Polo Players Edition

SEP 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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10 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N importantly, everyone here learns and has fun from day one, when they start their first lesson, to the day they buy their own horse." Horse ownership is taken seriously at the club and the process is carefully considered for each rider. "My husband and my boys began playing polo through OKC Polo Club," said member Espanta Steppe. "David is so good at helping match riders and horses. Sometimes building your string can be a gamble if you are inexperienced, but David takes the time to help us try and play horses that work for us. When you have the right horses, that someone with your best interests at heart has helped you pick out, then it just adds so much to your confidence and makes playing the games even better." Although spectating games is encouraged at OKC Polo Club, the main goal is to get new riders playing polo. "We are a private club, and we have a social membership that works on a recommendation basis," said Ragland. "Our goal is to get more players involved in polo. We are very happy to have people come and observe and participate, but the ultimate objective is to get new people on horses." This goal has been repeatedly met as new members embrace the sport and encourage their families to play as well. "I was asked a couple years ago to Ragland is good at matching riders and horses. Having the right horse helps build confidence. The club includes two barns, two practice fields, an arena, track and full-size polo field. Devan Groves MICHELLE LAVASQUE NICOLE RAGLAND OKC Polo Club founder David Ragland JAMIE RUSSELL

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