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Polo

Play hard. Play fast. Play like a girl.

 

Garrison Forest is one of only two girls’ schools in the United States to offer Polo. Since the late 1970s, when GFS’s Polo program was founded, Grizzly teams have been playing against—and beating coed and all-male high school, college and club teams across the country. This fast-paced game puts your skill, riding, strategy and teamwork to the test and shows you just what you are capable of.

Our coaches are former players with national reputations and awards who teach you strategy, riding and mallet techniques and care of the GFS polo ponies. The camaraderie among you and your teammates—and the many Polo alumnae who return each year to campus—creates a bond that will last a lifetime.

Polo is one of several equestrian sport options at Garrison Forest. Get more details.

 

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Team Polo

For the player who wants to compete on the GFS Varsity, Junior Varsity and Third-Team levels of play, the Team Polo program is for new and experienced players. A solid riding base is required. Players will learn and/or improve their hitting skills, horsemanship, game sense and teamwork. Unmounted lessons and game tape review may be utilized. Players are expected to tack up and care for their mount before and after practices and games as well as working together before, during and after games to see that games run smoothly and mounts are taken care of.

Games for all teams will begin in late September and continue through the year with some travel expected. Players may plan for one, two or all three seasons (fall, winter and spring). Games may be during some evenings and weekends. Teams may also compete in tournaments, during the year, including but not limited to the USPA Girls’ Interscholastic Tournament. Participation in tournaments may require an additional entry fee. Practice is four days/week. There are no additional coaching fees for games, but Polo players who travel to a competition will share the cost of transportation and hotel costs. Enrollment is limited.

Upper School and Middle School Cost: $1,550/season

Apparel and Equipment Needed: Polo players need long pants and either paddock boots or tall boots. All polo equipment is provided.

Introductory Polo

Offered to those players (Middle School and Upper School and Lower School with instructor approval), the Introductory Polo program is for those who would like to learn the game or continue their polo with less time commitment. This program includes some game experience outside of the GFS Polo teams. Practices are Monday and Thursday afternoons or by arrangement with instructor. Enrollment is limited.

Cost: $575 (1/week/season) $1,075 (2/week/season)

Introductory Polo for Grades 4-5

Open to younger girls with coach’s approval, the introductory program for Grades 4-5 is offered once/week on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, with a game is held at the end of trimester.

Lower School Cost: $575/season

Apparel and Equipment Needed: Polo players need long pants and either paddock boots or tall boots. All polo equipment is provided.

Questions? Contact Cindy Halle, Polo Coach, at 410-559-3452 or cindyhalle@gfs.org.

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Forest Facts


Varsity Polo has won 13 national championships.

12 former GFS players have won national Polo honors, including the Polo Training Foundation awards as GFS or collegiate players. Several Polo alumnae are current or former members of the prestigious Team USPA.

Facilities include the D. & J. Smith Equestrian Center, two fully equipped barns with heated wash stalls, the Sheridan riding Center for Polo, two large outdoor rings, a dressage ring, more than 15 private paddocks for private and group turn-out and two school-owned rigs and van service for shows and events.

GFS is one of two girls’ schools in the country to offer Polo.

Polo counts for P.E. credit.

Garrison Forest is one of a handful of Mid-Atlantic schools with two indoor rings

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