Stormie Hale

About Stormie

Raised in the horse industry,


Stormie spent her youth on the backs of ponies and horses, competing in her first  horse show at two-years old.

At the age of nine,


she was getting special permission to enter the Jr. training level in three-day events, while simultaneously competing in dressage and h/j. 

As a teenager,


Stormie qualified in dressage through 2nd level and qualified for the junior Olympics in three-day eventing. 

At the same time,


 she was playing polo nationwide with her mother, American polo pioneer Sue Sally Hale. 

At 20 years old,


she had attained a two-goal (mixed) rating in polo, the highest rating for women at the time.

Stormie began


 teaching a group of her own riding students at the age of 21. 

By the time


 she was 23, she was managing the family farm and polo club and playing mixed and women's polo professionally.

With a focus on polo


Stormie spent the next 15 years competing in polo tournaments for clients and with and against her mother Sue Sally and her sister Sunny. 

Among many other


tournament victories, Stormie was a member of the winning Empire Polo team in the historic 1st US Women's Open Polo Championship . 

Stormie began


coaching at the collegiate level as the Head Polo Coach for the University of Southern California's Men's and Women's polo teams. A job she excelled at for more than seven years. 

After teaching polo


lessons and coaching polo teams for many years, Stormie was honored by the Robb Report as one of the top polo clinicians in the world.

Stormie took


some time away from polo to raise her two daughters, Victoria and Elizabeth with her high school sweetheart and husband Mike.

Stepping back into


 the equestrian world, she brought along a  successful group of A-level hunter/jumper students at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center.  

In addition to teaching,


Stormie took a job with the newly formed Women's Championship Tournament (WCT) and working as the Director of Operations, helped it grow into the largest women's polo league in the world. 

At the same time,


 she worked alongside Sunny Hale  to bring the American Polo Horse Association into existence. 


In 2019

Polo's Grande Dame - The Life & Times of American Polo Pioneer Sue Sally Hale by Stormie Hale

Stormie wrote a book about her mother's incredible life,  Polo's Grande Dame - The Life & Times of American Polo Pioneer Sue Sally Hale. It is now an Amazon Best Seller. 


Stormie has carried a 2-goal (mixed) outdoor and 3-goal (mixed) indoor polo rating for more than 35 years and has volunteered her time on several USPA committees over the past 17 years.

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