UK’s Polo Team is a competitive team affiliated with the United States Polo Association. The team completes in the Southeast region of the intercollegiate league. The team aims to provide and fun and safe learning experience in the sport of polo and welcomes all new members. 

There are both male and female teams. During a game, three members make up each team. Practice is held an average of three times a week at West Wind Farm and the Kentucky Horse Park. The Team’s main supporter is the Lexington Polo Club and the Team’s coach is a nationally-acclaimed professional polo player and Lexington Polo Club manager, Jorge Vasquez.

The UK Polo Team has a history of success. The women’s team won its first national championship in the spring of 2010 at the University of Virginia, soundly defeating well-established teams. In 2011, the UK women’s team completed its season at the United States Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championships at Cornell, in Ithaca, New York. It won its first match against Cal Polo Pomona with a score of 21 to 9. Although the team did not win nationals, it was awarded 2011 Best Playing Women’s String for its team of seven polo ponies.

Over the years, several people have donated their own polo gear, mallets, knee guards, helmets and tack for the ponies. The team averages about 12 horses per year. The ponies are kept at West Wind Stables in Lexington.  Members of the team work together to take care of these ponies, which includes feeding, watering and turning out the ponies every day. 

Team practices are held three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, with private lessons offered on Saturday mornings. Practices consist of scrimmages and drills that start around 6 p.m. and last about an hour. Games are held either at West Wind or at the Kentucky Horse Park. Prospective members are invited to attend team practices and games to learn more about the team and the sport. 

Check out the UK Polo Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and information about the team.  Additionally, more information can be found on the UK Polo website http://ukpolo.webs.com

If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact president Bennett Baughman at wildcatpolo1@gmail.com or advisor Dr. Roger Brown at rogerbrown@uky.edu.