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Agrostis polo and equestrian services

Polo and Equestrian Services

Tim Lodge has been working with the Hurlingham Polo Association for almost 20 years advising their members on ground maintenance and construction. He has also provided annual seminars for the grounds staff and owners. Clients have included the big clubs of Guards, Cirencester, Berkshire, Beaufort and very many private grounds throughout the UK. His work in polo has also taken him overseas including south west China, Texas, southern Spain, Turkey, Morocco and Germany.

Largely arising from the work in polo, Tim has accumulated expertise in other equestrian surfaces including arenas, gallops and training tracks. Clients have included Badminton and many private facilities. He also lectures occasionally to the Open College of Equine Studies, a distance learning facility based in Suffolk.

Agronomy services to polo and equestrian facilities are tailored to each particular circumstance in order to meet our clients’ requirements most precisely. With a comprehensive range of technical evaluation procedures to call upon (see Technical Services) advisory work can be as simple or as detailed and substantial as required. Call to discuss how we can help.

Agronomy for Polo Grounds

Our advisory service is intended to improve your facility in terms of the effectiveness of management, the appearance and the playing quality of your surfaces. An advisory report follows a detailed site investigation and a discussion with you to establish your overall aims. The report will cover all aspects of the maintenance and possible development of the facility. The results of the site assessment and a discussion of their implications are followed by a detailed explanation of the management techniques required to achieve the desired results. 

Areas that are usually covered include:

  • ‘Going’ and grip

  • Levels

  • Ground cover improvement

  • Divot repair

  • Drainage

  • Fertiliser use​

  • Use and selection of top dressing

  • Grass seed selection

  • Aeration procedures

  • Mowing

  • Irrigation

  • Weed, pest and disease control​

Being an independent consultancy, we won’t try to sell you anything but we’ll happily point you in the direction of particular products or machinery if we feel they are what would be of greatest benefit to you. Where reconstruction or more significant development work is called for this will also be pointed out and discussed.

​Quality Assessment

Some years ago, Agrostis worked with the HPA to establish performance quality standards for polo grounds. The standards relate to measures of ground cover, pitch dimensions, surface evenness, slope etc. We are equipped and experienced in taking all of these measurements and, in reporting to you, we will advise you on what to do if for any reason your ground falls short on one or more of the measures. It is strongly recommended that grounds new to the HPA should be assessed according to these standards, and the HPA duly informed, in order to facilitate the playing of HPA tournament.

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