Washington State University

Horse Polo

General Information

New Riders

The team will match you with a horse most suited for you and will teach you basic riding skills.  Throughout the year you will see your riding improve depending on how often you attend practice.  We will teach you how to ride  and play polo at your own pace and will not push you into doing something you are not comfortable with.  Every year we have a hand full of new riders and they surprise themselves with how fast they learn to ride and play polo.

Arena Polo

Intercollegiate polo is played according the arena polo rules, which is a popular variation of traditional outdoor polo. Arena polo is played with three players per team in a regulation size arena measuring 300 feet by 150 feet, enclosed by walls no more than four feet high.

Gameplay consists of two teams playing for four periods, called chukkers, each lasting 7 ½ minutes. Goals are marked on either end of the arena. Play starts in the center of the arena with the ball bowled in by the umpire. For more detailed information about the rules of the game, please visit the United States Polo Association for more information.


The Team and Competition

The 2015-2016 team had 20 members and 8 horses.  This was the first year in several that the team had a full men's team, who competed against OSU, MSU, and UI men's teams, and the WSU team hosted the regions first Men's Preliminary Tournament in a number of years.  The WSU Women's team competed against OSU, UI, and MSU, and defeated UI and MSU on several occasions.  They placed second in the NW Preliminary Women's Tournament.

The 2014-2015 team had 18 members and 10 horses.  During this season, we won games against UI and MSU, and placed second during the NW Preliminary competition.

The 2012-2013 team included 15 members and 6 horses. During this season, the team won the NW Preliminaries located in Oregon against Oregon State, Eastern Oregon, and University of Idaho. The team then traveled to San Louis Obispo California to play in the western regionals and came out with a win.  After regionals The team flew to Texas where they competed against Cornell and lost. It was the second year in WSU history that the women's varsity team made it to Nationals.

The 2011-12 team included 25 members and 9 horses. During this season, the team competed against Oregon State University, University of Idaho, Montana State, Eastern Oregon University, and Cal Poly University.

During the 2010-2011 season the Northwest Regional tournament was held in Lewiston, ID at our barn, Rockin Y Stables. We had 5 womens teams competing and 3 mens teams. The winners were Colorado State University in both men's and women's and they will be competing at Nationals.

At the tournamnet WSU's horses were awarded Best Playing String for the women's games and our horse Holly was awarded Best Playing Pony.

Our varsity player Kelsi Alcott also was awarded an All Star Award. Which is given to 4 players in the tournament.


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