The United States Polo Association is proud to present our accomplished Certified Polo Instructors. Be sure to contact one of our talented instructors for lessons in your area!

Instructor: Ynyr “Khai” Agon

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

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Ynyr “Khai” Agon received his USPA Certification in 2017 after being in polo for 25 years. Agon’s polo career began in 1992 when he was 16 years old at the Honolulu Polo Club. From there, he moved to Carlos Galindo’s ranch in Indio, California and eventually on to the San Diego Polo Club where he lived on site for eight years grooming and training horses. It was there that he also picked up shoeing and began a side career as a farrier. Khai then traveled back and forth from California to Texas to Florida, playing and working for very influential players in the polo world. Khai made a name for himself all over the country before returning to Hawaii in 2011. He returned to the Honolulu Polo Club where he started a polo school in 2016. He believes that patience, empathy and positive reinforcement are all necessary when teaching horses and humans. Khai is now the Honolulu Polo Club Operations Director and Polo School Manager.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“It usually happens every lesson- the moment that the light goes off in the student’s head, ‘I can do this.'”

Contact Khai today to learn more about polo lessons in Hawaii!

Instructor: James Armstrong

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Franklin, Tennessee

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James has been a member of the USPA for 26 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. He has a 4 Goal handicap and grew up in a polo playing family in South Africa. James is a fourth-generation polo player- his father, grandfather and great grandfather were all accomplished polo players. He began teaching polo in Nashville at the Nashville Polo Club, where he has been the manager for over 15 years. He founded the Franklin Polo Academy in Franklin, Tennessee in 2015. James is a former member of the National USPA Handicap Committee and recently received the Life Time Achievement Award from Chukkers for Charity Annual Polo Match for his involvement with the event for 20 years.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“That would have to be my three sons recently started riding and taking polo lessons with me. Their ages are 11, 9 and 5.”

Contact James today to learn more about polo lessons in Tennessee!

Instructor: David Brooks

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Hurdle Mills, North Carolina

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David joins the CPI program after having been a member of the USPA for 16 years. David started the Triangle Area Polo Club in 2011 which has achieved immense success with over 20 members in 2015. David is currently a Level C Umpire, has teams involved in both the I/I program and NYTS, serves on two USPA committees, and is a certified master saddle fitter.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“My most recent was watching my girls I/S [Interscholastic] team improve this fall. In October, they played their first game as a team vs. Garrison Forest and looked like fish out of water. They worked hard for 3 months and won 1 game and lost a close semifinal to UVA at prelims. Probably the only time I’ve ever felt good after a loss.”

Contact David today to learn more about polo lessons in North Carolina!

Instructor: Stuart Campbell

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Sarasota, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia

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Stuart has been a member of the USPA for 21 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. He grew up show jumping with his Mum and sisters, giving him a solid riding background for when he took after his father and started playing polo. Stuart started teaching polo in Sarasota, Florida to help get new players involved in the sport. Stuart currently teaches in Sarasota during the winter seasons, and teaches in Atlanta and Tallahassee the rest of the year. He has had students receive Most Improved Player awards at Sarasota, Stuart has won the Best Penalty Shooter award the past 2 years in Sarasota, and a few of his horses have won Best Playing Pony awards.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Bringing in many new players that couldn’t ride to becoming accomplished players. I’ve also enjoyed teaching my 2 kids and watch them improve over the years where we can now enjoy playing with each other.”

Contact Stuart today to learn more about polo lessons in Georgia and Florida!

Instructor: Robert C. Ceparano

Honorary USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Medford, New York

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Bob has been a member of the USPA for 28 years and earned his USPA Certification in 2016. He began his polo career when he attended a clinic with Red Armor at Meadowbrook Polo Club in 1987. He purchased Country Farms in Medford, NY in 1996. He started a riding lesson program in late 1997 then introduced polo to his facility in 1998 when he started his youth program. He currently teaches at Country Farms from mid-October through mid-May. He then moves to Old Westbury, NY, which is 30 miles from midtown Manhattan, and teaches there from mid-May through the end of September. Bob has continued his youth program and has had several teams go to Open Interscholastic Nationals. In addition to running a very successful polo program, Bob has held a BB rating in the Umpire Program for many years and is currently on the Arena Tournament Committee. In Bob’s more recent accomplishments, he received the 2016 Russ Sheldon Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arena Polo.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“When you’ve been teaching a student something that’s difficult for them to grasp and the dime finally drops down.”

Contact Bob today to learn more about polo lessons in New York!

Instructor: Kit Collins

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

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Kit received his USPA Certification in 2017. Kit started playing polo in 1968, when he worked at the Houston Polo Club, for Will Farish. It was there that the late Joe Barry taught Kit how to swing a mallet and hit the ball in a wooden cage. At Joe’s suggestion, Kit went to college at New Mexico State University. In 2001, he created the first totally portable hitting cage, utilizing a mechanical horse & digital video to do computerized swing and riding analysis. Like techniques used in golf and other sports, he refers to his invention as Virtual Polo. Over the last 16 years, he has traveled with his hitting cage from San Diego to the Hamptons and from Miami to Toronto, visiting as many clubs as possible. He has also traveled with his camera and computer to Buenos Aires, Argentina & Melbourne, Australia. For many years, Kit did video analysis at the Field Cup at Cornell University  to assist Umpires in the review process. Kit is also a PATH Certified Riding Instructor and has also been working with Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to train Wild Mustangs.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Coaching a long-time player, (He had been playing for 40 years.) explaining to him the swing mechanics and showing him on the computer how to make that work for him. He said he had taken lesson from many High Goal Players and never understood what they were trying to get him to do. He was dumbfounded by how easy it was to make a small change for a dramatic and immediate difference.”

Contact Kit today to learn more about Virtual Polo!

