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                                               The Quechee Polo Club

      It sounds like thunder, you can feel the ground pounding below your feet, eight horses and riders rushing down the field… The game is on!

Quechee Polo players - photo by Tim Palmer-Benson

    The Quechee polo field is known and advertised to host many main attractions and events for the Upper Valley area. It is not often seen that this is the field that hosts the non-scripted sport drama of horse and rider, each Saturday afternoon at 2:00.

     The club's existence has endured for 23 years because of the efforts of the players and countless volunteers.  The club also enjoys a sampling following of generations. Adults, who remember being able to sit on a polo pony after a game, now bring their children to enjoy the same experience. The players are friendly and willing to explain the game and the many questions that are asked of them as  ``Are the horses of a special breed?"  or  ``May I touch them?"

 In order to find out the answers, I strongly suggest you go and see for yourself. After all, how many events in your backyard can you go to that is still played without the hype. Good clean teamwork, giving back to your community with all of its non profit games, funding for the hospitals and libraries and cancer research. The entry cost is minimal and well worth it. Pack a picnic and have a super time

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Riding off the competition!

A  POLO  FAQ

How tall is the average polo pony?:

             The average is 14.3 to 15.3 hands. A " hand is equal to four inches ".

  How fast are you going when you are galloping down the field?

     Since the average polo pony is usually a thoroughbred or type, they are able to travel as fast as a race horse on the average of 38 to 45 miles per hour. The difference here is that they have to stop and turn very quickly, in other words, be very handy.

 Why do you have so many sticks?

    The sticks are called mallets and they come in different lengths to match the different heights of the ponies.  Since we have to change ponies every chukker ( there are six chukkersperiods in a polo match, each lasting seven minutes ) there must be a variety available to choose from especially if one is broken.

Story and FAQs by Olex Beck

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