About SAPA

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 (based in UK) and Federacion Internationale de Polo (based in Argentina). SAPA consists of a President, Vice-President and Executive Committee which includes a representative from each province (usually the Provincial Chairman). These members are elected by the affiliated members of SAPA at the AGM of the Association. SAPA has a constitution which was first formulated in 1905 making it one of the oldest sporting bodies in the country.

The role of SAPA is to administer the annual fixture lists, the handicaps of all players, any disciplinary matters, coordinate the Development Programme for previously disadvantaged youngsters and to govern policy relating to all matters regarding polo and polo ponies. SAPA is also responsible for procuring sponsorship for International matches and various other tournaments. SAPA is a Section 21 non-profit organisation and assists its affiliated provinces with grants and interest free loans for the benefit of its members.

Vision, Mission & Objectives

Increase the value proposition of polo in South Africa

  • Promote polo in South Africa
  • Increase visibility of the sport
  • Attract more spectators
  • Improve perception of polo - pony welfare
  • Attract more sponsorship

Improve quality of polo in South Africa

  • Increase association membership
  • Provide support to polo clinics
  • Develop professional umpiring
  • Develop a player ranking system
  • Develop one or more 10 goal players
  • Provide rules and guidelines for sport
  • To assist and provide financial support for polo in previously disadvantaged communities

Become sustainable

  • Maintain financial sustainability
  • Manage profitable international and national events
  • Increase rand value of sponsorship and return on investment to sponsors
  • Provide support to SAPA structures

Become an international destination of choice

  • Become top 5 polo nation
  • Develop infrastructure to support quality of the sport
  • Become one-stop shop for ponies

SAPA Executive Committee

Mike Rattray

Honorary Life President

Russell Watson

President

Duncan Ellis

Co-Opted Member

Tom de Bruin

Players Representative

Galia Dviri

Ladies Polo

Guy Slater

KwaZulu-Natal

Dirk Uys

Highveld

Andries Young

Free State

Guy Williamson

East Griqualand

Doug Lund

Western Cape

Bridget Macduff

International Polo

Sarah-Jane Carr

Operations & Accounts

Provincial Polo Associations

KwaZulu-Natal

Guy Slater

Chairman

guy@slater.co.za

Lionel Foster

Secretary

+27 82 958 5313

lionel@fosprops.co.za

Western Cape

Doug Lund

Chairman

doug@newsteadwines.com

Tessa Moxon

Secretary

+27 72 449 9057

tessa@plettpolo.co.za

Free State

Andries Young

Chairman

andries@platbergpolo.co.za

Luke Barnard

Secretary

+27 82 867 0801

barnardluke8735@gmail.com

Highveld

Dirk Uys

Chairman

dirk@icarcent.co.za

Lee-Anne Spark

Secretary

+27 71 605 6254

leeannspark@gmail.com

East Griqualand

Guy Williamson

Chairman

springvale.guy@gmail.com

Jacqui Williamson

Secretary

+27 82 445 5818

mail@jurassicparkpolo.co.za

Provincial Polo Associations

KwaZulu-Natal

Guy Slater

Chairman

guy@slater.co.za

Lionel Foster

Secretary

+27 82 958 5313

lionel@fosprops.co.za

Western Cape

Doug Lund

Chairman

doug@newsteadwines.com

Tessa Moxon

Secretary

+27 72 449 9057

tessa@plettpolo.co.za

Free State

Andries Young

Chairman

andries@platbergpolo.co.za

Luke Barnard

Secretary

+27 82 867 0801

barnardluke8735@gmail.com

Highveld

Dirk Uys

Chairman

dirk@icarcent.co.za

Lee-Anne Spark

Secretary

+27 71 605 6254

leeannspark@gmail.com

East Griqualand

Guy Williamson

Chairman

springvale.guy@gmail.com

Jacqui Williamson

Secretary

+27 82 445 5818

mail@jurassicparkpolo.co.za