• David Ashby
    Managing Director & Head Coach
    Qualified Instructor
    Outdoor 3 Indoor 5

    David’s polo journey is very similar to many of the English professionals. Starting out from a very young age in the Pony Club then progressing up the ranks to SUPA polo where he played for Stowe School. After leaving school David turned professional and started wintering in Argentina working on a polo farm, playing, coaching and hosting clients.

    The English summer seasons saw David’s professional career take shape. He has played all over the country at all levels up to 15 goal. After being based in Berkshire with ex England Captain and Old Stoic Andrew Hine, David returned to his childhood club Kirtlington Park Polo Club and founded Oxford Polo in 2011. David is passionate about polo and aims to unearth talent from all age groups.

  • Clare Ashby
    Director
    Outdoor -1 Indoor 0

    Clare works mainly behind the scenes at Oxford Polo whilst juggling a career as a doctor and being mother of her and David’s three children. Having started polo in the pony club and growing up on neighbouring land to KPPC, polo has been a major part of her childhood. Nowadays she plays when she can and is often on hand for instructional chukkas.

  • Hector Worsley
    Manager
    Outdoor 2

    It is fair to say that Hector is a natural horseman, since childhood he has been a keen rider covering a wide variety of equine disciplines. His polo career took off in 2007 with his local pony club and went from strength to strength. He subsequently played for Stowe School, then at Kirtlington Park Polo Club. His love for polo has led him to play successfully in the UK, China and Australia. Hectors hard working determined attitude and natural affinity with horses has led to him managing Oxford Polo.

  • Fleur Allcorn
    Office Manager

    Although not a polo player herself Fleur has a keen interest in the care and management side of the horses and has groomed for professionals from England to Australia. Fleur is based mainly in the office but can often be seen on the sidelines giving a helping hand wherever needed. When not at work she can be found whizzing around a point to point course or on the hunting field.

  • Leigh Wilsher

    Leigh has always had a passion for the equestrian life, horses are what drew him from Cardiff to Lambourne, where he settled into the Valley of the Racehorse working for Lambourne Racehorse Transport. From there he developed an interest in Polo and relocated to Oxford Polo where he manages our fleet of lorries and turns his hand to the occasional spot of grooming.

  • Dan Banks
    Coach

    Dan has been teaching polo for the last 20 years! He started playing polo in his late teens and immediately found he had an ability to pass on his knowledge of the game to others! He’s spent the last 18 years at Longdole Polo Club in Gloucestershire in the role as head coach, teaching all ages of people from the age of 6 to 70 to ride and play polo.

    Specialising in team coaching he’s taken some of his school, university and pony club teams on to national success. His belief is, he can teach anyone to play, even if they’ve never sat on a horse before! He has a very flexible teaching method and will always make your lesson bespoke to your personal needs!

  • Gonzalo Lopez
    Elite Horse Trainer

    Gonzalo is now in his eleventh season with David and Oxford Polo. Gonzalo is from Trenque Lauquen Argentina and is hugely experienced in polo and how to prepare horses for elite polo competition. Gonzalo will be solely working for the Snake Bite 15 goal team this season. He has worked around the globe for some of the worlds best players including Paco de Narvaez and Pite Merlos. Away from polo Gonzalo can always be found serving the maté and playing truco.

  • Kevin Kuhn
    Horse Trainer

    Kevin is hoping to return to Oxford Polo for his third season.

    Kevin is Gonzalo’s nephew and protégé. Kevin is from the Pampa in Argentina and has a very bright future in polo. Kevin is a fanatical River Plate fan and better than Wikipedia for football knowledge.

  • Sambulo Mangena
    Horse Trainer

    Sambulo is hoping to return to Oxford Polo.

    Having travelled to England from his home country of Zimbabwe for the past four summer seasons he has become an integral part of the Oxford Polo Team. Sambulo has worked in polo for many years both in Zimbabwe and South Africa and has gained great knowledge for horse care and management.

  • James Hiatt
    Farrier

    A great guy to have around and excellent with the horses. Shoeing horses in fundamental to horses soundness and performance. James knows all of our horses and shoes them to their specific needs. James can be found on the yard every Tuesday. If not underneath a horse he is on top of one tearing around he hunting field or in the Alps skiing. Coffee: white 1 sugar, every 15 minutes!

  • George Deverall
    Apprentice Professional

    George will be joining Oxford Polo this summer to start his career as a polo professional player. George has come through the ranks at Oxford Polo and Kirtlington Park Polo Club and has decided that polo is going to be his career. George will be helping out in all facets of the business so that he can develop the skills required to become a top professional.

  • Trust Mangena
    Horse Trainer

    Trust, Sambulo’s younger brother started at Oxford Polo in March 2016 and is hoping to return for the 2017 season.