Chamounix Equestrian Center

Work To Ride Horsemanship, Equine Sports and Education Program

Founded in 1994, Work to Ride (WTR) is a 501 c3, non-profit community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth though constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports and education. The program is housed at Chamounix Stables located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.  Your ongoing donations contribute to the success of the Work to Ride programs. Thank you.

Nationally Acclaimed Horsemanship Program & Championship Polo Team

Work to Ride has achieved national recognition, including HBO Sports and newspaper feature stories. Get to know the Work to Ride story through media coverage.

Ralph Lauren Photo Shoot for Work To Ride Riders

Work To Ride programs and activities are designed to explore new ways of engaging youth in significant educational, social and cultural experiences that are otherwise unavailable. The youth build relationships and develop problem-solving skills through spirited teamwork and cooperation.

We offer a variety of affordable and fun ways for children and young people to learn more about a working farm, horses and riding, such as Discovery DaysHorseback Riding Lessons and Summer Camp.

Work to Ride is Nationally Recognized USA Program

Summer CampThe 2020 Summer Camp programs are open and filling up quickly. Review the openings and download registration forms to save your spot.

2020 Fundraiser – We’re gearing up for this year’s annual Polo Classic fundraiser scheduled for September 12, 2020. Forms, sponsors opportunities, auction information and more are available now.

Watch the 17 minute HBO Sports video.

In the News

2020

March 5, 2020 – Huge polo arena coming to Fairmount Park in expansion of Work to Ride program; ” The new arena will be 45,000 square feet and, according to a presentation made to the Philadelphia Art Commission, will require no city or state funding.”

Feb. 18, 2020 Why I Play: Being black in polo–  ESPN Video; “Philadelphia is home to an exclusive club sport that’s creating opportunities for black youths.”,

2019

Life Lessons — and Much More — From Polo, Article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, December 3, 2019

October 12, 2019 “The unlikely sport changing lives for Philadelphia kids — polo.” — Watch the 2 minute video. NBC News

October 17, 2019: — Watch “From the inner city to the polo field” video, BBC News

Proudly featured in Elle Magazine:

We are excited to be chosen as models for Ralph Lauren. Read Polo Ralph Lauren’s Latest Campaign Celebrates Black Equestrians. 

Read our story and see the beautiful photography of our riders and horses in Game Changers by Maxwell Williams.


Screenshot of video
Watch the 2 minute spot featured on NBC Nightly News.

Girls polo practice.

Capital Campaign Drive

Accepting Capital Improvements Fund Donations

In 2019 Work To Ride embarked upon a Facility Capital Campaign to raise the funding to expand it’s youth programming. Facility improvements include renovations to the existing stables, the Chamounix Equestrian Center, and a New Indoor Equestrian Arena.

View: Architectural Renderings

Architect Drawing

Follow along: Work to Ride on Facebook