International Polocrosse Test Match
From the Mar 23, 2009 Issue of Agri-News
What is your head worth? For those who enjoy riding horses and the freedom it gives, the answer is it’s priceless. Statistics prove that the single most effective way to reduce the risk of head trauma while riding a horse is to wear an approved helmet designed for equestrian activities. It’s about your head. Use it or lose it.
10 Superb Polocrosse blood line stallions generously donated by Terry Blake, Michael Gorman, John Halstead, Charlie & Sara Grills, Fred & Suzie Parker, Joy Poole, Noel Semmens, Darryl Smith, Kent & Libby Wells, Jon Weston & Doug Webb.
All these sires have proven their worth on the Polocrosse field and have the following bloodlines…….
Training Camp 20th-23rd July & Friendly European Championship 25-26th JulyÂ bay of the Somme France
For all you guys out there eventually interested in playingÂ polocrosse in France IT IS POSSIBLE !
We’re organising a friendly and unpretentious training camp at ourÂ place in the bay of the Somme (for those of you unaware, the bay has
beautiful, vast beaches!) from Monday 20th July to Thursday 23rd July. Friday is a day off for local sighseeing or beach or forest rides. There will be a similarly unpretentious andÂ friendly multi-levelÂ Â tournament on the Week-end of the 25th-26th July.
The training camp will be an opportunity to have fun with a wideÂ range of riders all interested in the sport and is open to all from 3
to 103 years of age. We hope to have some UK coaches to help with the training camp,Â though it’s not a sure thing as of yet (there’s still hope)!
If you’re interested or know of anyone interested contact me and fillÂ in the pdf form included. Just email it back, fax, post or throw itÂ back to me!
2007 Polocrosse season Holland â€“ keeping the sticks up!
With eastern we opened the season with a trainings weekend. We needed to practice very hard before we went to Australia World Cup. About 10 people came with their horses and the weekend consisted of exercises and chukkaâ€™s. It was a great weekend with a lot of attention of the local media.
In 2008 de number of members doubled, caused by decreasing the contribution and a number of polo players who were getting interested in the sport. Polocrosse is played in 4 different regions in Holland; South-west, Middle, East and North.
The board of the dutch polocrosse association decided to do things different to promote the sport. In the years before we have done 100 of demoâ€™s and clinics; everybody liked the sport, but was not keen enough to become a member. That is why we decided to organize 3 tournaments on the different regions in Holland; to do locale promotion of the sport by inviting local media (newspapers, television) and promote the sport to locale horse riders to participate the tournament.
Since 2005 The Dutch Polocrosse Association is official. It started with former South Africans Richard and Martine Griffiths who introduced polocrosse in 2003 at their stable. Everybody was wondering what they were doing with that net-stick-thing and the rubber ball. But after trying to pick a ball up and play a bit, riders got hooked to it and polocrosse was born in the middle of Holland! Through an internet-horse-forum they contacted other people who got enthusiastic for polocrosse and created an internet homepage which proved an important step in developing polocrosse in Holland. Peter Cross from the UK Pennine club found the webpage and invited us to the Pennine tournament in May 2005. From this first sighting of real chukkas, Dutch inspiration grew to develop polocrosse in Holland. At the beginning we didnâ€™t have a field to play at, only an inside arena. Holland is so crowed that the farmers use every part of there land and donâ€™t want that to be destroyed by galloping horses.
I just wanted to get the message out that a bunch of polox mad expats have got together in the UAE and started playing polocrosse. It is early days yet and we have only held a handful of practices, however we do not want to lose momentum. Therefore I would like to post this for a few reasons.
1. That more polox mad people in the U.A.E or visiting the country will be assured of a few chukkas should they wish to drop in on us.
2. I just play the sport, I don’t have the first clue how to get to the next level, i.e. forming an association, admin etc, so would be grateful for any wisdom the polocrosse community can send my way (i want this sport to succeed here in the U.A.E).
If anyone can help me with this, or wishes to come join us for some chukkas, please contact me on the attached email address. Your help and patronage would be greatly appreciated.