Central Zone Championships Results!

Below are the results from Central Zone Championships held in Wilmer, AL.

A Grade
1st Place – Lone Star
2nd Place – TVPC
Best Player – Rob Shuttles
Best Horse – Zema, Ryan Strider

B Grade
1st Place – Lone Star
2nd Place – Minnesota
Best Player – Renee Thompson
Best Horse – Roza, Renee Thompson

C Grade
1st Place – Minnesota
2nd Place – The Companeros
Best Player – Connie Geary
Best Horse – Chance, Connie Geary

Junior A –
1st Place – Grand Bay
2nd Place – Texas
3rd Place – Minnesota Mix
Best Player – Garrett Upshaw
Best Horse – Arabella, Aubry Shuttles

Junior B –
1st Place – Lone Star
2nd Place – Texas Mix
Best Player – Hayden Shuttles
Best Horse – Freckles, Ian Duff

Eastern Zone Championships Results!

Below are the results from Eastern Zone Championships held at the Pinehurst Harness Track in NC on September 30 – October 1, 2017.

A grade –
1st Place – TVPC
2nd Place – CPC
Best Player – Braxton Hamlin
Best Horse – Venus

B Grade –
1st Place – EZ Mix
2nd Place – Bay Area
Best Player – Becher Cole
Best Horse – Aspen

C Grade –
1st Place – Orange Creek
2nd Place – Sugarloaf
Best Player – Haley Church
Best Horse – Zan

D Grade –
1st Place – Sandie Creek
2nd Place – Sugarloaf
Best Player – Patrick Landrum
Best Horse – Monster

E Grade –
1st Place – Sandie Creek
2nd Place – Sugarloaf
Best Player – Kristina Farthing
Best Horse – Fury

Masters/Ladies –
1st Place – Sandie Creek
2nd Place – CPC
Best Player Men – Todd Camp
Best Horse Men – Bartolo
Best Player Ladies – Donna Ellis
Best Horse Ladies – Bernadine

Tennessee Valley Tournament Results!

Tennessee Valley Polocrosse Tournament was held at Harvest Farms in Harvest, AL. September 16 and 17, 2017. Here’s results for tournament matches:

D – Grade
1st Place – Triple Mix
Haydon Shuttles
Katie Kirik
Kristen Avery

2nd Place – Sandie Creek 2
Rachel Wilson
Heidi Howell
Jacob Porter

Best Rider – Patrick Landrum
Best Horse – Monster

C – Grade
1st Place – Grand Bay 1
Garrett Upshaw
Joslyn Upshaw
Steve Wiggins

2nd Place – TVPC/HOD
Mary Ladnier
Amy Hamlin
Aubry Large

Best Rider (TIE) – Mary Ladnier/Joslyn Upshaw
Best Horse (TIE) – Riley/Behmer

B – Grade
1st Place – Charlie Horse/Sandie Creek
Katie Fox
Kaylee Camp
Scott Morgan

2st Place – Grand Bay/CPC
Michelena D’Alonzo
Ally Kimbrough
Sara Cifelli

Best Rider – Scott Morgan
Best Horse – Starlight

A-Grade
1st Place – CPC/Lone Star
Rahul Desai
Rob Shuttles
Avery Thompson

2nd Place – TVPC
Megan Waggener
Doug Hamlin
Garrett Hamlin

Best Rider – Megan Waggener
Best Horse – Domino

Sugarloaf Mountain Labor Day Luau Tournament Results!

SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN POLOCROSSE – Labor Day Weekend (9/2 & 9/3 2017) Results:

A GRADE
1ST CPC WHITE: GARRETT HAMLIN, KATE LAHR, EVAN VALLEE
2ND CPC GREEN: BRAXTON HAMLIN, HALEE STROH, RAHUL DESAI
3RD SUGARLOAF BLACK: HALEY BLEND, PETER BALOGH, NICK BALOGH
BEST HORSE A: MOONSHINE (RIDDEN BY EMMA STRIDER)
BEST PLAYER A: KARL BALOGH

