Improver’s Polo 4:30pm
with our professional coach Hamid Ali at Ranelagh Farm during the summer season and Fifield arena in winter months.
Advanced riders’ group at HAC, Windsor Great Park 5:00pm
show jumping, hacking and military riding. We have a variety of specialist instructors for these lessons.
Novice players at 4:30pm, advanced players 5:30pm
at Coolhooves Polo Academy, Berkshire Polo Club, with professional coach Eddie Kennedy.
Riders attend the Berkshire Riding Centre and are streamed into the most suitable group from total beginner to advanced show jumping. Four groups attend the four lessons at 3:00pm and 4:00pm.
Potential show jumpers will also have the opportunity to attend training sessions at Merrist Wood Arena.
Most pupils leave their horses and ponies at home, but we have had several girls keep horses at livery locally. It is possible with special permission from Heathfield to include specialist training at home for high level competitions.
We regularly play Polo against local schools including Eton and Harrow and attend the National Schools Polo Tournaments throughout the year. For these tournaments we hire Polo ponies.
Heathfield have teams and individuals competing at various levels of show jumping, dressage, hunter trials and one-day events throughout the year.
The past year has had many highlights for the enthusiastic Heathfield riders.
In June 80 Heathfield girls and parents enjoyed a most exciting trip to the Queens cup final held at Guards Polo Club, this is one of the biggest polo tournaments in the world and the 22-goal competition attracts the world’s best players. Sponsored by Cartier since 2012, the finals day on Sunday 14th was a wonderful combination of fantastic sport and elegant hospitality. This year 12 impressive teams, including six 10-goalers, were in action for three weeks in mid summer to choose the finalists. HM The Queen presented the trophy to the winning team King Power Foxes who beat Dubai Polo Team 11-10.
Two Heathfield girls were selected by British dressage for their British junior and young riders’ training squads for 2014-15. Amongst the highly elite riders chosen were Ellie McCarthy for the young riders’ progress squad and Rose Hugh-Smith for their junior riders’ progress squad.
This is an incredible honour for both girls, achieved by their hard work and total dedication.
Another major success was achieved by Isabella Holman-West. More than 150 Pony Club teams battled it out to qualify for Prince Phillip Mounted Games Championships at HOYS. The winning champions, Warwickshire PC team, was captained by Heathfield’s Isabella Holman-West; “This has been the best week of my life – I have been training for it over the past eight years. I couldn’t have asked for any more from my pony, my team-mates and my trainer,” Isabella said, “To win this has made all our dreams come true.”
Matilda Sheldon-Agar, Liberty Joy and Emma Hazell have be consistently competing throughout the year, being placed in the top three on a regular basis.
Wednesday 11th March saw the first training session for the Heathfield Show-Jumping Team at Merrist Wood Arena. Under the expert guidance of show jumping coach Elaine Wilson, the girls and their horses, Ellie with Breeze, Libby on Guinness and Matilda with Billy all had an hour of show jumping advice over a full course of show jumping fences.
Heathfield were represented in the Interschool’s Show Jumping Challenge at the Royal Windsor Horse show on Saturday 16th May by Bella Smeeton on Ronnie, Ellie McCarthy on Zara, Matilda S-A on Billy and Liberty Joy on Lunar. The girls were well supported by plenty of family and friends from school.
They were very privileged to have expert guidance on their course walk by Sophie Fawcett, a professional England show jumper who had herself enjoyed a very successful week at the show in the main jumping classes.
During the Windsor Show the British Horse Society invited a group of girls to attend their morning of lectures by various professionals involved in horses as a career choice. They included the mounted police, an equine nutritionist and a saddle maker.
Monday and Tuesday see the intermediate players taking lessons with Hamid Ali. During the winter months we are based at the Fifield Polo Club arena but we move to the grass at Ranelagh Farm as soon as the summer season begins.
Thursdays we have 2 groups attending Coolhooves at the Berkshire Polo Club. The beginners and then the more advanced players.
All of the girls have had the opportunity to compete in matches this year. We travelled with two Polo teams to the SUPA arena championships at Longdole on Sunday 1st March. It was such a popular tournament that 5 girls shared the places in the Heathfield Sapphires Team.
For the first time we invited some of the boys’ schools to compete against our Heathfield players and Eton and Harrow both accepted the challenge.
Thursday 19th March saw Heathfield matched against some tough Harrow boys for friendly chukkas at West Wycombe Polo Club. Two Heathfield teams v two Harrow teams. Fun was had by all and we were narrowly beaten on this occasion.
In March Eton College also played against our mixed division players at Emsworth arena. We put forward two strong teams and gave the Eton boys some competitive team play by the Sapphire and Rubies teams.
The beginners’ teams travelled to Kirtlington Polo Club on Sunday 10th May to play their first ever friendly chukkas. We played against Dragon school. With a great deal of excitement and supported by family and friends, Heathfield won both their matches.
The summer season finished with the inaugural Heathfield Polo showcase held at Ranelagh farm. All parents and friends were invited to watch the girls compete in two matches. The senior team took on the Eton team and the Heathfield juniors played the Dragon School.
Eton fielded a very strong team and it took a couple of chukkas for our players to work out a strategy to close down their best players and field a strong defense. Unfortunately on this occasion Eton’s age and experience showed and we lost the 4 chukka match.
The Heathfield junior team however took their challenge and worked well together as a team to defeat the Dragon School.
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