Day’s before the Dubai Beach Polo Championship we managed to get a taster of what it’s like to play polo with a lesson from Dubai Polo Academy. Polo is a big thing in Dubai with multiple clubs and large events taking place throughout the winter and with a long history of equine breading, there is a strong interest from locals and expats.
During this lesson, coach Steve Thompson first taught us how to ride a horse before learning how the shots are played. Then to finish it off we played a polo match to see if we had learnt anything. As it turned out, either the horses were paid to make us look good or we had actually learnt some polo. We played a boys vs girls match whereby the boys won and Guy in Dubai scored a few goals.
Polo is definitely something I shall keep up.