Instructor: Anthony Condo

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Ithaca, New York

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Anthony has been a member of the USPA for 13 years and earned his USPA Certification in 2016. Anthony’s polo career began during the winter of 2003 at an adult beginner’s clinic hosted over the intersession break at Cornell.  This was after riding at Cornell’s Oxley Equestrian Center over the previous summer and seeing arena polo played on rainy days in the area. After showing a keen interest in the sport, David Eldredge asked him to be more involved in helping the program, being as he was a local and could consistently help the team over the years in whatever manner he could provide.  That started with accompanying the kids to away games, umpiring chukkers and games, teaching students of all-levels, all the while striving to become a better player himself. He has been teaching and coaching with Cornell Polo since 2004, making this year his 13th season with the program.  He teaches first-year, junior varsity, and varsity players of all riding and playing levels year-after-year.  Since 2015, he has been the acting coach/organizer of the Cornell Interscholastic Polo Program, and has coached their Open division team during their season for the past two years and counting. Additionally, Anthony has been a USPA certified umpire since 2007 and has actively umpired at the pre-Regional, Regional, and National levels.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I love to see the joy on my kids’ faces when they win their tournament games at any level they participate.  This is particularly true since at the Interscholastic level, our kids have all come in knowing nothing about the sport and in some cases, very little about riding.  So, to see them learn from us and translate that knowledge into wins on the field is really special to me.”

Contact Anthony today to learn more about polo lessons in New York!

Instructor: Ken Cresswell

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

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Ken earned his USPA Certification in 2016, and has been a member of the USPA for 29 years. He grew up at West Hills Stables in New York, and learned about horse care and polo from his mother, Maret, and Hall of Fame member Joe Rizzo. He played in his first real polo game at the age of 10, and had first polo job with Paul Rizzo. Ken then worked for others, including former USPA president Bill Sinclair and Dave Rizzo, and began teaching polo in 1992 while running the Diamond Ranch in South Hampton, New York. Ken was a member of the 1992 FIP team, and introduced polo to Turks and Caicos in 2016 where he ran their first polo clinic. For the last 6 years Ken has taught with Country Farms and Meadowbrook Polo Club in New York and recently relocated to Aiken, SC where he started his own polo school, Flat Out Farms.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I love when a student successfully learns a new play on the field or a new skill. Instant positive feedback for them.”

Contact Ken today to learn more about polo lessons in South Carolina!

Instructor: Ernest V Darquea

Honorary USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Olympia, Washington

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Ernest has been a member of the USPA for 28 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. His polo career began when he started playing at Cornell University. There he was coached by freshman team coach Steve Kraus and Varsity coach Danny Scheraga. Ernest went on to give lessons at Royal Palm Polo Club in 1992. Since then, he has moved to Olympia, Washington where he now conducts polo clinics and gives lessons to kids and adults. Ernest is in the process of building a core group of kids to compete in Intercollegiate/Interscholastic tournaments.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

 

Coaching the USC team for a couple of years. I love getting a new group of little kids started.

Instructor: Mario Dino

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Saratoga Springs, New York

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Mario received his USPA Certification in 2016. Mario was first introduced to polo at a young age while watching his friends play in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he got a bit older he started to work around horses and wanted to be a part of the polo world. He was mentored by professional player Raul Rayina and eventually went on to groom for games and train green horses. Grooming gave him the opportunity to travel to England where he worked for a few years. The idea of American polo intrigued him so he made his way over to Indio, California in 2004. Working in California eventually brought him to Florida where he transitioned from working high goal polo to low goal polo. The more relaxed lifestyle of low goal polo gave him to opportunity to learn more about teaching, play more polo and even with the USPA President’s Cup. Mario began teaching in 2010 when he realized that was his true passion within polo. Mario is admired for his travels and experience within the sport; as he has observed the best players of the world, watched the best horses in the world and worked with various clients all over the country. Mario started his polo school in Saratoga, New York where he is very passionate about his students and his I/I program.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Some of his favorites memories are from the kids… The learning never stops with this and the training of staff has been a big part of this. I want perfection on everything and I am working very hard on perfection for this business.”

Contact Mario today to learn more about polo lessons in New York!

Instructor: Hesham Elezaby

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Erwinna, Pennsylvania

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Hesham received his USPA Certification in 2016 and started playing polo in Egypt at the age of 11 in 1968. He reached a 3 goal handicap in Egypt and the United States. Hesham began teaching polo in 1993 when he started his own polo club, Tinicum Park Polo in Erwinna, PA. He is currently the instructor and manager of Tinicum Park Polo, teaches at Bairfield Polo Club and is the Princeton University polo coach. In addition to coaching and managing a polo club, Hesham is a Certified Umpire.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“To start with student who did not have polo or riding experience and they became a good polo player.”

Contact Hesham today to learn more about polo lessons in Pennsylvania and New Jersey!

Instructor: Julie Empey

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: San Diego, California

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Julie received her USPA Certification in 2016 and has been a member of the USPA for 13 years. She started playing in San Luis Obispo with Central Coast Polo Club owner, Megan Judge.  It was a Jr. College course of “How to play polo, no experience needed!” She later began as a support system to Russ Sheldon in Poway. She would teach new players the basics who were trying polo out for the first time.  Julie would play against their interscholastic kids to help them prepare for their tournaments each year. She became very involved on and off of the field with the interscholastic program at Poway. She was elected and worked as both the Delegate and President of Poway Polo Club before coming to San Diego. Julie is currently in a new position as the Arena Manager and polo instructor at Surf Polo Club in San Diego, formally known as San Diego Polo Club. She is also the coach of the Surf Polo Club’s Interscholastic teams. In addition to her roles at Surf Polo Club, Julie is on the subcommittee for the USPA Interscholastic/Intercollegiate program.  She is a USPA Certified Umpire in the arena and is on the Pacific Coast Arena League committee.  Julie has been a horse provider and managed horse strings for the Intercollegiate, Interscholastic, Polo America, and the Townsend Cup tournaments, to name a few. Julie has also been a USPA Club Delegate for two clubs in the Pacific Coast Circuit.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“My most recent PCAL season I had a group of kids that were the “Underdogs”.  Those kids came together and I was honored to coach them through an undefeated season against both kids teams and adult teams.”

