In April, 12 lucky members of OUPC travelled to Ibiza for a week of polo training at the Ibiza Polo Club with Gabriel Iglesias. The trip was made possible by the generosity of Hilali Noordeen, and we are all so grateful for the opportunity to develop our polo and to stay in such a beautiful villa.
The trip included a range of playing abilities, from members who had never played on grass before to players such as our very own incredible OUPC Captain Tamara Gibbons (Gabriel put her through her paces with a series of progressively younger and spicier horses). The opportunity for beginners to play with more seasoned members was indispensable, and we’re hoping that newfound confidence and skill will be reflected in some super SUPA results!
Gabriel was a wonderful coach, never holding back an opinion (“if I had a euro for every goal you missed, I would be a millionaire” GI 2019), constantly pushing us to improve on our own abilities, and happy to share a cold beer at the end of the day. It is credit to his patience and coaching that every player ended the week feeling as if they had achieved personal goals. We can’t wait to share another cerveza with him and show further improvements next year.