Kathy Damskov, Chole Dixon and Krista Coffey (l-r) recruiting for the WSU Polo Club on Glenn Terrell Mall.
WSU Polo Club — the kind of polo played on horses, not in the water — is recruiting new members.
“Many people don’t know there is a horse polo team at WSU,” said Club President Kathy Damskov, as she spun the wooden polo mallet.
To draw people’s interest, polo team members set up a wooden horse with a full-scale saddle on April 16 on Terrell Mall. Members of the group spoke with students, faculty and staff who might be interested in joining their ranks. Those more daring were encouraged to climb on the wooden horse and try their hand at hitting a polo shot with a mallet. Easier said than done.
The team was organized in 1963 when polo was more visible in the news, said Damskov, but since then it has died down. Currently the club consists of five men, seven women and eight horses, divided into two different teams.
Club members practice five times at a field on the outskirts of Pullman, where their horses are boarded.
Last year the men’s polo team was one win away from qualifying for nationals. The determining loss came in the last 10 seconds of their last game of the season.
The club sometimes travels as far as California for a match. Currently the team is looking forward to competing against teams in Montana.
To find out more information on the WSU polo team or to join people can go to www.wsupolo.org or see an article from WSU Today by clicking on the following link.
(Kathy Damskov showing off her polo skills while sitting on the wooden horse.)