Contact Julie today to learn more about polo lessons in California!

Instructor: Sheila Everett

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Columbus, Ohio

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Sheila became the first Certified Polo Instructor in the country in 2015, after having been a member of the USPA for 25 years. Beginning with her grandfather’s love of the game, Sheila played and helped hot walk his horses. Sheila started grooming during college, where she met her future husband who is a third generation player. They started Alpine Polo School in 2009 and have been teaching lessons ever since.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Helping a student regain her confidence after a bad experience with another instructor. She not only continued with lessons but also bought her first horse, truck, and trailer.”

Contact Sheila today to learn more about polo lessons in Ohio!

Instructor: Francesca Finato

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Gilroy, California

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Francesca is the founder and manager of South Bay Polo Club and South Bay Polo, Inc., a horse care and training operation. Francesca received her USPA Certification in 2017. Originally from Palo Alto, California, Francesca’s polo career began grooming for local players at the Menlo Polo Club. Francesca went on to attend Cal Poly where she played Intercollegiate polo and expanded her polo knowledge under the tutelage of Erik Wright. After college, she pursued a career in Construction Management, but her passion for polo pulled her away and she began working with Erik Wright in Menlo Park, Indio and Burbank, California. Erik taught her how to run a club, how to teach new and experienced players, and how to fine tune horses for optimal play. She started South Bay Polo Club six years ago and began teaching lessons, hosting clinics, starting South Bay Polo’s Interscholastic Open and Girls teams in 2015, and hosting NYTS Tournaments each year. Francesca has successfully brought outdoor and arena polo to residents of the San Jose and Southern Bay areas.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I had a new student start playing last year. He had never been on a horse when he started in March. He was so dedicated to learning the sport, that in August he played in his first zero goal tournament! He even marked the 2 goal pro on the other team for a few plays and was effective. He came off the field on cloud nine and ended up purchasing his first horse by the end of the season! Although he got caught in a few fouls during the games, it was so rewarding to see how much fun he had and how improved he was as a player after just a few short months.”

Contact Francesca today to learn more about polo lessons in California!

Instructor: Ethan Galis

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Austin, Texas

Ethan has been a member of the USPA for 5 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. Ethan initially became involved in polo in college through the University of Texas Polo Club. He had ridden in various three-day-eventing competitions in Area V successfully competing through the 1-star level since age 9. After joining the polo club at college and falling in love with the being taught the specifics of the sport by his coaches at the time, Jason Atkins and Cuatro Tolson, he got heavily involved at the UT club. He was so involved that he was Vice President and finally President of the UT polo club his last year in school. He initially began teaching polo at the UT polo in his junior year, and was accepted into the USPA-RPC Internship Program after graduating. He was offered mentorships with various Polo School Managers/instructors such as Tom Goodspeed and Mark Prinsloo. He took over the Big Horn Polo Academy shortly after completing these mentorships. Ethan currently teaches a small group of up-and-comers at the Central Texas Polo Association in Austin, TX. In addition to instructing, Ethan is involved in the USPA Contract Clinician program performing mainly arena clinics at clubs around the nation and is certified Level 3 Instructor with the Certified Horseman’s Association. One of Ethan’s most recent accomplishments was receiving the RPC Internship Grant from the USPA in November of 2015.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“This summer, when one of the students I had the pleasure of teaching at the Big Horn Polo Academy, Harry Caldwell, was selected for the Zone 2 team at the National NYTS Championship tournament at Myopia Polo Club.  It was fantastic to see how far he’s come, playing tournament polo with kids of his age.”

Instructor: Liz Holson

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

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Liz joins the CPI program after having been a member of the USPA for 10 years. She began playing polo while at Skidmore College, when she decided the Intercollegiate polo program looked more fun than the riding team!

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Getting to work with so many awesome people at clubs across the country!”

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Instructor: Megan Judge

Honorary USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Los Osos, California

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Megan has been a member of the USPA for 21 years and earned her USPA Certification in 2015. Megan grew up playing polo in California with her grandfather, Bill Carter. When Megan began playing collegiately at Cal Poly she was the only member on the team who played outdoor and began taking on the instructor role for her peers and friends. Currently Megan is the coach for the Cal Polo Team, Central Coast Polo Club and is the owner and manager of the Central Coast Polo Club, started in 2002. Megan currently has teams competing in Middle School Tournaments, NYTS, Open and Girls Scholastics, Men’s and Women’s Collegiate and competes in many tournaments herself. In addition to coaching, Megan is a certified umpire (CC arena, CT outdoor), a member of the Arena Committee, Club Development Committee, I/I Committee and works with local Pony Clubs.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“In 2013 the Central Coast Polo Club Girls team defeated the Eldorado Open team (all boys) in a preliminary/qualifying match, by a score of 14-7. It definitely gave me a huge smile…. I don’t think the boys were in shape, but it was a win none the less!”

Contact Megan today to learn more about lessons in California!

Instructor: Robert Koehler

Honorary USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Gravette, Arkansas

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Bob has been a member of the USPA for 28 years and earned his Instructor Certification in 2015. Growing up in western New York Bob was exposed to arena polo as a young teen through a local work-to-ride type program where he was mentored by local talent Bob Stuerzbecher, Ron Sullivan, and Harold Frey. Bob has managed several clubs over the last decades including the Columbine Equestrian Center and Polo Club and Denver Polo Club. Additionally Bob has led intro and advanced coaching clinics for juniors 2014 to present resulting in four out of six players making varsity high school polo team. In 2013, Bob and his wife Susan started Northwest Arkansas Polo Club where they offer lessons, a polo school, and junior summer camps. Bob and Susan are also active in the community hosting free intro to polo clinics.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“To see a young man who rode jumpers and worked for me pursue polo as a career successfully, in addition to some of the students investing in the sport by building clubs and teams that serve people today, and continue to expose people to polo. I also love seeing horses go on to play polo for a lifetime.”

