All the latest Area 8 news

Pony Club Polocrosse Autumn Challenge Success for Area 8

A huge thank you to everyone who organised, supported, umpired, tabled and goal judged at the Pony Club Autumn Challenge, kindly organised by Pony Club - Polocrosse after Champs was abandoned.

🏆 Four year’s into Area 8 Polocrosse and everyone’s hard work has paid off. I’m so very very proud of everyone’s dedication and commitment. It was humbling to see the team working together, helping each other prepare, horse walk and look after each other when it got tough. I’m delighted to announce:

A win for the Area 8 Panthers in the Mini Championships:

Taryn Tinker Essex and Suffolk
Mollie Palmer O’Donaghue Enfield Chace
Olivia Kirkham Essex and Suffolk

A great display from the Area 8 Tigers:

Ali Peck Hill Farm
Theo Todd Hill Farm
Eloise Kirkham Essex and Suffolk

A hard fought second place in the Novice Juniors Championships

Xanthe Goodman Essex Hunt North 
Emily Champion Essex Hu t North 
Lottie Wilson-Fitzgerald Oakley Hunt West

And a great win for the Novice Seniors

Jack Page Essex Farmer 
Stella Stearn Suffolk Hunt 
Xanthe Goodman Essex Hunt North

And Best Player and Best Horse for Jack and Voodoo!

There are so many thank yous to all the people who have supported us on our journey. To Iain for starting us off and to all the coaches who have helped us over the years despite the hundreds of miles they have had to travel; Chris, Andy, Russell, Emma, Charlotte, Jon, Kim, Daisy and Alice.To all the parents who have driven up and down the country. To the landowners who have given over their fields for us to use. To our sponsors Fenn Wright and Motorcycle Restoration Company. To our great horses who are so honest and so brave.

Put the Pony Club Bombers Arena Tournament in your diary 24/25th April 2020. Its going to be a good one.

England Champions once again with help from Taryn and Xanthe

A huge congratulations to Taryn, Essex and Suffolk Hunt PC and Xanthe, Essex Hunt North PC who were part of the winning England team that once again took the Triple Diamond Trophy at the Pony Club Polocrosse Four Nations. Taryn joined Alfie, Lottie and James in the minis team and Xanthe rode out alongside Boy, Harry and Scarlett in the Juniors. Congratulations girls. The Four Nations takes place every two years and so players starting out now could be in with a chance of being selected in 2021.


Area 8 Polocrosse Sessions 2019/2020

We are now taking bookings through to April 2020. We have a full autumn and winter programme including 5 months of of indoor sessions. Winter is a great time to introduce yourself and your horse to polocrosse in an enclosed, safe and supportive environment. And because polocrosse is played in a ability led grades, you will find that in no time you are ready to start playing competitively.

Area 8 success at the Pony Club Bombers Polocrosse Arena Tournament

After a weekend of trials and tribulations, we are so proud of the Area 8 teams and players achievements at the Pony Club Bombers Polocrosse Arena Tournament. 

Jack's horse Voodoo went out early in the preceding week lame but our coach Iain Heaton saved the day by loaning his fantastic mare Tia. However, nothing could prepare us for the terrible news on Friay evening that Seona and her mum had been involved in an awful road traffic accident on their way to the tournament. Her horse Raptor was in the vets and we awaited news with baited breath. But Seona showed her true Scottish Braveheart by arriving early the following morning ready to play on kindly loaned Little man, belonging to the Wilson-Fitzgeralds. Once gain the polocrosse community had rallied and their kindness and support in such difficult circumstances are much appreciated.
Despite the challenges Area 8 enjoyed a very successful weekend with win for Taryn Tinker with the Mix It Up team in the minis. There was a hard fought 2nd place for Xanthe Goodman in the Intermediate Juniors with a Best Number 1 and Best Horse prize for Cookie The Monster. And the best play we have seen to date for our only complete Area 8 team in the Novice Seniors with Jack Page, Seona McCredie and Stella Stearn. 

A trying weekend buy Area 8 came out on top in every respect. We are pleased to report that Raptor has spent some time at Newmarket and is now on the road to recovery. Get well soon Raptor.

 Area 8 Polocrosse Camp 2019

A huge thank you and well done to everyone who came along to our 4th Area 8 Polocrosse Camp; kindly sponsored by Fenn Wright and Motorcycle Restoration Company. This was our biggest ever and despite the weather being not particularly kind on Saturday, it didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

Everyone was treated to some fantastic coaching on Saturday followed by a lovely fish and chip supper in the sunshine. On Sunday, we enjoyed fun chukkas all day and saw some great play from everyone. Some personal goals were met and surpassed and it was a treat to see so many smiling faces.

The weekend ended with a great display of polocrosse from our demo players and with a special guest appearance from New Zealand international player Edie Neill. The day closed with a prize giving at which all of the Pony Club members were awarded with their Pony Club Championships qualifier rosette. A huge well done to the following Pony Club members who have earned themselves a place at Champs in August:

Amelia Payne (EEHPC)
Ruby Payne (EEHPC)
Henrietta Newble (N&THPC)
Eloise Kirkham (E&SHPC)
Olivia Kirkahm (E&SHPC)
Antonia Gorbitz (E&SHPC)
Mollie Palmer O'Donoghue (ECPC)
Lois Landon (E&SHPC)
Xanthe Goodman (EHNPC)
James Garvin (EUPC)
Taryn Tinker (E&SHPC)
Seona McCredie (E&SHPC)
Stella Stearn (SHPC)
Jack Page (EFPC)
Emma Joslin (E&SHPC)
Theo Todd (HFEC) 
Thea Ryan (HFEC)
Ali peck (HFEC)
Zoe Annis (HFEC)
Amelia Downing (HFEC)

We are looking forward to the Kent Target Polocrosse Club one day tournament on the 7th July at Risebridge Farm, Goudhurst where a numer of our players will be taking part followed by Pony Club Champs at Cholmondeley Castle on the 16th and 17th August. Please do let Caro Daniels know if you would like to take part in either of these events.

A big thank you as always to our coaches; Iain Heaton, Chris Milburn, Andy Garrow and Charlotte Winder. To Chris Daniels for keeping everyone fed and watered and his unending help and support. Thanks also for acting as official photographer - here are a selection of the pics; there are hundreds more to be posted here over the coming days. To all the Area 8 mums and dads who constantly help with tabling, goal judging, gazebo putter uppering, medicing and any other job that gets thrown at them.

Here's to next year ! 🏆

 Polocrosse Demos and Private Sessions

We are really proud of the work that we do int the Eastern region to develop the sport of Polocrosse. If you are interested in hosting a demo, a private clinic at your livery yard or a badge day at your riding centre, club or Branch then drop us a line. We are currently booking for 2019.




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