What is Polo?

Polo is like hockey on horseback!  You have to hit the ball into the goal with your polostick.  Each game is played between two teams with four players on each side.  The game is divided into 3 six minute parts known as “Chukkas”.  Pony Club Polo uses 1 pony per day for a maximum of 3 chukkas.  These are played over the course of the day so the pony has at least one hour between chukkas.

Rules and Regs

The season takes the teams to many beautiful polo grounds, including Cirencester, Tidworth, Longdole, Vaux Park, Taunton and Kirtlington.

All Jorrocks teams compete at the Jorrocks Championships in August which were held this year at Hurtwood Park Polo Club.  The teams were very privileged to be allowed to play on Ground 1.  In 2011 there were 14 teams competing across 3 Divisions.
Our only Eggesford Jorrocks member played for the Berkeley team and came 6th in Division 1 – not bad considering that this was the first year any of the team had played!

All other age groups must go to 3 qualifying tournaments to compete for places at the Cowdray Championships held over 3 days in August at Cowdray Park Polo Club.

The polo season runs from April – September on grass but it doesn’t stop there!  In winter it is possible to play Arena polo where the game takes place on a special surface in an Arena.  Teams are made up of only 3 members (due to limited space).

Playing polo makes you friends from all over the country, even the world!  Our Handley Cross member was chosen by the HPA development committee to go to Argentina in February to improve his skills.  He enjoyed playing polo with Argentinian children and seeing life in Argentina so much he wants to live there!  Two of our members were chosen to go on a development course last year at Beaufort Polo Club to receive tuition from top England players and this year one was on the shortlist to play for Young England.

Polo is a great sport which can be played from the age of 6 in Pony Club and carried on outside Pony Club to whatever age you want to stop at any of the Clubs around the country.  It is exciting, skilful and very rewarding.  It makes you lifelong friends from all walks of life and improves your riding skills tremendously.

What is Polo?

Polo is like hockey on horseback!  You have to hit the ball into the goal with your polostick.  Each game is played between two teams with four players on each side.  The game is divided into 3 six minute parts known as “Chukkas”.  Pony Club Polo uses 1 pony per day for a maximum of 3 chukkas.  These are played over the course of the day so the pony has at least one hour between chukkas.

Can I do it?

Eggesford Pony Club offers Polo as an activity.  We team up with a few different pony clubs to make a team.  This year (2011) we were known as “Eggesford” but we have been known as “Devon and Somerset”.

Pony Club Polo is split into nine sections:

  • Jorrocks (age 6 – under 11)
  • Handley Cross (9 – under 14)
  • Surtees – (11 – under 15)
  • Loriner (14 – under 17)
  • Ledner (17 – under 21 mixed teams only)
  • Rendell (15 – under 21)

Junior HPA which follows Pony Club rules has 3 sections:

  • Hipwood (11 – under 15)
  • Langford (14 – under 18)
  • Gannon (16 – under 21)
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Can I do it?

This year our Handley Cross member teamed up with the New Forest and competed in the final of the Handley Cross Division 1 section.  After being 2-0 down after the first chukka in the morning, they caught up 2-2 after some fabulous team work in the afternoon.  At the end of the chukka both teams were level so to decide the winners they had a run down.  This involves both teams racing the ball down the ground to the opposite end.  The team with the ball over the line first is the winner.  The team had a flying start and was winning right up to the end until sadly they were piped at the post.  It was very exciting to watch and they came a good second.

Our Surtees member was joined by members from other south-west branches to make up an Eggesford team.  They played extremely well and won Division 2 at the final qualifier at Tidworth to ensure they went to Cowdray.  They were moved up to Division 1 and came 10th at Cowdray after very strong competition.

So why not give it a go?