If you are on this list because you expressed an interest in Polo, it’s now that time when you can come see the matches and see what a friendly group of people we are, and how much fun it is to chase a ball down the field with your teammates riding nearby hoping you’ll score a goal or get a pass.
This year, we hope to play on Tuesdays (7pm), Wednesdays (7pm), and Sundays (4pm).
We will also play on Fridays (7pm) if demand warrants.
Tuesdays and Fridays are exclusively friendly skill building games suitable for beginners.
On Wednesdays and sundays, I’ll schedule some slower ones for those who are comfortable at a slow canter.
As you can see, we are having lots of polo intended for beginners so don’t be afraid if what you see is too fast for you. We can arrange for lessons for you at any time that’s mutually convenient ($50/hour private lesson, horse and tack included except you need boots with heels and preferably your own riding helmet).
Depending on the weather tomorrow, we’ll be on the field to play and practice polo at 7.
Because it’s early in the seasons, I won’t organize anything until I see who shows.
Tomorrow and Wednesday nite, I will be at the barn between six PM and six-forty five PM to take membership fees.
At six forty five, I will leave the barn to go play on the field.
— this is a good time for past members to pay their fees and register — all fees are due on June 1st.
— if you know how, you can send funds by email to this email ID.
— cheques should be made to Manotick Polo Club or pay by cash.
— Please note: you need to be a member to carry a polo mallet on the property.
— For insurance reasons I need printed proof that you joined the Ontario Equestrian Federation
— joining can be done online: http://horse.on.ca/membership/.
— bring me a receipt or a membership card.
Wednesday nite SEVEN PM will be the start of our polo season.
Game starts at 7 sharp. The throw-in is at 7 PM.
You will need to bring both a solid black shirt and a solid white shirt every time you come (in case the teams change).
Black (or very very dark blue) and Totally White Folks — that’s the two shirt colours this year.
Show up in something that’s ambiguous and you will be asked to borrow a shirt from someone.
The DAY BEFORE A GAME, you will need to email me how many chukkers you want to be in and if you want them to be fast or not fast. Please do not phone it in. Please do not send me an email that you don’t plan to play – it just fills my inbox and makes it hard to recognize who will and won’t play.
So this means you send an email by Monday midnight if you want to play on Tuesday.
Tuesday midnight if you want to play on Wednesday.
Saturday midnight if you want to play on Sunday.
I will try to alternate between the slow and fast but this may not always be possible due to availability of horses, riders, and horse conditioning.
The first two Chukkers will be five minutes apart, then a ten minute break, then five minutes apart between 3 and 4.
It will be up to you to book your chukkers the day before.
Late entries will not be accepted after I’ve sent out the chukker list.
I will send out the chukker roster first thing in the morning on the day of the match.
I will not be delivering chukker lists to the field this year.
Sundays will be run the same as Wednesdays on weekends matches start at 4pm.
That’s right: FOUR PM — this is different than last year which was 1pm.
Four PM lets people get some chores done or do something with their family in the first part of the day.
It’s also after the hottest part of the day which is better for the horses.
The throw-in is at four PM.
If you would like to or are planning to lease a horse, contact me and let’s get it going. The horse isn’t getting fit with you not riding it and that’s going to restrict the polo you can play.
Here’s four of us who went to an Umpire Clinic last weekend ….