Who We Are

Richard Blake Thomas

Owner, Managing Director, Head Coach & Horse Breeder

Richard is professional polo player, who has experienced the sport at all levels. Most recently he won the Parfums de Marly Arena Gold Cup as well as the polo times Most Valuable Player in the final, and a week later, the polo times Best Playing Pony on his mare Gypsy in the Playnation high goal challenge at Hickstead playing for Centtrip Wales!

Fully affiliated with the HPA, Richard is the Head Coach at Westcroft and oversees our additional coaches and instructors. With a passion for polo coaching, he teaches beginners from age 5 to club members and advanced players. Very much at the heart of the club, Richard plays weekly club chukkas and challenges and represents the Westcroft Team in home tournaments.

Richard’s passion for polo extends to the breeding and hiring of polo ponies for the medium and high goal polo world. Breeding, pony production and horse hire is very much at the forefront of Westcroft Park Polo Club.

Tel: +44(0)1276 858545
Email: [email protected]

William

Polo Manager 

At the tender age of 26, Will has played polo for 19 years in the UK, Argentina, South Africa, China, Canada and throughout Europe.  Full of boundless energy, fun, talent and enthusiasm Will supports Richard in managing the horses, yard and grooms and loves to play.

Tel: +44(0)1276 858545
Email: [email protected]

Sophie

Events, Marketing & Sponsorship Manager

Private and public events and corporate days are at the forefront of the polo activity at Westcroft. We host a variety of leading corporate polo days run Sophie Hare Westcroft’s in house event manager, who has over 20 years events experience including two Jubilees for H.M The Queen, two Royal weddings for our polo loving princes, Olympia Horse Show and an Ashes tour downunder! With a passion for events, YOUR event is in excellent hands.

Tel: +44(0)1276 858545
Email: [email protected]

Antonino 

Polo Instructor

Of Argentine origin, Antonino is a 5 goaler professional player and HPA instructor who teaches beginners to seasoned professionals. Antonino is based at Westcroft (although he occasionally jets off to Argentina to compete) and he is famous for imparting his professional skills in his teaching.

Tel: +44(0)1276 858545
Email: [email protected]

Caroline 

Polo Instructor

With 21 years of HPA instructor experience, Caroline is also a registered Pony Club Polo instructor. Specialising in teaching our junior and beginner players, Caroline is great fun, ever popular with a string focus on development.

Tel: +44(0)1276 858545
Email: [email protected]

Alex

Head Groom

Having worked in the high goal in the U.S and medium goal in Australia as well as for Aravalli Team in the UK, Alex’s passions are the horses and “the best turn out on the field”. With her ‘can do’ attitude and love of horses the yard is ship shape!

Courtney

Groom

Self-confessed “horse mad” and always smiley and ready to assist, Courtney joins us from an eventing and showjumping background which gave her the opportunity of producing and breaking in her own horses to BE100 and BE90 levels. There’s never a bag of carrots to far away from her and the ponies!

Aaron

Apprentice Groom

Currently studying his Level 3 Equine Groom course at Merrist Wood, Aaron has been associated with the club for 3 years helping out on our Fun Days. Aaron has nearly completed his first year of equine management, including horse welfare and behaviour, riding and excercising and stable and yard management.  With his charming manner, Arron is always keen to learn and assist and he’s going to make a great player!

Fabian & Charlie

Pilots

Our Argentine equestrian evangelists, breaking in and training our strings of young horses as part of our breeding and production program. Alongside Richard, they ensure the horse’s well-being and make sure the horses are schooled to perfection.,

Nina

Accounts Manager

Relatively new to the polo world but with great expertise, Nina heads up our accounts team, with over 15 years of managing accounts for companies worldwide. For all accounts enquiries please contact Nina directly:

Tel: +44(0)1276 858545
Email: [email protected]

Additional team members include client grooms, grooms, groundsmen, and of course our 40 horses plus!

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