Headed into its fourth year, Texas Arena League (TAL) is ready for an even greater turnout in 2021. Texas Arena League is played throughout four different events at three different locations around the Lone Star State. Teams and individuals compete for points toward the End of League Awards and the coveted TAL belt buckles.
“TAL has grown exponentially since its inaugural year in 2018,” said TAL organizer Megan Flynn. “In 2021 we will have to cap the number of teams in each flight. It’s only the amount of hours in a day that’s limiting the league.”
2020 High Point Overall winner Wyatt Myr. ©David Murrell
All games count toward TAL points for both teams and individual players. At the end of the league, the points are tallied and the winners are announced. Players also receive points for the National Arena Amateur Cup (NAAC) when playing in USPA arena tournaments during the league.
“In addition to the points-based awards (winners, high-point individual, Most Valuable Player, Best Playing Pony, etc.), TAL has awards that are voted on by players and even fans,” said TAL organizer Brady Williams.
Texas Arena League will play its regular 0-3 goal and 3-6 goal divisions in 2021 on Saturdays and Sundays respectively. In 2020 the C-Flight was introduced for new and beginner players and it will be held on Fridays this coming season. Also, a 6-9 goal flight will be added on Friday evenings.
“With the success of Texas Arena League and PCAL (Pacific Coast Arena League), the precursor to TAL, more and more regions are looking to arena leagues as a great way to grow the sport and create a shoulder season of fun, competitive polo,” said Arena Committee Chair Robin Sanchez. “Arena polo is on the rise all over the country.”
SMU’s Juan Bueno out in front of Cody Goetz from Waterski America. ©David Murrell
As always the Texas Arena League would like to thank their generous sponsors for providing numerous prizes for players and teams. Returning sponsors include U.S. Polo Assn., Nutrena, Catena, Galvin Agency, Jackrabbit Tack, Superior Equine Sports Massage Therapy, Royal B Threads, Elite Motion & Performance Inc.,Pro Chukker, Bombers, David Murrell Photography, Casablancaand Aubone Polo Mallets.
Players can join for one event or travel to all four. All locations have boarding and lease horses are available from multiple providers. For more information on Texas Arena League go to www.texasarenaleague.com where you can read about the TAL format and fill out an entry form. You can also follow Texas Arena League on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Dates and Locations:
January 29-31: Legend’s Polo Club, Kaufman, Texas
February 12-14: Two Wishes Polo Club, Lockhart, Texas
February 26-28: Legend’s Polo Club, Kaufman, Texas
March 19-21: Brookshire Polo Club, Brookshire, Texas