Montana State polo –– the competitive horseman’s sport

What: Montana State Polo
Where: Bob Miller Pavillion
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Cost: Varies based on membership.

The MSU Polo Team has been around for nearly eight years and competes in up to four polo tournaments a year in addition to the tournament the club hosts at the Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm. The club focuses on arena polo, a type of polo that sets teams of three against each other with the objective to hit a 6 in. diameter ball into their 10 ft. goal with a mallet, at fast paces and on horseback.

“Polo is a competitive sport that brings together horsemanship and teamwork,” said the Polo Club’s current president, Sara Lawson. To compete effectively you must be able to quickly control the actions of the horse at the same time that you are keeping an eye on your team and the ball among the fray.

Sound difficult? No problem. The club has eight horses they routinely bring to practice and they do not require any prior knowledge of horsemanship in order to join. The club has all of the facilities to take an inexperienced equestrian and make them into both an excellent horseman and polo player.

Most Tuesdays are dedicated to running drills, while Thursdays are saved for scrimmages. Every tournament the club attends is preceded by a clinic dedicated to improving all competitors abilities. “We will not force inexperienced riders to compete, but we will definitely try to improve their ability so that they can,” Lawson said. “The best part is the friends you will make and the enjoyment of riding, even competitively!”

The team has both a men’s and women’s team but the men’s team is short on members. If you are interested in checking out the club, Lawson encourages you to attend one of the Thursday scrimmages or search for Montana State Polo on Facebook.