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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 21 2018

February Newsletter

HPA RULE CHANGES: The HPA will be making some rule changes for 2018 the details of which will be finalised by their Rules Committee in due course. These will be conveyed to members as soon as... More

Dec 01 2017

November Newsletter

2018 FIXTURES: The 2018 fixtures have been posted on the SAPA website. This list is now final and should clubs wish to change their date, the correct channel is through your Provincial President... More

Oct 26 2017

October Newsletter

EXPERIMENTAL RULE FORMAT: The amended chukka format adopted by Plett Polo Club last December and Easter was tried during the Stephen Stewart Memorial tournament held at East Rand Polo Club a few... More

Sep 21 2017

September Newsletter

2017 PRINCE OF WALES CUP: The Prince of Wales Polo Cup took place at the Rosefield Polo Club on Sunday 10th September. An eleven goal South African team took on Kenya in a closely fought match... More

Aug 17 2017

August Newsletter

2017 PRINCE OF WALES CUP: As per my previous newsletter, this year’s POW Cup will take the form of a once off international against a team from Kenya. With the loss of Waterfall and the lack of... More

Jul 17 2017

July Newsletter

2017 PRINCE OF WALES CUP: This year’s POW Cup will take the form of a once off international against a team from Kenya. With the loss of Waterfall and the lack of an alternate facility suitable... More

April 2018

27 Apr - 29 Apr
East Griqualand Champs at Underberg
27 Apr - 29 Apr

May 2018

04 May - 06 May
Karkloof Formal Practice
06 May -
Midlands International at Lions River
11 May - 13 May
Lions River
11 May - 13 May
12 May -
Inanda Invitational Exhibition Match
18 May - 20 May
Inanda Gold Cup
18 May - 20 May
25 May - 27 May
Highveld Champs at East Rand

June 2018

01 Jun - 03 Jun
SA Champs at East Rand
08 Jun - 10 Jun
15 Jun - 17 Jun
Inanda Development Cup
22 Jun - 24 Jun
Karkloof Classic
25 Jun - 27 Jun
SAPA Junior Coaching Clinic

Prince of Wales Cup 2017


Tiva Gross

Mbugua Ngugi

Archie Voorspuy

Jamie Murray

South Africa

Zompie Tsotetsi

Stephen Stewart

James Kane Berman

Campbell Macnab

The Prince of Wales Polo Cup took place at the Rosefield Polo Club on Sunday 10th September. An eleven goal South African team took on Kenya in a closely fought match with the lead changing hands several times. Both team squandered chances to seal the game in the final chukka and it was left to an extra time “sudden death” goal from South Africa’s Campbell Macnab to clinch the trophy. Final Score 7-6 to SA.

The Most Valuable Player award went to Tiva Gross who had a sterling game whilst the Best Playing Pony award was won by Davey Evans’ “Cartoon” played by Jamie Murray.


Natal Champs 2017

A Section

Team GBL

Winners - Lolo Ross Memorial Trophy

Kayla Swart

Phox Borrowdale

Mike Osborn

Graeme Brook Leggatt

A Section



James O’Sullivan

Guy Slater

Tysen O’Sullivan

Sean O’Sullivan

B Section


Winners - Jack Otto Memorial Trophy

Paul Grindrod

Murray Grindrod

William Crowe

Rupert Crowe

B Section



Justin Snaith

Philip King

Murray Hampson

Rob Hampson

C Section


Winners - Natal Polo Association Polo Trophy

Ed Jenkins

Craig Lindsay

Joobie Craig

Brett Craig

C Section

Team Gace


Keyan Gace

Donna Brook Leggatt

Jack Williamson

Brad Gace

Best Playing Pony (Lancaster Cup): "Toy Drummer" owned by Andrew Johnson
MVP of the Tournament: William Crowe

