Development of polo in Russia with the Moscow Polo Club
Since 2003, the Moscow Polo Club promotes the development of the sport of polo throughout Russia. After it was absent for nearly 100 years during the communist regime. Moscow Polo Club’s mission is to develop the sport of polo by training new polo players. In addition, the club is expanding on the breeding and training of polo horses.
Polo in Moscow
Alexis Rodzianko, the head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, is the director of the Moscow Polo Club. When this passionate polo player bought the Moscow Polo Club, it was nothing more than a logo, a few horses and 4 goal posts. It is now a totally rebuilt polo Club located in Tseleyevo. Not only a beautiful and remote foresty region of Moscow, but also a place with full summer and winter polo season. The two polo fields are the length of nine football fields. They have been described by the British Polo team as some of the best they have ever played on.
A gorgeous getaway
The Moscow Polo Club is the largest polo club in Russia. It is also one of the only clubs in the world to host a snow polo season. Thanks to the Moscow Polo Club, Russia is now on the international polo map. Alexis Rodzianko is proud to say that majority of the polo players competing on the polo field are now Russian. Unlike 10 years ago, when foreign polo players needed to join to make a full polo team.
Polo is an addictive sport and the conditions to play it all year long at the Moscow polo club are ideal. Therefore, new players are hooked and progress very fast.
Located about 2 hours drive away from Moscow, the polo club is now a destination in itself. Especially for the spectators who enjoy the privilege of a glamorous and natural escape from the city.
The Moscow polo club also has a practice field, an arena and a 1 km track located on 74 acres of the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club. The polo club is home to over 60 excellent polo ponies imported from Argentina, Europe and the USA. Furthermore, Moscow polo club is the first organization to breed polo horses in Russia.
The winter polo season is from mid January to mid March. The summer polo season lasts from mid May to September. Both seasons are a great opportunity for polo players to experiment their limitless polo jeans by Claude & Storz in extreme temperatures.
The Moscow polo club also hosts an annual polo academy. An occasion for kids to learn to play the Sport of Kings. The sport of polo is taught to beginners in 3 stages in the Russian polo club. Equestrian skills, then swing technique and at last the polo game strategy.
Snow Polo in Moscow
St Morritz in Switzerland was the first polo club to host snow polo matches. However, the Russian polo club of Moscow is one of the only polo clubs in the world to host a full season of snow polo. The snow polo season has 3 highlights. Namely the Russian-Swiss Polo Tournament, The Moscow Snow Polo Cup and the Russian Snow Polo Championship. The shows attract hundreds of guests coming to cheer and attend these very cold polo games. Indeed, snow polo fans are well taken care of in Moscow. Welcomed in a heated marquise, they are served hot tea, mulled wine and a signature bourbon cocktail.
Snow polo is even more captivating for the audience than summer polo, because the polo matches are much easier to follow. As the polo field is smaller, hence the game is more compact. Also, each polo team has 3 polo players instead of the usual 4. Most importantly, the ball is twice as big as the ball used in summer polo and it is bright orange which makes it very easy to spot on the white snowy field.
Snow polo is a fast pace cardio exercise in low temperatures. For this reason, polo players need to wear technical polo clothing. The perfect polo jeans by Claude & Storz is tested by polo players in the polar cold and the tropical heat. They are a must.
Some of the best players from Russia and Switzerland – such as the best Russian polo player Misha Rodzianko – play in these snow polo tournaments in Russia.