Women’s polo, an age-old equestrian sport known for its grace, agility, and fierce competitiveness is experiencing a renaissance like never before. 

In recent years, women have not only broken through the glass ceiling, but have also shattered stereotypes in the world of polo. 

This captivating sport, traditionally dominated by men, is now seeing a surge of female talent, innovation and leadership. 

Polo has a rich history, often associated with royalty and elite social circles, but the sport has evolved to become more inclusive and diverse. Today, women from all walks of life are embracing the sport with enthusiasm, showcasing their remarkable skills, and promoting gender equality both on and off the field.

This surge of female talent is demonstrated perfectly by former England Ladies Polo Team Captain Heloise Wilson-Smith, who is at the top of her game and has now been invited to compete in the Argentinian Ladies Open Championships.

Wilson-Smith is a mother of two and owns Hampshire Polo School in South Wonston with her professional polo player husband Sean Wilson-Smith. She has had an illustrious career including captaining the England team, representing Great Britain and competing in the French Open in Chantilly. 

Speaking about the upcoming championship and the work she is doing to increase female participation in polo, Heloise said: “At a time when public interest in women’s sport is at an all-time high, I’m delighted to have been invited to take part in this championship and it is fantastic to see women’s polo going from strength to strength.

“At Hampshire Polo School it is extremely encouraging to see a rise young women and girls taking up polo at an early age and we are pleased to be playing our part in teaching the country’s future polo talent.

“Polo is a sport that challenges you physically and mentally. It's not just about riding a horse; it's about strategy, teamwork, and a deep connection with these incredible animals. Women are proving that we have what it takes to excel in this sport, and I am proud to be part of this movement.

“It is my belief that we are witnessing a transformative era in women’s polo, with talented athletes breaking barriers and proving their mettle in this demanding sport. We are committed to nurturing this growth and creating an environment where women can thrive in polo, both as athletes and as leaders.”

The future of women's polo is brighter than ever, and the sport looks forward to continued success, inclusivity, and recognition for the talented women who are making their mark on the field and beyond.