B GRADE
1ST CPC MIX B: SARA CIFELLI, ALLY KIMBROUGH, JOHN CHURCH, KAYLEE CAMP, SCOTT MORGAN, KATIE FOX
2ND BAY AREA/HEARTLAND B: RYAN TRUEBLOOD, JESSA RUSSELL, CHARLA OLSON VIRGINIA CARPENTER, BAKER WHITE, RONALD BORTA
3RD SUGARLOAF B: SUMMER POLLINGER, NATALIE STURTZ, KEVIN HORTON, ERIN STRIDER, MIKE STRIDER, EMMA STRIDER
BEST HORSE B: DIESEL (RIDDEN BY JESSA RUSSELL)
BEST PLAYER B: ERIN STRIDER

C GRADE
1ST SUGARLOAF C: ANNIE GRONER, GRACE STROSNIDER, MOLLY GRAY
2ND BAY AREA C: TYLER WEBB, TONY CAMERON, GREG RUSSELL
3RD SUGARLOAF/CPC: ALEXANDRA BROADHURST, SEAN GRAY, HAILEY CHURCH
BEST HORSE C: ARTEMIS (RIDDEN BY ALEXANDRA BROADHURST)
BEST PLAYER C: TYLER WEBB

D GRADE
1ST HEARTLAND MIX D: AARAMUS COONEY, BEAN HATCHER, SCOTT CARPENTER JR
2ND SUGAR MIX D: ASHBY HATCHER, DANIELLE BROUILLETTE, PATRICK LANDRUM
3RD BAY AREA D: SHAINA TAYLOR, DONNA FOWBLE, ELLA LAVORGNA
BEST HORSE D: MONSTER (RIDDEN BY PATRICK LANDRUM)
BEST PLAYER D: SCOTT CARPNTER JR

E GRADE
1ST BUCKS GOLD E: KYRA DEEHR-LEWIS, OLIVIA CURIEJ, MAYA CURIEJ
2ND SUGARLOAF E: KARINA SHARMA, SARA MUDD, KAREN GRONER
3RD BUCKS GREEN E: JILL PAWLENKO, NATALIA MATILEVICA, MONIKA SWETOWSKI
BEST HORSE E: PRINCETON (RIDDEN BY KAREN GRONER)
BEST PLAYER E: OLIVIA CURIEJ

MASTERS:
1ST RETIREES: LAUREN ELLIS, VICTORIA PRINCE, SHANNON MOLSKY
2ND SUGARLOAF: RICHARD BALOGH, TERRY GRAY, JON BROADHURST
3RD SUGAR/BAY/BUCKS: SARAH BROADHURST, BRUCE LEWIS, JAMIE DAWSON
BEST HORSE: CHAMP (RIDDEN BY SHANNON MOLSKY)
BEST PLAYER – TIE BETWEEN LAUREN ELLIS, VICTORIA PRINCE & SHANNON MOLSKY

Big Sky’s Bridger Brawl Tournament Results!

The 2017 Big Sky Bridge Brawl Tournament was a HUGE success for those who attended! The Tournament hosts Melissa Kay Main and Jeremy Knutson, the entire Big Sky Polocrosse Club along several of their friends, neighbors and family members could not have made the us all feel more welcome and at home. There were several “extras” at this tournament that we don’t often see at every tournament such as a “camp host” who made sure we always had fresh water, porta-potties everywhere, food and drinks continuously, fun contests for goal tending, several umpire horses to chose from and awesome prizes! And of course… let us not forget… the beautiful scenery!! The other amazing feature of this tournament is that several Canadian players were able to attend which provided us all a wonderful opportunity to renew old friendships – and make several new friends as well. This tournament is definitely one to play to attend in the future!!

Here are the results of this year’s event:

Specialty Awards:

– ASH Best Polocrosse Horse: Chaos owned by G5 Bigsby ridden by Braxton Hamlin
– ASH Best Player: G5 Bigsby riding Kingaroy owned by Jeremy Knutson & Yahoo Playmate owned by Melissa Main
– Best Youth ASH Sportsmanship/Horsemanship: Marlee Bigsby riding Yahoo Rain

A Grade
– 1st Place: Big Sky PoloX: Marlee Bigsby, Braxton Hamlin, Emma Finch
– 2nd Place: Ranahan Polocrosse: Belle Ladiges (CND) , G5 Bigsby, Ahna Mayo
– 3rd Place: Mountain Zone: Thea Crass, Susan Hatch, Asha Maguire (AUS)
– Best Horse A: Chaos owned by G5 (played by Braxton)
– Best Player A: Braxton

