Horsewomen from all over Massachusetts, and a couple from Maine, trailered into Georgetown this weekend to take part in what Boston Polo Club owner and manager Mark Tashjian called a “significant tournament.”
Among them was Amy Gatlin, 31, of Manchester and her horse. One tourney team was comprised of University of Massachusetts students and alumni. Some keep or leases horses at Boston Polo, located on Andover Street, Route 133, next to the Black Swan Country Club, while others came from farther afield.
They were there to compete in the United States Polo Association Northeast Circuit Arena Women’s Challenge on Monday. Practice sessions were held Sunday.
“It was pretty significant tournament which is why we drew a lot of players,” Tashjian said. While this was a special competition, he said the club hosts regular matches as well.
The club, which has 80 horse stalls, three outdoor arenas, an indoor arena and a polo field, is one of the largest equestrian centers in New England.
Tashjian has said he started the club five years ago to give people an opportunity to learn and play competitive polo without the financial commitment of owning a polo pony. He first got interested in polo while at the University of Connecticut and has managed other polo clubs around the world. Tashjian said he is also a certified US Polo Association umpire and licensed Massachusetts riding instructor.
More information on polo championship events and other activities is available by calling 508-735-6416 or visit www.bostonpolo.org.