Kalamunda siblings ready to hit the saddle for Polo in the Valley

Kalamunda siblings Hannah Gebbie (right) with her horse Mr Pomme and her brother Andrew Gebbie with his horse Darcy. Photo: David Baylis
Kalamunda siblings Hannah Gebbie (right) with her horse Mr Pomme and her brother Andrew Gebbie with his horse Darcy. Photo: David Baylis

A POLO handicap is your passport to the world say Kalamunda siblings Hannah and Andrew Gebbie.

Speaking ahead of this year’s 10th Polo in the Valley event, the pair said they learnt to ride horses before they could walk.

Mr Gebbie said horse riding was in the family’s DNA.

“Our parents had us on horses before we could walk,” he said.

“Dad was a National Hunt Jump jockey and mum was big into her point-to-pointing and cross country.

“Horses have always been a big part of my life and with polo being an extremely addictive sport it wasn’t long before I caught the polo bug.

“I love that everyone on the pitch has to work together out there and the fact that you get to do it on horseback, well that’s just perfect.”

Ms Gebbie said she became hooked on polo after watching a TV show.

“I watched a program where celebrities are pushed outside their comfort zone to compete in something they have absolutely no experience of,” she said.

“I watched comedians Hale and Pace, not only learn to ride from scratch but then compete in a polo match within six weeks.

“That was it. I was hooked. I had to have a go.”

Ms Gebbie said polo wasn’t just for the well-heeled.

“ I cannot emphasise enough that polo can be for anybody,” she said.

“You don’t have to be a millionaire, anyone can get involved at grassroots level.”

Polo in the Valley is on April 6 at the Duncraig Stud in the Swan Valley.

Tickets on sale from www.polointhevalley.com.au

All proceeds to Youth Focus and Telethon.