B Grade:
– 1st Place: Triple Crown/MN: Evan Trettel, Elizabeth Walker, Kasey Gusick
– 2nd Place: Mountain Zone: Char Svaldi, Missy Svaldi, Ashlynn Hanan
– 3rd Place: Calgary: Lesley Plant (CND), Amanda Slade (CND), G5 (on Green horse)
– Best Horse B: Kodak owned by Evan Trettel
– Best Player B: Evan Trettel

C Grade:
– 1st Place: Calgary: Steve Plant (CND), Kathy McAteer (CND), Geoff McAteer (CND)
– 2nd Place: Triple Crown/MN: Kristy Gusick, David Finch, Mike Ward
– 3rd Place: Mountain: Sedi Doust, Carolyn Gusick, Susan Hatch (on Green horse)
– Best Horse C: DOT owned by Steve Plant (CND)
– Best Player C: Kathy McAteer (CND)

D Grade:
– 1st Place: Calgary: Elysse McAteer (CND), Emma McGough (CND), David Reese (CND)
– 2nd Place: Big Sky: Parker Nelms, Brittany Rigglemen, Logan Svaldi
– 3rd Place: Hot Mamas: Kris Clawson, Cathy Haugh, Caroline Burger
– Best Horse D: Guinness owned by Elysse McAteer (CND)
– Best Player: Elysse McAteer (CND)

Peak Polocrosse’s Rumble in the Rockies Tournament Results!

RESULTS FROM THE JULY 2017 PEAK POLOCROSSE TOURNAMENT:

Another extremely fun and successful Peak Polocrosse “Rumble in the Rockies” is in the books! This year’s event was preceded by an “Australian Horse Stock” show and judge’s clinic at the same venue which allowed many of the participants to be a part of both events.

The tournament this year played host to visiting players from several states across the country including Mississippi, Alabama, Minnesota, Florida, Montana, Maryland, Texas and Oregon as well as visiting foreign players from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Mexico. It was such a wonderful opportunity for old friends to reconnect and new friends to connect – all in the shadow of the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

Many thanks to Peak Polocrosse Club and the Australian Stock Horse Association for hosting these incredible events!

Results from this weekend’s tournament are as follows:

Most improved woman – Steph Lindsey (Janelle Weir Award Donation)

Best Australian Stock Horse – Strider Zima (Avery Thompson’s)

D grade:
3rd place – Adventures Unlimited 2
2nd place – The Three Smith’s
1st place – Big Sky

C Grade:
3rd place – Southern Belles
2nd place – Adventures Unlimited Team Zero
1st place – Companeros

B Grade:
3rd place – Big Sky
2nd place – Peak PX
1st place – Calgary

A grade:
3rd place – Peak px
2nd place – Big Sky
1st place – Lonestar

E Grade:
Best Player – Darla Menger
Best Horse – Garry (Tim Doust’s horse)

D Grade:
Best Player – Catherine peticoas
Best Horse – Sinatra (Keely Kuhl’s horse)

C grade:
Best player – Shelby Barner
Best Horse – Jasper (Renee Thompson’s horse)

B Grade:
Best Player – Evan Plant
Best Horse – Jazz (Rob Brooks’
Horse)

A Grade:
Best Player – Braxton Hamlin
Best Horse – Marty (Lachlan Clarks’ horse)

Bay Area’s Blue Crab Classic Results!

BAY AREA “BLUE CRAB CLASSIC” JUNE 2017 TOURNAMENT RESULTS:

Hello Everyone! Was great to see so many new faces this weekend! Here are your results for Bay Area 2017

A Grade-
First: Carolina Polocrosse – Garrett Hamlin, Kate Lahr, Kat Liner
Second: Sugarloaf (2) – Emma Strider , Karl Balogh, Nick Balogh
Third: Sugarloaf (1) – Haley Blend, Pete Balogh, Zach Weldon
Best Player: Garrett Hamlin
Best Horse: Roo

B Grade-
First: Carolina Polocrosse – Sara Cifelli, Anthony Lynch, Halee Stroh
Second: Sandie Creek – Kaylee Camp, Scott Morgan, Ally Kimbrough
Third: Sugarloaf – Kevin Horton, Erin Strider, Summer Pollinger
Best Player: Sydney Burch
Best Horse: Andre

