Work to Ride is a Work of Love of Lezlie Hiner who founded the program in 1994 with the improbable premise that inner city at-risk youth could learn to play polo, and with the persistence and dedication that such an endeavor would entail, succeed in education and life. The program is located in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park with a stable and grounds in view of highrise apartment buildings. Succeed she has, with the help of many volunteers, in teaching her kids, not only to play polo, but the art of discipline, with some significant academic achievement along the way. With a proverbial carrot and a stick enticement, students must maintain passing grades to stay in the program and tutoring is provided where needed. Succeed they have, as well, playing polo at such a high level that they compete nationally and internationally (2008 in Nigeria), and matriculating into military college and university. Lezlie has brought her kids out from Philadelphia to race ponies and horses at the Point-to-Points in the spring every year, and the final Steeplechase race of the season, the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup (Unionville), for years and this year was no exception.
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