POLO SKILLS CAMP- A Camp for Polo players ages 12 AND UP! Aug 6-11, 2017: This camp is for those who have a good handle on the basics and are ready to move up! Every camper will be well mounted (our ponies have played up to 12 goal on teams with the likes of Nacho Figueras!) and each player will gain valuable insight from our generous pro, Ernie Darquea. Ernie holds no secrets and will share every tid bit of knowledge he has after 25 years of play. Camp consists of playing on the fields at Tacoma Polo Club (a short drive from camp), scrimmages, video analysis, and lots of instructional stick and ball and fun drills to refine skills. All campers will have the opportunity to play in a UNYTS tournament at Tacoma Polo Club August 12 and 13 for an additional fee. Cost: $900/Week
Overnight Polo Camps with Certified Polo Instructor & Pro, Ernie Darquea
Hosted by Chastain Mist Equestrian, LLC in Olympia, WA
A little bit about polo, Ernie, and the opportunities we provide young polo enthusiasts:
Our polo camp is perfect for the young polo player! Through chalk talk, campers will gain valuable insight into rules, strategy, safety, and fouls. Ernie uses his lengthy history with the game and his energetic and fun teaching style to get campers engaged and excited about playing better polo. Ernie takes campers through all phases of the game, from pony care and tacking up, to proper cool down, pony care after a chukker (for those who are new to the game). He starts by teaching proper swing form with foot mallets and his SwingSmart tool. For those coming to us with experience, Ernie will elevate your game by refining your swing, covering in depth strategies, and sharing practical knowledge that turns out well rounded players.
Learning the game has many benefits. Many universities offer polo scholarships. Additionally, there are many employment opportunities for college students at polo ranches in close proximity to universities, as well as polo clubs such as Empire and Eldorado polo clubs near Palm Springs. Campers who complete the polo course during the summer with Ernie will have first priority when signing up for our winter polo camps at Eldorado Polo Club.
Local campers also have the opportunity of continuing their polo education by taking lessons with Ernie and becoming a part of our polo team, the Darq Stars. The Darq Stars compete in tournaments year round, practice weekly at Tacoma Polo Club in the summer and in our arena during the off season. The team also travels to Indio CA during the winter to play at the beautiful Empire Polo Club!
Ernie Darquea has been playing polo professionally for 25 years and is one of the most well liked and respected pros on the West Coast. He is also one of the very few Honorary Certified Polo Instructors. Together with Misti Chastain, he operates Darquea Chastain Ponies and Polo. When not training polo ponies or playing professionally, he enjoys spending his time coaching the DCPP team, The Darq Stars.
Darq Star Madison Robinson, on Excalibur
Darq Star Maya Inglis on Pandora
Ernie playing at Will Rogers on Cowboy
Ernie playing 8 goal polo at Empire Polo Club for Piocho, with Nacho Figueras
The Darq Stars playing at Empire Polo Club, winter 2016.