Today we’re interviewing Devon Dailey, General Manager of the Hawaii Polo Club. Devon shares with PoloWeekly the unique story of the Hawaii Polo Club and some fun facts about their horses. To learn more about the club, visit their website here.
Can you give us a brief background on your club?
Established in 1963, the world-renowned Hawaii Polo Club, located in Mokuleia on the pristine North Shore, has provided a unique and exceptional venue for the game of kings to share the passion and lifestyle of the sport of polo, both on and off the field.
The club attracts both national and international spectators with a wide range of demographics to watch elite professional polo players competing for the prestigious tournaments that are exclusive to the Hawaii Polo Club.
Gates open at 11am. Come early to grab the best tailgating spots. For a refined afternoon, clubhouse seating is available for purchase both online and at the gate. Games start at 2pm, the band starts around 5pm and the entertainment goes on until sundown!
What makes your club unique?
Our club is unique because it’s on the ocean in Hawaii. Probably the best location in the planet. It has a long and storied history, including a visit from HRH Prince Charles who was a good friend of my grandparents, the founders of the club, Fred and Murph Dailey.
Do you host tournaments at your club, if so what’s your most important tournament of the year?
We host a number of tournaments including the highest level in the state: the Hawaiian Intracircuit Cup in July.
Can members from international clubs come and participate in your tournaments?
We have different visiting teams come every year including teams from: India, England, New Zealand, Australia, the mainland US, and many more.
How many polo ponies does your club currently have and where do they come from?
There are over a hundred horses in the club. Today, most horses are either bought locally or on the US mainland though some can come from as far as Argentina. In the old days the club was dominated by New Zealand thoroughbreds. But that was when we had a direct shipping line to New Zealand and the necessary quarantine station in Honolulu to receive them.
If someone is interested in coming and taking lessons at your club, what is the best way for them to get started?