Ten instructors began the process of working toward their coveted USPA Certified Polo Instructor Certification by attending an Instructor Skilz Clinic hosted at the Virginia Polo Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Participants included:

•Dori Burner, Battlefield Polo Club, Gainesville, Virginia.
•Dani Wasty, Shannon Hill Polo Club, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
•Jess Schmitt, Virginia Polo Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia.
•Marisa Bianchi, Seneca Polo Club, Poolesville, Maryland.
•Dan Coleman, Being the Change Polo Club, Laveen, Arizona.
•Carlucho Arellano, USPA Executive Director of Services.
•Gates Gridley, International Polo Club Palm Beach, Wellington, Florida.
•Nico Eurnekian, Congressional Polo Cub, Poolesville, Maryland.
•Erica Kratz, Myopia Polo Club, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
•Connor Deal, Aiken Polo Club, Aiken, South Carolina.

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Certifiers Cindy Halle and Erik Wright co-led the event with USPA staff member Jess Downey. Team USPA member and USPA Clinician Connor Deal noted that, “the Skilz Clinic was a great learning experience. We reviewed teaching intricacies, often overlooked, that play a large part in the success of teaching polo. The Certifiers were very informative and helpful with good constructive feedback on our teaching practices and ways to continually improve our skills.”

A big thank you to Lou Lopez and the Virginia Polo Center for the use of excellent facilities and horses. For more information about the USPA Certified Polo Instructor Program please contact Jess Downey at

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