Caitlin Tufts
   Polo Instructor 

BIO

Caitlin began her polo career by playing for Cornell’s Interscholastic Girls Polo Team where she was a starting player and captain all four years.  Upon graduating High School she attended The University of Connecticut where she again started all four years and maintained the captain position for her final two seasons.  In 2012 Caitlin was named The Polo Training Foundation’s Intercollegiate Women Polo Player of the Year. In 2013 Caitlin discovered her true passion for the sport; coaching.  She coached The University of Connecticut’s Interscholastic Girls Team to a National Championship Title – the program’s first Interscholastic title.

Throughout the summer months in college, Caitlin returned to the Central New York area to work for Danny and Janet Scheraga at their polo program in Tully, NY.  Still to this day, even with a full-time job, Caitlin continues to work for the Scheraga’s every summer by grooming, training, playing and caring for their polo ponies.


Polo Lesson Pay per lesson

Purchase lessons at the time you take them
$50/Lesson
  • We understand not everyone can pre-purchase a group of lessons each month so we’ve made a pay per lesson option available so you can still enjoy the sport of polo and pay as you go.
  • Flexible with your schedule, take a lesson any time you have free time and if a lesson spot is available.
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A Bit About Attire

All riders must wear a hard hat that is SEI, ASTM, NOSCAE or USPA approved.  We can usually provide one for your first several lessons.  After that riders need to purchase one.

Scrimmages, Polo Clinics and Stick & Ball Sessions: All riders are required to wear a helmet with a certified safety mask.

Riders must wear long pants, NO shorts, NO slippery pants.  Jeans, jods or breeches. Chaps/Half Chaps are a good addition once you’re committed to riding but unnecessary expense until then.  Approved footwear is a pair of paddock boots.  Any hard sole tie shoes will do for the first several lessons.  Do not wear sneakers, clogs or loafers. Other items you will need eventually are polo whip, polo gloves, polo helmet with a face-mask, knee guards and mallets.

First Lesson

Your first lesson will consist of very little riding. Riding time increases over the first few lessons.  The first time you come is more of an orientation to the world of polo. The goal of the lesson is to acquaint you with the program, the horse, the facility, the vocabulary and the equipment.  You will learn to groom and tack up your own horse.  Don’t get discouraged the first several lessons are the toughest.  It will seem like there is a lot to remember (there is) but everything is logical once you start to see the big picture.  Ask yourself if you feel comfortable and confident riding a horse at a canter when thinking about your first polo lesson.  The determination of when to introduce a mallet will be dependent on your riding abilities. Each lesson gets significantly easier, really! Have patience with yourself and trust your teammate (the horse).

When You Arrive at Your First Lesson

Be sure to read the safety sheets provided and you will need to read and sign a liability waiver.  While the student is on the premises an adult must accompany them until age 14.  Please arrive no later than 15 mins before your scheduled Polo Lesson in order to groom and tack your horse.

Important Note to Parent or Guardian

This is a place of business and safety is a priority.  Non-riding children must be watched at all times or will be asked to be left at home.  Remember horses can bite; do not feed or stick hands in a horse’s stall (fingers look like carrots and they will bite). When you arrive at the farm there are areas you may stand to watch your child while they are with the instructor. Spectators are not allowed in the arena.  We have a heated viewing room for looking onto the arena.  Those who are not in a lesson should remain in the viewing room and not wander through the aisles of the barn.  Horses are being moved through these areas and sudden noises, screams, or cries can endanger a child riding or people working with horses on the ground. Horses cannot see behind them and out of fear will kick.  Please be considerate.

 

Speed Limit

Please watch your speed on the premises. Do not exceed 10mph when driving on the property. What may seem like a slow speed for you can startle a horse.

Scheduling Lessons – Paying Monthly:

In order to keep the day and time spot for your lesson each week, payment is required in advance for the number of times that lesson falls in any given month. All lesson packages are to be paid in full at beginning of month and must be used by the end of month. Lessons cannot be carried over to the next month. If you are unable to make one of those lessons, it is possible to re-schedule to another day/time within that calendar month.

Payment Policy:

If you are scheduling monthly blocks of lessons, payment is due and expected on the first scheduled lesson of the month. If you are not able to make that lesson for any reason, payment is still due and should be mailed or delivered to the barn and placed in the payment box. If you are paying per lesson, payment is due prior to the start of the lesson.

Late Arrivals:

If you arrive late to your scheduled lesson, your lesson will end at the regularly scheduled time. This lesson will not be rescheduled or refunded.

Cancellation Policy:

Please call at least 4 hours prior to your lesson to cancel. If you need to cancel a lesson, you must call Caitlin Tufts at 860-617-8523 or Kaytlin Bell at 315-440-2871 if you do not call 4 hours prior to the scheduled lesson you will be expected to pay for the lesson. Make up lessons must be taken within the month paid for or they are forfeited. If you don’t cancel there will be no make-up lesson.  Continual absences, rescheduling, no shows or no cancellation calls will result in the loss of your lesson spot. Please remember that even if you didn’t show up for your lesson, your instructor still did.

Weather Policy & Cancellations:

Our lessons are held rain or shine but Lessons are canceled when the temperature is greater than 95 degrees and below 18 degrees.  Cancellation for any other weather issue will be made on an individual basis. Lessons will be cancelled in severe weather such as thunder and lightning, heavy snowfall, heavy rain/downpour, hail and sleet. Springerle Stables will follow local school closings – if schools are closed due to severe weather, then the barn will be closed as well. These lessons will be re-scheduled. If your lesson must be cancelled due to inclement weather, we will attempt to contact you before the lesson at the number you have provided. Please make sure that your instructor has your current contact information. If you don’t hear from us, you should assume that your lesson is going to take place. Remember that weather conditions at the barn may be different from weather in your area at any specific time.