The 2018 summer season got underway with a successful beginner grass pitch conversion course and throughout the coming months there are 15 tournaments and courses scheduled to take place, along with weekly lessons and club chukkas to which spectators are very welcome.
Triskelion Polo Club’s tournaments are played over a weekend, each match consists of four chukkas which each last seven minutes. These tournaments are growing with a number of up-and-coming players to watch out for and so the club expects the matches to be fast-paced and to a high standard. All dates for tournaments can be found on the club’s website.
The club also has a number of novice tournaments, scheduled to be played on a few Tuesday evenings through the summer. These are developmental matches for beginners who want to get stuck in at a pace they feel comfortable with, surrounded by other novices. These matches are more instructional with the club coach Cameron giving guidance so the game can run smoothly and players can get a handle of the match and the rules.
Looking to grow and develop what is a relatively new sport on the island, the Triskelion Polo Club partnership is the latest initiative Appleby is backing as part of its ongoing commitment to support the island through its pillars of sport, education and youth.
Kyle Sutherland, a partner within Appleby’s corporate department in the Isle of Man, commented: “Supporting the local community is very important to Appleby and our colleagues. What’s great to see is that the Triskelion Polo Club is making polo an inclusive sport on the island, with members ranging in age and ability. We look forward to working with them as they look to grow the sport on and off the field, encouraging both players and spectators to the club.”
Triskelion Polo Club was set up towards the end of 2014 and has organised many ‘Learn to Play’ events for all ages, including special sessions for schools and corporate events. It has also arranged a number of fully competitive polo matches, including games against the British Army Reserves on Ballaugh Beach which were watched by more than 700 spectators.
For the summer 2018 season, the club has currently 25 members and 32 horses; this is expected to grow as new people get involved at different stages throughout the year.
The club is run by General Manager Frazer Houston and his brother Cameron, the Island’s only qualified HPA (Hurlingham Polo Association) coach, who are both experienced polo players and all-round horsemen.
Frazer said: “We would like to thank Appleby for agreeing to sponsor the club for the next three years, allowing us to take the sport to the next level. It’s a community sport, which can be enjoyed by not only those competing, but spectators too.
“It is possible to pick-up polo very quickly, no matter what age, and even without any previous riding experience. All our matches are played in a competitive but friendly spirit and are enjoyed by all who take part. We welcome new members for what is going to be a very busy summer 2018 season!”
For new joiners, expert coaching is provided by experienced professionals who teach novices to ride the club’s stable of polo ponies. Equipment is provided for those who need it and coaching can also be given to those who have their own ponies.