Westcroft Park Polo Club, in Chobham, Surrey is easily accessed from central London and set in over 120 acres of beautiful private land. The club offers fun, friendly, farm style polo with that important competitive twist.
The club plays on 3 immaculate boarded full-sized fields, 2 stick and ball fields, an academy ground as well as an all-weather outdoor arena and clubhouse. The clubhouse has two storeys and in winter time is a place to shelter from the cold, and fuel your fires with its own Bar and Grill, in summer the Asado fires roar and the champagne flows into the warm balmy summer evenings to the soundtrack of thundering hooves.
Westcroft Park Polo Club, formerly Ascot Park Polo Club, was officially taken over by Richard Blake Thomas in 2015, as the former club was going to close its stable doors. Passionate about his horses and polo, knowing how important Ascot Park Polo Club had historically been to the polo community in bringing on new players, and always up for a challenge, Richard set about the task to bring the club back to life and into the modern world.
Prior to taking over Westcroft, Richard experienced the sport at low and medium professional levels and after a series of injuries he began focussing on the breeding and hiring of polo ponies for the medium and high goal polo world. Breeding, Pony production and horse hire is very much at the forefront of Westcroft Park Polo Club.
Westcroft Park Polo Club, a member of The Association of Polo Schools and Pony Hirers and provisionally affiliated to The Hurlingham Polo Association is galloping at top speeds in a very clear direction.
The next 12 months will see significant investment in improving the farm and equine management side of the club, to support further growth in breeding operations and pony production, also management and livery of client horses both for playing and breeding.
The club offers a friendly, competitive environment to play, learn and compete. A strong membership enjoys, weekly club and academy chukkas, practice matches, private and group lessons, summer tournaments at all levels up to 8 goal, and winter arena tournaments at all levels up to 15 goal. As Richard says, “it all has to be with a smile and a good dose of banter!”
Membership is thriving at Westcroft, with strings of beginner and low goal ponies, to high goal playing ponies for hire both at Westcroft and with transport for all other UK and European clubs, the young horse program supporting this and pony sales, full livery and breeding services are also available for client horses.
WOMEN IN POLO
Westcroft continues its heritage of promoting and supporting women in polo. The WIP Polo League tournament takes place over the summer months and the Women’s arena polo is also strongly represented in the winter months.
POLO ACADEMY FOR KIDS & GROWN UPS
Westcroft is the perfect place to learn, with its additional focus on the development of grass roots polo. Currently teaching 10 schools throughout the year, we also run our own after school polo and holiday clubs for young players and newcomers, who are beginning to rise through the polo ranks at a remarkable pace. Increasing the participation of youth in polo, we run regular schools matches, university polo and alumni polo too.
Westcroft’s polo academy teaches beginners, about 65% of the adults taught, have never ridden before. In addition Westcroft welcomes polo players from all over the polo world, for pre-season training, a bit of fine tuning or anything a polo fanatic might desire during a visit to the UK.