Polo coming back to LO
A blast from Lake Oswego Hunts past will occur March 9 at 3 p.m. when the club hosts a polo clinic given by Claudia Howell.
Polo has been on hiatus for more than 40 years at Hunt, with the last polo mallets being stored away in 1972. But new member Heather Charvet wants to bring the sport back. Her ambition for this was sparked when she saw an ad for polo clinics placed by Howell.
I thought, Why not have this at Lake Oswego Hunt? Charvet said. We want to get back to our roots. I thought I would take the ball and run with it.
Charvet could not have lined up a better person than Howell to give the clinic. She has played polo for 25 years. While she has given polo lessons for many years, this will be the first clinic given by the Portland resident. Howell plans to provide a taste of polo in Lake Oswego.
I want to give a history and an introduction of the sport, she said. Basic rules and strategies, how to wrap legs and tails, how to hold a mallet and hit the ball, the four basic strokes.
The clinic will conclude with a polo scrimmage, which may not be a thing of beauty but will certainly be fun. It will certainly be good publicity for Lake Oswego Hunt. Charvet has become a gung ho member of the club and anticipates a polo-filled future.
I used to think only royals did this, Charvet said. Im a newbie, but Ive taken over the role of historian. I would like us doing more retro things.
We still have a polo field here. Its 23 acres and a perfect oval. Lake Oswego Hunt started in 1937. For Lake Oswego that is really old.
Besides a crash course in polo, those participating in the event will be treated to British Empire-style food in the LOH club room during and after the clinic. All proceeds will support the historic Lake Oswego Hunt.
We want to remind the community that were open to the public, Charvet said. There is still an old barn in the middle of town.
Charvet has already lined up nine people who want to attend, and she is attempting to contact former polo players from years past.
Cost of the clinic is $150 per person. To make reservations, contact Charvet at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more about Howell, go to polo-zealot-school.com.
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