Summer Polo Day Camp For Kids

School is OUT and Summer polo is IN! Empire Polo Club is pleased to be hosting its annual Summer Polo Day Camp for children. Beginners to more advanced players are welcome to join Connie Atkinson and Empire’s polo instruction staff to learn more about the game of polo, horse care and riding skills.

Date: Wednesday, June 22th thru Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Time: Morning Lessons 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM and Afternoon Lessons 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
**Players are expected to attend both AM and PM lessons

Schedule Includes:

  • Care of polo horse and equipment
  • Tacking & wrapping a polo horse
  • Rules & strategies of the game
  • Horsemanship
  • Mallet work
  • Team work and development of playing skills
  • Daily scrimmage practice in the arena and on the grass fields
  • Final tournament

Cost: $425/person (includes horse & tack, water, snacks, evening BBQ, camp shirts, prizes and trophies)

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Lockton is Champion!

Lockton took home the title and most of the cash in the USPA 8-goal Champions Cup final at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on April 3.

Lockton Polo Team won the USPA 6-8 Goal Champions Cup and $30,000. From left to right: Max Manini, Tim Kelly, Bryan Middleton and Jessica Bailey.

Lockton Polo Team won the USPA 6-8 Goal Champions Cup and $30,000. From left to right: Max Menini, Tim Kelly, Bryan Middleton and Jessica Bailey.

Each of four teams put up $5,000, which was matched by the club for a total purse of $40,000. First place took home $30,000, while the runners-up took home $10,000.… Read more...

Will Rogers/Casa Sombras wins Lion’s Cup nail biter

Will Rogers/Casa Sombras edged Blazers 10-9 in overtime to win the USPA 4-goal Lion’s Cup at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on April 3.

Will Rogers/Casa Sombras won the USPA 4-Goal Lions Cup Finals and $7500. From left to right: Diego Cossio, Bayne Bossom, Bolko Kissling, Conrad Kissling.

Will Rogers/Casa Sombras won the USPA 4-Goal Lions Cup Finals and $7500. From left to right: Diego Cossio, Bayne Bossom, Bolko Kissling, Conrad Kissling.

Five teams each contributed $1,000, which was matched by the club, to create a $10,000 purse. The winners took home $7,500 while the runners-up took home $2,500.

Blazers won 2nd Place in the USPA 4-Goal Lions Cup Finals and $2500. From left to right: Mondo Gonzalez, Kyle Fargey, Malia McCoy and Pat Powell.

Blazers won 2nd Place in the USPA 4-Goal Lions Cup Finals and $2500.

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4-Goal Crown Classic & 6-8 Goal Medjhool Challenge Finals

March 20th, 2016
Empire Polo Club

Click here to view all photos from these two finals.

Lockton defeated Roseville Motorcars to take home the silver for the 6-8 Goal Medjhool Challenge.

Score by the chukker: 1-2, 3-2, 3-4, 6-6, 7-8, 9-8.

IMG_4011 Lockton: Tim Kelly, Max Menini, Bryan Middleton and Jessica Bailey.

Lockton: Tim Kelly, Max Menini, Bryan Middleton and Jessica Bailey.

Evergreen defeated Blazers 7.5 – 7 to win the 4-Goal Crown Classic final at Empire Polo Club.

Score by the chukker: 2.5 – 0, 4.5-1, 5.5-3, 7.5-7.

Evergreen: Bryan Middleton, Tom Sprung, Juan Jo Gonzalez and Noah Sprung.

Evergreen: Bryan Middleton, Tom Sprung, Juan Jo Gonzalez and Noah Sprung.

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USPA 6-8 Goal Champions Cup & 4-Goal Lions Cup Money Games

6-8 Goal Champions’ Cup Tournament
Entrance Fee: $5,000 per team. Fees are put into a purse that is distributed to the top 2 teams as outlined below. Empire Polo Club will match funds in the purse. There is an 8-Team Cap on each tournament.

Purse Distribution
1st Place Team: 75% of the purse
2nd Place Team: 25% of the purse

4-Goal Lions’ Cup Tournament
Entrance Fee: $1000 per team. . Fees are put into a purse that is distributed to the top 2 teams as outlined below.… Read more...

Lockton Won 8-Goal Emerald Cup Finals; Blazers Won 4-Goal Rose Cup Final

Blazers defeated Thermal/Luna 9-8 to win the 4-Goal Rose Cup Finals at Empire Polo Club on Sunday, Feb. 28th, 2016.  Best Playing Pony was awarded to Kyle Fargey’s “Zen.” Most Valuable Player was awarded to Diego Larregli.

In the 8-Goal Emerald Cup Finals, Lockton defeated Piocho Ranch 10-8 to take home the Rich Roenisch bronzes.  Max Menini was awarded Most Valuable Player.  Best Playing Pony was “Yatay Milonga, owned by Nacho Figueras, played by Sterling Giannico.

Polochella 2016 at Empire Polo Club

The inaugural 2016 “POLOCHELLA” event, took place on February 13th & 14th at Empire Polo Club, in Indio, CA. The tournament was organized to benefit the youth polo program run throughout the year at the Empire Polo Club. The kick-off event was a resounding success! Many local spectators said Polochella was their first introduction to polo. They were not aware of the strong community and passion for the sport in the Coachella Valley before seeing sponsor ads and attending the event.… Read more...

Polochella Youth Tournament on Feb. 13 & 14th, 2016

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Roseville Motorcars Wins 4-Goal Stagecoach Challenge

Roseville Motorcars defeated Chapel Hill/Thermal 10-6 to win the 4-Goal Stagecoach Challenge on Sunday, Jan. 31st, 2016.

Score by chukker: 2-1, 1-3, 6-5, 8-6, 10-6

Roseville Motorcars
Krista Bonaguidi -1
Jimmy Wright 1.5
Ashton Wolf 3
Eric Hammon 0

Chapel Hill/Thermal: 

Tommy Costello 0
Jake Devane 1.5
Doug Blumenthal 2
Reg Whyte 0

Roseville Motorcars Krista Bonaguidi, Jimmy Wright, Ashton Wolf , Eric Hammon

Roseville Motorcars Krista Bonaguidi, Jimmy Wright, Ashton Wolf , Eric Hammon.

BBP - Milagros, played by Ashton Wolf, owned by Ron Bonaguidi.

BBP – Milagros, played by Ashton Wolf, owned by Ron Bonaguidi.

MVP- Jimmy Wright

MVP- Jimmy Wright

Professional Polo Player Nacho Figueras Returns to Empire Polo Club in 2016

Internationally recognized professional polo player and world-renowned model Nacho Figueras will play competitive polo at Empire Polo Club in February 2016. Nacho Figueras will be the Team Captain of the Piocho Ranch Polo Team slated to compete against several other teams in Empire’s 8-Goal League.

Spectators will have the opportunity to watch Nacho in action, doing what he loves to do best, play polo. Nacho’s game schedule will be posted on www.EmpirePolo.com and updated weekly during the month of February.

Nachocloseup“I’m thrilled that Nacho will be joining us this winter,” said Alex Haagen, III, owner of Empire Polo Club.… Read more...