Last week, James Armstrong and Sammie Uys spent three days in Aiken, South Carolina completing the Certified Polo Instructor Program with the United States Polo Association. This program is designed to educated polo professionals by setting industry standards of teaching and managing the sport of polo. There is a great emphasis on sportsmanship and safety to ensure a lifelong love of the sport by newcomers. To learn more about the Certified Polo Instructor Program, click here.
During their field testing, they fine-tuned their lesson planning and unmounted/mounted teaching techniques by covering multiple topics, receiving critiques from certifiers and fellow aspiring CPI's, being the "student" in mock lessons, and being graded overall in order to pass. James and Sammie are now considered Level 1 Certified Polo Instructors and brought home some great teaching skills while training with top instructors, Mark Prinsloo and Scott Weir. Prepare for some great polo lessons in 2017, these two have a lot of new information up their sleeves!
Check out their "congratulations" from the USPA here!