Discover the World of Polo
The Polo Induction Programme (PIP) will introduce you to the exciting sport of polo & riding, practical & theoretical horse care and the growing industry of leisure & tourism. Created with the goal of making the sport of polo more accessible, to welcome and teach the next generation of polo players. The programme is designed to accommodate all ability levels, from those with little or no riding experience through to accomplished riders.
It is a Polo Valley Accredited Course, where you’ll experience a varied mix of practical outdoor training and theoretical classroom learning, ultimately studying for the Hurlingham Polo Association rules test certificate, and providing exceptional preparation for anyone interested in entering the equine industry and the polo world.
The Programme - Practical
On the farm, you will have riding & polo lessons with the team. You'll be trained in grooming & horse care, as well as learning everything involved in stable management and how to run a farm. You'll learn about tack fitting and how to properly individualise care requirements for each horse.
Once you are comfortable and confident with the school and playing horses you will learn all about working with young horses and the extra level of care and skill that goes into breaking them and turning them into polo ponies.
Practical sessions comprise two-thirds of the course material.
The Programme - Theory
In the classroom you will learn horse management for all year round care, from safely turning them out in the winter, their stabling while they are on the farm, training regimes for bringing a horse back into work and keeping the horses in best condition over the active summer season. All about the care & health of the horse, the rules, history of polo, first aid training & certification, training in leisure, tourism, guest relations and speaking basic Spanish.
Classroom sessions are 90 minutes long, three days a week.
During your Wednesday off, take advantage of all the nearby towns with group excursions organised for you by our knowledgeable resort team. Try kite surfing, windsurfing or water sports in Tarifa. Explore the very first Bull Ring in Rhonda. See the beautiful Architecture in the stunning city of Seville or the beach town of Marbella. Relax while taking advantage of the beautiful Spanish countryside and enjoy late night asados under the stars, just meters from the horses.
For afternoons and evenings away from finca life there is always our local town of Sotogrande, one of Spains most highly regarded holiday locations.
Do you have what it takes?
Successful course applicants will be interested in sport, horses and outdoor life, practical minded and able, interested to learn and participate in Finca life, with an adaptable and helpful personality.
We will provide you with all the equipment you need to get started on your polo
journey: Boots | Helmet | Gloves | Crop | 2x Hoodies | 2x Whites | Gilet | Rain
jacket | 6x T-shirts
7 week residential course from 11th January - 29th February 2020
Accommodation: Living onsite in the Polo Valley Guesthouse
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