Dragon polo began in 2014. Parent and professional vet Amanda Welin is responsible for getting the school well and truly on the prep school polo map. Now with over 35 pupils playing it has gone from strength to strength. With lessons offered up to four times a week, the Dragons are certainly making the most of their early in life start to polo. The earlier you start, the better you will be!
At the end of the 2015 summer holiday, the Dragons returned for the autumn term to catch the end of the grass season where they hosted an intra-school tournament hosted by Oxford Polo which provided great enjoyment for the children and parents alike. In total, there were six teams of 18 children battling fiercely for the club’s first ever Club Championship. Dragon Navy, Dragon Royal and Dragon Sun played in the intermediate division, while Dragon Sky, Dragon Blood and Dragon Snow played in the novice division. Each team played two matches. It was aggressive on the pitch with strong ride-offs, hooks, loud shouting and excellent effort from all players. The winners with two goals were the Dragon Navy followed by Dragon Royals. Our first ever club champions, Dragon Navy consisting of Lola Barlow, Rosie Olver and Charlotte Johnson-Watts, were all given trophies in blue and gold. Another trophy was awarded to Best Player, Hector Rogberg, while Jemima Hammond received the prize for Best Player/Horse Combination and Konstantin Barilits-Gupta the prize for Best Playing Novice. Of course, the horses were also awarded, with Toro receiving a huge basket of carrots, for Best Playing Pony ridden by Henry Rose, Jemima Howden and Sky Michaelis. Afterwards parents and children all enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Oxford Polo Club House presented by The Pointer Pub in Brill and the Howden family working hard to keep the hordes of dogs away from the delicious food.