C Grade-
First: OCPC/Heartland – Emily Dyson, Adi Dyson, Virginia Carpenter
Second: Sugarloaf (2) – Ronald Borta, Sean Grey, Alexandria Broadhurst
Third: Bay Area – Tony Cameron, Tyler Webb, Greg Russell
Best Player: Tristan Cole
Best Horse: Artamis

D Grade-
First: Sugarloaf/Heartland/Charlie Horse – Patrick Landrum, Asby Hatcher, Aaramus Cooney
Second: Bucks County – Sharon Stroh, Kelly McPeek, Clare Lynam
Third: Bay Area/Heartland – Shaina Taylor, Jamie Dawson, Scott Carpenter JR
Best Player: Donna Fowble
Best Horse : Clifton

E Grade-
First: Sugarloaf (2) – Terry Grey, Karima Sharma, Ella Hatcher
Second: Bucks County – Jill Pawlenko, Natalia Matelevica, Susan Schaub
Third: Bay Area – Danielle Broulliette, Savannah Dobbins, Danica Lanthier
Best Player: Valerie Clabaugh
Best Horse : Dolly

Masters Division-
First: Sugarloaf – Richard Balogh, Mike Strider Jr, Sarah Broadhurst
Second: Carolina – Donna Ellis, Paul Schnatz, TJ Watson
Third: Sandie Creek Ceci Liner,Sandie Camp , Todd Camp
Best Player: Donna Ellis
Best Horse : Jlo

Carolina Polocrosse Club’s Polocrosse in the Pines Results!

Below are the results from the 2017 Polocrosse in the Pines Tournament –

A Grade was a scramble division to help prepare the squad team traveling to South Africa this month

Best Woman Player Sarah Desai

Best Man Player Rob Shuttles

Best Horse Special (CPC)

B Grade:

First Place Carolina Polocrosse

Second Place: Sandie Creek/TVPC Mix

Best Player : Crawford Liner

Best Horse: Andre (SC)

C Grade:

First Place Tennessee Valley Polocrosse

Second Place Bay Area

Best Player Justin Layne

Best Horse Erica (TVPC)

D Grade:

First Place Sandie Mix

Second Place Heartland/Heart of Dixie Mix

Best Player Grace Strosnider

Best Horse Karma (SMPC)

Master Division:

First Place Charlie Horse

Second Place EZ Mix

Best Woman Player Deb Zito

Best Man Player Richard Balogh

Best Horse Bernadine (CPC)

Congratulations to the following Juniors for winning the Junior Sportsmanship Award sponsored by Polocrosse Gear:

B Grade Erin Strider (SMPC)

C Grade Elizabeth Walker (TVPC)

D Grade Anthony Kosling (CPC)

Sandie Creek Tournament Results!

RESULTS FROM SANDIE CREEK POLOCROSSE TOURNAMENT APRIL 2017

A Grade was a mix division allowing for the team traveling to South Africa this summer to play with multiple players.
Best Players: Braxton Hamlin, Rahul Desai and Sarah Desai
Best Horses: Layla(TVPC) and Special (CPC)

B Grade
First Place: Sandie Creek Kaylee Camp, Dylan Hood, Scott Morgan
Second Place : CPC Ally Kimbrough, Sara Cifelli, Natalie Sturtz
Third Place: Grand Bay Mix Karen Saussy, Jack Hood, Kat Liner
Best Player: Kaylee Camp
Best Horse: Burghley (TVPC)

C Grade
First Place: Sandie Creek Mix Kyler Haygood, Jack Hood Jr, Joslyn Upshaw
Second Place: TVPC Justin Layne, Connie Geary, Sophia Soloman
Third Place: Heart Of Dixie Mix Mary Ladiner, Bailey Morring, Baker White
Best Player: Joslyn Upshaw
Best Horse: Riley (GB)

D Grade
First Place: Sandie Creek Patrick Lundrum, Rachel Wilson, Lura Vittetoe
Second Place: Girl Power Ellie Wilson, Sienna Adams, Skyler Stacy
Third Place: GB Mix Felicia D’Alonzo, Alina Hood, Emi Briggs
Best Player: Patrick Lundrum
Best Horse: Hannah (SC)

