Welcome to the Sarasota Polo Club
Polo isn’t just a sport with a rich history, it’s a community. The Sarasota Polo Club is one of the largest, most dedicated and enthusiastic polo communities in the world. An estimated 50,000 polo spectators will be on hand during our polo season.
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About Our Sport
There is nothing else like it. Polo is an exhilarating exhibition of teamwork and coordination between horse and rider. The oldest recorded team sport in known history, the first polo matches were played in Persia over 2500 years ago. Initially created by competing tribes of Central Asia, polo was taken up as a training method for the King’s elite cavalry. These matches could resemble a battle with up to 100 men to a side. The modern age of polo began in the early 19th Century when British soldiers discovered the game in India and took up the sport, prompting its spread to the West.
About Our Club
Established in 1991 as the first development in Lakewood Ranch, the Sarasota Polo Club has a remarkable legacy. In 1922 our property was settled as a 28,000-acre timber ranch. Originally the cowboys who worked on our ranch began playing knock-around polo games in their free time. Riding their quarter horses with stock saddles, using make-shift equipment and knowing very little about polo, the cowboys played by their own rules. Rule #1 was the first rider to fall off their horse bought beer for the team, a tradition that remains in place today. Eventually mallets, saddles and a few polo ponies were donated to the “cowboy games,” and, in 1991 a real polo club was born.
Learn to Play Polo
If you watch polo as a spectator, you may find the idea of learning to play daunting. On the contrary, polo can be enjoyed by everyone, both men and women of any age. A passion for learning something new and exciting is all one needs to start playing the game. The Sarasota Polo Club offers a unique program enabling people of all ages and abilities to learn to play or just learn to ride. Students will learn basic horsemanship, swing mechanics, rules of the game and most importantly- have fun!
We Salute our Players! Through their dedication and commitment to the sport, Sarasota Polo is able to provide our community with the most exhilarating sport played today.