University of Michigan Polo Team
The Michigan Intercollegiate Polo Club is a non-profit University of Michigan student organization open to all students to experience the exciting sport of polo. The club was founded in 2003 by Kat Heggan and in its first year had 2 ponies and 4 playing members. Since then, the team has grown immensely. The club currently has 20 members and 12 lovable ponies.
The team owes much of its success to Merle and Vera Jenkins of the Detroit Polo Club, who have been major supporters since the very beginning. With the USPA-sponsored Regional Preliminary Tournament started in 2012, the Women's Varsity competes primarily with schools in the Southeast region including Michigan State, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and University of Wisconsin. Under the guidance of coaches Paul and Emmalyn Wheaton, the Women's Varsity finished second in the 2017 USPA Southeast Prelims tournament receiving an All-Star Player Award, Best Playing Pony and Best String Awards.
The Michigan team receives no funding from the university so any and all donations are greatly appreciated! All donations are tax-deductible. They rely completely on fundraisers, member dues, and donations that help to keep their ponies healthy and happy. Item donations like blankets, helmets, kneepads, mallets, and other equipment also keep them and their ponies safe. If you would like to make a donation, or hear more about what donations are used for, please contact them at .
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