Karkloof Classic 2017

12 Goal

UD Trucks

Winners – Durban Polo Club Challenge Cup

James O’ Sullivan

Martin Watson

Travis Timm

Duncan Watson

12 Goal

Spurwing Horse Feeds

Runners-Up – Duncan Shaw Trophy

Andrew Johnson

Phox Borrowdale

Brett Watson

Sean O’ Sullivan

4 Goal

Lions River

Winners – Howick Polo Challenge Cup

Gerrit Stevens

Tom Bate

Russell Watson

Don McHardy

4 Goal


Runners-Up – Imrie MacKenzie Trophy

Sebastian King

Murray Evennett

Geoff Evennett

Philip King

0 Goal

Jurassic Park

Winners – Shaw Colbourne Cup

Jake Shaw

Callum Shaw

Pah Mokwena

Ross Williamson

0 Goal


Runners-Up – Ian MacKenzie Trophy

Keyan Gace

Mswazi Mgudu

Angus Williamson

David Gace

8 Goal


Winners – Howick Polo Club Cup

William Crowe

Guy Williamson

Graeme Brook Leggatt

Rupert Crowe

Ladies Section

MSD Animal Health

Winners – Benson Family Trophy

Donna Brook Leggatt

Sofia Fernandez

Candice Kane Berman

Kate Holmes

Best String of Playing Ponies - Ian Campbell Trophy: Duncan Watson
Golden Pony - Lionel Lund Memorial Trophy: "Bella" played by James O'Sullivan
Most Promising Young Players - John Brandtner Trophy: William Crowe
Annie B Memorial Trophy: Karen Pilling

SA Champs 2017

A Section

Inanda Renegades

Championship: Winners of ‘Beresford Cup’

Martin Versveld

Cameron Chubb

Lance Watson

Gareth Evans

A Section


Handicap: Winners of ‘Bartholomai Trophy’

Johan van Reenen

Mike Osborn

Johan Groenewald

James Kane Berman

B Section

Summer Farm

Championship: Winners of ‘Solid Silver Bowl’

Vandit Golecha

Charl du Plessis

Terence Spilsbury

Nigel Pilling

B Section

Foul Hookers

Handicap: Winners of ‘Tim Mackenzie Cup’

Ant Durham

Kevin Latter

Richard Pohl

JP Rey

C Section


Championship: Winners of ‘SA Polo Association Trophy’

Friers Ahmed

Mia Harrison

Monty Ntoeleng

Craig James

C Section


Handicap: Winners of ‘Nottingham Road Trophy’

Robin Watson

Paul Cronje

Briers Marais

Clive Millman

D Section

Key Containers

Championship: Winners of ‘Cedric Solomon Trophy’

Ian Lowe

Sancy Vermaak

Jonathan Hill

Duncan Lowe

D Section



Jimmy Uys

Nathi Shabalala

David Jeffrey

Max Kelsey

Man-of-the-tournament: Gareth Evans
Best Playing Pony Award - A Section: ‘Silk ‘owned by Tom de Bruin
Angus Chaplin Memorial Trophy “For the love of a horse”: Duncan Watson
The Sir Duncan McKenzie award goes to: Not awarded in 2017

Photographs under SA Champs 2017 Gallery courtesy of Jonathan Doig Photography

Cape Champs 2017


Cup Winners

Anton Snyman / Leon Prinz

Henro Potgieter

Joseph Bronn

Rob Hampson

Lookout VdV

Cup Runners-Up

Jenny Perkel

Josephine Susman

George Mumba

Buster Mackenzie

Ajax FC

Plate Winners

Eduardo Viera

Rupert Hackwell

Anthony Baines

Michael Mackenzie

Ornatus Sed Ignarus

Plate Runners-Up

Jason Drew

Jaap Engelbrecht

Ignaz Marx

Charl du Plessis

Most Valuable Player: Rob Hampson
Best Playing Pony: "Nemo" owned and played by Charl du Plessis

Photographs under Cape Champs 2017 Gallery courtesy of John Wilkinson Photography

