The term “horsepower” comes from the chant that horses used to shout at engineers working on the newfangled railway system. Befriend trailblazing polo ponies with today's Groupon: for $90, you get four private beginner's polo lessons at Hillside Farm in Richfield (a $200 value).
Hillside Farm's staff of equestrian sages prepares cavaliers for the polo gridiron on 22 acres of rippling pastures. Riders begin by gleaning a working knowledge of game rules and mastering terminology such as "chukker" and "horse." Poloists also learn to attack the goal with an arsenal of shot styles and to navigate the terrain using riding forms specially suited to the game. Field mavens also address the big picture, showcasing game strategies and tactics necessary for trumping opponents or mallet-wielding centaurs. A stable of 21 lesson horses awaits players, allowing each rider to climb aboard a steed befitting his or her skill level. Sessions last between an hour to an hour-and-a-half, and the farm provides necessary equipment. Beginner polo lessons take place on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Hillside Farm LLC
Hillside Farm LLC sprawls across 22 acres of the hilly Kettle Moraine region and is home to a talented training staff with a combined 80 years of experience in English riding, dressage, and hunter and jumper. When leading lessons, they pair students with compatible horses choosing from a fleet of 20 lesson horses and 14 polo steeds. While every rider dreams of galloping into the sunset, the trainers first instill the vocabulary and basic skills necessary for riders to feel confident and natural when on horseback. The school also specializes in polo, teaching students fundamental skills before players can advance to strategic lessons. The farm even hosts a polo league.
Hillside Farm’s onsite boarding facilities rehabilitate local horses or board leased horses for regular riders. The staff takes pride in its treatment of animals, using nutritionally rich Nutrena SafeChoice feed and practicing nonviolent training methods that avoid physical or emotional abuse.
W220 N14070 Shadow Ln.
Richfield, Wisconsin 53076