What to Expect in Your First Polo Lesson

If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a million times—“Anyone can play polo.” It’s true!

Contrary to what you might expect, you don’t have to be an advanced rider to saddle up one of our polo ponies. Beginners do just fine! Believe it or not, there are no prerequisites for getting started, just the desire to play the most exhilarating sport in the world.

At the Denver Polo Club, we believe that no matter where you came from or how you got here, you have what it takes to play the Sport of Kings and we want to show you how!

So what can you expect to learn at your very first polo lesson?

“We work from the ground up,” says Erica Gandomcar-Sachs, owner of the DPC and a global polo champion. “We’ll give you a crash course in polo that includes the basics: riding, game strategy and rules, and we teach you the four basic shots – off-side forward, off-side back, near-side forward and near-side back.”

Believe it or not, after just one lesson, many students will be ready to jump into a chukker! You might not be galloping full speed right off the bat, but you’ll move forward more quickly than you thought possible.

The club, which hosts its outdoor (grass) season between June 1 and Aug. 31, welcomes new students to polo and thus, new players to its teams all year long. Join us in April and May for arena lessons and again after the outdoor season in September and October for great post-season lessons.

“We want to break down the barriers,” Erica says of bringing the sport of polo to the masses. Although the sport is often thought of as accessible only to an elite—and rich—few, we’re working hard to ensure anyone who wants to try it can do so.

Denver Polo Club holds events every Sunday this summer and invites the community to come watch and enjoy the world’s most exciting sport for free!

To schedule a lesson or for more information, call us at (303) 791-7656.

Kim DeLashmitPolo 101