Organisation and management at Polo Park Zürich
Organisation of trainings and lessons
The club trainer and polo manager, Francisco Podesta, is responsible for training and lessons at Polo Park Zürich. He is an Argentinian professional and coaches group trainings and game tactics every Thursday from 7 to 8 pm. Private trainings, team trainings and private lessons can also be arranged. If desired, club members’ ponies can be trained by PPZ’s employees. Francisco Podesta is also pleased to accept registrations for trial lessons. You can contact him from May until September at +41-79-424 28 14.
Francisco Podesta – the club manager
If you ask Francisco Podesta where he feels at home, he will give you a big smile and answer: “Wherever polo is played”. The 53-year-old Argentinian, who has been responsible for the games and training at PPZ since it was founded, could not imagine a life without polo. His family has been closely connected to polo for generations and they own and operate the “San Francisco de Asis Polo Farm” in the Provincia de Buenos Aires. It is a typical Argentinian polo training centre, breeding their own polo ponies. In Argentina polo is almost as popular as soccer and therefore not at all viewed as something exclusive.
For several years Francisco and his brothers toured as professional polo players throughout the international polo scene. Francisco and Martin have now settled down in PPZ, providing their knowledge as trainers and playing in tournaments for their employers’ teams.
When winter arrives in Switzerland – from October until March – the Podesta’s enjoy family time, returning to their homeland and to their farm. Most Argentinians involved in polo do so – on the one hand to play polo and on the other to train their own bred polo ponies.
Polo ponies from „San Francisco de Asis Polo Farm“ are very much in demand. This is underlined by the fact that most Polo Park Zürich active members are mounted on ponies supplied by Francisco and Martin Podesta. He states that “breeding and selling horses is a significant economic factor for me and my family. It also fills me with pride to export horses bred on our farm to Europe and especially to Switzerland”.