Contact Bob today to learn more about lessons in Arkansas!

Instructor: Savannah Kranich

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Culver, Indiana

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Savannah has been a USPA member since 2005 and received her USPA Certification in 2016. She made the switch from showing hunters and equitation to polo her first year in high school at the Culver Academies. Polo was a new aspect of horses for her, and she wanted to give it a try. Fast forward to today, and Savannah is the Assistant Director of Admissions at Culver Academies and the coach for the Girl’s Interscholastic team. Savannah originally coached the JV IEA team at Culver but could not stay away from polo! She switched to coaching polo in the fall of 2012 after four years of coaching the IEA team. Savannah also coaches the Equestriennes, a girl’s mounted drill team honor organization at Culver. In her time coaching the Culver girls, the Girls’ Varsity teams have been Girls’ Interscholastic Central Regional Champions in 2013 and 2016. In 2016, her team advanced to the Girls’ Interscholastic National Tournament.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“One of my favorite teaching memories will have to be from the 2016 Girls’ Interscholastic Tournament. The girls were asked to speak about themselves and give a unique fact about their team. Their unique fact was that they call me Mom. As their coach, they are not just students on the team I coach, but I truly think of them as my children. It is an honor to be called Mom, and it makes me work harder every day to be the best the coach for the girls that I can be.”

Contact Savannah today to learn more about polo lessons in Culver, IN!

Instructor: Paul Kuhn

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Patterson, New York

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Paul received his CPI Certification after being a USPA member for 29 years. Originally from Zimbabwe, Paul began playing as a youngster with his father, Dennis Kuhn. Paul was one of the founding members of the Umzari Polo Club. Paul moved to the US in 2002 and has been teaching at Haviland Hollow Polo Club in New York since 2009.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Watching the Haviland Hollow high school team play in the Regional finals in Toronto after having coached them for 2 years. “

Contact Paul today to learn more about polo lessons in New York!

Instructor: Edgar M Little III

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Culver, Indiana

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Edgar has been a member of the USPA since 1972 and received his USPA Certification in 2016. His polo career began when he was invited to play at the Midland Polo Club in Midland Texas in 1967. He began teaching polo ten years later in 1977 when he worked at the Midland Polo Club. He taught lessons to help bring in new membership that facilitated horse sales. He started his career at Culver Academies in 1991 when he took the position as Polo Coach and Equitation Instructor. He received the Regional Umpire award that same year. He took over the Director of Horsemanship position in 1995 and continued coaching polo until 2007. Edgar has hosted many player, umpire and coaching clinics at Culver Academies. He is currently the mentor to the CMA and CGA coaches, assisting them with practices and often umpiring matches as a Certified Umpire with the USPA. He is certified with the Certified Horsemanship Association as a Director of Horsemanship, the Culver Academies Stable, and all Instructors. He is also an Instructor for the Culver Leadership Academy; a program using horses to teach basics in leadership.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Novice polo is my favorite; getting the students hooked on the game. Working with my son at 9 years old whom developed into a collegiate National Champion.”

Contact Edgar today to learn more about polo lessons in Culver, IN!

Instructor: Sue Lukashevich

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

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Sue received her certification in 2016 and has been a member of the USPA since 1984. Sue went to North-Central College in Naperville, Illinois and taught hunt-seat riding lessons at Fairlane Farms. It was there that she was introduced to polo by Walt and Shirley Kuhn. She did some instructing in Naperville but her teaching career took off when she started full time at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in 1984. Sue is the current polo instructor at Chukkar Farm Polo Club in Alpharetta, GA and has been there for 3 ½ years. She is a member of the Equine Welfare Committee and holds a certification in Natural Horsemanship.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Helping with the Celebrity Team and Chukkars For Charity Program”

Contact Sue today to learn more about polo lessons in Georgia!

Instructor: Robert Lyn Kee Chow

Honorary USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Aiken, South Carolina

Robert has been a member of the USPA for 20+ years and earned his USPA Certification in 2016. Robert initially got his start in polo through his godfather Ray Godfrey. Robert currently teaches for the USPA through the free clinic program and works primarily as an Umpire where he is involved in the National Youth Tournament Series, Interscholastic/Intercollegiate, and indoor/outdoor tournaments throughout the year. Robert also serves on several USPA committees and does club consultations.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“When the lights go on in a students mind and they understand a concept!”

Contact Robert today to learn more about polo lessons in South Carolina!

Instructor: Kim Maguire

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Boxford, Massachusetts

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Kim joins the CPI program after having been a member of the USPA for 22 years. Beginning at Byfield Polo as the first youth in the club, Kim honed her skills playing in women’s tournaments, local tournaments, and grooming/managing pony strings for professionals at Myopia Polo and Sarasota Polo Club. Adding to her accomplishments, Kim is also a farrier.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I love working with youth! It is an incredible responsibility but an even greater privilege to be able to be the person who teaches a young kid the responsibility of not only showing up to play the game but also be responsible for the four legged animal that makes it possible to play the game.”

Contact Kim today to learn more about polo lessons in Massachusetts!

Instructor: Kelli McLean Newton

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Orange County, California

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Kelli has been a member of the USPA for seven years and received her USPA Certification in 2016. Being an avid equestrian rider since the age of 4, she was introduced to the sport of polo through her equestrian facility in Coto de Caza.  Lead by her mothers enthusiasm, the family purchased her the Mother’s Day lesson package and she and Kelli had their first lesson with CPI Heather Perkins. Together, they were hooked! Kelli became a member at OC Polo club in 2011 and got her first polo pony. After graduating from Baylor University, she began working for Heather Perkins and assisted Heather with her Interscholastic students and new players. Orange County Polo Club will be opening up a new facility at Rancho Silverado Stables, located in Silverado Canyon. Orange County will introduce arena polo to the community and surrounding areas.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?
My favorite memory was working with my mom, and teaching her how to transition from dressage to polo. She loves polo as much as me! My mom is a member at OC Polo and has her own polo pony, “Appy”.  She was named USPA’s most improved player in 2015.  I love playing club chukkers with my mom. I’m very proud of her.

