Hidden View Farm Polo owner Megan Flynn naturally progressed into a woman polo player, having parents who were already on the field way before she was born. “My mom played a little polo for fun, and my dad was a pro,” she tells POLO LADY.
While she initially played in the hunter/jumper world, her transition to polo eventually came in high school. The Milwaukee Polo Club became her playground during summers, while the Joy Farm was awaiting her play in winter. And from there, there was no turning back.
Combining passion, dedication, and love for horses, she regards these as keys to becoming a successful woman polo player. In making an effort to improve her game continually, she doesn’t just focus on herself—she’s also committed to making her “playmates” stronger. Thus, resulting in delightful experiences in the field, leading to the triumph of both her horse and her teammates.
“My favorite thing on the field is playing a horse that we have started from scratch in tournament polo,” Megan shares. “There is not a more rewarding thing than taking an unhandled two-year-old and getting a Best Playing Pony blanket with it a few years later!”
Of course, these four-legged creatures aren’t the only ones getting the spotlight, with this polo lady describing herself as a supportive teammate. “I play most of my polo in the coaching league or green horse chukkers, so I have to encourage and push my teammates to improve as they play. That attitude carries over to my other polo,” she cites.
But her ultimate goal? As someone who makes a living out of polo, Megan works hard to grow the sport. Her agenda is to bring people into the sport, make good horses, and match people with horses.
And so, she generously shares some advice, especially for women polo players, on how they can make the most in polo. If you’re a beginner, you’ll find words that will motivate you to further light up your fire. And if you’re experienced, let these be your reminder to develop yourself and, of course, give back!
Create your vision in polo. “I don’t have a mantra, but some things that mean to me are being a good teammate, playing for my horses when they are young, and having fun while doing it all.”
Be open to friendships. “I love the traveling part of women’s polo and making lifelong friendships. You meet women from all over the country and even other countries, and you end up traveling to new places just to play with them. Polo is unique that way!”
Put yourself out there. “I am naturally an introvert, and to be successful selling horses, meeting clients, and teaching lessons, I had to learn how to be more outgoing! Then, I had to learn how to make a polo operation a successful business—that was a big lesson!”
Tag along. “I think part of why it is important to have women in polo is it helps grow the sport. Where someone goes, her friends are sure to follow. And pretty soon, you have three more players starting the sport. If you’re a beginner, find someone that already plays and ask them for advice. Either they can give you lessons or point you to a trusted friend who will!”
Dial-in on passion. “Players that have the passion to be better put the time in. They also put time into making their horses better and making their teammates better—and end up being more successful.”
Find your niche. “If you can find something you are good at and work hard at it, you will succeed!”
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Mariel Abanes is the Managing Editor of POLO LADY Magazine.