Highlights from 2012
Highlights from 2011
Easter Course - best yet!!
with grateful thanks to Kilbarchan Vets for support and Kinross Polo Club for Prizes in kind!
and the Balniel family for their hosting of the coaches!
First Summer Tournament sees Team from Senior Pony Club group Excel!
********Summer Camps 2010*********
With grateful thanks to Scone Estates for the use of their grounds in the morning, the Seniors "stole" the first day of their camp at Scone. Coaching was followed by a mammoth 20-a-side game of football and a mass sing song round the BBQ.
Yet again, the heavens opened that night and conspired to drive us all inside at Howe Country Centre in Fife, where Charlie Wilson and his team made us welcome at short notice.
Much fun was had, the coaching was superb, as was the camp party, enjoyed by nearly 70 members and their family and friends!
Results of the Senior Camp Tournament can be read here
The juniors, too, succumbed to the wet, and after an afternoon of dismounted Polo at Scone, they also went inside. For the beginners, the chance to learn in the safe environment of the arena proved to be an added Bonus, with players as young as 6 years of age entering into the spirit of the play!
Newsletter November 2009
A revue of the season:
Season 2009 was dogged by the very wet weather experienced by possibly every Branch except Orkney, where the summer weather was fantastic!!
The Season opened with an Easter course held at SNEC. 25 Members came from Strathearn, Fife, Kincardine, Lanark and Renfrew, East Lothian, West Perth, Lanark and Upperward, and Deeside and all enjoyed excellent coaching from Jason Dixon and Mike Hobday and our own Jim Dukes and Mags Coward. The indoor course was followed by outdoor chukkas at the Polo Grounds at Scone.
Senior Summer Camp was as popular as ever and it was a pleasure to have the Strathearn Summer campers join us for a fun family party at which everyone enjoyed a delicious Hog Roast and Reeling!
Jason Dixon, the UK's premier umpire and one of the country's leading coaches, joined Mike Hobday and stalwart Baden Broughton, who regularly joins us from his home in New Zealand and gave 39 seniors a taste of their knowledge, with particular reference to Riding/schooling skills and horse and Pony Care. The Camp Tournament saw the best quality Polo played for several years. Branches represented were as at Easter plus Bennachie, Orkney, Duke of Buccleugh, Linlithgow and Strilingshire and Moray and Nairn.
winners of most improved players in each group at summer camp - L-R
James Reid (Bennachie) Jesse Dukes (Deeside) Emily Allen (Moray and Nairn) Grania Lambert (Fife)
Summer Senior Camp Tournament results and Prizes click - here
Junior Summer camp is now a firm favourite, for both children and parents alike and brought 41 members from both Area 1 and 19 together for the third year running. This year saw the weather all but defeat us and it was only due to the enthusiasm of the children that play was "stolen" between the rain storms! Branches represented included: Strathearn, Fife, Moray and Nairn, Lanark and Renfrew, Lanark and Upperward, East Lothian, West Perth, and Perth Hunt. Coaching was from Mike Hobday, Mags Coward and Tig Christie - and we were particularly pleased to welcome Alistair Archibald to the team, as he has more playing experience to pass on than any other of our Scottish based coaches, having been voted best young UK player in his hey day!
The Milton Cup was played for in between showers of torrential rain, which saw ponies and players huddling patiently amongst the trees. The Tunnock Trophy had to be abandoned due to the waterlogging of the grounds making play potentially unsafe for seniors with much faster Polo ponies.
Milton Cup 2009 Results and Prizes - for these click here
All the later Tournaments planned for Scone also fell foul of the wet conditions, so all fingers are crossed for a better year in 2010!
In addition to the main events centred round Scone, days were held in other parts of the country, namely East Aberdeenshire, Moray and Nairn and Kincardine and in the South, Nithsdale and both Lanark and Renfrew and Lanark and Upperward branches.
(Stick and Balling at Dykehead, Aboyne)
A small band of enthusiastic players travelled to Rugby Polo Club at the start of August for three days of coaching and play and came back raving about their experience. This will be repeated in 2010, so if any of you readers are interested, please get in touch for more information.
One Strathearn member, Angus Rowan Hamilton, made the long journey to the Jorrocks (under 11 years with Pony Club Ponies under 13.2hh) qualifiers. With his pony, Becky, he helped his team, the Heythrop Hunt Branch, to progress from Winning division 3 at their first Tournament, to coming 4th in Division 1 at the Championships.
The pair were particularly thrilled when "Becky" was awarded the Polo Times "best playing Pony" at the Championships!
Many congratulations go to them both!
Hopefully 2010 will see a number of players join Angus in making the trip South to enjoy the national Polo tournaments. Without a doubt the skills attained during our camps would be complemented by playing against other teams of similar age and experience.
Pony Club Polo/SUPA Tri-nations tournament: For the more experienced players, Jim Dukes arranged and co-ordinated a selection trial followed by a visit by the successful team to the Beverley Polo Club where an exciting tournament was played between Scottish, Welsh and English Teams. Organised in association with SUPA (schools and University Polo Association) this provided the players with much valuable experience. Despite losing narrowly against teams with much more competitive experience, the trip allowed the Scottish players to put their training into practice and enjoy the chance to play very competitive Polo. It is very much hoped that this can become a feature of the calendar.
Pony Club Polo Scotland would be supportive of players taking part in Schools Polo activities, just as other disciplines enjoy these competitions and it is hoped that 2010 will see an upsurge in such opportunities.
Finally, Best of luck goes to Jesse Dukes, a Deeside member, who, with the help of an HPA Bursary, is off in December to new Zealand for a 4 month Polo experience during his gap year. The HPA bursary is awarded to young players who are considered competent and worthy of support. Previous recipients include Andrew Drummond Moray of the strathearn Branch.
Tunnock Trophy 2008
Winners: Alex Lindsay
Tunnock trophy second placed players
Winners Katherine Lindsay
2nd Mollie Rowan H
3rd Tobermory MacKay-Champion
Kitty Rowan H
2008 Pony Club division 1
2nd Duncan Shaw
3rd Harriet Halsey
2008 Pony Club Division 2 - Mini
2nd= Chloe Colquhoun
Lyrawa Bay Week-end 2008 Results:
Winners: Jess Dukes
Jamie Drummond Moray
Runners Up Hugh Carnegie
Third Andy Drummond Moray
Members of the Mull Branch enjoying an Intro to Pony Club Polo
Whether in your own branch or at summer Camps -
Polo is Fun!!