We are the foremost provider of old fashioned private client polo teaching, coaching and mentoring in Andalusia – the little Argentina of Europe as it is known – and can provide teaching for individuals and groups of all sizes. We train everyone from units of the cavalry regiments of the British Army to families looking to do something different together with their vacations. All arrangements are bespoke and catered to the individual or group. Please do get in touch. Details below.
A little about us
After the success of our sister organisation, Riding Andalusia – as recommended by the Daily Mail – we decided to provide a service focusing on our polo base, Iridike Polo Club, next to Sotogrande, as well as our polo club in Seville.
The organisation was founded by Klarina Pichler, a professional polo-player and horse-breeder. As she was described in the Spanish newspaper ABC last year:
Klarina arrived in Seville, from her own polo club in Austria in 2013. A top ranking international female polo player, she grew up with horses in her native Salzburg, and was a champion at dressage, show-jumping and by the age of twenty-five had moved on to jockeying racehorses in Munich in Germany.
In Zurich, she found a English thoroughbred male foal, El Star, to begin a breeding herd. He had originally been purchased sight unseen for €100,000, so good was his lineage: his great-grandfather was Northern Dancer, the 20th century’s “sire of sires” (his never-beaten cousin Frankel, was rated by the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings Committee as the best racehorse in history.)
“I wanted the very best and wanted to start small, because I wanted to make them one by one myself, to train them myself, in my own way.”
Inspired by the natural horsemanship techniques of Monty Roberts – the source for the novel and film The Horse Whisperer – Klarina disliked others methods of making a horse rideable.
“They break its spirit through fear. I come from the idea of inspiring confidence, making the horse confident about being ridden.”
She founded the Alpe Carinthia Polo Club in 2008 and there hosted 120 horses along with her own herd of 40…. However, the offer of managing polo clubs in Andalusia was too much to refuse.” The provine is not only historically beautiful and beautifully historic, it also seemed to have an untapped potential with its indigenous horse culture.”
Contact: Klarina Pichler
Telephone +34 664 861 864