Barrington Hills Polo School swings into 23rd year
The Barrington Hills Polo Club's Spring Polo School returns for its 23rd year in April. | Photos courtesy John Rosene
Updated: April 8, 2013 6:40AM
BARRINGTON HILLS — The Barrington Hills Polo Club’s 23rd annual Spring Polo School will return in April.
Launched in 1990, the school was originally startedas a tool to recruit new members into the club. But that doesn’t mean new students must bring prior experience on horseback or with polo.
While the club offers a regulation grass polo field in Barrington Hills and an outdoor arena at Fox Creek Stables in Wauconda, the school remains dedicated to teaching beginners as well.
The program runs for six weeks and is very intense.
“From the first day we have you riding on a horse and playing a game,” said John Rosene, president of the polo club.
“A lot of people believe you need to be rich in order to play polo,” Rosene added. “We try to make it affordable.”
The entire experience, he said, is about having fun and learning the game of polo. Rosene said he’s never had anyone tell him they didn’t have a great time.
“We don’t charge anyone to take the lessons, but in order to take them you need to join the club,” Rosene explained.
After the six-week program, members are able to continue their learning experience in club games and tournaments.
Run by volunteers, the club currently boasts about 30 members.
The club has received national recognition from the United States Polo Association, and members have played in tournaments all over the world. The club also participates in the LeCompte Kalaway Landowners Cup.
“The whole idea is to have fun,” Rosene said.
Registration for the polo should is under way. For more information, call Rosene at (312) 242-4010.