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Polo coming back to LO

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Claudia Howell, right, shows just how to tie a knot in the tail of a polo pony. She will be providing her expertise at Lake Oswego Hunt for a clinic on March 9.A blast from Lake Oswego Hunt’s past will occur March 9 at 3 p.m. when the club hosts a polo clinic given by Claudia Howell.

Polo has been on hiatus for more than 40 years at Hunt, with the last polo mallets being stored away in 1972. But new member Heather Charvet wants to bring the sport back. Her ambition for this was sparked when she saw an ad for polo clinics placed by Howell.

“I thought, ‘Why not have this at Lake Oswego Hunt?’” Charvet said. “We want to get back to our roots. I thought I would take the ball and run with it.”

Charvet could not have lined up a better person than Howell to give the clinic. She has played polo for 25 years. While she has given polo lessons for many years, this will be the first clinic given by the Portland resident. Howell plans to provide “a taste of polo” in Lake Oswego.

“I want to give a history and an introduction of the sport,” she said. “Basic rules and strategies, how to wrap legs and tails, how to hold a mallet and hit the ball, the four basic strokes.”

The clinic will conclude with a polo scrimmage, which may not be a thing of beauty but will certainly be fun. It will certainly be good publicity for Lake Oswego Hunt. Charvet has become a gung ho member of the club and anticipates a polo-filled future.

“I used to think only royals did this,” Charvet said. “I’m a newbie, but I’ve taken over the role of historian. I would like us doing more retro things. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: J. ANDREW TOWELL - The excitement of a polo match is shown close up. The game is coming back to Oswego Hunt after an absence of 40 years. Instructor Claudia Howell is shown riding at the right.

“We still have a polo field here. It’s 23 acres and a perfect oval. Lake Oswego Hunt started in 1937. For Lake Oswego that is really old.”

Besides a crash course in polo, those participating in the event will be treated to British Empire-style food in the LOH club room during and after the clinic. All proceeds will support the historic Lake Oswego Hunt.

“We want to remind the community that we’re open to the public,” Charvet said. “There is still an old barn in the middle of town.”

Charvet has already lined up nine people who want to attend, and she is attempting to contact former polo players from years past.

Cost of the clinic is $150 per person. To make reservations, contact Charvet at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more about Howell, go to polo-zealot-school.com.



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