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Polo School

Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club offers polo instruction throughout the summer. Players can take individual instruction, join a group lesson or compete in coaching league chukkers. There are a lot of options to select that best fit your schedule and enthusiasm. 

  • Polo Clinics
  • Individual lessons
  • Group lessons
  • Coaching league practice chukkers
  • Pro pool club chukkers

Intro to Polo Clinic

For new players, the polo school begins with a 1 day clinic offered on the weekends at select times during the summer. The clinic will give a new player exposure to the sport so they can decide if they want to progress to coaching league or lessons.

  • Polo introduction
  • Foot mallet practice and basic swing techniques
  • Horse tack, prep and equipment for polo
  • Riding skills for polo
  • Basic hitting Techniques 
  • Wooden horse practice
  • Polo rules and strategy introduction
  • Practice chukker

Coaching LEague

There is no better way to learn the sport than to play. The coaching league teaches people new to the sport the rules of the game and gets them comfortable playing. Pros play on either side directing and coaching people so they understand the rules, stay safe and and a fun time. Coaching league plays chukkers every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the summer at 6pm in the evening. Students are suggested to sign up for 2 classes a week for a 4 week period. Horses are provided and pros are on the field coaching and hitting the ball up to people. Individual Lessons

Individual Lessons

If you feel that private lessons are needed to help your riding or swing, we can schedule individual lessons. Lessons will be scheduled in the afternoons between 1 and 5 pm weekdays and on the weekends as available outside of our practice chukker schedule.


Polo school costs

Coaching league

2 days/week for 4 weeks    $640
1 day/week for 4 weeks       $400

Individual lessons

package of 4 lessons          $400
single lesson                        $120

Mallets

Pablo's Mallets                     $125  (custom ordered from Pablo's Mallets in Indio, Ca)

Meet the Instructor
Ernie Darque 

Ernie began riding as soon as he could walk on his family ranch in Ecuador. While attending Cornell University, he joined the Cornell arena polo team where he competed throughout college. After a short trial at ranching in Ecuador, Ernie decided to go into polo full-time back in the United States. 

Ernie got his first taste of high goal polo when he did an apprenticeship under Joey Casey with Jack Oxley’s high-goal team, Ft Laudedale, in Boca Ratón, FL. After that, he played as a professional polo player spending time in SunValley, Idaho and Florida.

Upon moving to California, he stablished an arena club in Los Angeles, Centaur Polo, at the LA Equestrian Center and California Polo Club. He also managed horses and played at the Will Rogers Polo Club in Pacific Palisades for many years.

Ernie is a USPA Certified Instructor and has been in the NW teaching and training horses for the last 6 years. He joined The Seattle Polo Club two years ago where he manages the playing horses and runs the polo school and training program. He and his wife Misti live and train horses in Olympia, Washington.

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Facility location

The Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club is centrally located in the Seattle Tacoma area just outside Enucmclaw Washington. The facility is located less than an hour from downtown Seattle, 45 minutes from Bellevue and 30 minutes from Tacoma.

25901 SE 400th Street
Enumclaw Wa. 98022

 
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Wooden horses are a great way of perfecting your swing on the ground. You can work on your balance and leg position on the stationary horse before you get on the field. The time you spend on the wooden horse pays dividends when you stick and ball on the field.