Contact Kelli today to find out how to get polo lessons in Orange County!

Instructor: Heather Perkins

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Orange County, California

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Heather joins the CPI program after having been a member of the USPA for approximately 15 years.  Growing up in the hunter/jumper world in Huntington Beach, CA, Heather found polo when she was 15 as a way of getting more riding experience and making money. Years later she was presented with the opportunity to manage OC Polo and never looked back. Heather is currently a certified umpire, runs the Pacific Coast Arena League, and has 12 students involved in two competitive Interscholastic teams.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I just really like introducing new players to the sport.  One of my favorite teaching moments was when I gave Kelli Newton (one of the top dressage young riders in the nation at the time) and her mom their first polo lesson.  Kelli had grown up in the highly disciplined equine environment and I really enjoyed teaching her the game and watching her get so much enjoyment out of it.  Now (5 years later), Kelli is rated 1 goal, both she and her mom own polo horses, and Kelli is working for us at OC Polo.”

Contact Heather today to learn more about polo lessons in California!

Instructor: Peter Poor

Honorary USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Newbury, Massachusetts

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Peter has been a member of the USPA for 49 years and earned his USPA Certification in 2015. He comes from a polo playing family with his grandfather, uncles, and father all involved in the sport; he first began playing at the age of 6 and was taught primarily by his father. In 1983 he began teaching polo as a way to keep active in the sport and build a business that would take him into retirement. Currently Peter teaches at his farm in Newbury, at the Stage Hill Polo School, and at Myopia Polo Club, as well as other venues. Peter’s involvement in the USPA has been extensive through the years. He was the Governor of the Northeast Circuit for 12 years, and is currently serving as a Governor at Large. He was Chairman of the USPA Tournament Committee for 12 years, and is still currently an active member of the committee. Additionally he sits on the Equine Welfare Committee at Myopia Polo Club and is a Massachusetts Certified Equine Instructor.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“My proudest accomplishment has been my 3 daughters’ involvement in the sport of polo. Each was taught riding and playing skills as well as horsemanship and good conduct as a competitive player. Each of my daughters is now actively involved in the sport in her own way, carrying on the family tradition in polo.”

Contact Peter today to learn more about polo lessons in Massachusetts!

Instructor: Frankie Questel

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Tyrone, Georgia

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Frankie received his USPA Certification in 2017. His family is heavily involved in polo- his uncles and cousins all play and his father and brother are professional players. Polo has been a way of life since childhood for Frankie. He learned to ride when he was 4 years old and started playing polo at the age of 9. He played Interscholastic polo and began teaching Poway’s Interscholastic program. His career in polo took him all over the country until he landed in Atlanta where he began to work for Jolie Liston at the Atlanta Regional Polo Center. He started teaching lessons and coaching the I/I teams. He has now been teaching at the Atlanta Regional Polo Center for five years and currently coaches the Emory University Women’s team.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Teaching one of my younger students how to play. He has been taking lessons with me for more than two years. He was a very quiet kid at first. I have enjoyed watching him grow as young man and a polo player. When he figured out how to do flying lead changes, I literally jumped across the arena with excitement.”

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Instructor: Jeff Scheraga

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Santa Barbara, California

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Jeff has been a member of the USPA for 16 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. Jeff comes from a polo family and grew up around the sport.  His teaching career began at only 9 or 10 years old when he started teaching the polo swing to Cornell University students! He entertained himself at the barn by spending his time in the hitting cage perfecting his swing. Jeff started to take his own polo career more seriously when he got to high school and the Cornell Interscholastic team needed another player. When he was around 18 years old, his father started a local group of 4 or 5 students who were interested in learning the sport. He took on a teaching role again at their home field in Preble, New York. Jeff moved on to the west coast in 2010 and started teaching in the Bay Area in California, starting the first ever Interscholastic team in the Bay Area in 2012- Horse Park Interscholastic Polo. In 2016, the California State University, Monterey Bay Intercollegiate Polo Team was formed. Jeff has been a USPA Certified Umpire for over 10 years and now serves on the USPA Rules Committee. Most recently Jeff’s Interscholastic string won the Best Playing Pony and Best string in both the Interscholastic Open Regionals and Girl’s Regionals. In Spring 2017 Jeff took a position with Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club as their head instructor.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Seeing the growth of the Students that I started in polo. Most notably Aaron Schnieder at Skidmore and Tommy Costelo who is now playing for the Empire Interscholastic Team. I’d like to believe that I was able to lay a foundation of good fundamentals in my students that allows them to build future success wherever they go in the sport.”

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Instructor: Jenny Schwartz

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Poolesville, Maryland

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Jenny received her USPA Certification in 2016 and has been a member of the USPA for 10 years. She started polo lessons as a middle school student at Garrison Forest School. She went on to play for Garrison Forest’s Interscholastic team winning two Women’s Interscholastic National Championships under Cindy Halle. After graduating from Garrison Forest in 2011, Jenny went to Virginia Tech, a college that did not have a polo team. She decided to start one with the help of the Interscholastic/Intercollegiate Polo Development team. She was able to get equipment, horses, built a small practice arena and got the club going. She coached all of the students that went through the program until she graduated in 2015. Jenny received the 2015 Intercollegiate Female Player of the Year award. After graduation, Jenny started a USPA internship with Melanja Jones at Capitol Polo Club in Poolesville, MD. After the season ended, she began an internship with Justin Powers. Since then Jenny has worked with Team USPA horses in Wellington, managed NYTS tournaments, managed I/I tournaments, worked on various Polo Development projects and is now running a polo school at Seneca Polo Club in Poolesville, MD. Jenny started this polo school in the spring of 2016. Jenny most recently received the Polo Development Individual Excellence Award in the fall of 2016.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“My favorite teaching memory will always be the Women’s Intercollegiate Preliminary Tournament in the winter of 2015. I had been coaching dozens of Virginia Tech students while being a student myself and the Varsity team finally was at a level where they could compete in tournaments. I had gone three years with playing very little polo and only coaching students so they could get to the point of being competitive. I played alongside them in my senior year. We lost in the finals but my teammates played a competitive and safe game of polo all using the skills I taught them.”

