Aspect Polo, formed three years ago by Sarah Wiseman, has taken over the management of The All England Polo Club at Hickstead for the 2015/16 winter polo season.
She explained:“We wanted to help people get into polo as easily as possible and the aim was to deliver a quality service without costing the customer a fortune.”
The company developed quickly and soon took over the running of the former polo club at Knepp Castle. Now having just completed its third season, the club offers some of the best facilities in the country, with one of the best and most picturesque polo fields available for low- and medium-goal polo in the country.
It made sense for Aspect to look at expanding further into the winter months. Sarah has always had a close relationship with The All England Polo Club, Hickstead, having been Polo Manager there for seven years.
“It is with great pleasure that Aspect Polo has teamed up with Hickstead to bring clients to one of the best arena facilities in the world, with the same ethos of fun, high quality yet cost-effective polo in a truly spectacular setting,” Sarah added.
For those of you who are not already familiar with the facilities at Hickstead, the All England Polo Club offers a superb full-sized 100m x 50m arena, plus a clubhouse and on-site stabling for 80+ horses. Full and DIY livery is available as well as rental horses and lessons.
As the doors open for a new season, anyone interested is invited to join the All England Polo Club and experience the joys of arena polo for themselves.
Unlike traditional polo, arena polo is played with three team members, using a larger and softer ball. Shots and angles can be played off the boarded sides of the arena, which is much smaller than a grass pitch – making the action really exciting and simple to follow.
Following recent club chukkas there is now a host of tournaments throughout the winter, which started last weekend and will culminate in the popular Arena Polo International Test Match in March. There is a small admission fee for this day, but every other weekend offers free admission to spectators, including free parking.
The polo clubhouse overlooks the arena and is the perfect place to settle in to enjoy watching the action on the pitch. Food will be served all day on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season, so everyone is welcome to enjoy a superb Sunday Roast or a lighter meal and the polo.
If you’d like to give arena polo a try, lesson prices are very good value. With group sessions available it offers the chance to spend an afternoon with friends, trying something new.
The Polo School at the All England Polo Club will be run by El Casal this year. Memo Rachia Grau is a two-goal player from Argentina, and he has spent many years building a string of high-quality rental ponies here in the UK. He is also an excellent instructor and will be offering lessons to everyone over the winter, from those who haven’t tried polo before or have never ridden a horse, to seasoned players in need of some extra guidance.
For more information about the All England Polo Club visit www.hickstead.co.uk/polo