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Introduction to Polo

Looking for an unusual gift? Polo: a game that involves hitting a small ball with a long stick whilst travelling at speed on board a vehicle with a mind of its own.

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Availability: Runs Saturdays in winter (October to March) and Saturdays and Sundays in summer (April - September). Weather: Polo is rarely cancelled due to bad weather. Duration: Your two hour lesson will be followed by an instructional chukka follows, concluding around 11.30am, then there are either polo matches or practise sessions for you to watch in the afternoon, finishing around 5pm. Numbers On Day: There is usually a ratio of 4 to 6 participants per instructor. Spectators: Spectators are welcome at the club and can watch play from the grandstands. Dogs are allowed, provided they are well behaved and kept on a lead. Dress Code: Dress warmly and comfortably. Wear jodhpurs if you have them. Bring riding boots or a pair of substantial shoes or boots with a low, solid heel (no high heels!). Bring a pair of thin leather or cotton gloves and a riding hat if you have them. Guidelines: Exit M25 at junction 11 and follow signs to A320 Woking, then A319 Chobham. In Chobham, turn right at the T junction onto B383, turn left onto Steep Hill and left again onto Woodcock Lane. The club is immediately right at the end of the lane. Alternatively exit the M3 at junction 3, taking A322 Lightwater then A319 Chobham, once there follow directions as above. The polo grounds are on the opposite side of the road to the yard and offices. Restrictions: Minimum age is 6. Minimum height is 5'. Minimum weight is 6 stone, maximum 20 stone. Please let us know when booking if you weigh more than 15 stone, so we can ensure a suitable horse is available. Suitable for experienced riders and complete novices. Other Info: Lunch isn't included in this experience, but is available on the day at an extra charge. After your experience you can watch a full match between two club sides. The rules of the game dictate all players must use the polo stick with their right hand.

Sounds insane? Find out for yourself at the world's largest polo training academy. Start off being briefed on the basic rules and theory of polo by expert instructors. Then have lots of time to practice polo riding, ball hitting, hooking, and riding off. After training change into proper polo gear and mount your horse, and then it's time to put what has been learnt into practice by playing an instructional chukka. Afterwards why not stay and watch other matches? Fast-paced, skilful and with the fantastic sound effect of thundering hooves, polo is a great sport to play and to watch.

Chobham, Surrey

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