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Instructor: Max Secunda

Honorary USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Vero Beach, Florida

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Max has been a member of the USPA for 26 years and received his USPA Certification in 2016. He was first introduced to polo by his stepfather, Julian Hipwood. He began teaching polo by giving lessons to John Walsh and his son, Hayden. From that point on Max continued to teach polo and has now been teaching in Vero Beach for 12 years. In addition to instructing in Florida, Max is a USPA clinician, traveling to different clubs giving clinics to a variety of students.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I’ve helped a few new players discover the joys of great horses. Helping to manifest that feeling in them, the feeling that drives truly passionate polo players for years to come has been my greatest pleasure.”

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Instructor: Carolyn Stimmel

Honorary USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Houston, Texas

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Carolyn has been a member of the USPA for 32 years and earned her USPA Certification in 2015. Carolyn was initially invited to participate in a Baker-Linfoot clinic at Eldorado Polo Club at 19 years old. The experience was a catalyst for a lifetime of involvement in polo. Initially, Carolyn worked for Paul Walton under Barlee Flander’s leadership and honed her skills. Today she is currently a Certified Horsemanship Association Level 4 Master Instructor in Western Trail and Jumping, and certified through the American Quarter Horse Association Professional Horseman. Carolyn is on the USPA Junior Polo Committee and teaches lessons at the Houston Polo Club.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“A wonderful teaching memory for me recently came in the form of a text and picture. Upon relocating to another city I heard from a group of young ladies who were competing at an I/I tournament. I had previously worked with the team for more than two years. A VERY enthusiastic text and exuberant picture was sent to me showing the team at the tournament. It was not the score that was important in the text it was gratitude and happiness the young ladies exemplified. They were thanking me for being apart of their journey. This made me realize teaching goes way beyond a particular lesson in the arena. The Team continues to update me and make me apart of their success and losses. I realized from seeing the pictures and updates the young ladies play from their hearts whether winning, or sustaining a loss. They love the sport of polo. This brings me great joy to know they continue on and I had the honor to be a small step in their journey”

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Instructor: Frank M. Stubblefield III

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Culver, Indiana

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  • Website: www.culver.org/Polo

Frank took his fist polo lesson in June of 1972 at Culver Military Academy Summer School and has now earned his USPA Certification in 2016. His mother signed him up for polo on a whim, as she had just found out that Prince Charles was also taking lesson that summer so her son should also! He has continued to play polo since then and was hired by Culver Academy in 2011 as a member of the Horsemanship Staff as the Polo Coach, Rough Riding Coach and Horsemanship Instructor. Frank teaches at Culver Academy year round. He is the Interscholastic Coach for Culver Open team, in addition to coaching their Novice and Junior Varsity polo teams. His girls team took home the I/I Central Regional Champions title in 2012 and his players from his program have moved on to play Intercollegiate Polo at Colorado State, University of Connecticut, Texas A &M, and University of Kentucky. He received an Arena Umpire C rating through the Polo Training Foundation. Frank is also a certified CHA instructor.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“The look on a student’s face after their first goal in a game.”

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Instructor: Sammie Uys

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Franklin, Tennessee

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Sammie received her USPA Certification in 2016. She decided to take a polo lesson on a whim at the Kentucky Horse Park from Jorge Vasquez. She quickly fell in love with the sport and within a few months, she moved to Lexington to pursue a job in the polo industry. She then went on to work at the Nashville Polo Club where she won the Groom of the Year Award in 2014. Sammie began teaching polo at Franklin Polo Academy in May of 2016 with James Armstrong.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Watching a handful of quiet 4-H girls quickly learn the sport and grow competitive. They played in front of our event crowd and did so well. I was very proud of them.”

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Instructor: Branden Van Loon

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Bethany, Connecticut

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Branden earned his USPA Certification in 2016 and has been a member of the USPA for 15 yers. He initially learned to play polo in the Cornell Interscholastic program with David Eldredge. He played through college at Cornell where he was the captain of his team his junior and senior years. His team made it to Intercollegiate Nationals all four years he played there and he was selected for Team USPA in 2014. His career as a polo instructor began when he started teaching on a consistent basis at Great Meadow Polo Club. They had a large number of players that started out with minimal polo experience. Through lessons and coaching his students were able to advance into tournament competition at various levels of play. Branden currently teaches at the Yale Polo and Equestrian Center in Bethany, CT. He coaches Yale’s Interscholastic and Intercollegiate teams. He is a certified umpire on the grass as well as in the arena.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“My favorite teaching memory has to be having the opportunity to watch polo give one of my teenage players such a sense of self confidence both on and off of the field. This sport provides players with tools and connections that they will benefit from for the rest of their lives.”

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Instructor: Jorge Vasquez

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Lexington, Kentucky

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Jorge has been a member of the USPA for 26 years and earned his USPA Certification in 2015. Jorge knew from a young age he wanted to be around horses, but quickly learned he was too big to be a jockey. He began grooming which segued into his success in polo. Jorge currently teaches a high school team and the University of Kentucky team, with many MVPs and a National Championship win. Additionally, Jorge holds a BB Outdoor Umpire rating, contracts as an instructional clinician for the USPA, and is active on the Arena Committee. Jorge is also certified through the Certified Horsemanship Association and brings those safety practices into his teaching style.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Having a non-rider take a lesson for the first time, look at me and say, ‘I freaking love this!’”

