Meet the Staff
Owner, Head Trainer
Mark Tashjian is head instructor and manager of Boston Polo. Mark is a native of Oakham, MA and learned polo at the University of Connecticut, competing at the National Intercollegiate Championship in 2008. Mark has played and managed clubs around the world before returning to Massachusetts to manage Myopia Polo Club and start his polo school.
After several years Mark started Boston Polo to provide the Boston community with an opportunity to learn and play competitive polo without the commitment of owning several polo ponies like at many clubs. Mark is also a certified USPA umpire, certified USPA polo instructor, and licensed Massachusetts riding instructor.
Savanah McFarland West
Assistant Polo Director & Instructor
Savanah has been a horse enthusiast for much of her life and has been riding for eleven years. She grew up in Arizona where she began riding with jumpers, barrels, and vaulting which all lead her to eventually find polo in 2013. Savanah learned grass polo at Skull Valley Polo Club with Bill Stalcup and then played in interscholastic for four years, coached by Dan Coleman. Savanah says her favorite part of polo is seeing the improvement not only in herself, but in the students she teaches, and the other polo instructors who are always striving to be better players. Savanah is an enthusiastic instructor who is very patient, kind, and willing to adapt to each student's needs. She has been a polo manager for over a year now with some prior experience at Aiken Polo Club as the assistant manager. She is a certified arena empire and owns four horses.
English Disciplines Director & Administrative Assistant
Tais is Brazilian but grew up riding in Venezuela, where she lived and competed in Dressage and jumpers, going on to win FEI World Challenges and Venezuela National Champion titles, to name a few. She has also attended clinics with world-renowned. olympic riders and judges and is eager to share her knowledge with our community.
Tais is also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish if you'd like to take riding lessons in your native tongue!
Amy grew up in Minnesota where she always admired horses, but did not start riding until she was 14 and got her own horse. Amy moved to Massachusetts in 2013 where she also began playing polo with Mark Tashjian. The first time she held a mallet was during a beach ride and the rest is history.
According to Amy, the best part of polo is being part of a team, and getting to ride a horse at the same time. She is a Massachusetts Licensed Riding Instructor and a Member of the USPA. Amy recommends to learn polo in group lessons, but she is available to teach private lessons as well.