The Academy

Situated amidst the breathtaking landscape of the highly acclaimed Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club, The Dubai Polo Academy offers the opportunity to be a part of a unique polo experience.

Whether you are new to the sport or already playing, improve your skills under our expert tuition.

From fun packed holidays, individual coaching sessions or corporate events we offer affordable choices, never compromising on quality.

To share in our passion please contact us so we can help you arrange your perfect polo experience.

The Team

Steven Thompson - Head Coach & Founder of DPA

Steven Thompson

Head Coach & Founder of DPA. Author of "How to Look Cool Whilst Learning Polo"

Following 20 years as a coach and professional player on the international circuit, Steve established DPA in 2005. Since its opening is now recognised worldwide as a Mecca for expert Polo tuition. Steve is the author of the revolutionary new teaching methodology "The Player Evolution Course" and in addition he is also the author of his new book "How to Look Cool Whilst Learning Polo"
Adam Frith - Instructor

Adam Frith

Instructor
Nico Pettrachi - Instructor

Nico Pettrachi

Instructor
Maxi Malacalza - Instructor

Maxi Malacalza

Instructor
Justo Del Carril - Instructor

Justo Del Carril

Instructor

A Few of the Horses

Corentino - Light Bay Gelding, 8 years old

Corentino

Light Bay Gelding, 8 years old

Correntino came to Dubai Polo Academy as a leased pony in 2012, due to popular demand we just had to buy him! His impeccable manners, and willingness to play make him a firm favourite amongst all clients, he is also a strong fixture in Steve's playing string. He is however known to be very bossy with his stable mates in the paddock.
Dynamic - Dark Bay Mare, 15 years old

Dynamic

Dark Bay Mare, 15 years old

Dynamic came to Dubai with Steve's string of playing ponies from the UK, originally bred in Australia, her talents were quickly recognized and she was shipped to the UK where she played in many of the most prestigious high goal tournaments, she is schooled to perfection, her flowing stride and sharp nature (not forgetting, of course, her ability to make Steve look fabulous in pictures!) make her Steve's all-time favourite. Once you have ridden Dynamic why would anyone want to ride anything else? A real pleasure!
Yem Kin - Bay Gelding, 9 years old

Yem Kin

Bay Gelding, 9 years old

Yem Kin arrived at Dubai Polo Academy from the racetrack in 2009 from the prestigious yard of Sateesh Seemar. Living proof that racehorses can be recycled successfully into polo ponies when in the hands of a professional. After countless hours of expert schooling from Steve, Yem Kin is now the Ferrari of his playing string, as well as being a push button polo pony having proved himself over the past 3 seasons to be considerate towards novice riders and when necessary showing them how it is done.
 
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