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Garrison Forest School

About the Program

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.

Competitive polo- $1800- open to Middle and Upper school. Playing on a competing team, practice 3x/ week

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.

Polo 2x week- $1250
Polo 1x week- $675 

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: $675/season

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

Questions? Contact Jenny Schwartz at 410-559-3452 or


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 the only 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