James Byrd

Franklin Polo Academy helped grow my interest in the sport of Polo. The instructors are excellent and helped me develop quickly as a player. FPA is a top tier program for all ages and skill levels. As someone who has traveled extensively and taken lessons at various polo schools around the world, I can confidently say that FPA has some of the best horses and instruction you will find anywhere in the country.

In addition to their lessons, FPA hosts a number of events throughout the season, which are perfect for anyone who enjoys having a good time. Harlinsdale Farm is a perfect setting for a fun evening, the VIP cabanas are the way to go!

Candace Wade

“I am thrilled that I stretched my equestrian experiences by involving myself in the Franklin Polo Academy. The program is well structured and makes the sport accessible. My instructor, Samantha Uys was patient, clear and encouraged me to push a little farther. As an older rider, I thrived under her encouragement. Samantha always had an eye for safety for rider and horse. That is why I trusted her with my 11-year-old grandson who had never been on a horse. Speaking of the horses, they are willing and well cared for. The welfare of the horses matters to me and I could tell that the horses mattered to Samantha and the grooms.

I anticipate volunteering at the meets each summer. The matches were fine-tuned organized by Samantha. The atmosphere was/is inviting for polo newbies and social-types alike. Gathering friends to watch the matches adds to the quality of life living in Franklin.”

Lisa Mooney

“One of the best decisions of our lives was coming to Franklin Polo Academy. We have had nothing but the most amazing experience since coming to FPA. We love James and Sammie, and they are superior in their knowledge of polo and such a pleasure to be around, work with and learn from.  We consider it a tremendous blessing. Out of all the polo clubs out there, there is no place we’d rather be. Caroline [daughter] wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Camille Harlin

"We had a terrific 2 hour group lesson with girlfriends and will schedule another soon. Sammie is a wonderful teacher, very patient and kind. It would also be a great family or biz outing. Great way to make some fun memories!"

Pete Grover

"Had such a great time and Sammie was a terrific instructor. Can’t wait to go back and learn more!"

Ashley Parkes

"Took an Intro to Polo lesson with some friends and had THE best time! Sammie and James did a great job of teaching to the variety of skill levels in our group, and we even got to wrap up with a mini match. Can't wait to go back!"

Lydia White

"Taking polo lessons with Sammie at the Franklin Polo Academy has been one of the most amazing things I've ever done! Every week, I think to myself, "I can't believe I'm really doing this!" I never in a million years thought I'd be playing polo: I never thought it was a sport that would be available to me or one that I could learn as an adult. But, thanks to Sammie and some amazing polo ponies, I'm having the time of my life. Thank you so much to everyone at the Franklin Polo Academy for making this dream a reality!"

Katie Anthony

"My husband and I took a polo clinic today and had a great time. He doesn't ride and neither of us has even watched a match- they easily accommodated us both. It was great fun!"

Annie Wells

"My dad set up a surprise polo lesson with Franklin Polo for our vacation to Nashville, and my lesson with Sammie turned out to be the highlight of our trip! I've played polo for a year but learned SO much. I already feel more confident about my swing, and can't wait to practice the skills I learned.

The facilities were beautiful, polo pony Nala was a blast to ride, and Sammie even lent me riding gear. I wish I lived in Tennessee so I could take regular lessons, I had a blast!"

Rebecca Hall

"The academy does a fantastic job of bringing the sport of polo to the Franklin area. They are community minded, professional, and the classes are fun. I highly recommend attending one of the matches or taking a class at the family oriented polo academy!"

Sandy Schadler

"Our 10 year old twins had their first lesson and it was even better than our already high expectations! Step-by-step they were walked though every aspect of the game. They first met the beautiful polo ponies, then learned the mallet skills on foot with a short mallet, and then moved up to the wooden horse with a long mallet. Finally, they were ready for helmets and horses in the arena. Safety is always first and the instructors made it fun for the kids! They truly felt accomplished at the end and it was only their first (but not their last) lesson. We will be back very soon!"

Kristine Hopfensperger

"Great instruction tailored for each rider's skill level and super fun! The horses are amazing and very well trained. I'm looking forward to my next lesson!"

Krystal Douglas

"I attended a beginner polo clinic a month ago and was instantly hooked. The horses are immaculate, well-behaved, and well-cared for, and the instructors are understanding, encouraging, and technically proficient. Above all, the happy & helpful attitudes they have when sharing the sport is what keeps people coming back."