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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 11 photograph an event at the polo club and found it very intriguing," said member Michelle LaVasque. "I had done hunter/jumpers in the past, but quickly developed a love for polo. Fast forward a few years later and I have convinced my husband to play and he is loving it too! I guess you could say we are both hooked on polo thanks to OKC Polo Club." Whether for a lesson, practice or game, most Sundays turn into an event with polo as the focal point. "It has kind of turned into a family," said Steppe. "Every Sunday we all hang out and barbeque or potluck after games. Judy does a great job of coordinating everything for the asados and people pitch in and bring guests. I have never heard of anyone having a bad time when they come out. David and Judy have opened up their home to all of us and there is not a time that we go out there and do not have fun. We bring friends and family out to watch and we get so many compliments from people about how great it is to be at the club." Polo surely has the potential to grow in the Great Plains Circuit thanks to the hard work and dedication of the OKC Polo Club. "I think both grass and arena polo have the potential to grow at our club," said Ragland. "There is an equestrian program developing in our area with the use of an equestrian trail that has recently opened in the downtown area, as well as a facility called Stockyard City that is in the urban area of Oklahoma City. We would love to see an arena eventually built at Stockyard so that we could teach some of our lessons there. For now, we are focused on continuing to educate and grow the sport in our area and look forward to the future." For those interested in learning more about OKC Polo Club, please visit their website at www.okcpoloclub.com and make sure to "Like" them on Facebook (@OKCPolo) and Instagram (@okcpoloclub). The club has seven or eight horses that it uses in its lesson program. As people advance, the club has horses for sale and rent. David Ragland teaches a young rider. The club's goal is to get more players involved in polo. MICHELLE LAVASQUE MICHELLE LAVASQUE

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