It’s time to play polo!


FCHC’s Polo Committee is pleased to announce dates for our 3rd season of Polo Instruction by Branden Van Loon of Yale Polo.


Spring Indoor Polo: Riding and Skills Tune up  

Wednesday Evenings from 7pm-8pm

Dates: May 2nd, May 9th, May 16th, May 23rd   

$175.00 per session

Limited to 8 participants


Summer Beginners: Learn to Play Polo Clinics

Saturday Early Evening 4:30pm-5:30pm

Dates: May 26th, June 30th, July 7th, Aug 4th, Sept 1st

$125.00 per session

Limited to 8 participants


Summer Outdoor Advanced: Coaching Clinics & Chukkers

Saturday Evening 6pm-7pm

Dates: May 26th, June 30th, July 7th, Aug 4th, Sept 1st

$175.00 per session

Limited to 8 participants


Interested in find out more about POLO?

“There is a fascination about the game of polo that is hard to describe to anyone who has never played. Once a man has had a taste of it, the task of curing him is rather hopeless.” - Tommy Hitchcock

There is nothing else like it. What other competitive team sport requires you to hit a ball, maneuver your way through a cluster of thundering hooves, all while riding full-out on the back of a powerful horse? In the game of polo, people and their equine partners come together to play an exhilarating game, showcasing the incredible athleticism and coordination necessary of both horse and rider. If you have ever watched polo, you may find the idea of learning to play daunting. On the contrary, polo can be enjoyed by everyone, both men and women of any age.

Who Can Play Polo?

Polo is a sport that can be enjoyed by a variety of people ranging from the serious competitor to the weekend amateur. Men, women and children are all able to play together as an equine teammate is an amazing equalizer. There are also different areas of polo specific to a person’s age, experience, and interests. For the younger players we offer USPA middle school, interscholastic and intercollegiate programs as well as a variety of youth programs. Many polo clubs have lead line polo for young children, and senior polo for those who have started playing the sport later in life. The USPA also offers women’s, amateur and military tournaments that are hosted by clubs all over the country.

Do I Need To Know How To Ride A Horse?

A person does not need any riding experience prior to learning how to play polo. However, riding is a key component and prior experience is beneficial. A passion for learning something new and exciting is all one needs to start playing the game. Check out FCHC’s intro to riding program. (pls add an email contact to sign up)

More about the Instructor:

Branden is a former USPA player, Certified Polo Instructor and the Coach/Manager of the Yale Polo Club and the Yale Polo and Equestrian Center located in Bethany, CT.

What Should I Wear To My First Polo Lesson?

A pair of comfortable pants such as jeans, an athletic shirt and a pair of riding boots are recommended. If riding boots are not owned, a pair of athletic shoes with a short heel will suffice. A certified riding helmet is required and eye protection is suggested.