Area 8 Polocrosse Camp May 22/23 2021



Area 8 Polocrosse Camp 2021

Following the sad cancellation of last year's event, we are delighted to be able to announce that for the fifth year Area 8 will be running a weekend Polocrosse camp.

This weekend is particularly special as it will be the first year that we co-host with the newly re-formed Essex All Black Polocrosse Club. Coaching will be led by Chris Milburn, UK Player Development pathway coach and UKPA International Officer and Iain Heaton, Pony Club Polocrosse Chairman. In addition we are very excited to announce that we will be welcoming the UK World Cup Polocrosse Team captain, Kerry Bean. Kerry has a long and illustrious career in polocrosse which commenced with the All Blacks back in the 1980s. She has represented the UK numerous times including captaining the World Cup team in Queensland, Australia in 2019. 

The weekend is open to all; children and adults, Pony Club members and non members, beginners and regular players. We welcome attendees from outside Area 8.

Taking place at Mark Tey Racecourse, just off the A12 near Colchester, Essex on the 22nd and 23rd May, the weekend will consist of polocrosse training, introduction to the sport for the newcomers and their horses, on foot skills and drills, fun chukkas for those who want to and plenty of time to make new friends and socialise. The Sunday will also host the fifth Area 8 Pony Club Champs Polocrosse Qualifier for those wishing to attend Champs. Pony Club Polocrosse Champs has been confirmed as the 14th and 15th August at Offchurch Bury in Warwickshire. Champs run a Novice Polocrosse tournament and this is open to the most novice of players. So, if you have always fancied representing your Pony Club at Champs but the qualification has evaded you this could be your chance.

We already have the following coaches confirmed:

Iain Heaton - Arden A Grade player and UKCC Level 3 coach. Iain coaches all over the UK and indeed the world and is the Chairman of the Pony Club Polocrosse committee.

Chris Milburn - Arden A Grade player and UK Player Development Pathway coach. Chris coached the Pony Club England team at the Home International 2017.

Charlotte Winder  - A grade player with Kent Target Polocrosse Club

Izzy Baker-Cresswell - B grade player with Kent Target Polocrosse Club and Area 2 Polocrosse Coordinator - joining us all the way from Northumberland!

Guest Appearance by Kerry Bean - Warwick A grade player and UK World Cup Captain 2019.

Camping is available by very kind permission of the land owners in lorries, tents or caravans provided by yourself with penning for horses in electric fence pens, also provided by yourself. 

There is no pressure to play contact polocrosse and you are welcome to come along and simply enjoy learning about the sport, spending time with your horse and riding on land usually not open to riders. We are massively grateful to Fenn Wright for once again allowing us to use the Racecourse for what promises to be another fantastic weekend. The cost is £75 for the weekend or £40 per day. Also open to those without ponies for £25 per day to take part in the on foot activities and social. An early bird offer of £65 for the weekend is available to those booking before the 31st December 2020. Places are strictly limited and we would recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. (Non Pony Club or UKPA members will need a temporary UKPA membership, available here).  

All under 18's must be accompanied by an adult for the entire weekend.

Further information from Caro Daniels, PC Area 8 Polocrosse Coordinator on or 07802325466.

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Our Partners - Bowman and Sons Paddock and Garden Services

Once again Dan at Bowman and Sons will be prepping our pitch ready for this year's Area 8 Polocrosse Camp. With a program of mowing and rolling in the run up to the event, Dan make's sure we have a safe and playable surface.


Fuller Equine Veterinary Practice

This year we welcome Alex Fuller and his team at Fuller Equine Veterinary Practice as our on call vets. Fuller Equine are based in Braintree and provide ambulatory veterinary care in Essex.

  • Personable, Approachable and Experienced Vets 

  • Friendly Support Team

  • Independent Family Run Business

  • Outpatient Facility Available

  • 24 Hour Emergency Cover

  • Yard discounts provided

  • Competitively priced 

  • 'State of The Art@ Portable Diagnostic Equipment

  • Nominated for Petplan 'Vet of the Year' for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019

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By kind permission of Fenn Wright

Once again we are incredibly fortunate to have the support of Fenn Wright and the Easthorpe Estate without whom the weekend could not take place. Their generosity means that we can enjoy a weekend with our friends and horses, enjoying some beautiful Essex country side not usually open to riders. Thank you.

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Sponsored by Motorcycle Restoration Company

Once again our prizes are kindly sponsored by Motorcycle Restoration Company. Every year they make sure everyone goes home with a little souvenir and this year will be no exception.