polopicThe polo season in Skull Valley runs from May through October, with training and practice matches throughout the spring, summer and fall. Players may bring their own mounts or choose to rent or lease “made” polo ponies. Instructor Bill Stalcup has played and coached polo for many years and is experienced in explaining the game and demonstrating it for all levels of polo. This is a “learn by doing” experience, and it creates fun and excitement while players are being introduced to the game or honing their polo skills.

Each year the season is culminated with the Annual Polo Tournament and Texas Barbecue in October, a tradition which has continued since 2005. Each year it draws more than 200 spectators.

Polo in Skull Valley has a history of its own. In the early 1900s Van Dickson himself raised polo ponies there and leased them to Will Rogers. When they were through playing polo, they came back to become ranch horses. Harris played polo in Austin, Texas, starting and running his own polo club there years before settling in Skull Valley in 1999. When he first saw what he and his wife Carolyn named the Van Dickson Ranch, he believed the large, flat area in front of the ranch house might make a decent polo field. He had no idea that it had actually been a polo field one hundred years before.

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For more information or to come and play, learn polo, or observe, contact C. Paul Harris at:
(928) 442-3658
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 314
Skull Valley, AZ 86338
Physical address:
13125 Van Dickson Road
Skull Valley, AZ 86338



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