An integral component to The Sporting Life experience, Casa de Campo boasts a professional Polo & Equestrian Club established by the late Indian Prince, Maharajah Jabar Singh. Currently, Calixto “Cali” Garcia-Velez leads as Polo Club Director offering a lifelong horseman career with past ventures ranging from a world-class polo player to most recently, Director of Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, one of the largest and most prestigious clubs in the U.S.
Consisting of three playing fields, a practice field and the largest string of polo ponies under a single brand in the world, Casa de Campo’s Polo Club has an established presence in the international polo scene. Weekly polo matches attract crowds from around the world of visiting amateur and professional players as well as resort guests taking-in the action of the exciting sport. Leisure horseback riders, families and visiting groups alike enjoy scenic trail rides through the picturesque resort, along famed golf courses and through luscious green fields with views of the Caribbean Sea and Dominican mountains (some of the tallest in the Caribbean) in the distance.
Riders seeking an exhilarating journey embark on a trail edging a cliff, which drops 300 feet to the Chavon River below. For a break during a full day of riding, catered lunches in tropical fields can be arranged and prepared by a personal chef. Crisp white linens lay across wooden picnic tables while dense trees overhead naturally create a shaded, comfortable eating area. Cooling Caribbean Sea breezes and unmistakable views of tropical lands make for a one-of-a-kind picnic experience to be remembered.
Visitors interested in learning or advancing their polo game or horseback riding skills take advantage of the club’s staff of professionals conducting group polo and riding lessons, as well as personalized training for beginners and medium-goal players. “Donkey Polo” is a more casual game for families, where donkeys are hired for light-hearted stick and ball tournaments. A softer equestrian experience, pony rides are also available for guests and especially great for kids. Additional lessons assist guests in learning or polishing other skills such as basic riding, jumping and horse-handling techniques.
Boasting a guest list that reads like a “who’s who” of the social registry, Casa de Campo is known worldwide as a posh escape attracting financial moguls, politicos and Hollywood’s elite with spacious hotel accommodations and extravagant villa homes. A member of Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts, “The Sporting Life” experience beckons with 90 holes of Pete Dye-designed golf (including the famed Teeth of the Dog), 245-acre Skeet/Trap Shooting Center, La Terraza Tennis Club, Polo & Equestrian Club and a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club. Additional draws include five-star The Beach Club by Le Cirque, Casa de Campo Spa and its own artists’ village, Altos de Chavon, modelled after a 16th-century Mediterranean city with a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheatre inaugurated by Frank Sinatra.
For more information on Casa de Campo or to make reservations call 1-800-877-3643 or visit www.casadecampo.com.do