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Polocrosse taster and Training day at Hartpury College on Sunday 29th March (organised by Ledbury Branch): Ledbury PX day 29th March 2015 UKPA
What is Pony Club Polocrosse?
As the name implies, Polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse. It is a field based team game, played on horseback with the season running from May to September. Each team consists of 3 players, each using a stick to which is attached a loose thread racquet head, in which the ball is carried and passed between players. The ball is made of sponge rubber and is approximately 4” across. The three players in each team play the position of a No. 1 “attack”, a No. 2 “centre”, or a No. 3 “defence”. The team that scores the most goals in a match is the winner.
 Who can play?
A successful Polocrosse player has a love of horses, speed, agility, hand to eye coordination and of course a competitive nature. It is essential your horse is well prepared for the season and the recommended fitness regime is one of 8 weeks preparation.
Polocrosse is ideally suited to Mounted Games members and their ponies usually make the transition well. It is a fun, sociable team game for ordinary children on ordinary ponies and encourages a strong and unselfish team spirit, courage and all round riding ability.
 Is my horse suitable?
Players are allowed only to play one pony, except in the case of injury. Minis (12yrs & under) may only compete on ponies that do not exceed 138cms and Juniors (U16) must not exceed 148cms. For Open leagues there is no restriction, although ideally they should not exceed 15.2 hands. Ponies of all breeds play Polocrosse, so just use your favourite! The only stipulation is that they must NOT kick!
Polocrosse PC Booklet: http://branches.pcuk.org/area9/files/2014/01/Thrill-of-Polocrosse.pdf (booklet)
POLOCROSSE TRAINING
Our Polocrosse Manager Karen Brown is currently arranging indoor unmounted and ‘have-a-go’ rallies where the emphasis will be on trying your hand and having fun. These training sessions will be coached by accredited Polocrosse Instructors and are aimed at teaching the skills of the game including catching, throwing and pick up techniques, together with the rules and the structure of chukkas.
For an informal chat about any element of Pony Club Polocrosse, please get in touch with Karen.
CURRENT EVENTS
DATE & TIME TBA – POLOCROSSE UNMOUNTED RALLY open to all
DATE & TIME TBA – POLOCROSSE MOUNTED RALLY open to all
03/04/15 – ALL DAY – HIGHLANDER TRAINING & CHUKKAS (Drakes Broughton) open to all
25/04/15 – ALL DAY – HIGHLANDER TRAINING & CHUKKAS (Drakes Broughton) open to all
02/05/15 – ALL DAY – HIGHLANDER TRAINING & CHUKKAS (Drakes Broughton) open to all
29/05/15 – ALL DAY – INDOOR TRAINING & CHUKKAS at Hartpury (1000-1700)
24/05/15 – ALL DAY – REGIONAL QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT (Gadbury)
• [Advise Karen early if you want to attend]
• Class 1 : Minis (12yrs & under) & ponies max 138cms
• Class 2 : Juniors (U16) & ponies max 148cms
o Section A : Intermediate Riders – ungraded or UKPA graded 1 or 0
o Section B : Open – Riders with UKPA grading 2 and above
• Class 3 : Open – Riders any age and ponies 138cms and above
21-23/08/2015 – PX PONY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire
Booking of Rallies, Training & Team events to be made via Karen Brown and Sarah Roberts. Please advise Karen of all attendances in advance so that appropriate groupings can be made.
POLOCROSSE BADGES

http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/disciplines/polocrosse/polocrosse_competition_badge/

The Pony Club Competition Badge range has been designed to highlight the important issues in each of the nine competitive disciplines and encourage good training of horses and ponies.
The badges are based on The Pony Club Achievement and Mini Achievement Badge ranges, which mainly cover horse and pony care or non-equine related subjects. We hope that the Competition badges will complete the set of badges and provide riders with fun opportunities to improve their riding or learn new skills in a discipline they haven’t tried before.There are two levels of badge for each Discipline:
• “Intro to Polocrosse badge” – for younger or less experienced Members who are just starting out in the discipline. This badge will help you understand the basics to help you get ready to compete. (See main Pony Club website for details)• “Polocrosse badge” – for slightly older or more experienced Members who are ready to or have already started to compete in the discipline. It will help you to understand the rules of the discipline and what is expected of the horse and rider in order to be successful in a competition. (See main Pony Club website for details)
Both levels of the Competition Badges can be worked on, practised for and tested during rallies, camps or lessons

POLOCROSSE PAST AND PRESENT
For the last two seasons Croome has had two members active in Pony Club Polocrosse – attending and winning the Pony Club Championships held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. It is a great event and it would be an honour to help other club members make their debut at The Champs! The Regional qualifier this year is on Saturday 24th May 2015, being held at Gadbury in Gloucestershire. For more information or to arrange a mentor please speak to Karen.
This year, 2015 sees a very exciting time. The Equestrian Polocrosse World Cup is taking place in June hosted in South Africa. The Great Britain squad has been selected and they are well underway with their training regime. The Pony Club is active in supporting this international event and growing the interest of this fast and exciting discipline. Croome is honoured to have squad member Charlotte Pykett available to instruct the dynamics of this sport and it goes without saying we wish her and the full GB Squad the very best of luck in the summer.LINKS
• Croome Hunt Facebook (closed) http://www.facebook.com/groups/149201531876357/
• Pony Club Polocrosse Facebook (open)
Polocrosse coaching from Debbie Harris: PX COACHING FLYER
Photographs from our Polocrosse days :
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