Polo pros vow to return Kooralbyn fields to glory days

GLORY DAYS: Rob Ballard and Katie Edmeades are bringing the sport back to The Valley.

GLORY DAYS: Rob Ballard and Katie Edmeades are bringing the sport back to The Valley.

POLO is making a comeback in Kooralbyn after the club was disbanded and the grounds left in disrepair for almost a decade.

Veterans of the sport would remember Kooralbyn from its glory days when Kerry Packer was a regular, but with the closure of the resort in 2008, the polo club was one of the first casualties.

K&R Pro Polo, run by the former captain of the Australian girls' polo team Katie Edmeades and her fellow pro polo player partner Rob Ballard have reopened the Kooralbyn Valley Polo Club for membership after spending months reinstating the grounds to good condition.

Both Edmeades and Ballard have represented Australia on polo fields all over the world.

Edmeades said they had been working on the grounds since early this year and, with some help from Kooralbyn locals, the club was ready to host its first event this weekend.

"We are holding a junior development program at Kooralbyn with 37 kids aged five to 18 from as far away as Western Australia coming to Kooralbyn on from Friday till Sunday," she said.

"Apart from the locals, all the riders are staying here in Kooralbyn.

'This is a place where people can stay, keep their horses and play.

"It's a family-friendly destination where polo players can bring their families and members get a discount to stay at the resort."

Edmeades said the event, which included a dinner at the resort's Lillies Restaurant, would be open to the public, with food and coffee vans and plenty of parking for spectators available at the Walker drive field.

"This event will feature some of the rising stars in Australian polo," she said.

"We have players who have already represented their country in polo as well as Australian Polo Federation senior coach Anto White."

Ms Edmeades said the Queensland polo community had clubbed together to provide horses for interstate players.