Changing Tides in Collegiate Polo

COVID-19 brought Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Polo to a screeching halt. How are teams planning for an uncertain future? 

Elle Chrysler Polo Contributor

A year ago, not many would have believed what would transpire in 2020. Life, as we knew it, has changed forever. When events, schools and businesses shut down, Interscholastic and Intercollegiate (I/I) Polo was not spared by the coronavirus, and, unfortunately, seasons came to a sudden end as teams were separated indefinitely. 

Members of various I/I programs shared with Polo Lifestyles how they are dealing with the ongoing situation, what it was like to go through the abrupt turn of events, what their plans are for the future and the advice that they had for other programs going through the same circumstances. 

For the first installation of this focus on I/I polo, Yale University’s Elizabeth Brayboy provided her insights. Brayboy is a well-known and respected member of the polo community. Her titles include alumni advisor, Yale Polo Board president and former Garrison Forest coach. In our conversation, she shared the effects of social distancing and stay-at-home orders on their program, as well as plans for going forward.

EC: When the lockdowns were first issued, what transpired, and how has the suspension of the season impacted members of the team?