Welcome to Stanford Polo!
Welcome to the official home of Stanford Polo Club, one of the oldest club sports at Stanford University. Stanford Polo Club was founded in 1919 as part of the field artillery program for Stanford R.O.T.C., and while the club has undergone many transformations over the years and is no longer associated the military, it has stayed true to its legacy of strong student development, hard work, and the pursuit of excellence in polo. The Polo Club offers students the opportunity to learn about riding and polo, horse care and barn management, and it helps fulfill Stanford’s goal of providing a truly broad education. Day to day operation of the club is managed entirely by students, and with the help of dedicated volunteer coaches and a visionary advisory board, the Polo Club has continued to grow and develop into a more and more successful organization. This dedication has been rewarded by several Regional Championships and appearances at the National Intercollegiate Championship, and club members look forward to more victories in the future.
Over the first weekend of spring break, Stanford Polo played at the Western Regionals Tournament hosted at CalPoly. This tournament determines which teams in our region will go to Nationals, and is much anticipated every year.
The Men’s team put in a strong showing. Led by team captain, Erich Schloss, the team beat Idaho University to make it to the finals. Although the men lost their final game to last year’s National Champions, Westmont, we are really proud of their improvement over the season. The men’s team had a less consistent group of players than usual because of a variety of polo and non-polo related injuries over the course of the season. We were really impressed by the work put in by Eric Birdsall and Jack Cook to get back into playing shape, as well as freshman Ehson Kolbehdari’s willingness to jump into varsity chukkers.
The women played a tough first game against a very determined Oregon State. The Stanford women held their own through the first part of the game, but Oregon State picked up momentum in the second half to win the game. All of the team really fought hard, and with many of the more experienced players returning next year, we are looking forward to a competitive next season. We’re especially glad that co-captain Katrina Pura was able to stay around one more year and lend her strong presence on the field.
Compared to many of the other collegiate polo regions, the western region is fairly small. Regionals is always a fun time of camaraderie as we reconnect with teams and players from all over the region. Thank you to our coaches Heather Lake and Mike Zeliger for helping us improve throughout the year! The level of polo was very impressive this year, and we’re looking forward to next year! Congratulations to Westmont Men and Cal Poly Women and good luck at Nationals!
Stanford Polo is looking forward to a fun but productive spring. All of the horses got the first week or two of spring quarter off. We have trail rides, scrimmages, Grilled Cheese, and the annual inter-club tournament planned. We’re looking forward to it and hope to see our alum at Grilled Cheese! Stay tuned for the date!