Rubicon Polo & Turf Club lights up Abuja

Sports Dec 8, 2022

With the much anticipated commissioning of Rubicon Polo & Turf Club, the polo community  in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, are upbeat that the city is on the verge of upstaging Kaduna and Lagos as the cities with the highest number of polo grounds.

It was  gathered that preparation  has been concluded for the inaugural polo tournament to be hosted  at  the swanky polo arena that would increase the number of functional polo grounds in the capital city to a record four  internationally accepted polo farms.

This development, we learnt, will put the capital city within a touching distance to neighbouring Kaduna city that holds the record as the city with the highest number of polo playing grounds in the country.

A little over a decade ago, the Federal Capital Territory  unveiled its premier polo ground with the inauguration of the Guard Brigade Polo Ground at the serene Asokoro area.

With the forthcoming commissioning of the Rubicon Turf, Abuja has already set the record as one of the biggest cities in the development of polo infrastructures in the country; with the foremost 1212 Polo & Turf Resort and the expansive Almat Polo Farm adding to the increasing number of polo arenas in the nation’s capital.

Though Kaduna and Lagos presently with their highly revered polo history boasts the largest number of polo farms both public and private, the polo aficionados are upbeat  that  Abuja  may take over in the next decade.

Apart from the Kaduna Polo Club established in the early 1920s, the former political capital of the north has other privately promoted polo grounds like, the Fifth Chukker & Country Polo Club, the DeeBee Polo Farms, Trappco Polo Ranch and Yula Polo Farms.

Others include Dogonyaro Polo Farms and Dattaku Polo Farms, the Xenon Polo Farm, promoted by the former First Vice President of Kaduna Polo Club Mallam Ahmed Dasuki whose Xenon team has won top laurels at international tournaments across the country.

Lagos that is revered as the birth place of Nigerian polo dating back to 1904 when the British Naval introduced the game of kings into the country, accounts for the foremost Ribadu Polo Ground in Ikoyi. There are also a couple of private polo farms like the Anap Ranch, White sand Polo Club in Epe, and Kola Karim’s Shoreline Polo Club which is still under construction.

It was also gathered that  latest Abuja polo ground that has been the toast of the city’s polo fraternity, is built and promoted by one of Nigeria’s polo patrons, Senator Hadi Sirika who serves as the Zone D Polo Ambassador on the board of the Federation of International Polo (FIP).

Incorporated with Registration Number 49744 in 2012 as a social club, the Rubicon Polo & Turf Club which is open to private and corporate membership, boasts a well maintained playing ground of international standard, a club house and facilities for other equestrian activities.

The club equally offers facilities for Riding School as well as other facilities  for those desirous  to join the growing polo fraternity horse riding and other outdoor sporting activities in Abuja.