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Welcome to the South African Polo Association

The South African Polo Association (SAPA) is the official administrative controlling body of polo in South Africa. All clubs affiliate through their provincial bodies to SAPA which, in turn, affiliates to Hurlingham Polo Association (UK) and Federacion Internationale de Polo (Argentina)... More

Feb 15 2016

February Newsletter

SAEF DEVELOPMENTS: You will recall from my last newsletter that SASCOC have now accepted that equestrian disciplines will govern themselves under the auspices of the SAEF. This is conditional... More

Nov 26 2015

November Newsletter

SAEF DEVELOPMENTS: After a long and protracted battle, costing the Disciplines considerable sums of money in attorney fees, SASCOC finally realized that equestrian sport could not continue... More

Jun 19 2015

New Zealand Team for the BMW International Polo Series 2015

1. Hamish Ormond (3 goal) Home Club: Kihikihi        Hamish is a sheep and beef farmer who lives near Raglan on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. He is 43 years old and has... More

Mar 31 2015

New Zealand Team for BMW International Polo Series 2015

New Zealand Team for BMW International Polo Series 2015 Hamish Ormond (3) Craig Wilson (6) John Paul Clarkin (8) Captain Thomas Hunt (6) TOTAL (23) Reserve / Manager: Alan... More

June 2016

July 2016

08 Jul - 10 Jul
15 Jul - 17 Jul
29 Jul - 31 Jul
SA Champs at Karkloof

August 2016

05 Aug - 07 Aug
Lions River Mini
12 Aug - 14 Aug
Prince of Wales Cup at Waterfall
19 Aug - 21 Aug
East Rand
19 Aug - 21 Aug
Mooi River
26 Aug - 27 Aug
Pony Lenders at Karkloof
26 Aug - 28 Aug
The Land Rover Africa Cup at Inanda

Natal Champs 2016

A Section (12 Goal)

CBC Polo

Championship - Lolo Ross Memorial

Cameron Chubb

Mike Osborn

Rory Bryden

Phox Borrowdale

A Section (12 Goal)

Lions River


Tony Higgs

Skei Marlton

Duncan Watson

Russell Watson

B Section (6 Goal)

Slater Farms

Championship - Jac Otto

Grant Lowe

Jonno Lowe

Graeme Brook-Leggit

Guy Slater

B Section (6 Goal)

Lions River


Sean Green

Murray Grinrod

Jabulani Khanyile

James MacKenzie

C Section (4 Goal)



Candice Kane-Berman

Amy Gace

James Hackland

Angus Williamson

C Section (4 Goal)

Seven Oaks


James O'Sullivan

Justin Snaith

James Crowe

Matthew Crowe

A Section: Most Valuable Player: Rory Bryden
A Section: Best String: James Kane-Berman
A Section: Best Playing Pony - Lancaster Cup: "Thlula Blue" owned by Mark Davies
B Section: Most Valuable Player: Grant Louw
B Section: Best String: Grant Louw
C Section: Most Valuable Player: James Hackland
C Section: Best String: Graham Kippen

East Griqualand Champs 2016

A Section

Thekwini Toyota


Robb Barras

Charles Holley

Mike Osborn

Guy Watson

A Section

Mascor MT Currie


Duncan Johnson

Phox Borrowdale

Rory Bryden

Brett Craig

B Section



Sammy de Bruin

Murray Townsend

Pah Mokoena

Eugene de Bruin

B Section



Heinrich Fortman

Zandise Gushu

Sheldon Williamson

Struan Stanford

DH Stubbs Trophy for "Best Playing Pony": "Bella" owned by John Eustace
Harry Williamson Memorial Trophy for "Best Turned Out String": Charles Holley
Balmoral Rose Bowl “Most Improved Player”: Struan Stanford
EG Tractors Award “The Person Who Does The Most For EG Polo”: Selby Williamson

