The Harvard Polo Club is currently based in Ipswich, MA and plays at the Myopia outdoor arena in Hamilton, MA (about 40 min north of Cambridge by car). Our string of 15 ponies is stabled in Ipswich, and the team practices and plays in the arena.
Practices are held up to four times weekly, including men's varsity, women's varsity, and junior varsity practices on weekday afternoons. We have a team van which transports the team from the Harvard campus to Ipswich.
Matches are held on weekends throughout our fall and spring season. Please see our schedule for more information.
Costs are covered by a combination of an annual Harvard Sports Club activities grant from the Undergraduate Council, donations from alumnipolo players and enthusiasts, special benefit events and annual dues from the club members. Dues for undergraduate participants are $1250 per year for varsity players and a discounted rate for junior varsity players, which includes regular practice sessions with coaches from September through mid November and March through May. The Harvard Polo Club operating budget goes mainly to the upkeep our horses, including associated management, vet bills, shoeing and other expenses, as well as compensation for our coaches.
Team members are encouraged to have their own equipment including helmet, mallets, breeches, boots and knee guards. The total cost for fully new equipment is approximately $500. Used equipment will be provided for those who want to experiment at one or two riding sessions before committing to join the team. All tack, bandages, etc. for the horses is provided by the team.
"Polo is one of the oldest team sports known to man, being over 2,000 years old. A Polo match or game consists of 4-6 Chukkers (periods), each Chukker lasts for 7 1/2 minutes. Players are given a ranking or “Polo Handicap” by the governing body of the sport annually. The ranking system in polo is from a -1 to 10, ten being the best. Traditional attire for a polo player includes a helmet, a mallet, a pair of riding boots, a pair of knee guards and white pants for tournament matches. Players use a “Polo Mallet” in the right hand to strike the ball. Polo is played on horseback and horses used for polo are traditionally called “Polo Ponies”. Polo ponies can be any breed and/or size of horse that the player chooses. Winning a polo match is determined by which team scores the most “Goals”. A goal is scored by striking a “polo ball” through the goal posts centered at each end of the polo field. Teams change directions after each goal is scored to accommodate any field or weather advantages. Unlike many other team sports which require players to stay within a zone, polo players are free to move anywhere on the field as they pass the ball between team members traveling at speeds of up to 35 mph. in an effort to score goals."
-- Courtesy of the American Polo Horse Association and www.americanpolohorse.com.