The Hurlingham Polo Association.
The HPA can trace it’s pedigree back to 1874 when the first polo game was played at Hurlingham in London. The following year Hurlingham became the headquarters of polo and the Hurlingham Polo Committee drew up the first English rules. The Hurlingham Club Polo Committee was re-designated as the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) in 1925. The HPA has survived 140 years and is an integral part of worldwide polo. So what is the role of the HPA today and how is it structured?
The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) is the governing body for polo in the UK, Ireland and many other countries throughout the world. As such, it is responsible for the regulations and rules under which the game is played. This includes the handicapping of any one playing in the U.K. or Ireland, and the fixtures list. The object of the HPA is to further the interests of polo generally and support by all possible means the common interests of its affiliated clubs and associations.
In 2004, the HPA became an incorporated company limited by guarantee. The directors of the company are the Stewards who form an executive committee which meets usually four times a year. The members of the company are the elected Council representatives of the affiliated clubs and associations. The Council meets twice a year, in December and in May for the AGM and approval of the accounts.
There are sub committees that are responsible for Handicap, Development, Coaching, Finance and Grants, International, Umpire and Rules, Umpire Grading, Disciplinary, Polo Pony Welfare, and Arena. Each sub committee will usually be chaired by a Steward.
Individuals who are members of the clubs in UK or Ireland as full playing members are automatically associate members of the HPA. They are subject to the rules and regulations of the HPA as a player and horse owner and are allocated a handicap according to their abilities. In 2013, there were just under 3000 members registered with and handicapped by the HPA.
A grant is given to the Pony Club for the encouragement of polo. A scholarship scheme is also run for young players to go overseas to learn to play polo and to look after ponies. For more information, the latest news, teams and fixture lists from the HPA visit their website at www.hpa-polo.co.uk (article source).