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Lila Bennett ’19 Helps Seal NYTS Championship

Garrison Forest polo player Lila Bennett ‘19 helped lead her team to victory in the National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) championship in Colorado over Labor Day Weekend, beating the opposing girls’ team 6.5 to 1 to seal the championship. Lila represented the East Coast and competed as one of eight talented up-and-coming young female polo players from across the country in the first invitational Girls All-Star Challenge which took place alongside the Cecil Cup Challenge. Lila was selected from a pool of NYTS All-Stars named for their exceptional horsemanship, sportsmanship and skill, both on and off the field. 

Coach Jim Wright, Lila, Cory Williams, Jenna Tarshis and Olivia Uechtritz. Photo: Matthew Baran

Coach Jim Wright, Lila, Cory Williams, Jenna Tarshis and Olivia Uechtritz. Photo: Matthew Baran

Lila started playing polo in 3rd Grade and fell in love instantly with the sport. “My favorite thing about playing polo is that you have a human team and a horse team,” says Lila. “My horse team is ever-changing. It’s really cool and sometimes a challenge to ride different horses because they are all so different. They vary so much in their personalities and abilities.”

Lila competing in the finals tournament.

Lila competing in the finals tournament. Photo: Matthew Baran

Coming off of her big win in Colorado, Lila is excited for the new year playing Varsity Polo at GFS. The team is working hard in the hopes of making it to nationals in Houston. “We’re all hoping to have an awesome year with polo,” Lila says. “We also have some new polo ponies and I am excited about that."

Garrison Forest School is the only girls' school in the United States to offer polo. Learn more about the Garrison Forest polo program here.

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