East Griqualand Champs 2017

A Section

Jurassic Park A


DJ Singh

Tiva Gross

Guy Watson

Selby Williamson

A Section



1. Duncan Johnson

2. Cameron Chubb

3. Rob Barrass

4. Tom de Bruin

B Section

Jurassic Park B


1. Jacquie Shaw

2. Sacha Craig

3. Loku Singh

4. Callum Shaw

B Section



1. Sammy de Bruin

2. Heinrich Fortman

3. Robert Williamson

Qozi Mbalekwa

Harry Williamson "Best Turned Out String": Guy Watson
Imperial Rose Bowl "Most Improved Player": Callum Shaw
Best Playing Pony: "Cruise" owned by Selby Williamson
Person Who Does The Most For EG: Guy Williamson

Free State Champs 2017

A Section

Free State


Jossie Spilsbury

Johan Groenewald

Sipho Spilsbury

Johann Du Preez

A Section

Rocky Ridge


Attie van Wyk

Murray Sparks

Duncan Ellis

Dirk Uys

B Section



Ulrich Spies

Johan van Reenen

Matt Thake

Cearne Young

B Section



Paul Grindrod

Murray Grindrod

Guy Slater

Greame Brooke-Leggatt

C Section

Lions River


Candice Kane Berman

Lee-Ann Sparks

Gerrie Stevens

Christo Spies

C Section

Bergville A

Plate Winners

Caroline Bruce

Kathy Romer-Lee

Amy Gace

Angus Williamson

D Section

Here For Beer


Amo Likonjane

Josie Romer-Lee

Petrus v Eeden

Andries Young

D Section

Crash & Carry


Jack Spilsbury

Pierre Stoffberg

Gillon Thake

Donono Lithula

Junior Golden Pony: "Illusion" owned by Matthew Thake
Junior String: Johan v Reenen
Junior MVP: Cearne Young

Senior Golden Pony: "Image" owned by James Kane-Berman
Senior String: Sipho Spilsbury
Senior MVP: Johan Groenewald

Plettenberg Bay International 2016


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)  ©

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)  ©
  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 2016

Sunday 4 September 2016

Curtain Raiser: SA Schools beat SA Development: 4 - 2

SA Schools
1. James O'Sullivan (0)
2. Johann van Reenen (0)
3. James Crowe (2) ©
4. Ross Williamson (0)
Reserve: Grant Louw (0)

SA Development
1. William Crowe (0)
2. Jabulane Khanyile (2)
3. Pah Mokwena (2) ©
4. Grant Louw (0)
Reserve: Zandise Gushu (0)

MVP: Jabulane Khanyile

Test: South Africa beat Uruguay: 9 - 8

South Africa
1. Davey Evans (5)
2. John Eustace (5)
3. Gareth Evans (6)
4. Tom de Bruin (7) ©
Reserve: Mike Osborn (4)

1. Mauricio Sánchez (5)
2. Santiago Stirling (5) ©
3. Pablo Fernandez LLorente (6)
4. Martin Tassara (6)
Reserve: Aparicio Oddo (4)

MVP: Gareth Evans          
Best Pony: Velvetino owned by Walter Grindrod and ridden by Pablo Fernandez LLorente

Sunday 11 September 2016

Curtain Raiser: Poloafrica Matrics beat SA Development : 9 - 2

1. Molefi Ralebenya (-1)
2. Mosaku Lephatsi (-1)
3. Thapelo Mothijoa (0) ©
4. Montoeli Ntoeleng (0)
Reserve: Tumelo Molapo (-2)

SA Development
1. Annie Iqbal (-2)
2. Lucky Matshaya (-1)
3. Nanthi Shabalala (2)
4. Jabulane Magagula (0) ©
Reserve: Tebello Mokoroane (-2)

MVP: Montoeli Ntoeleng

Test: South Africa beat Uruguay: 7 - 5

South Africa
1. Davey Evans (5)
2. John Eustace (5)
3. Gareth Evans (6)
4. Tom de Bruin (7) ©
Reserve: Mike Osborn (4)

1. Mauricio Sánchez (5)
2. Santiago Stirling (5) ©
3. Pablo Fernandez LLorente (6)
4. Martin Tassara (6)
Reserve: Aparicio Oddo (4)

MVP: Tom de Bruin           
Best Pony: Castanetta owned by Warren Lurie and ridden by Martin Tassara