Paur traded in soccer for polo and now owns Hillside Farms, a
and riding center in Richfield.
to as the "sport of kings," itís not surprising there are
so many misconceptions surrounding the game of polo.
Margie Paur is
doing her best to challenge those preconceived notions and bring the
perceived "upper class" sport to suburbia.
about horsemanship, teamwork and camaraderie," says Paur, who
runs Hillside Farm, a 23-acre horse farm and riding center in
Richfield with her husband, Tom Riegert.
Paur, an avid
soccer player, took up arena polo in 2002 when her knees began giving
her trouble. After buying Hillside Farm in 2005, Paur decided to share
her love of polo with others, and started offering polo lessons to the
general public. Today she has 13 polo horses in her stable and
Hillside Farms holds weekly arena polo matches.
like soccer on horseback," Paur explains. "It combines two
sports that I love."
Hillside Farm formed an interscholastic polo team through the United
States Polo Association. The program, open to youth in grades 5
through 12, teaches kids to ride and play polo. Team members travel to
Indiana, Kentucky and the East Coast to play against other
working hard to grow the sport in southeastern Wisconsin, and remove
some of the stereotypes associated with it," says Peggy Daly, a
Cedarburg resident who plays at Hillside Farm. "Itís not only a
sport for the wealthy ó itís a sport everyday people can learn to
Paur says polo
doesnít have to be the exclusive sport itís perceived to be.
"You donít have to own your own horse," she says. "Itís
not a huge expense."
Daly says thereís
an interesting cross-section of people who play for Hillside Farm,
from 10-year olds to middle-aged men and women. "We all play
together," says Daly. "Polo is one of the few sports where
younger and older people can play against each other. The horse is
sort of the equalizer."
excellent introduction to polo, arena polo requires little
instruction, with new players quickly learning how to improve riding
skills and hitting techniques.
team sport," explains Paur. "We start slow and progress in
speed as players become more comfortable."