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Dubai Polo Academy

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TatiAfrika13 wrote a review Sep 2018
Cannes57 contributions14 helpful votes
Are you a hobby polo player? Do you want to learn how to play polo? Do you like watching polo matches or mingle with the polo audience? Here is the place for you! Have fun with the best and funniest, most patient Steve Thompson for your personal polo coaching, enjoy the lush green polo grounds, and reward yourself with excellent food and a dip in the pool.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Heidi wrote a review Apr 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates169 contributions60 helpful votes
Thanks so much to Steve and the team for a great introduction to polo. Amazing location, fantastic horses and expert tuition. I cannot recommend the academy highly enough!
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from DubaiPoloAcademy, Front Office Manager at Dubai Polo Academy
Responded Apr 15, 2018
Thank you very much Heidi and we look forward to seeing you again at the Dubai Polo Academy. Warmest Regards, DPA Team
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msbutterkup wrote a review Nov 2017
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
Thank you Steve and Valerie for a fantastic experience at the Dubai Polo Academy. Having limited time in Dubai I booked morning and evening lessons with Steve, followed by Chukkas. I can’t recommend Steve enough....his grasp of what we needed to work on.... his abundance of patience, his incredible technical knowledge and his ability to get the most out of me whilst he still maintained a fun and easy manner. Steve’s book is worth the investment, easy to read and full of practical advice, technical knowledge...the same as any lesson he gives. The polo ponies were fantastic, Diablo was my favourite!! I look forward to returning again in 2018.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Fran wrote a review Dec 2016
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions10 helpful votes
Just spent an amazing few days at the Dubai Polo Academy. My husband loved the fast polo. The regular club members are really friendly and welcoming. My daughter and I enjoyed some fantastic but much more sedate riding, all on beautifully schooled, well mannered but lovely forward going ponies. Whatever your level, ambitions or abilities- with the quality of the horses, the range of Programmes available and Steve's expert knowledge and tuition (he's written a book on it!) you will raise your game and you'll have more fun than you could ever have anticipated. And with the rest of Dubai and all it has to offer, it really doesn't get any better. Look no further for a Polo Holiday!
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Date of experience: December 2016
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megrioux wrote a review Dec 2016
Portland, Oregon3 contributions2 helpful votes
Whether you're a complete Beginner or Advanced player looking to improve, I really can't recommend Dubai Polo Academy enough! Steve is an uncommonly gifted teacher who really understands how to explain things in a way that makes sense to his students. He's able to change instruction up as needed, approaching problems with just the right combination of tenacity and humor. And his perfectionistic eye sees everything (even when you perhaps wish he wouldn't notice that you're cheating...again!). I have to say, having ridden with a number of polo coaches, Steve was the absolutely the best I've been lucky enough to learn from. He found the holes in my training quickly and gave me concrete things to do to improve, while providing a hilarious running commentary. If you're serious about improving, Steve's your man! I felt like my 5 day stint at Dubai Polo Academy significantly improved both my swing and knowledge of the game. For a complete beginner, I think that Dubai Polo Academy can get you started on the right foot, in a safe and friendly environment. If you've never tried polo, it's addictive and well worth a morning lesson. You'll find yourself hooked in more ways that one after a single lesson! As a previous player, I found the ponies to be wonderfully kind and well schooled, able to accommodate a wide range of riders. The club was both beautiful and welcoming, with a friendly, inclusive vibe. Valerie was very responsive in setting up lessons and arranging anything you might need, from endless cappuccinos to a cell phone charger! Steve, Valerie and Anton-- you guys made my holiday and managed to teach me a ton, in spite of myself! Thank you!!
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Date of experience: December 2016
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Response from DubaiPoloAcademy, Guest Relations Manager at Dubai Polo Academy
Responded Dec 8, 2016
Thank you for the great review and we look forward to seeing you very soon: it was a great pleasure meeting you and teaching you. All our best, Valerie & Steve
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