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Riding at Heathfield

RidingMonday
Beginners and Advanced Polo with our professional coach Hamid at Ranelagh Farm during the summer season and Fifield Arena in the winter months.

Wednesday
Riders attend the Berkshire Riding Centre and are placed into the most suitable group from total beginner to advanced show jumping.

Thursday
Beginners and Advanced groups at Coolhooves Polo Academy, Berkshire Polo Club, with professional coach Eddie Kennedy.

Saturday
Polo team practise at Emsworth, Fifield or Ranelagh Polo Clubs.

Sunday
Riders’ group at HAC, Windsor Great Park.

Most pupils leave their horses and ponies at home, but we have had several girls keep their 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 won the SUPA National Girls Championships in 2017.

Heathfield have teams and individuals competing at various levels in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage, hunter trials and one-day events throughout the year.

Recent Events

Queens cup photo girls 2015In June 2017, 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.

British dressage has selected two Heathfield girls for their British junior and young riders’ training squads.  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.

Isabella, who captained the winning Warwickshire PC team at the HOYS in the Prince Phillip Mounted Games Championships, achieved another major success. “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.”

Show Jumping

JumpingThe girls have been competing regularly in the schools show jumping circuit with varying degrees of success in the 80, 90cm and 1m classes.

Liberty, Matilda and Emma have consistently competed throughout the years, and regularly placed in the top three.

Heathfield has regularly attended the Interschool’s Show Jumping Challenge at the Royal Windsor Horse show supported by plenty of family and friends from School. They have been privileged to receive expert guidance on their course walk by Sophie Fawcett, Laura Renwick and Trevor Breen on different occasions.

Heathfield has also competed regularly at the NSEA Junior and Senior Show Jumping held at Hickstead in August.

We have individuals and teams competing at many one-day events or show jumping competitions on a regular basis.

Polo

PoloHeathfield have over 20 girls attending Polo coaching each week with a variety of abilities, from total beginner to seasoned players who regularly play in the Heathfield teams and Pony Club championships.

On Mondays, the advanced and beginners take lessons with our professional coach Hamid – a 3-goal player. During the winter months, we are based at the Fifield Polo Club arena and we move to the grass at Ranelagh Farm as soon as the summer season begins.

On Thursdays, we have two groups attending Coolhooves at the Berkshire Polo Club. The Beginners and Improvers along with some of the more advanced players.

All the girls have had the opportunity to compete in matches throughout the year. We always play in the winter and summer SUPA National Championships and the younger players compete in the Junior Nationals.

Heathfield is regularly invited to other equestrian events, including a fascinating talk by AP McCoy at Eton and the Educational Racing to School Maths event held at Ascot Racecourse.

 

 

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