In its first season as a club squad at Lake Travis High School, the polo team has won three matches and learned a great deal about game plan and caring for their horses. The group has high hopes for the future – not just getting more Lake Travis students involved in the sport, but also other area schools, and eventually polo parent Dena McVaney said they hope to be considered for qualification as an official UIL sport.
The team went undefeated in a 3-0 season before ultimately losing to a San Antonio team at the Victory Cup Boots and Pearls on Nov. 4. Because polo isn’t widespread and is in fact only sparsely played in central Texas at the high school level, it’s been a challenge to travel to Kyle to get practices done. But the girls have improved considerably in their first season, McVaney said.
“Their skill level improvement is fantastic,” McVaney said. “They’re loving the fact that they have progressed and advanced to the level of field polo. Now they can feel comfortable going from arena polo to field polo, which is a major accomplishment.”
Team members also held events to raise money for Polo Kids Foundation in addition to their own polo expenses, including the expense of taking care of their horses and travelling expenses.
“If you travel, you have to bring your own hay for horses and everything, and your own gear,” McVaney said. “So it’s a costly expense to travel.”
The Lake Travis Polo Club is coached by polo veteran Amanda Massey, and practice space is provided by Seth Bray and County Line Polo Club. To learn more about the Polo Kids Foundation, visit facebook.com/polokidsfoundation.