Dozens of horses including 15 for jumping and over 80 polo ponies fill the stables at Casa de Campo, which makes finding the proper pony as easy as a trail ride. Scenic romps include a one-hour golf course ride, a two-hour ride through tropical trails by the Chavón River and two three-hour advanced rides; one through sugarcane fields to the cane-cutter's village and the other a ride outside of the main resort at Rancho Peligro (three days notice is required).
Expert staffing is on hand for lessons in English or Western-style riding, jumping, dressage and polo. Guests of Casa de Campo may also request instruction in grooming techniques, rodeo stunts or sign up for a hilarious game of donkey polo. Private guides can be arranged for individuals or groups.
For young children, rides are available on Anita, Juanito and Miguelito, the center’s three ponies. Special private trail rides can also be arranged.
If you’re seeking the thrill of polo, the Casa de Campo facilities are among the best in the Caribbean. Consisting of three playing fields, one practice field and the largest string of polo ponies under a single brand in the world, there is no place better to enjoy this rigorous and engaging sport. Equipment, group instruction and personalized training are available for beginners and medium-goal players. Guests may hire ponies for stick and ball tournaments and families can compete against each other in matches held each week.
Regular polo matches are played throughout the week during the season, which begins in early November and ends in April. Domestic cups and international tournaments are organized during the season and all teams are encouraged to enter.
Please note: long pants and closed shoes are required to ride at the center. Children must be over seven-years old or have prior riding experience.