We are an established Polo School set up to expand the knowledge of the sport and provide a friendly atmosphere in which it is taught. Yet polo can become rather competitive once you have experienced this amazing game. We want to broaden the knowledge and outlook of polo in Hampshire and further afield, and provide a great environment for all ages and abilities to learn and improve to their potential.
The school was established by Sean Wilson-Smith, a 2-goal professional from Kenya, who is a resident HPA accredited instructor. You can read more about Sean and his wife Heloise, and their achievements in polo below.
Sean commenced riding aged 9 years and began polo at 13, following after his elder brother and parents who all played. His initial polo training was received from Mick Wilson-Smith (father), Richard Stone-Wigg and the late Simon Kuseyo who were top class players in Kenya. Sean also gained playing experience during school and college holidays.
In 2002 he undertook three months work experience (before starting college) at Devereaux Farm, Western Australia under the tutorage of Brett Kiely (of Rick Stowe’s Geebung Polo Team). His work here involved breaking and bringing on young polo ponies. Devereaux is a 7,500 acre farm 50kms north of Perth with over a hundred polo ponies, of which many are young unschooled horses.
Sean had five months college work placement in 2005 at the Edgeworth Polo Club, England, to gain further knowledge of stable, horse and polo management.
Experienced in all aspects of polo including:
- Playing in low, intermediate and medium goal tournaments
- Teaching beginner players
- Capable of working unsupervised managing all areas of horse and player welfare and training including formatting feed
- Exercise and schooling programmes
- Breaking and training young horses
- Planning and implementing players training, teams and matches
- Diagnosing of, and administering treatments for, various ailments and forms of lameness
At the beginning of the 2010 high goal season he was asked to have a trial with the Dubai team, in which he was able to play with some of the best players in the world including world number one Adolfo Cambiaso. After this trial he was chosen to be reserve for the team throughout the Queen’s cup and the Gold cup, of which Dubai ran out the winners in both tournaments of the British Open. Later in the season he played tournaments up to 8 goal at Cowdray Park Polo Club in Midhurst, and expanded his polo pony string further. Sean has recently been out to Argentina at La Dolfin.
Heloise started riding around the age of 7 and started playing polo at 13. Heloise and Sean recently got married after meeting through polo in 2006 and Heloise now has a 1 goal grass handicap and her arena handicap is 2 goals. She is a member of the Brazilian women’s team ‘Amazons’ and represented Great Britain in the first ever Ladies International tournament in Iran against Iran and Australia. Heloise has been awarded MVP (most valuable player) on numerous occasions over the years.
She is a skilled, strong female player with a passion for polo, and is an enthusiastic, encouraging and talented instructor.
All our clients and students who have had and or continue to have lessons with Heloise always finish their lessons feeling energised and with a great deal of improvement.
We look forward to welcoming you to Hampshire Polo School where we always maintain a friendly, fun and professional atmosphere!