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Instructor: Juan Vidal

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

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Juan has been a member of the USPA since 1991 and received his USPA Instructor Certification in 2017. Juan was born in Argentina and began playing polo at a young age, his career in teaching began in his early 20’s in the South of France. Juan is the founder of Alegria Polo Academy in Doylestown, plays polo professionally at Brandywine Polo Club and is an AFA Certified Farrier.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

” I love teaching equestrians a new sport or polo players that have plateaued supporting polo at several local clubs. We are a polo school at Alegria Polo Academy. We help build players skills in horsemanship, swing mechanics, game strategy and working as a team. Specific Memory is of students brand new to polo who I taught at Alegria Academy and are now members of USPA, 1 joined Lancaster Polo Club another Tinicum Polo Club and playing in the Main Game Day Matches this season. I am proud of my students success on the polo field.”

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Instructor: Josie Vidic

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Weatherford, Texas

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Josie has been a member of the USPA for 13 years and earned her CPI Certification in 2016. She grew up riding on her family’s farm and participating in local riding club, which featured Polocrosse. Josie’s first polo job was working for D Bar T Polo Team under Dennis Trescott, Simon Martineau, and Santiago Wulff. From there, she began helping Simon with group lessons in exchange for private lessons. This segued into working in Argentina seasonally from 2003-2005 where she worked for Federico Teves of El Relincho Polo. Josie had the opportunity to do everything from breaking horses to training young strings and playing. After Argentina, Josie played with a Reserve National Championship Team at Colorado State University and was named a Regional All Star and a National All Star. Her teaching career started in 2004, teaching youth and adults at her home club Willow Creek Polo Club in Elizabeth, Colorado, which she would later own and operate her school from. Today Josie works as a contract instructor for the USPA Free Clinic Program, is a NYTS Tournament manager, and teaches private lessons out of her home base in Weatherford, Texas. Josie has won many USPA Tournaments, Best Play Pony Awards, and is a Level III English Instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Some of my favorite memories include teaching new college players while helping them prepare for Varsity Intercollegiate polo try outs. Each of these individuals succeeded in making the Varsity polo team. I’ve also enjoyed teaching youth and seeing their progression as they move into NYTS tournament play. Overall, I love watching people smile when they learn something new. I enjoy sharing my passion for the sport with others, just as others have shared their passion with me.  I also have fun teaching horses the sport and helping them progress into their careers as polo ponies.”

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Instructor: Emmalyn Wheaton

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Detroit, Michigan

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Emmalyn has been a member of the USPA for 14 years and earned her USPA Certification in 2015. Emmalyn initially got her start in polo in college at Michigan State University when a friend invited her to try out for the team. Currently she teaches at the Detroit Polo Club where she’s been for 10 years and coaches the University of Michigan polo team. Additionally Emmalyn coaches the Detroit Interscholastic team and hosted NYTS tournaments.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“Seeing members of the Michigan State University that I taught come back to play polo at the Detroit Polo Club! It is so rewarding the see the “Polo Circle of Life” fulfilled!”

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Instructor: Jennifer Williams

USPA Certified Polo Instructor, Level 1

Location: Farmington, Connecticut  &  Wellington, Florida

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  • Phone: 561-846-1661
  • Email: jwilliams@farmingtonpolo.com

Jennifer has been a member of the USPA for 28 years and received her USPA Certification in 2016. She was first introduced to polo when she attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She had some riding experience and had played many stick sports at high levels such as lacrosse and ice hockey. She began teaching polo when she was an assistant manager for Rege Ludwig at his Charlottesville, VA clinics during the summers while in college. She would teach friends and family how to play polo on the weekends just for fun. Approximately 2 years ago, she decided to leave her finance career and dive into polo full time at Gulfstream Polo Club in Wellington, FL. She currently teaches at Farmington Polo Club in Farmington, CT. She was hired in May 2016 to resurrect the club by improving membership development through a curriculum and polo school while also attracting current players to their facility. Jennifer is on the USPA Arena Committee and has been involved in NYTS through horse rental. She also holds an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning) Certification as an equine specialist.

What has been one of your favorite teaching memories?

“I have always enjoyed watching confidence grow in each student I instruct. One in particular had a lot of trouble in school, often being bullied by his class mates. Polo was his comfort zone and gave him an outlet where he could grow and thrive on his own. He built up enough confidence and had guidance for other adult students to stand up for himself and have higher self-esteem. He loved the sport but it went deeper than that for him and that it made his whole life brighter.”

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Certified Polo Instructor Certifiers

The USPA is proud to present our talented Certifying team that have dedicated their time and energy to upholding the standards of the Certified Polo Instructor Program and working with Instructors across the country.

Certifier: Kris Bowman

As the Executive Director of the USPA Polo Development LLC, Kris is responsible for the multi-million dollar developmental polo programs funded by the USPA, such as PDI, Team USPA, National Youth Tournament, and Interscholastic and Intercollegiate programs.

Kris has been CEO of the internationally acclaimed Polo Vacations training academy since 1993, formerly headquartered at the prestigious Palm Beach Polo & Country Club. She has managed polo clubs and polo schools around the country for over 20 years at venues such as Potomac Polo School, Vero Beach Polo Club, Great Meadow Polo, New Orleans PC, Sun Valley, and many more. In addition to teaching polo to thousands of players, she has been responsible for making the Instructor / Managers forum what it has become today and is the founding inspiration behind the PDI program, Team USPA, and the CPI program. She considers the Certified Polo Instructor program her greatest achievement so far.

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Certifier: Tom Goodspeed

World renowned polo instructor and author Tom Goodspeed has spent four decades in the sport of polo. He has been a National Collegiate Champion, professional player (achieving a 5 goal handicap outdoors and 9 in the arena, receiving the Arena Player of the Year award), and Captain of the LA Colts & Stars thru the historic Pro Arena Polo era in LA. In addition, he has managed clubs for over 20 years. He is a noted horse trainer and USPA Certified Umpire, has served on various USPA committees, and is a sought-after polo coach.

