Learn the equestrian sport of polo

Professional Polo Players

Professional polo player Tommy Biddle with amateur/patron Gillian Johnston

Amateurs, Pros, and Patrons

In the sport of polo amateurs and professionals regularly play together and against each other.

A polo professional markets his skills to amateurs so that they can play in high goal polo tournaments and is paid an amount commensurate with his handicap rating.

An amateur that puts together a team with one or more polo pros is called a patron (pah-trone).

You can't hit the ball if you can't get to it

A polo pro's income depends on being well mounted. Competition forces a pro to be prepared physically, mentally, and with ponies that allow him to play at the highest level.

The majority of polo pros devote significant amounts of time to training polo ponies. A polo pro will normally own a string of 7 to 20 playing ponies and have additional ponies in training. A polo pro will use at least 6 horses in a polo match.


To compete in medium to high goal polo tournaments an amateur 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.

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.

Many polo professionals also derive income from club management and teaching.

A professional polo player can easily earn a significant income. When added to income derived from training and selling polo ponies, polo pros can earn well into middle six figures.