SBPRC welcomes USPA Certified Polo Instructor Jeff Scheraga to the team as the Polo Academy Director as the club prepares to open the Polo Academy. The Polo Academy will enable new players, and even people who have never ridden before, to learn about polo and be part of the club through lessons in the arena and on the grass, clinics, coaching league, arena league and camps for adults and youth. We also aim to expand the adult arena program in the winter.
Jeff and his wife Naima come to Santa Barbara from their successful polo school in Gilroy CA, where he taught intercollegiate and interscholastic polo, adult lessons, and manages his string of fourteen school horses that recently won Best String at the 2017 Western Interscholastic Regional Prelim. Jeff is wrapping up his duties in Gilroy through the month of March and is moving with his string of school horses to Santa Barbara full time in April to lead the Polo Academy. Come meet Jeff when he arrives in early April for the National Intercollegiate Championships to hear more about the Polo Academy!
Jeff was born and raised in Central New York, his parents Janet and Danny Scheraga have been heavily involved in the sport for over 40 years. Jeff played on the Cornell Interscholastic team, then went on to an exciting college polo career at University of Connecticut and graduated with a Bacholer's Degree in Psychology. He has taken many horses from the track and trained them into seasoned ponies, as well as working with horses that have troubled pasts. He is a highly skilled professional rider and trainer and we all look forward to welcoming him to SBPRC.
SBPRC would like to thank Polo Training Center Santa Barbara for its support of the Polo Academy initiative.
There will be a variety of programs available for students at all levels. New players can take advantage of all inclusive packages at the Santa Barbara Polo School that include horse and tack. From the beginner lessons, players can progress to intermediate programs of arena polo and the coaching league on the grass. Some horses are available to rent for the intermediate programs or players can choose to learn with their own polo pony. The club also welcomes students from other clubs looking to take their polo to the next level.
For more information on how Santa Barbara Polo Club can make your polo dreams come true, contact Polo Manager Melanja Jones at email@example.com or cell phone 970-231-7426 for an overview of all polo programs