coast Opens and many tournaments abroad. His highest rating was 7 goals. He quit playing as a pro at 6 goals and afterwards focused on training horses and teaching. Corky was one of the instructors in the first coaching league put together by Buzz Welker at Willow Bend in the early 1980’s in association with Jeff Atkinson. Corky has no set coaching “venue”. He does clinics wherever he is requested to go. Corky and his wife Kathy have given their expert advice in the development and certification criteria requirements for the USPA Certified Polo Instructor program. Corky and Kathy are not only phenomenal instructors but excel in the horse training world. Two of their former horses were named “Horse of the Year” back to back; Corcha for Fecundo Pieres and Beckon for Gillian Johnson.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

The progression of Jared Sheldon over the past 4 years. I’ve been a direct-link coach for him for the past 4 years. Seeing his incredible improvement as a player, a horseman and as a professional has been a great reward.

Kathy Linfoot

Honorary Polo Instructor

Location: Indio & Santa Barbara, California

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Home Club: Eldorado Polo Club and Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club

Kathy grew up at Joy Farm in Milwaukee, WI where they had indoor arena polo and she taught riding. From there, she worked at The Milwaukee Polo Club in the summers and moved on to work for Del Carroll, an 8-goal player for 6 years before marrying Corky Linfoot. Since then, they have worked together for 42 years and have brought many people into the game. They have done clinics together for over 35 years on four continents. Corky teaches the polo and she teach “riding-for-polo”. When they can do clinics together, they split and alternate the groups so that the students get the benefits of both of them. Kathy does the sessions on horse management, bits and bridling, riding drills, choosing horses, and buying the broke horse. Kathy also films her students so they are able to visualize changes to be made and track their progress. Kathy is also a USPA Certified Umpire.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

With the horses, it’s been seeing two of our former horses become “Horse of the Year” back to back. Corcha for Fecundo Pierres and Beckon for Gillian Johnston. With the students, it’s watching very young kids have an epiphany when they realize they can control an animal. With older, new players, it’s watching the excitement the sport brings them and being able to guide them in the right direction.

Sue Lukashevich

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

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Sue received her certification in 2016 and has been a member of the USPA since 1984. Sue went to North-Central College in Naperville, Illinois and taught hunt-seat riding lessons at Fairlane Farms. It was there that she was introduced to polo by Walt and Shirley Kuhn. She did some instructing in Naperville but her teaching career took off when she started full time at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in 1984. Sue is the current polo instructor at Chukkar Farm Polo Club in Alpharetta, GA and has been there for 3 ½ years. She is a member of the Equine Welfare Committee and holds a certification in Natural Horsemanship.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Helping with the Celebrity Team and Chukkars For Charity Program”

Contact Sue today to learn more about polo lessons in Georgia!

Robert Lyn Kee Chow

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Robert has been a member of the USPA for 20+ years and earned his USPA Certification in 2016. Robert initially got his start in polo through his godfather Ray Godfrey. Robert currently teaches for the USPA through the free clinic program and works primarily as an Umpire where he is involved in the National Youth Tournament Series, Interscholastic/Intercollegiate, and indoor/outdoor tournaments throughout the year. Robert also serves on several USPA committees and does club consultations.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“When the lights go on in a students mind and they understand a concept!”

Contact Robert today to learn more about polo lessons in South Carolina!

Posey Obrecht

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Owings Mills, Maryland

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Posey received her USPA Certification in 2016. She started playing polo at Garrison Forest School in 5th grade and continued to play there until 2009. Posey went on to play at University of Kentucky where she brought home an Intercollegiate Women’s National Championship trophy in 2010. She started teaching when she helped with summer programs at Garrison Forest School and USPA/PTF summer clinics at University of Virginia. Posey received PTF Intercollegiate Female Player of the Year in 2013. She began coaching full time at Garrison Forest as the Assistant Polo Coach after graduating from college. In her time coaching at Garrison Forest, her girls team was runner up at Interscholastic Girl’s Nationals in 2016 and her West Shore boys won Interscholastic Open Nationals in 2015 and were runners-up in 2016. Posey currently coaches at both Maryland Polo Club in the summers and helps out at Garrison Forest throughout the rest of the year. She is incredibly involved in the I/I Committees; she is on the Executive Board, Alumni Committee, SUPA Committee, Funding Committee, College Polo 101 Committee- just to name a few! Posey also manages I/I tournaments and NYTS tournaments in the summer.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Watching the Boys win Nationals. It was my first year at GFS but, we’ve all grown up playing together. It was special to watch all the years of hard work pay off for them!”

