Summer South Bay Academy Dates Announced!

Learn to Play Polo!  This is the perfect way to learn all the fundamentals of the game. The Academy is geared toward people with or without riding experience that want to learn a new exciting sport and build relationships in the community.  There are two academy sessions – Saturdays at South Bay Polo and Sundays at Menlo Circus Club.  Each academy meets weekly for 9 weeks and each session lasts about an hour and a half. If you miss one, fear not, there are plenty of opportunities for make ups. After each session, you are more than welcome to stay and watch club chukkers and local players play.

We are excited to be offering 2 Polo Academy Sessions this summer – one on Saturdays and one on Sundays. Click here to learn more!  A $250 deposit is required to reserve your spot.  Starting August 10th, we will offer a Tuesday night Academy at Horse Park Polo Club!

We will provide everything you need to get the right start in polo, i.e. professional instructors, well-schooled safe polo ponies and all the equipment. We ask that you outfit yourself with white jeans or breeches, riding boots, gloves and helmet.  Click here for all the information!

South Bay Tournaments

Join us Saturday Aug 21st for our next upcoming member tournament!  These tournaments are fun and are followed by the famous South Bay Polo BBQ celebration.  We look forward to seeing you out there! We also have a Women’s Tournament July 31-August 1st and the Garlic Cup September 11-12th!

Coaching Leagues

South Bay Polo is excited to be offering Coaching Leagues this upcoming 2021 season. Outdoor leagues will be held on Saturdays at South Bay Polo and on Sundays at Menlo Circus Club.  An Indoor Coaching League will take place Tuesday evenings at the Horse Park Polo Club.  Click here for all the details!

Youth Programs

In addition to our strong Interscholastic and Intercollegiate program, South Bay Polo is excited to introduce a new Youth Polo Program! We have designed a unique program for students ages 5 – 11.  Students will learn how to ride for polo and work on swing mechanics.  This is the perfect program to get ready to join the Interscholastic Middle School Team!  Students will participate in Lead Line or Walk/Trot polo matches as well.

Schedule: Tuesdays at Horse Park Polo Club in Woodside from 3:30 – 4:30PM

A Weekend of Coaching at Empire Polo!

Join South Bay Polo for a weekend of coaching with Santos Arriola and Doug Bloomenthal March 5-7, 2021. We will start off Friday with an afternoon stick and ball coaching session followed by a BBQ at the barn.  Saturday and Sunday will include a 4 chukkar game each day with Santos and Doug as team captains.  Following our chukkars, we will watch the pro’s play at Eldorado and Empire!  Click here for all the details.  Only a few spots remain open! 

South Bay Polo’s Interscholastic Team

South Bay Polo’s Interscholastic Teams competed in the Mustang Madness Tournament on October 26, 27 & 28. Mustang Madness is an arena polo tournament held every fall at the home of the Cal Poly Polo Team at Central Coast Polo Club in Los Osos, California. Some of the top Collegiate and high school teams in the country competed.
Mustang Madness, held annually, is designed to start the United States Polo Association Intercollegiate/Interscholastic polo season. This tournament is important for teams to complete the necessary games to qualify to compete in the Regional Tournaments held in February of next year.
A few of the collegiate teams that attended included Stanford University, University of Kentucky, USC, Oregon State and Cal Poly. There were also a number of high school teams from throughout the region, some hailing from Yuba City, Ca and as far south as Poway.
South Bay’s Open Team walked away with a win on Friday night against the CCPC open team. It was a nail biter and we are so proud to be victorious! Our SB girl’s team battled against the Poway Girls as well, but came up a little short. We know what to work on now and will be practicing the next several weeks to bring home the win next time!
On Saturday, the South Bay Open Team played another hard fought game against the Oakdale Polo Team. The score was back and forth the entire game, but Oakdale pulled out the win in the last chukkar.
South Bay is excited to watch our teams compete in the coming months. There are weekly practices and scrimmages at our home arena in Gilroy. South Bay also scrimmages against the Stanford Polo Team every Wednesday at the Woddside Horse Park. Stop by and cheer them on if you’re in the area.
If you have a kid that may be interested in polo, South Bay has openings available on the teams. Players can start as young as 10 years old. Your high school student can also letter all 4 years! What college recruiter wouldn’t be impressed with that!! Contact us for more information!
Mustang Madness Open Team 2018 copy Mustang Madness Girls 2018 crop

Corky Linfoot Clinic

South Bay Polo was please to host Corky Linfoot for a clinic in the month of May.  A Former 7-goaler, Corky has won two U.S. Opens, 4 Pacific Opens and multiple tournaments abroad.

The three day clinic was split between the various polo clubs in the region, with many participating.  Many a polo player hears a little voice in their head, as they play the game, and it’s usually Corky’s.  “Slow Down”, “Two Hands”, “Speed Kills”, and “Own the Diamond” are indelibly ingrained in many a players head.  The group consisted of advanced players to beginners.  Corky had something for everyone.  Friday night covered the hitting cage, and Saturday was devoted to know-in strategies, and play at South Bay Polo.  Sunday was coached at Menlo Polo Club.  The highlight of his clinics are the coaching and playing videos.  It allows the participant to obsess over every little new suggestion or technique promoted.  Tim Westin, owner of South Bay Polo, shown with Corky, was happy to host the clinic.  As is the South Bay Polo Tradition, everyone stayed around to socialize, and enjoy a sumptuous BBQ lunch.

Honey Badger Tournament a Great Success!!!

The Honey Badger Tournament started just as the sun began to burn off the morning clouds, and soon the battle began.  TEAM HONEY BADGER went up against TEAM COBRA in a battle of EPIC proportions.  What began as a seemingly equal match-up, TEAM HONEY BADGER soon dominated TEAM COBRA.  After 5 Chukkers, the score was 7 – 2.  Following the match, all competitors received a complimentary “South bay Polo” hat, and enjoyed a feast of Santos’ famous grilled chicken and carne asada, and of course, plenty of adult beverages!  TEAM HONEY BADGER Pictured – Terry Reilly, Santos Arriola, Lyn Jason Cobb, Joe, Madelyn Cobb, Stacia Hurley, Francesca “Frenchie” Finato.

 

About the Honey Badger – The Fiercest Animal Alive:  (WARNING – CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

Pony Club Introduction to Polo!

On August 19th, South Bay Polo hosted Bay View Pony Club for an introduction to Polo.  Pony Clubs develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.  In the past, Polo has not been a big activity with Pony Clubs across the United States.  But that is changing thanks to many Polo and Pony Club supporters.  Many introductory clinics, such as the one at South Bay Polo, are being organized to give these kids a taste of “The Sport of Kings”.  They represent the next generation of Polo Players.  If you know a Pony Club that would like to organize a “Introduction to Polo” event, contact Francesca at Fran@SouthBayPolo.com.

Opening Day a Success!

On June 23rd, the Nation’s newest Polo Club, South Bay Polo, opened to great fanfare.  Owner Tim Westin offered up the celebratory toast, cut the ribbon and bowled in the ball to begin the first match.  The sidelines were packed with enthusiastic supporters from the local polo community.  After two high energy matches, a complementary BBQ was provided to all.  The local paper covered the event and a few of the local politicians came to give their best wishes.

Polo will continue at South Bay Polo on Thursday nights, and Saturday afternoon.  Check the Gallery Link for photos from opening day.