Learn the equestrian sport of polo

Polo Expenses

Beginning to Play Polo

A beginner can start to play polo with one or two horses. Four chukker games are played at most clubs. A beginner will progress quickly by riding an experienced polo pony. Some of the basic expenses include:

Polo player riding onto the field

Low Goal Tournaments

To compete in low goal tournaments a polo player needs a string of ponies (usually 4 - 8 horses). Polo ponies that are suitable for low to medium goal play range in price from $15,000 to $35,000 and up.

A pickup truck and a horse trailer are needed to transport the ponies, their tack, the grooms and player equipment to polo matches.

Of course, tack, shoeing, veterinarian, stabling, and feed expenses will increase to support your additional ponies. One or two grooms, at $2500 a month each, are needed to exercise the ponies and maintain the stables. This level of commitment enables a polo player to compete in most of the polo tournaments played in the United States.

Medium to High Goal Tournaments

To compete in medium to high goal polo tournaments a player needs an experienced pro. To be a patron (pronounced pah-trone) and sponsor a medium goal team a player will pay a pro anywhere from $3500 per game to $150,000 and up for a high goal tournament.

A patron's stable will include 18 - 60 of the finest horses at $35,000 plus for each made pony. One groom for every six horses will cost $2500 and more monthly.

Team players and pros usually require housing and vehicles for themselves (and their families) while they are playing in tournaments which can last anywhere from two weeks to two months. A patron can spend from $300,000 to $1,000,000 and up to compete in high goal polo at the tournament level.

The Result


For polo players, there is an exhilaration during and after a match that cannot be duplicated in other spheres of life. Players experience a unique friendship around the game that is unequalled in their business lives. The game is played with the safety of horses and players in mind, as well as true sportsmanship and a sense of fair play. These attributes create life experiences that cannot be put into words ... which is why polo players never stop playing polo, it becomes a lifelong pleasure.