Tom began playing polo at Joy Farm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the age of 12, delivering newspapers to pay for his riding and polo lessons. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Tom went on to manage a couple of the top equestrian facilities in the country. He specialized in polo management both in San Diego, CA, for 14 years and Pine Plains, NY, for 6 seasons. He coached the Culver Academy Teams for 4 years. He currently coaches the collegiate program for SMU in Irving, TX.

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Certifier: Cindy Halle

While a student at UC Davis, Cindy won four National Women’s Intercollegiate Championship titles, ultimately acquiring a three-handicap in the arena and a two-handicap outdoors. Cindy has played all over the U.S. as well as Argentina, and has won numerous tournaments as a player on the grass and in the arena throughout her career.

She moved east in 1986 to be the polo coach at Garrison Forest School, in Owings Mills, Maryland. She grew and improved the polo program, coaching her Garrison girls to five National Girls’ Interscholastic Championship titles. After a ten year hiatus, she returned to GFS in 2007 and guided the team to National Championship titles in 2009 and in 2011. Her players have garnered five PTF Interscholastic Player of the Year awards. Her high school players have also gone on to play polo in college, taking on leading roles in no less than fourteen National Women’s Intercollegiate Championship teams since 1990.

In addition to her GFS students, Cindy has a large number of junior and adult polo students, including several Interscholastic teams from the nearby West Shore Polo Club. In 2015, her West Shore team of boys won the Open Interscholastic National Championship.

Cindy created the MGP program through the Baltimore Community Foundation. She also umpires and does clinics for Intercollegiate, Pony Club and club teams. She is an active playing member of the Maryland Polo Club during the summer months.

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Certifier: Mark Prinsloo

A native of South Africa, Mark has played polo much of his life and has trained horses (2 of the horses Mark trained have won Best Playing Pony in the US Open) and taught players for the last 20 years. Growing up in a family of polo players and horse trainers, he played polo competitively in South Africa from an early age. As a 4 goal professional, Mark played worldwide, which eventually brought him to the US to play. Now a 3 goal pro, Mark is actively engaged in growing the sport of polo in Houston, Texas.

In conjunction with the Houston Polo Club, Mark started the Step Up program, which enables players to follow a step-by-step progression to gradually grow their polo skills.

In 2012, with the help of Barlee Flanders, he started a nationally competitive Interscholastic program, for which he coaches and provides horses. He is the Director of the USPA Regional Polo Center Program at the Houston Polo Club.

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Certifier: Robin Sanchez

Robin Sanchez grew up under some of the best coaches and instructors of the game – including Corky Linfoot, Ronnie Tongg, Graham Thomas and Rege Ludwig.
Robin ran and coached the successful Florida Junior Polo program from 2000-2007, and Brushy Creek Polo Ranch from 2007 until its closing in 2010.

Robin also managed and taught lessons at several polo clubs, has given polo clinics and run polo camps around the country, and coached several I/I teams. She spent many years as a Field Director for the Polo Training Foundation. She was Director of Content at Poloskilz.com, which she helped Kim Snider create to bring polo instruction to the internet.

Robin is active on several USPA committees. She is a Certified Horsemanship Association Master Instructor and ACI certifier, an AQHA Professional Horseman, Hurlingham Polo Association certified overseas polo instructor, and USPA certified umpire at the BB level, both arena and outdoors. She is a CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor and an ASEP certified sports coach. Robin has also been trained as an EMT and an ImPACT test proctor.

In addition to her efforts with USPA and the sport of polo, Robin is a sustainable agriculture farmer and, quite possibly, the only vegetarian raising beef cattle.

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Certifier: Scott Weir

Scott began working with the Certified Polo Instructor Program as a program developer and Certifier in late 2015. Scott has been a member of the USPA for 25 years, all of which have been spent at the Toronto Polo Club and Foxden Farms. Scott originally found polo through a polo clinic at Cornell with David Eldredge when he was 17. Prior to teach polo Scott was an English riding instructor. In addition to instructing, Scott has several competitive Interscholastic and Intercollegiate teams, which compete at National competitions yearly.

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Certifier: Erik Wright

Erik has over 25 years of professional experience playing, coaching, and teaching people to play polo. A USPA endorsed instructor, Erik has the ability to make playing polo possible for everyone, regardless of previous riding experience. He has been interviewed on television and featured in articles about the sport of polo for Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Gentry Magazine, and Sidelines magazine. Erik holds clinics around the country, where he has introduced thousands of new players to the sport.

Erik has been actively involved in helping the United States Polo Association create new standards for training, safety, and rules in competitive play. He is also the founder and manager of WrightWay Polo, a leading facility in northern California that provides polo instruction to players of all skill levels, in addition to providing horses for various major polo events such as the Scottsdale Polo Championship, the Veuve-Cliquot Polo Classic, and the National Youth Tournament.

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Honorary Instructors

The USPA Certified Polo Instructor Program would like to thank the following Honorary Instructors for their time and effort in contributing to the development of this program. These instructors were awarded Honorary status by demonstrating success in polo instruction for 20+ years.

Adam Snow

Barlee Flanders

Bob Ceparano

Bob Koehler

Carolyn Stimmel

Cindy Halle

Cissie Snow

Corky Linfoot

Dan Keating

Danny Scheraga

David Eldredge

Domingo Questel

Ed Armstrong

Erik Wright

Ernie Darquea

Henri duToit

John Gobin

John Westley

Jorge Vasquez

Juan Salinas

Kathy Linfoot

Kimo Huddleston

Lezlie Hiner

Lizzie Beer

Lou Lopez

Mark Prinsloo

Max Secunda

Megan Judge

Mike McCleary

Peter Poor

Rege Ludwig

Robert Lyn Kee Chow

Robin Sanchez

Scott Lancaster

Scott Weir

Tom Goodspeed

Trevor Wells

*Instructors with Honorary Certified Polo Instructor status may or may not have the following: a USPA background check, CPR Certification, current instructors insurance, concussion training, a current USPA membership or other requirements of the program.