Can you give us a brief background on the Chukkar Farm Polo Club?
Chukkar Farm Polo Club was founded in 1980 by Jack and Helen Cashin on their 130 acre farm in Alpharetta, Georgia. Jack wanted to create a place where people could come and experience the joy and excitement of polo.
Over the years, Chukkar Farm has initiated more than a hundred players to polo and hosted thousands of polo spectators. Currently, the Farm has a dozen members at a wide variety of skill levels and has a dozen or so players from area clubs that participate in our invitational polo events.
What makes the Chukkar Farm Polo Club unique?
Chukkar Farm is special because it is one of very few farms where you can come and learn polo without the traditional investment in horses, trailers, and equipment.
We allow people to experience polo on our safe, seasoned polo ponies, using our equipment. Once they have felt the thrill of the sport, they “catch the bug.”
Then they can purchase a horse of their own, and board their horse or horses right here at our farm so they are ready to play without the extra expense and hassle of transporting to a field that most polo clubs require.
What are some of the most important tournaments that you host throughout the year?
Yes, we have hosted tournaments at our club but mostly we like to do charity events to support our community. One of our largest charity events is a fundraiser for Parkinson’s.
Can members from international clubs come and participate in the tournaments?
Yes, In the gracious tradition of polo, Chukkar Farm’s goal is to be an ambassador for the sport both here and abroad. We have hosted players from other countries at our club and traveled outside the U.S. to participate at their clubs.
What kind of other tournaments do your members participate in, do any of your members travel to play?
Our players do enjoy participating in events at other clubs, like Women’s and Juniors tournaments, as well as fundraisers and awareness events held by other local and out of state clubs.
Are you seeing a lot of new people interested in playing polo?
People are always fascinated by the excitement and tradition of polo but they often don’t feel that the sport is accessible due to either the skill level and athleticism or the financial investment that they perceive to be required. Our mission is to break down those barriers to entry by letting people experience polo where we all start….as beginners. There is fun and exciting polo for every age and experience level. Jack Cashin, himself, started later in life and played well into his eighties!
If someone is interested in coming and taking lessons at the Chukkar Farm Polo Club, what is the best way for them to get started?
Just contact us through our website and we will be happy to set up a time to show you our farm and introduce you to our horses and set up your first polo lesson.
And where is the best place for people to learn more about Chukkar Farm Polo Club?
Our website Chukkarfarmpoloclub.com has information on all of our offerings and events.