Pony Club & U.S. Polo Association Working Together
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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Pony Club and U.S. Polo Association Working to Get Young People in the Game
January 18, 2012 (Lexington, KY)
– The United States Pony Clubs has announced that the sport of Polo
will be officially recognized as a Pony Club discipline during the 2012
USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium next week in New Orleans. The
U.S. Polo Association (USPA), polo’s national governing body, has been a
resource activity for Pony Club since 1980. Polo has built a strong
foundation to support the new collaboration and its long-term objective
to develop horsemanship interest in youth.
joint venture between USPA and Pony Club has been years in the making
and the Lexington-based entities will work closely together in a
cross-promotional effort to attract young riders to both organizations. Pony
Club and The USPA are excited about this unique collaboration and the
opportunities it presents for young equine enthusiasts to play polo and
take advantage of everything America’s first team sport has to offer.
have a solid infrastructure in place and feel polo can offer an overall
great experience for the U.S. Pony Club and its members to help develop
their horsemanship skills,” said USPA Executive Director Peter Rizzo.
"We are grateful to the U.S. Pony Club for helping us make polo more
accessible to young riders everywhere as our sport grows and continues
to expand in popularity.”
are thrilled to officially include polo as one of Pony Club’s
equestrian disciplines,” said Pony Club CEO Kevin Price. "As with all
riding competitions and activities supported though Pony Club, the sport
of polo provides members with an opportunity to demonstrate their
horsemanship and sportsmanship in a structured competitive environment.”
celebration of this special partnership, the USPA plans to offer a free
introductory membership to Pony Club members and is currently working
with its member clubs and other polo entities to offer educational
clinics this year for local Pony Clubs located around the country
including the Lexington area. Pony Club has a great track record of
success in teaching riding, safety, and horsemanship skills – all
important building blocks for learning to play polo.
About U. S. Polo Association -
The U.S. Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of
promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member
Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo
tournaments, competitions, and games, and providing rules, handicaps,
and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including
the safety and welfare of participants and mounts. For more information,
please visit, www.uspolo.org.
About Pony Club- The
United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) was founded in 1954 as a
nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship
through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top
equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many
business professionals, government leaders and career military officers,
have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4
through age 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program.
There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers
in 43 regions throughout the country www.ponyclub.org.