Plettenberg Bay International 2015

Plett International

South Africa

Chris Lund

James Crowe

Chris MacKenzie

Tom de Bruin

Plett International


Max Kirschoff

Max Charlton

George Merryk

David Ashby


South Africa beat England 11 goals to 10

The Plettenberg Bay International took place on the 29th December on the Pavilion field, Kurland. The weather was cool and dry making ideal conditions for polo. The day commenced with two development teams competing in the curtain raiser match followed by some young enthusiasts playing a bicycle polo match. The South African team that played in the international against England consisted of the following:

  1. Chris Lund (1)
  2. James Crowe (2)
  3. Chris MacKenzie (6)
  4. Tom de Bruin (7) (Captain)

Reserves were Dirk van Reenen (5) and Nick Sherring (2). Team UK were represented by the following:

  1. Max Kirschoff (0)
  2. Max Charlton (7) (Captain)
  3. George Merryk (6)
  4. David Ashby (3)

The match started at a furious pace – something that continued for the entire game. South Africa opened the scoring with a field goal from MacKenzie only for England to equalize a few minutes later. This pattern continued for most of the match with neither side being able to get more than a goal ahead. Only during the fifth period did South Africa manage a three goal lead only to squander this with some unnecessary fouls. The sixth was exciting and looked as if it could go to a  sudden death chukka but South Africa stood firm and finally ran out winners by 11 goals to 10.

For South Africa, the two “rookies” Chris Lund and James Crowe played exceptionally well and at no stage seemed overawed by the “big” occasion. Chris MacKenzie had an outstanding game and was rewarded with being judged “Man of the Match”. Best playing pony went to Shaun Brokensha’s “Julia” played by George Merryk.

The South African Polo Association would like to thank the Plett Polo Committee for their meticulous event organization. The day was a huge success and a great advert for polo. Our thanks also to those players who generously loaned ponies to the English team.

BMW International Polo Series 2015


Curtain Raiser
SA Schools Team beat SA Development Team: 7.5 - 5 

SA Schools Team
1. Chris Lund (1)
2. Grant Louw (0)
3. Ross Williamson (0)
4. Cody Williamson (1) ©     
Reserve: James O’Sullivan (0)    

SA Development Team
1. Ayanda Mbutyana (0)     
2. Zandise Gushu (0)
3. Pah Mokwena (2) ©
4. Jabulane Khanyile (2)
Reserve: Madlenkosi Siphengana (0)
MVP: Chris Lund

New Zealand beat South Africa: 9 - 8

South Africa                                                   
1. Selby Williamson (5)                                                                       
2. Dirk Van Reenen (4)                                      
3. Tom de Bruin (7) ©                          
4. Gareth Evans (6)                          
Reserve: Brad MacGibbon (5)     

New Zealand
1. Hamish Ormond (3)                              
2. Craig Wilson (6)
3. John Paul Clarkin (8) ©
4. Thomas Hunt (6)
Reserve: Allan Browne (3)                         

MVP: JP Clarkin    
Best Pony: "Greased Lightening" owned by Brad & Amy Gace and ridden by JP Clarkin


Curtain Raiser
BMW X6 Team beat BMW X5 Team: 5 - 2

BMW X6 Team
1. Ammara Iqbal (-2)
2. Jabulaan Magula (0)
3. Jabulane Khanyile (2)
4. Jonathan Hill (1) ©
Reserve: Paul Hill (1)

BMW X5 Team                                
1. Annie Iqbal (-2)
2. Thokozane Zondo (1)
3. Nathi Shabalala (1)
4. Johann van Reenen (0) ©
Reserve: Michael Kruger (-1)

MVP: Nathi Shabalala

South Africa beat New Zealand: 11 - 6

South Africa                                                   
1. Selby Williamson (5)                                                                       
2. Dirk Van Reenen (4)                                      
3. Tom de Bruin (7) ©                          
4. Gareth Evans (6)                          
Reserve: Brad MacGibbon (5)     

New Zealand
1. Hamish Ormond (3)                              
2. Craig Wilson (6)
3. John Paul Clarkin (8) ©
4. Thomas Hunt (6)
Reserve: Allan Browne (3)                      

MVP: Dirk van Reenen
Best Pony: "Star Queen" owned by Lee-Anne Spark and ridden by JP Clarkin

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