Dear Members, Prospective Members and Polo Enthusiasts,
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2008 season at Capitol Polo Club, the Washington DC area’s premier polo facility. We will kick off our third season with the opening of our arena for stick'n balling on April 5th and have our first full practice on April 19th, and our grass season commences on May 24th. Please click here to see our current 2008 schedule summary which includes our 0 – 4 goal leagues, our 2, 4 and 6 – 8 goal USPA tournaments, as well as our two benefit matches; the Green Cup to support the environment and the Women’s Challenge for Cancer Research.
This year, we look to build upon a very successful second season, during which the club hosted 4 USPA tournaments as well as the inaugural Green Cup benefit match to raise support for the environment. On July 14th, 2007, hundreds of polo enthusiasts, environmentalists, Washingtonians and diplomats descended on the Capitol Polo Club under a gorgeous blue sky to witness an exciting 8-Goal match between the TaiPan/Mandarin Oriental Hotel and the Solena Group teams. Corporate tents and tailgates lined both sides of the field, and the clubhouse was filled to capacity on both levels. Prominent corporate sponsors and vendors provided funding and/or products to demonstrate their commitment to protect our environment. Funds raised were distributed to EPIC (Equestrian Partners in Conservation), Global Green USA, Live Green, and ACORE (American Council of Renewable Energy). The Danish Ambassador, the Hon. Friis Arne Petersen, was the Guest of Honor and keynote speaker commending Capitol Polo Club for its efforts to raise awareness on the serious issue of global warming. Everybody who participated had a fantastic time and has committed to return as sponsors and spectators to make Green Cup 2008 (July 19th) even more spectacular and successful. The Green Cup remains one of the Washington area’s largest environmental benefit events, and the first among Polo Clubs in the US.
With the experience of hosting large benefit matches under our belt, our event team has agreed to take on a second benefit match in 2008. The Women’s Challenge Cup will raise funds for charitable organizations supporting cancer research. This event is scheduled for September 7th, 2008, and will feature top women polo players from our club and from the region.
Looking back at the 2007 season, I am pleased to report that we added more players to our roster as development league members moved to become full-time members. In addition, this year, our successful polo school graduated additional students to the development league. Efforts are under way to bring in additional polo ponies to the club in order to provide horses for rent to new club members, or for those starting out in the development league.
As part of our continuing plan to upgrade our facility and our playing fields, we invested in a new state of the art mowing system last year, and will continue with our seeding and field care program as recommended by top experts in polo field management. As I emphasized last year, field upgrading will require time and persistence, and I ask all of our current and prospective members to be patient and work with the management team as we put forth our field upgrade program over the next few years.
I look forward to welcoming all of you at the Capitol Polo Club for our exciting 2008 Season to play what is clearly the “king of sports”, while at the same time, help us demonstrate that the polo community is committed to raise social consciousness on major issues such as cancer and climate change.
For more information on the 2008 season please click here to visit our 2008 Season Page which includes Calendar of major events as well as membership information and forms.
Once again, welcome to Capitol Polo Club. I look forward to seeing you on the field.
Robert T. Do, MD
Capitol Polo Club