This weekend I was lucky enough to head down to Provence to meet up with Jennifer Sims aka The Styled Equestrian at Saint Cannat Polo Club near Aix en Provence. Jennifer and I ‘met’ online on instagram. I love following her stylish life through her photos. So when I saw that she was organising a polo boot camp a few hours from where I live in France I had to message her to find out more. My hubby James and I are always looking for new places to explore in France, so I suggested that we come to meet Jennifer at the polo club.
There was an Easter tournament being played on Sunday afternoon, so we headed down there so we could watch that. It was brilliant! Jennifer told me a bit about polo and what has been like learning to play (she has only been playing for the past year). To be honest it made me really want to give it a go! Everyone there was so friendly, we chatted and drank Rosè whilst watching the polo. Trying to learn more of the rules each chukka that was played.
There are lots of things that draw me to wanting to try playing polo. Firstly, it seems really social. Everyone at Saint Cannat was so friendly. We were made to feel very welcome by everyone there on Sunday, bearing in mind we knew no one! The players and their families were so nice, one of the teams competing had come over from Luxembourg and Graham, the father of one of the players was so friendly and generous with his rose! Lizzie one of the owners of the club came over to introduce herself and she was just so lovely and of course Jennifer and Melissa who were there doing their polo boot camp.
I have only watched one game of polo before at the Beaufort Polo Club. That was a fun day out but it was really quite posh and I didn’t feel like I could ever be part of that world. OK, the game we watched at Beaufort was at a higher level, but it just seemed more exclusive. A world reserved for only the super rich that wasn’t inviting for ‘normal’ people to join the sport. A sport I could spectate but never dream of playing. This couldn’t have been more different at Saint Cannat. I think 3 different people asked me if I was going to give polo a go and encouraged me to do so!
Another major pull for me is that you don’t need your own horse to train and compete on. From I what I understand you join your chosen polo club but can go to any polo club that you want to train and compete. You can hire horses to compete on, which is great as normally you need a horse per chukka and great for horsey people like me who love to travel and check out different clubs but don’t have their own horse.
Finally it just looks really fun and exciting! It’s fast and competitive and just looks really fun! The horses at Saint Cannat all looked so happy doing their job. They were all so calm waiting for their turn to play and then would gallop around happily.
So for anyone thinking of trying a new discipline, I would certainly look into polo. I am going to look for somewhere in Toulouse that I can go try it and keep you updated when I do. Its certainly been added to my equestrian bucket list! Also if anyone is ever in Provence I would throughly recommend Saint Cannat Polo Club. If I get the chance I will certainly go back there for a lesson for sure, as they spoke english, had happy horses and were really nice. What else do you need?!
Be sure to check out Jennifer’s equestrian travel company @eqglobetrotter on instagram. She organises equestrian holidays all around the world. This week she is playing polo in Provence. Next week it is cross country in Ireland! She may have also agreed to do an Inspo Interview too, so keeps your eyes peeled for that too!
Have you tried polo? If you have let me know how you got on in the comments!
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