Boynton Beach, Fla. - October 4, 2017 - In preparation of an exciting winter season at Palm City Polo Club (PCPC), founder and owner, Joey Casey, is happy to announce Katie Johnson as the club's new seasonal polo instructor. Johnson brings over 20 years of experience to the position.
"Palm City Polo is very excited to welcome Katie to the team," Casey said. "She brings a fresh perspective and skill set to our polo school."
Johnson will focus on horsemanship skills and helping clients develop a strong foundation that enhances their overall experience in polo.
"It is important players have a solid foundation in riding that will carry them into whatever the next step or level might be," Johnson said. "My goal is to create a safe, friendly, and fun polo experience for players and to help them reach a level where they could go to any club in the country and feel comfortable."
Johnson grew up riding and showing competitively on the Midwest hunter/jumper "A" circuit from ponies through equitation as well as playing polo for the past 17 years - a testament to her well-rounded abilities. Johnson has worked with major polo organizations in Toronto, Canada, Orange County Polo Club in California, and is currently an instructor for her family's Meadowview Polo Club in Lowell, Michigan.
Johnson's extensive experience is rooted in her family's knowledge of the polo and equestrian industries. Her father, Les Johnson, is a former professional 4-goal polo player and has managed the Grand Rapids Polo Club in Michigan for the last 30 years. Together the pair started their polo school 10 years ago at Meadowview Polo Club which has since grown 140% in club membership.
Johnson will be available at PCPC from December until April as an instructor for the polo school and coaching chukkers. After working briefly with PCPC during the 2016 winter season, she is very excited to return for the opportunity to work for one of the greatest American polo professionals.
"After spending some time working at Palm City Polo Club last year and now with a spot opening up, I am happy to spend the winter in Florida," Johnson said. "I think it's going to be a great fit. I am looking forward to sharing my polo knowledge with other polo enthusiasts."