Learn to play polo!

No riding or horse experience is required. Matthew’s lessons are structured to suit the experience and skills of every player, young and old. New students with limited to no riding or polo experience should sign up for private lessons where the main focus will be on learning to ride the horse and hitting the ball. Lessons are held on an outdoor polo field or polo arena all year around during daylight hours, weather permitting. Horses are tacked up for the students. Lessons can be scheduled Monday through Sunday. Come out before work, after work or on the weekends for a polo lesson!  Email Matthew at matthew@mwfpolo.com or call him at 803-989-0251.

  • Private Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • 10 Lesson Package
  • 5 Lesson Package

Private Lessons

Do you want to play polo but don’t feel comfortable riding a horse yet? No worries! We offer private polo lessons to beginner adults and kids ages 8 and up that want to learn to ride a polo horse and learn to hit the ball. Students can buy a single private lesson or discounted packages of 5 or 10 lessons. Private polo lessons are also for the experienced riders and players that want individualized training. Private lessons are the most effective means to fix any riding or hitting problems you are experiencing. The attention is on you 100% of the time.

Beginner Polo Practices

Beginner polo practices are for students who are comfortable riding at a walk/trot/canter, have learned to hit the ball, and are now learning the rules of polo to play. We scrimmage at slower speeds each practice and take time to learn new team plays, rules, and polo skills. Players may graduate to intermediate/advanced practices at the discretion of the instructors. If you have no or limited riding experience, or you do not know how to hit the ball, we encourage students to take private polo lessons before you join a beginner polo practice to learn the rules of polo, but it is not necessary.

Intermediate/Advanced Polo Practices

Intermediate/advanced polo practices are scrimmages at a faster pace. Practices are generally a stick & ball warm-up period for 15 minutes followed by division into teams and scrimmaging. Instructors act as umpires and help students recognize fouls and improve team plays and horsemanship.

Polo is one of the fastest, most exciting team sports in the world. There is no other experience like it. Polo draws individuals and families from all walks of life. You may find yourself drawn to the speed and challenge of polo or to the experience of combining your passion for horses with a team sport.

What should I wear to my first polo lesson?

Wear a pair of jeans, a comfortable shirt and a pair of riding boots. If you don’t have riding boots wear a pair of shoes or boots with a short heel. We can provide you with a riding helmet if you don’t have one. You will be required to wear a riding helmet, so if you have your own helmet, you will want to use it during your lesson.

Do I need to know how to ride a horse?

You don’t need riding experience to get started in polo. Many new players come into the sport with little to no riding experience.  You can learn how to ride horses and play polo at the same time. Matthew has seasoned polo ponies for all riding levels, to ensure a safe and fun experience.

What should I expect to learn in my first polo lesson?

During your first lesson you will learn the fundamentals of hitting, receive an overview of the rules of polo, and be given basic riding instruction. Most of this instruction occurs while you are on a polo horse.