Pony profiles

Polo ponies are often not ponies at all, they are usually full sized horses ranging in size from 14.2 to 16 hands high at the withers (shoulders).

Many are thoroughbred crosses and some of the horses at Polo on the Beach are retrained racehorses. Originally no horses higher than 54″ were allowed to play polo but today there aren’t limitations but the smaller horses, providing they can carry the weight of the rider and are fast, are better.

Jemima Brockett from Lytchett Heath Polo Club in Dorset introduces some of her ponies who took part in Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach 2013.



Negro is a regular player here at Watergate Bay and won Best Playing Pony at Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach in 2008. Incredibly agile and quick, he is a big horse, with a big character to match. Originally from Argentina, he loves to have his photograph taken.



Originally from Argentina, Panina is an incredibly brave and determined polo pony. She is a keen a swimmer and an absolute machine on the ground. She will be looking to defend her Best Playing Pony title which she won here at Watergate Bay last year and this year!



Pachu is a real gentleman. He is most capable, so powerful and often considered one of the favourites on the beach and at the polo club. He won Best Playing Pony in 2008 at the Sand Polo Championship in Sandbanks. Also born in Argentina, he’s a very determined pony.


Ruby Flare

Ruby Flare was born in Great Britain and is a former racehorse. She had some success over hurdles before being retrained as a polo pony. She is very fast and agile, often getting you where you need to be faster than anyone else! She is very gentle and also very good with children.