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ABOUT KEN CRESSWELL

FireStar Polo club is an official member club of the USPA.

Flat Out Farm Polo is run by Ken Cresswell at FireStar Polo Club. Ken has been a member of the USPA since 1987 and earned his USPA Instructor Certification in 2016. He began teaching polo in 1992 while running the Diamond Ranch in South Hampton, New York. Ken was a member of the 1992 International team, and introduced polo to Turks and Caicos in 2016 where he ran their first polo clinic and game. He taught for 6 years at Country Farms and Meadowbrook Polo Club in New York before moving to Aiken, SC, where he started his own polo school.

FIRESTAR POLO CLUB

FireStar Polo club is an official member club of the USPA. The club has regularly scheduled practices and tournaments. Lessons and clinics taught by a certified instructor, Ken Cresswell. Dennis and Janice Freeland are chairmen of Polo Under the Stars and owners of FireStar Polo Club. This new Member Club is the only USPA Arena Member club in South Carolina. Freeland built the arena in 2014 and in the spring of 2017, Freeland teamed up with Cresswell and began offering practice chukkers. FireStar Polo Club’s has a lighted arena permitting the club to schedule games and lessons at convenient times, including evenings.

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THE SPORT OF POLO

The rules of polo are designed to allow both the players and their equine partners the opportunity to maximize their athletic skills in a safe and fair environment.

"Polo is a team sport played on horseback. A person does not need any riding experience prior to learning how to play polo. The objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Players score by driving a small hard white ball into the opposing team's goal using a long-handled wooden mallet.

Chukkers: Most outdoor polo games consist of 6 chukkers (periods) of 7 minutes and 30 seconds each, with a 10-minute halftime. Arena polo games consist of 4 chukkers. Players are required to wear a protective helmet secured by a chin strap and or a harness that meets industry standards.

A Handicap: Players are rated on a scale of -2 to 10, which is determined by a player's horsemanship, hitting ability, quality of horses, team play and game sense. The team handicap is the sum of its players' handicaps."
From the United States Polo Association website