Mikey is a third generation polo player and started playing at the tender age of 5. He has played all over the world and represented England on many occasions, achieving a 5 goal handicap in Argentina at the age of 22 and becoming infamous for his 60 yard (and occasional 5B!) penalties. Mikey now plays off 3 goals and has his string of ponies based here at the club. He continues to play professionally alongside teaching and in the small amount of time he has left he is dedicated to his other passion, retraining racehorses for polo.
Lorna is also a third generation polo player and learnt to ride on home bred polo ponies on her grandparents farm in the new forest. Polo was never her intended career however and Lorna is a qualified Equine Vet with further qualifications in Equine Chiropractic and Acupuncture. We are lucky to have Lorna by the side of the pitch in case of emergencies and our ponies are always under her careful eye. Alongside her career Lorna has always managed to keep a few of her own horses and has achieved a 0 goal outdoor handicap and 4 goal ladies handicap. Having moved to Longdole Lorna intends to dedicate more of her time to training the next generation of polo players and is particularly interested in getting more women into this fantastic sport
Longdole has long been dedicated to teaching and coaching the next generation of polo players, the polo school initially opened here in 2000 and in that time Longdole has been responsible for training many top England players. In 2020, Mikey Howe and Lorna Broughton took over that aspect of the club, newly renamed Longdole Polo Academy, and (after a few COVID-related false starts) intend to continue the good work that has been done here in the past.
The Academy boasts some fantastic facilities with a wooden horse, outdoor menage, Olympic size arena and clubhouse and a dedicated chukka pitch. We have up to 10 fantastic school ponies in at any one time for all ability levels. The welfare of our ponies has always been paramount to us at Longdole, we are fortunate that Lorna is an equine vet and can constantly ensure that they are kept to best possible level of care.
ADULT GROUP LESSON (3 or more) - £75
ADULT GROUP LESSON (2 people) - £110
ADULT GROUP LESSON (on own pony) - £55
ADULT INDIVIDUAL LESSON - £130
ADULT INDIVIDUAL LESSON (own pony) - £95
JUNIORS/STUDENT GROUP LESSON (3 or more) - £45
JUNIORS/STUDENTS GROUP LESSON (on own pony) - £35
JUNIOR/STUDENT INDIVIDUAL LESSON - £95
PONY CLUB TASTER SESSION - £45
PONY CLUB TASTER SESSION (own pony) - £25
HEN/STAG DO START FEE - £100pp
INSTRUCTIONAL CHUKKAS (inc pony hire) - £120
STICK AND BALL SESSION (20 mins 1 x horse) - £40
PONY HIRE - CHUKKA (inc chukka levy) – £60
PONY HIRE - MATCHES (Per chukka home games) - £80