Oxbridge Adds Polo, Equestrian Programs

There’s a new player in Palm Beach County’s equestrian scene. The Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach has partnered with Boynton Beach-based Wall Street Farm to launch an all-inclusive equestrian program.

“The Oxbridge Academy was founded on the principle of providing students with unmatched, positive, life-changing opportunities,” said Craig Sponsky, Oxbridge Academy’s athletic director. “We had so many students express a desire to participate in either equestrian and/or polo that we felt it was important to provide them with the chance to explore their interest.”

The after-school club will offer lessons for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced. Once riders have mastered basic horsemanship, they will be able to choose one of three offered disciplines: polo, hunter/jumper or dressage. Students are required to receive instruction in caring for the horses as part of the program.

Equestrian Program Director Catherine Craig spent several months searching for the best facility to meet the program’s needs. “The key to managing a program this large with students at many levels of experience is to have quality instructors and a stable full of well-trained school horses,” she said. “We are very pleased that all three disciplines of riding can be met in one location at Wall Street Farm and the neighboring Palm City Polo.”

More than 25 students have already signed up for the club. Oxbridge plans to form two competitive teams next year: a polo team and an Interscholastic Equestrian Association team. Both teams will compete locally.

For more info., visit www.oapb.org or call (561) 972-9600.