The Purdue Intercollegiate Polo Club is a student organization at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is recognized by the United States Polo Association. The club’s purpose is to promote the sport of polo by teaching, practicing, and playing the game with an emphasis on proper horsemanship and good sportsmanship.
Because polo is often new to people who have a solid horse background, the club is designed to welcome all enthusiasts, regardless of polo and horse experience (or lack of). If you are willing to have fun and learn a new equestrian sport, experience will take care of itself.
The Purdue Polo Club also fields a Men’s Varsity/JV team and a Women’s Varsity/JV team that compete against other polo clubs around the country. In the spring, the varsity teams compete against teams such as the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Louisville, Cornell, University of Kentucky, and other schools with collegiate teams.
The Purdue Polo Club is a self-supporting organization and is responsible for the care and maintenance of its facility, equipment, and most importantly, the ponies. All of ponies have been graciously donated to Purdue for our use.
The requirements of club members are spelled out in the member contract received upon joining the club, but include the following:
– Team Dues (Varsity and Junior Varsity): $450/semester
– Regular member: $350/semester
– Exercise team dues: $250/semester
– Social member dues: $50/semester (plus $30 per riding lesson)
– Participate in fundraising events
– Attend club meetings
In return, members receive weekly lessons with instruction on hitting, strategy, and the rules of the game. Club chukkers (i.e. games) are scheduled throughout the semester. Also, members gain invaluable horse management experience, have the chance to meet other horse enthusiasts and make lasting friendships.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining!