Wellington, FL – February 26, 2015 - Joey Casey, one of the most respected American players in the sport, brings his wealth of expertise to his new club Palm City Polo Club in Boynton Beach.
Casey said he created Palm City Polo Club because “I love polo, and that’s what I’m good at – playing, coaching, teaching, riding horses, training horses.”
The third-generation polo player has nearly 30 years of professional polo experience. His father, Joe Casey Sr., alongside John Oxley, rode on the first American team to win the British Gold Cup in 1970.
Casey grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he and his dad together raised and trained some of the most famous polo ponies. His daily life revolved around playing polo, as well as breaking and training horses. “It was a lot of hard work, but it paid off in the end,” said Casey.
As a youth his winters were spent in Florida watching many of the polo greats – including Gonzalo Pieres, Ernesto Trotz, Juan Badiola and others – play with his dad. Casey won his first polo match at the age of just 10, and from there polo quickly became his passion. After his father took him on a trip to Argentina, the hotbed of high-goal polo, he never looked back and knew what his future would hold. Casey played his first season in Florida, winning the 26-goal International Gold Cup.
A former 7-goaler, he has played in numerous U.S. Open Polo Championships. His career highlights include: six-time winner of the Sunshine League Championship (26 goal); four-time winner of the International Gold Cup Championship (26 goal); three-time winner of the C.V. Whitney Cup (26 goal), and the USPA Gold Cup (26 goal) and the Westchester Cup (26 goal). He twice won the Sunshine League Championship (20 goal) and won the 3 de Febrero Handicap (0-40) Open in Argentina.
Other prestigious tournaments he won include: the Pacific Coast Open (20 goal); the Canadian Open (20 goal), and the International Cup (18 goal). He is an 11-time winner of the Hartman League Championship (12-14 goal) and numerous Kaycolee Tournament Championships (10 goal).
Casey is also widely known as a top breeder and trainer who has produced many of the of best polo ponies that have played in the sport. His family has been breeding polo ponies for more than 40 years. His breeding program continues today in Oklahoma and in Florida, where his string includes many superstars, such as an 8-year-old chestnut mare named Prima that he bred and raised. He and his daughter both play Prima in polo matches.
Casey breeds for athleticism, calmness and conformation. Temperament is also extremely important to him. “I want the athletic ability of Michael Jordan and the mind of a mule,” he said.
“Polo is a fun-filled, wonderful family sport that I love and that has been in my family for generations,” he said. “My goal is to be able share that with everyone else!”