The finest polo players are those who truly understand their equine better half, which is why centaurs make great polo players. Establish a kindred horse-human connection with today's Groupon to Stage Hill Polo in Newbury. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get two private riding lessons (a $75 value).
- For $35, you get one group polo lesson (a $90 value).
Owned by 50-year polo veteran Peter Poor, Stage Hill Polo schools visitors in the equine arts of steed steering and polo playing within a safe, scenic setting. During each one-hour riding lesson, students begin by learning the details of feeding and caring for the horse, as well as how to properly suit themselves and their four-legged companion in the correct riding accouterments. From there, riders will saddle up on one of the stable's able-bodied steeds, where they'll practice walking, trotting, and impersonating Clint Eastwood as they mosey along the school's verdant greens.
Sportier saddle fillers can opt for the one-hour group polo class, in which students receive a primer on the rules of this ancient game favored by kings and those who play them on TV. Once acquainted with the sport, you'll get to try your hand at some of its fundamental skills, such as guiding your pony toward the goal post and hitting the ball from atop your furry perch. Conducted at low intensity in a small paddock, each class will conclude with a safe scrimmage, during which riders will face off in a winner-takes-all match for bragging rights and a lifetime supply of collared T-shirts.
Stage Hill Polo
As the head of Stage Hill Polo, owner and instructor Peter Poor—who has been featured in the Boston Globe—draws on more than 50 years of polo experience to teach the game to students of all skill levels. After guiding students to their provided horses and mallets, Poor teaches his students all about polo strategies and the game's terms and phrases, such as "chukkers," "bumps," and "that's not a football." He holds lessons in a small paddock so that riders can learn the sport in a low-intensity atmosphere. Poor welcomes all skill levels and oversees friendly scrimmages during which students can put their newly acquired skills to the test.
42 Low St.
Newberry, Massachusetts 01951