Contact Posey today to learn more about polo lessons in Maryland!

Geronimo Obregon

Team USPA Member

Location: Wellington, FL

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Home Club: International Polo Club

Geronimo Obregon is rated 4 goals on the grass and is a USPA Certified Umpire. He was introduced to polo by his father and comes from a family of polo players. Geronimo is based out of Wellington, Florida and has taught lessons and clinics there. He became a member of Team USPA in 2016 and has been able to travel the world playing polo.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Teaching lessons in Australia!”

Contact Geronimo today to learn more about polo lessons in Florida!

Heather Perkins

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Orange County, California

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Heather joins the CPI program after having been a member of the USPA for approximately 15 years.  Growing up in the hunter/jumper world in Huntington Beach, CA, Heather found polo when she was 15 as a way of getting more riding experience and making money. Years later she was presented with the opportunity to manage OC Polo and never looked back. Heather is currently a certified umpire, runs the Pacific Coast Arena League, and has 12 students involved in two competitive Interscholastic teams.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I just really like introducing new players to the sport.  One of my favorite teaching moments was when I gave Kelli Newton (one of the top dressage young riders in the nation at the time) and her mom their first polo lesson.  Kelli had grown up in the highly disciplined equine environment and I really enjoyed teaching her the game and watching her get so much enjoyment out of it.  Now (5 years later), Kelli is rated 1 goal, both she and her mom own polo horses, and Kelli is working for us at OC Polo.”

Contact Heather today to learn more about polo lessons in California!

Robin Sanchez

USPA Certified Polo Instructor Certifier

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Robin Sanchez grew up under some of the best coaches and instructors of the game – including Corky Linfoot, Ronnie Tongg, Graham Thomas and Rege Ludwig.

Robin ran and coached the successful Florida Junior Polo program from 2000-2007, and Brushy Creek Polo Ranch from 2007 until its closing in 2010.

Robin also managed and taught lessons at several polo clubs, has given polo clinics and run polo camps around the country, and coached several I/I teams. She spent many years as a Field Director for the Polo Training Foundation. She was Director of Content at Poloskilz.com, which she helped Kim Snider create to bring polo instruction to the internet.

Robin is active on several USPA committees. She is a Certified Horsemanship Association Master Instructor and ACI certifier, an AQHA Professional Horseman, Hurlingham Polo Association certified overseas polo instructor, and USPA certified umpire at the BB level, both arena and outdoors. She is a CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor and an ASEP certified sports coach. Robin has also been trained as an EMT and an ImPACT test proctor.

In addition to her efforts with USPA and the sport of polo, Robin is a sustainable agriculture farmer and, quite possibly, the only vegetarian raising beef cattle.

Jenny Schwartz

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Poolesville, Maryland

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Jenny received her USPA Certification in 2016 and has been a member of the USPA for 10 years. She started polo lessons as a middle school student at Garrison Forest School. She went on to play for Garrison Forest’s Interscholastic team winning two Women’s Interscholastic National Championships under Cindy Halle. After graduating from Garrison Forest in 2011, Jenny went to Virginia Tech, a college that did not have a polo team. She decided to start one with the help of the Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Polo Development team. She was able to get equipment, horses, built a small practice arena and got the club going. She coached all of the students that went through the program until she graduated in 2015. Jenny received the 2015 Intercollegiate Female Player of the Year award. After graduation, Jenny started a USPA internship with Melanja Jones at Capitol Polo Club in Poolesville, MD. After the season ended, she began an internship with Justin Powers. Since then Jenny has worked with Team USPA horses in Wellington, managed NYTS tournaments, managed I/I tournaments, worked on various Polo Development projects and is now running a polo school at Seneca Polo Club in Poolesville, MD. Jenny started this polo school in the spring of 2016. Jenny most recently received the Polo Development Individual Excellence Award in the fall of 2016.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“My favorite teaching memory will always be the Women’s Intercollegiate Preliminary Tournament in the winter of 2015. I had been coaching dozens of Virginia Tech students while being a student myself and the Varsity team finally was at a level where they could compete in tournaments. I had gone three years with playing very little polo and only coaching students so they could get to the point of being competitive. I played alongside them in my senior year. We lost in the finals but my teammates played a competitive and safe game of polo all using the skills I taught them.”

