The first Polo tournament in the
Netherlands was played on 2 and 3 september 1978 at equestrian centre "De
Mollenberg" in Leende, Brabant. This four country polo tournament (France,
Brasil, England, Germany) was organised by J.M.J. van den Hurk, the first
president of the Stichting Polo Nederland (Dutch Polo Association).
the first edition of the Dutch
Open Polo was organised by Bert Spaak. This polo event was played at
Lage Vuursche near Hilversum.
In that year also the first Dutch polo club was established in
Leende, near Eindhoven, were a exhibition match was played on September 25th
1988. This club did not exist long.
It was followed by the founding of Polo Club Balkenschoten, near Nijkerk.
For quite a while this stayed the only place in Holland were polo could be
In 1993 Polo Club Wassenaar, near The Hague, was founded by the Dutch retired expat
Nick Grooss and organized its first polotournament called "The Orange" in 1994.
The polo field is situated in the middle of horse racetrack "Duindigt".
Polo clubs have been formed in Houten (Dutch Polo and Country Club), at
Deuverden (Polo Club Deuverden in 2001) and near Hilversum (Polo Club Vreeland in 2003)
and Waalre (Polo Club Waalre) with
stabling facilities next to the polofields. Private polofields are established in Domburg,
Middelbeers, Noorden and Breukelen.
At this moment there are 60 registered Dutch players in the
Netherlands with handicaps up to handicap 3. We have about 10
poloprofessionals playing in the Netherlands up to handicap 5.
Almost all the polohorses and equipment are imported from Argentina.
We have now around 20 polotournaments a year in the Netherlands ranging from
-2 up to handicap 8.
most famous polo events are:
-Dutch Open in May at Polo Club Vreeland
Brabant in June at Polo Club Waalre
-Domburg Polo Trophy in July in Domburg
-The NK Polo in August at Polo Club Vreeland
-The Amsterdam Museumplein Arena Polo Tournament in September in Amsterdam
We have a very talented Dutch National team who won the silver medal at the
European Championships 2002 in Italy and the bronze medal at the European Championships
2005 played in the Netherlands.
year the number of poloplayers and polotournaments still increases in the Netherlands.
So we believe polo in Holland has a great future.