Bend Polo Club, operated from the stunning grounds of Camp Fraley Ranch, is a USPA sanctioned club and established school, dedicated to the remarkable sport of polo.
Lead by the experienced and passionate Henri du Toit, the school supports students of all ages and abilities with enthusiastic guidance and rigorous safety standards, ensuring that newcomers and veterans alike will truly love each moment spent on the field or in the arena.
Camp Fraley Ranch's property and facilities provide the ideal setting for both practice and matches. The regulation polo field - complete with a stick and ball practice area - looks out onto the Cascade Mountain Range, providing splendid views of snow-capped mountains and the surrounding buttes. The equestrian barn features a full-size sprinklered arena, twelve private stalls with turnouts, a hot wash, and a heated tack room.
Henri du Toit — Director and Head Instructor of Bend Polo Club — was born and raised in South Africa and has been involved with the sport of polo since the early nineties.
In 1992, Henri relocated to America and began working as a groom for several professional players, including 9-Goaler Hector Galindo. He also spent time working with polo instructor and club manager Buzz Welker and in 1998 Henri founded his own polo school in New York at the Mashomack Polo Club where he was a rated umpire. Soon after, Henri began assisting Rege Ludwig with polo pony training and leading clinics and when Rege moved to Thailand in 2007, he left his California operation under the care of Henri.
Henri was a professional polo player for nine years, reaching a 3-goal handicap while playing across the United States.
Throughout Henri's career he has coached inter-scholastic polo teams, taught kids polo for the Unites States Polo Association, and umpired women's polo in Florida. He is a USPA qualified clinician and has been a professional sports turf superintendent for over 24 years.