Contact Jenny today to learn more about polo lessons in Maryland!

Max Secunda

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Vero Beach, Florida

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Max has been a member of the USPA for 26 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. He was first introduced to polo by his stepfather, Julian Hipwood. He began teaching polo by giving lessons to John Walsh and his son, Hayden. From that point on Max continued to teach polo and has now been teaching in Vero Beach for 12 years. In addition to instructing in Florida, Max is a USPA clinician, traveling to different clubs giving clinics to a variety of students.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I’ve helped a few new players discover the joys of great horses. Helping to manifest that feeling in them, the feeling that drives truly passionate polo players for years to come has been my greatest pleasure.”

Contact Max today to learn more about polo lessons in Florida!

Jared Sheldon

Team USPA Member

Location: Indio, California

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Home Club: Eldorado Polo Club

Jared, a 4-goal outdoor and 7 goal indoor player, is a third-generation polo player, a BB Certified Umpire and was selected to be one of the first Team USPA members. His grandfather, Russ Sheldon, and father, Billy Sheldon, played mostly in the arena. Jared got his start playing with adults in the arena at age 7 but did not move to the grass until he was 16. He participated in both Interscholastic and Intercollegiate polo. His grandfather started the Poway Polo Club and both he and his father have been teaching polo their entire lives. Jared found his love for teaching at a very early age. Jared has traveled across the country teaching clinics. In addition to teaching, Jared is a very accomplished and competitive polo player himself. He has been selected for the Team USPA FIP teams both in 2015 and 2017, was the 2016 US Arena Open MVP, and 2016 USPA National 20 Goal MVP, just to name a few of his many accomplishments.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

Coaching my son’s lead line group and watching him score his first goal and try to make hooks at 2 years old has been my favorite memory by far.

Cissie Snow

Honorary Polo Instructor

Location: Taft, Tennessee

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Home Club: Blue Water Creek Polo Club

Cissie began playing polo as a child when she took riding lessons on polo ponies in South Carolina. When she realized how much they loved the game, she wanted to share their passion! She began teaching friends to play in Franklin, Tennessee. This led to actively coaching and teaching club members and students in the Southeast where she managed polo clubs. She made the biggest impact when she taught and inspired young players at Brushy Creek Ranch in Texas. After a five-year break, Cissie started coaching the Blue Water Creek Open Interscholastic Team this past season which got her back into the I/I program. In addition to teaching, Cissie serves on the Equine Welfare Committee.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

I was working with special needs students and connected with them by helping them to empathize with their horses. This helped me understand how to communicate with them better. Together we took their polo experience to another level!!

Nick Snow

Team USPA Member

Location: Hamilton, Massachusetts

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Home Club: Myopia Polo Club

Nick Snow has a 4-goal outdoor handicap, is a Team USPA member, a Team USPA Equus & Co. Award recipient, a BB Rated Certified Umpire, and serves on the USPA NYTS and Junior Committees. Nick grew up in a polo family, playing outdoor polo in Boston in the summers at Myopia and then went on to play intercollegiate polo. His teaching career began when he was in college. The club needed more players to be competitive as a team, so Nick began teaching his peers. It was through this experience that he found a love for teaching and coaching. As a member of Team USPA, Nick was asked to run drills and coach at a lot of youth clinics. One of Nick’s most recent endeavors is coaching at the NYTS Championship. Nick is currently working outside of polo; however, he enjoys helping at his local club in Boston in the summers.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

Coaching the winning team of the 2015 NYTS Championships!

