Monday July 16, 2018

2018 PC Polo Tournament Schedule and Entries

PCP Tournament Schedule 2018

Prelim A Form


It was a busy busy time for mid July to mid august with 4 RA teams competing throughout the season, together with 2 of our players playing as pool players for other pony club teams.
All qualified for the national championships.
Our u.21 team (George Hankinson, Charlie barker, Cicely Coulthurst/Nell macaire and benedict Nott (tedworth))were unbeaten all season and won both the Rendell league trophy and the championship trophy.
Our u.16s (harry Alexander, Millie Hughes, Lizzie Hankinson and Emma Talbot Rice) had flashes of brilliance, including winning the qualifier at (an extremely wet) Longdole (photo attached), which, if they had maintained, could have seen them winning the champs. The loss of a crucial game at the champs meant they missed out on a place in the final and played for 3rd/4th place instead. A lacklustre performance in that game (against Cowdray) resulted in them drawing it and then losing on a run down finishing a disappointing (for them) 4th. They were the highest placed all branch team though.
The u14 team (Zac Butterworth, George Thome, Sacha Thornhill and Dan Bolt (Hampshire Hunt)) came on leaps and bounds during the season. The team which played in the champs was unrecognisable from the team which played the Epsom friendly. They came a creditable 4th in the champs.
The u11s, (Edward and Jack Phillips, Rosie Talbot Rice and beginner Henry Whittington) clocked up a number of wins leading up to their champs and were on course for winning div2 but an early goal by their opponent in their first game, which they couldn’t get back, saw them coming 2nd instead. Rosie was thrilled when her pony (ginger ninja) was awarded the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug at the champs.


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The 2012 Champions – the RA Jorrocks team at the Hurtwood Championships – winners of Div 3
L-R: Freddie Heathcote-Hobbins, Emma Talbot Rice, Hannah Hall (Tedworth), Freddie Pritchard (Cowdray)

Anyone can come and have a go, so why don’t you?  It’s great fun.

But I don’t have a polo stick, so I can’t – yes you can, you can borrow an RA polo stick.

But my pony has never played before – many haven’t –  we get them started.  Most take to it easily.

What do I need? Yourself in riding gear including your riding hat, your pony and tack, and some bandages or protective boots to go on all four of your pony’s legs;  oh, and the ability to plait you pony’s tail (with or without help – and we will show you how it’s done) and tape to tape it up.

The players in the photos are wearing white jeans rather than jodhpurs – yes, how cool is that?  But you don’t need to have white jeans to come and have a go.  Just wear your jodhpurs (unless you have some white jeans and want to wear them)

How do I get started? Just come!  We hold a stick and ball session at Tidworth polo club, Tedworth House, Tidworth on the practice ground there every weekend – usually a Sunday morning at 10am, but the time can vary to accommodate other commitments.  Cost – £7 per player

Are there matches? Yes – the summer tournaments are held in July and August.  The 3 qualifying tournaments are in late July and August (at Cirencester, Longdole and Tidworth polo clubs) and the Championships are held in August at Hurtwood Polo Club (Ewhurst, Surrey) for Jorrocks and at Cowdray Polo Club (Midhurst, West Sussex) for other sections

What are the different sections? Teams are split into sections as follows:

  • Jorrocks – players under 11 (min 6 yrs old), ponies 13.2hh and under, general pony club ponies;
  • Handley Cross – players under 14 (min 9 yrs old), ponies 14.2hh and under, general pony club ponies;
  • Surtees – players under 14 (min 9 yrs old), polo ponies, 1 chukka matches;
  • Loriner – players under 16 (min 12 yrs old), polo ponies, 1 chukka matches;
  • Langford – players under 17, polo  ponies, min handicap -1, 2-4 chukka matches;
  • Rendell – players under 21 (min 16 yrs old), polo ponies, 1 chukka matches;
  • Gannon – players under 21, polo ponies, min handicap 0, 2-4 chukka matches.

How many are in a team? 4

How much fun is it? MASSIVE FUN – HUGE!
Come and have a go!


Want to know more? Just ask – Elspeth Talbot Rice or Julian Heathcote-Hobbins