horseback riding lessons NJ | Shannon Hill Riding Academy| Basking Ridge, NJ
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PICTURE GALLERY

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Setting:

The polo club is set in a most bucolic milieu right in the middle of beautiful Basking Ridge in northern NJ. The “dead river” runs along the perimeter of the property and a pond along with a half-mile exercise track for horses further lend to the picturesqueness of the property.

Location:

Shannon Hill Polo Club is the nearest and most conveniently located polo club for residents of midtown and downtown Manhattan and multiple northern NJ counties. It is also the only polo club in northern NJ with not only a beautiful full size grass field but also full size polo arenas affording continuity of games and practices despite inclement weather.
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Summer Polo Program:

Open field and arena polo is played all through the summer season that spans mid May to mid October. Regular games are held on Wednesday’s and the weekends both on the grass field and the outdoor arena.
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Charity Events:

There is a long tradition of philanthropy in polo; Shannon Hill Cup is played every fall at Shannon Hill Polo Club to raise funds for Cardiac Education and Research Foundation which provides for continuing medical education in the form of nurse scholarships to further the cause of cardiac care at area Heart Hospitals. All members are invited to attend and have the opportunity to participate in the game as well.

Spring and Fall Arena Polo Programs:

Polo games are played only in the outdoor arena mid-April to mid-May and weather permitting mid-October till Thanksgiving weekend. 

Arena polo is especially suited for beginner players as it is more contained and hence safer.

Polo Lessons:

On-site polo professional Dani Wasty gives polo lessons to beginners on quiet horses in the indoor and the outdoor arenas; lessons are moved to the open grass field as the players make steady progress and it is deemed safe for them to be on the field.

A typical beginner lesson has four parts: part 1 is didactics on the ground covering the basics of horsemanship, part 2 is actually riding the horse without a mallet, part 3 is mallet work on the horse and part 4 is cool down and discuss. The whole lesson lasts one hour and costs $100. Mallets are provided for the first few lessons.
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Beginner Games:

Beginner players are quickly graduated on to outdoor arena games ; an arena game is typically four chukkers and is played with three players on each side. Beginner players are advanced to open field games once it is felt they will be safe playing open field polo.

Club Membership:

Membership bestows benefit of guaranteed weekly games and practices; several packages are being drawn up for the upcoming season to suit various appetites for polo and details can be obtained from Cynthia Del Bosco at 2019243616.
Meet The Manager
Cynthia Del Bosco has managed and taught at Shannon Hill Riding Academy and Polo Club for over 20 years. Besides riding her whole life and playing polo, she has a BS degree in secondary education. She brings not only her horse expertise but her knowledge of how students learn. She works closely with the Onsite Polo Pro. It is not just a riding lesson with the team....it is the whole person they will work with.

She will love to talk with you. Please call Cindy at 201-924-3616.