Carolyn Stimmel

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Houston, Texas

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Carolyn has been a member of the USPA for 32 years and earned her USPA Certification in 2015. Carolyn was initially invited to participate in a Baker-Linfoot clinic at Eldorado Polo Club at 19 years old. The experience was a catalyst for a lifetime of involvement in polo. Initially, Carolyn worked for Paul Walton under Barlee Flander’s leadership and honed her skills. Today she is currently a Certified Horsemanship Association Level 4 Master Instructor in Western Trail and Jumping, and certified through the American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman. Carolyn is on the USPA Junior Polo Committee and teaches lessons at the Houston Polo Club.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“A wonderful teaching memory for me recently came in the form of a text and picture. Upon relocating to another city I heard from a group of young ladies who were competing at an I/I tournament. I had previously worked with the team for more than two years. A VERY enthusiastic text and exuberant picture was sent to me showing the team at the tournament. It was not the score that was important in the text it was gratitude and happiness the young ladies exemplified. They were thanking me for being apart of their journey. This made me realize teaching goes way beyond a particular lesson in the arena. The Team continues to update me and make me apart of their success and losses. I realized from seeing the pictures and updates the young ladies play from their hearts whether winning, or sustaining a loss. They love the sport of polo. This brings me great joy to know they continue on and I had the honor to be a small step in their journey”

Contact Carolyn today to learn more about polo lessons in Texas!

Patrick Uretz

Team USPA Member

Location: Santa Barbara, California

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Home Club: Santa Barbara Polo Club

Jorge Vasquez

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

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Jorge has been a member of the USPA for 26 years and earned his USPA Certification in 2015. Jorge knew from a young age he wanted to be around horses, but quickly learned he was too big to be a jockey. He began grooming which segued into his success in polo. Jorge currently teaches a high school team and the University of Kentucky team, with many MVPs and a National Championship win. Additionally, Jorge holds a BB Outdoor Umpire rating, contracts as an instructional clinician for the USPA, and is active on the Arena Committee. Jorge is also certified through the Certified Horsemanship Association and brings those safety practices into his teaching style.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Having a non-rider take a lesson for the first time, look at me and say, ‘I freaking love this!’”

Contact Jorge today to learn more about polo lessons in Kentucky!

Branden Van Loon

Team USPA Member

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

 

Location: Bethany, Connecticut

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Branden earned his USPA Certification in 2016 and has been a member of the USPA for 15 yers. He initially learned to play polo in the Cornell Interscholastic program with David Eldredge. He played through college at Cornell where he was the captain of his team his junior and senior years. His team made it to Intercollegiate Nationals all four years he played there and he was selected for Team USPA in 2014. His career as a polo instructor began when he started teaching on a consistent basis at Great Meadow Polo Club. They had a large number of players that started out with minimal polo experience. Through lessons and coaching his students were able to advance into tournament competition at various levels of play. Branden currently teaches at the Yale Polo and Equestrian Center in Bethany, CT. He coaches Yale’s Interscholastic and Intercollegiate teams. He is a certified umpire on the grass as well as in the arena.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“My favorite teaching memory has to be having the opportunity to watch polo give one of my teenage players such a sense of self confidence both on and off of the field. This sport provides players with tools and connections that they will benefit from for the rest of their lives.”

Josie Vidic

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Weatherford, Texas

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Josie has been a member of the USPA for 13 years and earned her CPI Certification in 2016. She grew up riding on her family’s farm and participating in local riding club, which featured Polocrosse. Josie’s first polo job was working for D Bar T Polo Team under Dennis Trescott, Simon Martineau, and Santiago Wulff. From there, she began helping Simon with group lessons in exchange for private lessons. This segued into working in Argentina seasonally from 2003-2005 where she worked for Federico Teves of El Relincho Polo. Josie had the opportunity to do everything from breaking horses to training young strings and playing. After Argentina, Josie played with a Reserve National Championship Team at Colorado State University and was named a Regional All Star and a National All Star. Her teaching career started in 2004, teaching youth and adults at her home club Willow Creek Polo Club in Elizabeth, Colorado, which she would later own and operate her school from. Today Josie works as a contract instructor for the USPA Free Clinic Program, is a NYTS Tournament manager, and teaches private lessons out of her home base in Weatherford, Texas. Josie has won many USPA Tournaments, Best Play Pony Awards, and is a Level III English Instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Some of my favorite memories include teaching new college players while helping them prepare for Varsity Intercollegiate polo try outs. Each of these individuals succeeded in making the Varsity polo team. I’ve also enjoyed teaching youth and seeing their progression as they move into NYTS tournament play. Overall, I love watching people smile when they learn something new. I enjoy sharing my passion for the sport with others, just as others have shared their passion with me.  I also have fun teaching horses the sport and helping them progress into their careers as polo ponies.”

