The 8th Annual College Polo 101 mentoring event took place in Aiken, South Carolina, October 6-8, with 11 Student Athletes participating. Student representatives from Stanford University, Washington State University, Montana State University, University of Idaho, University of Connecticut, University of Kentucky, University of Massachusetts, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and Michigan State, partook in a weekend of club development with a focus on fundraising, equine welfare, player development, member retention and club structure.

Participants meeting Hale Bopp.
Participants meeting Hale Bopp.

On their docket for the weekend was swing analytics with Tiger Kneece, Rules Review and “Good Impressions” with USPA Professional Umpire Robert Lyn Kee Chow, Equine Health and Nutrition with Team USPA Vet, Dr. Brown, Drills & Skillz with Team USPA members Connor Deal and Costi Caset, and breakfast with Adam Snow (and his well-known mare Hale Bopp).

Tiger Kneece with Swing Analytics participants
Tiger Kneece with Swing Analytics participants

To round out the weekend, participants attended a local fundraiser on Friday night and filled in with open discussion class room sessions, finishing out the weekend with the finals of the USPA Middle School tournament in Aiken.