Polo School Spotlight: Santa Barbara Polo Club

The incredibly talented coaching staff at the Santa Barbara Polo Club teaches riders of all experiences and backgrounds the love for the sport of polo. The clinics taught by the club offer both a comprehensive understanding of the basics of polo as well as an opportunity to improve upon current skills.

“I participated in a clinic taught by Jeff Scheraga, and with having zero previous riding experience he was able to get me on a horse and playing a brief game of arena polo in under two hours,” said Parker Bell. “Jeff organized the clinic so that each drill was able to improve a rider’s fundamentals of polo, no matter if they had been riding their entire life or just had learned 5 minutes ago.

Jeff Scheraga is a USPA Certified Polo Instructor that recently joined the Santa Barbara team as the Polo Academy Director. Scheraga and his wife, Naima, came to Santa Barbara from their successful polo school in Gilroy, California, where Jeff taught intercollegiate and interscholastic polo, adult lessons, and managed a string of fourteen school horses that recently won Best String at the 2017 Western Interscholastic Regional Prelim.

“Even though it was my first time ever being on a horse, the team made me feel comfortable and safe through the whole experience,” said Bell. “The coaches here are some of the best in the sport of polo, and there is no question about that after experiencing their skills first hand.”

New players can take advantage of all inclusive packages at the Santa Barbara Polo School that include horse and tack. From the beginner lessons, players can progress to intermediate programs of arena polo and the coaching league on the grass. Some horses are available to rent for the intermediate programs or players can choose to learn with their own polo pony. The club also welcomes students from other clubs looking to take their polo to the next level. Learn more at sbpolo.com!

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