Contact Josie today to learn more about polo lessons in Texas!

Emmalyn Wheaton

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Detroit, Michigan

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Emmalyn has been a member of the USPA for 14 years and earned her USPA Certification in 2015. Emmalyn initially got her start in polo in college at Michigan State University when a friend invited her to try out for the team. Currently she teaches at the Detroit Polo Club where she’s been for 10 years and coaches the University of Michigan polo team. Additionally Emmalyn coaches the Detroit Interscholastic team and hosted NYTS tournaments.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Seeing members of the Michigan State University that I taught come back to play polo at the Detroit Polo Club! It is so rewarding the see the “Polo Circle of Life” fulfilled!”

Contact Emmalyn today to learn more about polo lessons in Michigan!

Jennifer Williams

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Farmington, Connecticut  &  Wellington, Florida

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  • Phone: 561-846-1661
  • Email: jwilliams@farmingtonpolo.com

Jennifer has been a member of the USPA for 28 years and received her USPA Certification in 2016. She was first introduced to polo when she attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She had some riding experience and had played many stick sports at high levels such as lacrosse and ice hockey. She began teaching polo when she was an assistant manager for Rege Ludwig at his Charlottesville, VA clinics during the summers while in college. She would teach friends and family how to play polo on the weekends just for fun. Approximately 2 years ago, she decided to leave her finance career and dive into polo full time at Gulfstream Polo Club in Wellington, FL. She currently teaches at Farmington Polo Club in Farmington, CT. She was hired in May 2016 to resurrect the club by improving membership development through a curriculum and polo school while also attracting current players to their facility. Jennifer is on the USPA Arena Committee and has been involved in NYTS through horse rental. She also holds an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) Certification as an equine specialist.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I have always enjoyed watching confidence grow in each student I instruct. One in particular had a lot of trouble in school, often being bullied by his class mates. Polo was his comfort zone and gave him an outlet where he could grow and thrive on his own. He built up enough confidence and had guidance for other adult students to stand up for himself and have higher self-esteem. He loved the sport but it went deeper than that for him and that it made his whole life brighter.”

Contact Jennifer today to learn more about polo lessons in Connecticut or Florida!

Erik Wright

USPA Certified Polo Instructor Certifier

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Erik has over 25 years of professional experience playing, coaching, and teaching people to play polo. A USPA endorsed instructor, Erik has the ability to make playing polo possible for everyone, regardless of previous riding experience. He has been interviewed on television and featured in articles about the sport of polo for Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Gentry Magazine, and Sidelines magazine. Erik holds clinics around the country, where he has introduced thousands of new players to the sport.

Erik has been actively involved in helping the United States Polo Association create new standards for training, safety, and rules in competitive play. He is also the founder and manager of WrightWay Polo, a leading facility in northern California that provides polo instruction to players of all skill levels, in addition to providing horses for various major polo events such as the Scottsdale Polo Championship, the Veuve-Cliquot Polo Classic, and the National Youth Tournament.

Mason Wroe

Team USPA Member

USPA Eligible Clinician

 

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  • Phone: 432-559-7169
  • Email: mwroe307@yahoo.com

Home Club: Houston Polo Club

Mason Wroe grew up in a horse family. His father played polo and his mother was a jumping/dressage instructor. Mason started teaching when he was a student at Texas A&M University. He would teach polo to club members who were new to the sport or new to riding. Mason, rated 4-goals outdoor, currently travels around the “polo circuit” and he is quick to teach at a Youth Player Outreach (YPO) clinic, umpire Team USPA chukkers and offer tips to any player looking to improve their game. Mason not only lends a hand to programs including but not limited to I/I, NYTS, YPO, and TUSPA but is also on the committees of these programs. In 2012, he won the High Goal Achievement Award for his participation and performance in high goal competition. In 2016, Mason won the Team USPA Equus & Co. Award for his involvement and reciprocation in the program. He has also won numerous BPPs and MVPs along his high goal journey.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

I enjoy seeing someone finally get it. Being able to say those certain words that resonate perfectly. Or show someone a simpler way that makes sense to them. It brings me great pleasure to be able to help someone and then see them improve with my own eyes.