RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. Eligibility
    Riders must be members of the Singapore Polo Club “The Club”. With the exception that non-members may be allowed to ride for up to a period of three (3) months after which, they must be members of the Club should they wish to continue. Members have priority over non-members for lessons allocation. The Club accepts riders from age 5. This age may vary depending on the Polo Pros’ recommendation.
  2. Dress Code
    Proper attire/equipment including a helmet, polo boots or short riding boots with mini-chaps are to be worn during lessons. Sleeveless tee-shirts, ‘tank-tops’, shorts, etc., are not permitted while riding. In the interest of safety, instructors have the right to turn away any student found to be inappropriately attired.
  3. Applying for Lessons
    To request for lessons, you must complete the “Atoms Application and the Deed of Waiver and Indemnity Form” and submit it to the Polo Office. Riders will not be allowed to start riding until the “Atoms Application and Waiver Form” has been signed, submitted and approved by the Club.
  4. Insurance
    a. The Club recommends all riders to take up personal accident insurance and to have up-to-date medical coverage prior to riding/playing.
    b. The Club is not liable for any injuries sustained by a rider and/or any other damage to the rider’s property during the course of a lesson.
  5. Assessment for Applicants with Riding Experience
    Riders with prior experience will be required to do an assessment ride with an instructor to determine their level of competency. The assessment ride may take part within a normal lesson with other riders.
  6. Lessons
    a. Lessons could take place either on the field or in an arena at the discretion of the instructor and depending on weather conditions and/or other relevant factors. Polo Riding takes place inside an arena and in general will be without polo mallets.

    b. In the event of unsuitable field and/or weather conditions, the lessons may be conducted in the stick & ball arena or covered arena. A stick & ball lesson may also be changed into a polo riding lesson due to such ground or weather conditions. The instructor may arrange for alternative indoor lessons, such as theory and horse management, hitting with a mallet on a sheltered platform, cage lesson or training videos in the Atoms club room. An unmounted lesson fee of $64.80 (inclusive of GST) will be charged instead. A rider who fails to turn up for the lesson shall be charged the full lesson fee.

    c. Each riding lesson, except lunging and introduction lesson, is 40 minutes, including cooling-off, warming up and returning the horse to the stable.

    d. The Polo Office shall confirm a fixed lesson once the rider accepts the allotted time slot for such lessons. These lessons will be automatically rescheduled weekly until the Polo Office receives a notification from a rider/player to cancel the lesson.

    e. Only Atoms level 4 or Elite riders are allowed to take private lessons however, lower Atoms level riders may take private lessons only at the discretion of the instructor with the rider’s safety as a priority and depending on the availability of horse and facility.

    f.  Every Monday from 10am, riders may book ad-hoc lessons for the following week up to a maximum of (3) lessons per week. Additional lessons can only be booked from Wednesday of the same week and are strictly subject to availability.

    g. All booking requests must be made through an email to atoms@singaporepoloclub.org

    h. All requests will be managed on a “first-come, first-to-commit” basis.

    i. Riders are NOT permitted to book lessons with individual instructors directly. Please adhere to this rule as it enables proper scheduling of lessons and managing the overall work done by individual Club polo ponies.

  7. Cancellation Policy
    a. Riders are to inform the Polo Office if they are unable to attend their riding lessons as the groom would have already prepared the horse for riding. In such instance, the Club reserves the right to cancel riders’ future lessons if they do not inform the Polo Office of their absence. Riders who fail to do so shall be charged the full lesson fee.

    b. In the event of rain, lessons will continue unless there is a threat to safety of the horse, rider or instructor due to lightening, excessive water, etc. Your instructor may arrange for an alternative unmounted lesson. There shall be no make up for the lessons. Refer to clause 6.b

    c. An ad hoc lesson may be cancelled with at least 48 hours’ notice in writing to atoms@singaporepoloclub.org. Riders who fail to do so shall be charged 50% of the lesson fee.

    d. Fixed lessons can be cancelled with fourteen (14) days’ notice in writing using the stop/reserve lesson form. To reserve your regular lesson slot during the cancellation period, fifty percent (50%) of the lesson fee will be charged. Otherwise, the lesson slot will be immediately made available to other riders, and there is no guarantee that members will be able to have the same slot upon return. Riders who fail to give fourteen (14) days’ notice for any changes or cancellation of lessons will be charged in full.

    e. Certified Medical Certificates can be accepted for last minute cancellations.

    f. The Club reserves the sole right to cancel lessons or change instructors due to tournaments, events, availability of horses or instructors.

