Club News

13th March 2009

Dear Members and Friends,

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you about the Arena Tournament happening at the Club this weekend. There will be hot food and drink served in the Winter Clubhouse (please bring cash with you for payments as there will be no credit/debit card facility) so please feel free to come and spectate even if you are not playing. After the matches have been played on Saturday we will be meeting in The Cowper Arms Pub on Station Road where we have booked a section of the pub for Club members and friends. It is approximately ten minutes walk or two minutes drive from the Club.

We hope to see you all there.

4th February 2009

Dear Members and Friends

Due to our last arena tournament’s success and popular demand we will be running another one on the 14th & 15th of March. The goal level will be 0 – 4 although we anticipate that there will be enough entries to run the tournament in two tiers: 0 – 2 and 2 to 4. You are welcome to enter either a full team or individually and we will place you in a team.

There will be food and drinks served in the Winter Clubhouse so please feel free to bring along friends and family to spectate. On the Saturday evening we will be meeting in the Club’s local pub The Cowper Arms again as this proved to be very popular last time.

Please contact Jenny jenny@hertspolo.co.uk for more information or to enter.

23rd January 2009

Dear Members and Friends

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended and played in the arena tournament at the Club last weekend. There was a great atmosphere throughout the weekend and the visiting teams were made to feel very welcome which was great. The whole thing was helped along by glorious weather and Brian’s fantastic homemade food and mulled wine. We hope to be hosting another arena tournament in March so watch this space for dates!

15th January 2009

Dear Members and Friends,

We would like to remind you about the Arena Tournament happening at the Club this weekend. There will be food and hot drinks served in the Winter Clubhouse (please bring cash with you for payments as there will be no credit/debit card facility) so please feel free to come and spectate even if you are not playing. After the matches have been played on Saturday we will be meeting in The Cowper Arms Pub on Station Road, which is approximately ten minutes walk or two minutes drive from the Club. If you would like to have a meal there that evening then we would advise that you book a table as it does tend to get quite busy! The number is 01707 330202.

We hope to see you all there.

9th December 2008

Dear Members,

Due to popular demand we have changed the level of the tournament to 0 – 4 Goals. We have also decided that the event is a great excuse for a mid-winter Club gathering so even if you are not playing in the tournament it would be great to see you there. There will be home-made soup and mulled wine served during the day and on the Saturday night we will be meeting in the Club’s very nice local pub, The Cowper Arms for a few more drinks to help banish those post-Christmas blues.

24th November 2008

Dear Members,

We are pleased to announce that Herts Polo Club is hosting a 0 – 6 goal arena tournament on the 17th & 18th January 2009.

Both Herts Polo Club Winter members and also winter members from other clubs will be eligible to enter, the fee is £300.00 per team.

Entry forms are available from The Polo Office please contact Jenny on 01707 256 023 or jenny@hertspolo.co.uk .

We will be promoting this tournament to other arena clubs and look forward to welcoming visiting teams so please feel free to let other players know who may be interested.

14th October 2008 

Dear Members,

We would like to remind you that Claudio Benmergui will be arriving this week. Claudio will be responsible for chukkas and will also be available to teach lessons.  He will be working hard to ensure that chukkas are streamed to meet all abilities and that, whenever possible, a professional will play on each side.

Arena chukkas will be played at 11.00am on both Saturdays and Sundays and will start this weekend.  To book in please call the Polo Office, emailpolo@hertspolo.co.uk or text 07500 504 006.

In order to play arena chukkas you need to have paid your winter membership and HPA fees. Details of The HPA subscriptions are outlined below for your convenience.  Please contact the Polo Office to pay your subscription prior to booking chukkas.

HPA Subscriptions for 2008 – 2009:

Adult Membership £60 / (£110)

Arena players 18 and under on 01/01/08  Nil / (£40)

The figure in brackets denotes the HPA subscription fee for those that are not already paid up members for the 2008 summer season.

We look forward to seeing you at the weekend.

26th September 2008

Dear Members,

The winter season at Herts Polo Club will shortly get underway and we want to take this opportunity to furnish you with the latest Club News:

The Winter Team

Nacho Ballesteros: 

Despite being in Argentina Nacho will remain very much involved in all aspects of the Club, should you wish to contact him he is available by email and shortly by telephone. We will email you his new telephone number as soon as possible.

Martin State: 

As Head Coach Martin will be responsible for coaching the Royal Veterinary College polo team. He will also be available to give “Introduction to Polo” lessons for any friends or family that you wish to encourage to take up the game. Please telephone the Polo Office to book.

Claudio Benmergui:

Claudio will arrive before 18th October and will be responsible for chukkas and will be available to teach lessons. He will liaise with Dean and Martin to ensure that chukkas will be streamed to meet all abilities and that, where possible, a professional will play on each side to ensure maximum enjoyment and safety for all players. Claudio, Dean and Martin will also worth together to organise the monthly members tournaments that will begin in November.

Dean Lines: 

Dean will be responsible for coaching Queenswood and Haileybury Schools Polo Teams in addition to corporate days. He is also available to teach lessons. Please telephone the Polo Office to book.

Fernando Gomez:  

Fernando is responsible for running the livery yard and managing the care of horses including booking the shoeing and veterinary appointments.

Booking Chukkas and Lessons

Chukkas will begin on Saturday 18th October 2008 and will be played on Wednesdays, we are considering midday but the exact timing is still to be confirmed. Chukkas will be played at 10.00am on Saturdays and Sundays. To book chukkas please contact the Polo Office before 3.00pm on the preceding Friday. You can email, text or telephone the Polo Office. If you need to cancel chukkas that you have booked please call Fernando with a minimum of two hours notice in order to avoid being charged.

Club News

As usual the whole team at Herts Polo will be working hard throughout the winter to ensure that the playing, livery and spectator facilities remain second to none. By the time that the summer season begins we will have completed the fifth polo pitch which will from now on be referred to as ground number three. This pitch will be fully boarded and stone free. We are in the process of removing the stones by verti-draining the field three ways which will loosen the stones and push them to the surface allowing them to be removed efficiently.

Along with the wooden horse a new (working!) electronic scoreboard clock will be installed in time for the summer season, this facility will be available for sponsorship, please contact Caroline Maddocks for further information.

In order to meet increased demand for the next year we are in the process of installing six additional stables, these will have a dedicated tack and feed-room. This will bring our total number of stables to 52. Additional paddocks are also under development and will be completed before Christmas.

Polo Shop

There will be an onsite polo shop based next to the indoor school selling a full range of polo equipment in addition to the club merchandise. Prior to the opening of the polo shop Club merchandise is available to try on and purchase at the Polo Office during office hours. We were delighted with the positive feedback that we received at the End of Season Party to the new range of Club clothing, the superior quality was clearly appreciated as was the reasonable cost!

New Polo Office

Caroline, Tracey and Jenny will be relocating to the new Polo Office in the next couple of weeks. You can find us on the ground floor of the same building and you are welcome to pop in, collect your Green Books, buy some Club merchandise or just say hello!

Membership & Chukka Fees

Details of membership and chukka fees are attached. Please ensure that your winter membership and HPA affiliation fee are paid by before 18th October in order to be able to participate in chukkas.

If you have any questions please contact the Polo Office.

Useful contact details:

Text line for booking chukkas   07500 504 006 this number will be monitored during office hours 9am – 5pm.

Polo Office                               01707 256 023 polo@hertspolo.co.uk

Fernando                                  07917 338 914

Nacho                                       nacho@hertspolo.co.uk low cost telephone number will be circulated shortly

Claudio                                     07717 710 957 contactable from 18th October


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