OSU vs CSU intercollegiate polo

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 by Claudia

Oregon State hosted Colorado State  Saturday and Sunday January 24 & 25. for the first home games of the season. Games were hard fought and fun for the bigger than expected crowd of spectators.

OSU extends special thanks to Harry Hart and OSU player Abel Estraviz, Northwest Polo Club, sponsored club advertising and the concession stand.

OSU’s schedule is at facebook.com/oregonstatepolo

More photos from Saturday available at claudiajhowell.com

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Polo – Finally!

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by Claudia

The weather, the holidays and acts of idiots be damned – polo is back!

 It may have been pouring down rain on Saturday but that didn’t dampen the spirits of Cameron Liberio, Bob Grant and James Daugherty for their first polo lesson of 2015. All three started polo last year but hadn’t played since the fall.

Everyone got re-acquainted with wrapping legs and tying tails before mounting up for a review of polo position and mallet strokes on the offside and the nearside, forehand and backhand.

That done, it was on to the main lesson, a two-on-two scrimmage with the… Continue reading

New Website, New Ponies

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by Claudia

Welcome to Polo Zealot School’s new website. Browse around and tell me what you think.

That’s not the only addition to Polo Zealot School. We have two new horses for lessons and clinics.

Sweet Pea is a big mare who does it all. She’s a joy to play outdoors and spent last winter playing arena polo with the Oregon State team. She’s affectionate and lives up to her name.

Frazzle is a midwestern gal from Minnesota. Don’t let that name fool you. She’s a sweetheart with a light mouth and easy gaits.

Sadie is still queen of… Continue reading

Polo 101

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Claudia

Day broke in blazing sunshine for the July clinic at Polo Zealot School. Karla Tripoli, Susie Heuscher and Leslie Quinto came out to give polo a try. Karla has been trying to find time to take a clinic for months. The date and her schedule finally meshed. Susie has seen a lot of polo from her pottery booth at our tournaments and decided to take the plunge. NW polo players are familiar with her horse-themed trophies at Tacoma Polo Club matches. Leslie is new to the Roy area. The clinic is a great way for her to… Continue reading

Daily Doings

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Claudia

It was a capacity crowd at Tacoma Polo Club July 4th weekend. Every paddock and pen was filled with ponies for the Independence Cup. Twelve teams competed in two days of terrific polo. Thanks to all who came and all who worked to get the place ready. It wouldn’t happen without you. Andrew Towell photographed all the action with his usual excellence. Click here for a link to his photographs. On the heels of the Independence Cup, Polo Zealot School holds an introductory polo clinic this Saturday, July 19 at 10 a.m. Click here for

Living Large at Tacoma Polo Club

Posted on: June 27th, 2014 by Claudia

Pony life between polo games is fun, food-filled and punctuated by some necessary maintenance… Continue reading

Lake Oswego Polo

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Claudia

Polo returned to Lake Oswego Hunt on Sunday for the first time in more than 35 years, at least for the afternoon. The arena echoed with the thwack of wooden mallet on leather ball as six intrepid riders learned the basics of polo at an introductory clinic.

Instructor Claudia Howell, with help from polo player Mackenzie Martin, introduced the rules and mallet skills using foot mallets so players could get a feel for the game before having to ride a horse and hit the ball at the same time… Continue reading

March Arena Polo

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by Claudia

Arena polo this weekend was a blast! Five chukkers each day.

Serena Flowers always seemed to have the ball but was ridden off hard by Miranda Luna and Julia Arp. (One at a time, not together).

Tina Anderson and Kathryn Richert-Boe sported new Casablanca helmets. Tim Kelley played his new horse, Bud Light. He and I  played the same chukkers so no photos of their debut.

Rene Skaggs put miles on her green mare.  I’ll be buying beer for the club after taking a “graceful” swan dive off … Continue reading

First String Polo Ponies

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by Claudia

Tim Kelley is starting the 2013 outdoor season at Tacoma Polo Club with two, count’em, two polo ponies. Fanta and Fluffy will carry him to goals and ride-offs and fantastic penalty shots.

When Tim started polo lessons in late 2011, it had been years since he’d been on a horse. He’d ridden as a child and watched polo games at Lake Oswego Hunt Club. Life intervened but he never forgot the fun he’d had riding and always wanted to learn polo.

An internet search brought him to Tacoma Polo Club and lessons at… Continue reading

Spring Spa

Posted on: April 28th, 2013 by Claudia

The ponies had a spa day this week, getting all gussied up for the coming season.

First step – teeth. Dentist Dave Klugh, Equine Dental Associates, set up and went to work. Fanta is missing a tooth in her top jaw. With nothing to grind against, the opposing tooth kept growing and filled the space. That made it difficult for her to chew efficiently. She gets special thin-stemmed orchard grass that is easier for her old molars to grind. (She also slobbers a lot but that’s another story).

Dr. Klugh inserted the mouth speculum