  8. Changes to Instructors
    The Club reserves the right to re-assign your instructor from time to time due to necessary commitments of the instructor such as tournaments, training, illness, etc. The Club is not obligated to offer make-up lessons in such a situation. Should the rider choose to cancel the lesson, full lesson fees will apply.
  9. Riders’ Compliance
    a. At all times, while mounted on a Club polo pony, riders must be mindful of the horse’s welfare. For example, taking care not to strike the horse’s legs with their mallet or pulling excessively hard on their bits.

    b. In the event that the rider is seen mishandling, abusing, or doing anything unacceptable to the club horse, the Club has the right to stop the rider from riding immediately. Depending on the severity of the case, the Club may take the appropriate action against the rider or to charge the rider vet fees as a result of such mishandling.

    c. To avoid inconveniencing others, riders are requested to be punctual for lessons. Instructors are not obliged to make-up for any lost time if a member is late for a scheduled lesson.

    d. Riders are expected to arrive in time to be mounted and ready by the scheduled lesson time. Any riders found mounted earlier than 10 minutes before the scheduled lesson will be charged an additional $54 (inclusive of GST).

    e.  After a lesson, riders mounted on a Club polo pony are to ride the pony directly back to the stables immediately after cooling-off the pony. Riders found still riding the pony more than 10 minutes after the lesson has ended, will be charged an additional horse hire rate.

    f. A rider must be with the instructor throughout the lesson.

    g. Riders must not be on the polo field or sand-track when club chukkas or tournaments are being played.

    h. Riders from Level 4 to Elite can sign up for stick and ball practice on the field every Wednesday and Friday afternoon on the time slot provided accordingly.

    i. Parent of Riders from level 4 to Elite who possess a SPC handicap may sign up for stick and ball practice together with their child.

    j. Riders may, with the prior permission of the instructor, use a suitable, privately owned polo pony to take stick & ball lessons on the polo field. However, a ‘green fee’ of $54 (inclusive of GST) per lesson for the use of the polo field will be charged to the rider taking the lesson.

  10. Mondays, Public Holidays & Bad Weather
    a. Lessons are not available on Mondays or Public Holidays as the horses will be resting, except when tournaments or other activities have been specifically arranged by the Club.

    b. It is the sole discretion of the instructor to cancel the lesson should he believes that any of the alternative lessons are not feasible to do so. In the event of a heavy downpour and at the discretion of the instructor, unmounted lesson shall be conducted instead. Ad hoc lesson fee will be charged $64.80 (inclusive of GST) instead. Refer to clause 6.b

  11. Quarter Lease of Club Horses
    Riders may apply to lease Club horses. The rider must submit the Lease Application Form to the Polo Office and agree to the Quarter Lease Agreement.
  12. Self-ride on Club Horses
    a. Only riders from Level 2 to Elite are allowed to do self-rides upon written approval by the instructor who has to inform the Atoms office accordingly.

    b. Self-ride is for a duration 30 minutes at either the Mount Pleasant Arenas, Stick & Ball Arena or Covered Arena. Only upon written approval by their respective instructors through the Polo Office, shall a rider be allowed to ride at the jungle trail or polo track.

    c. The riders are allowed only to walk, trot and canter the horse. Galloping and holding of mallet are not allowed while riding.

    d. The riders are required to return the horse back personally to the stable immediately after the ride. An additional horse hire rate charge will be imposed should the horse or pony be returned to the stable late.

    e. Riders are only allowed to ride within the Club grounds.

  13. Payment for Lessons
    a. Payment for assessments, lessons and any such ancillary charges will be charged on a monthly basis to the member’s club account.

    b. Non-members under the 3-month trial program shall make payment prior to any scheduled lesson. Proof of such payment must be shown to the Polo Office prior to riding.

  14. Arena Etiquette
    a. All riders must pass each other in the arenas right hand to right hand.

    b. Riders in the Covered Arena must use the polo side which is the section of the arena closest to the polo field.

    c. All riders must close the arena gates after entering or exiting the arenas.

    d. More advanced riders must give way to beginner riders in the arenas and exercise consideration to other lessons taking place at the same time.

Note: A rider’s repeated infringement of any of these rules & regulations may result in the Club not offering further lessons or club ponies to the rider concerned.