E Grade
First Place: Sandie Creek Rebekah Frye, Jacob Porter, Carly Jenkins
Second Place: Stars Mix Ashby Hatcher, Layla Sapp, Natalie Pachinger
Third Place: Dixie Mix Ella Hatcher, Olivia Gaudet, Sean Howell
Best Player: Ashby Hatcher
Best Horse: Georgia (SC)

Masters Division
First Place Jamie Zito, Sarah Dansission, Peggy Ferebee
Second Place Melanie Watson, TJ Watson (Michele Lahr was a part of this team too but was out due to injury)
Third Place Deb Zito, Amy Lewis, Cile Savoy
Best Player; Mel Watson
Best Horse: Ziva (CH)

What in the world is Polocrosse? No, it is not the same as Polo.

A widely unknown sport; polocrosse is often confused with the very popular sport of polo. Although there are a few similarities, polocrosse has many different rules and utilizes varied skills for both the rider and horse. It was originally created as a winter riding exercise in England in the 1930’s. The sport was then introduced to Australia, where it was fine-tuned and a rule book was created.

The sport is now played in many countries all over the world, but has gained little recognition here in the USA. Anyone can play on any kind of horse, however the top levels generally have much more than your average backyard horse playing. The play is high speed with quick-thinking and strategy that may not be visible to the untrained eye. Both horses and riders have catlike reflexes and pull off moves you won’t see in any other equine discipline. There are more quick stops and spins than in polo, where they tend to make wide arcs and long runs.

Turbo dressage; collection at speed with balance and impulsion.

Here are a few key aspects of the sport to help you understand the melee going on in front of you:

Game Format

Games are made up of a series of chukkas – generally 6 or 8 minutes long – and consist or 4 or 6 chukkas total. Each team has two sections of 3 players, whose scores are combined throughout the game. Each section rotates chukkas with the other, so that both play for half of the game. At most tournaments, teams play 2 games per day over the course of the weekend, for a total of four games. There are also two mounted umpires on the field, which is 160 x 60 yards.

King of the One Horse Sports

Unlike polo, players are only permitted to use one horse throughout an entire tournament. Players pride themselves on preparing their horse for the action-packed tournament weekends. They must be fit, healthy, and sound. A new horse may only be substituted in if the original horse is deemed too sick or injured to continue playing. Top horses receive spa treatment from their owners with ice boots, poultice wraps, and the like to keep them feeling their best. Some players are fortunate enough to have a backup mount, which may also double as an umpire horse during the tournament.

Some of the most common breeds for this sport are Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, and the “horse for every need” – Australian Stock Horses. Top playing ponies are fast and agile, and have the endurance to last 4 full games. Performance on the field trumps beauty or breeding any day, and the best of them all are the ones with the most heart. Ask about their stories and you will find both players and ponies from all walks of life.

 

First Time on the Field

Most Polocrosse clubs hold frequent local practices and are always accepting new members. Since our sport is small, we want to spread the word about the addiction we call polocrosse as much as possible. Once you try it, you are sure to catch the bug. It is much more adrenaline-inducing and social than most show rounds or trail rides.

New players can go as fast or as slow as they please. There is no need to buy a special horse, provided theirs does not kick or bite during play. New equipment is minimal – the requirements are a bridle with a bit without protruding shanks, any saddle without a horn, a breastplate, and polo wraps or SMB’s and bell boots on all four feet.

Let’s go to a Tournament!

Out of all the equine disciplines, I believe that this is where you get the most bang for your buck. One tournament entry, that is often less than $100, provides you with an entire action packed weekend, including camping, social events, and at least one meal. Players typically arrive on Friday and play starts early on Saturday and continues all day long. Saturday night dinner is often provided, and then play continues on Sunday. Prizes include useful items, like buckets, bridles, and blankets instead of a cheap ribbon.

We camp out in trailers or tents the whole weekend while our ponies are stabled in portable electric pens. No need to go find fancy hotels or keep your pony cooped up in a stall for days. We all hang out together after hours and have a blast! Water checks before bed and hosing off poultice before the morning games are part of the competition for us, and we enjoy every minute of it!

Is it really that safe?

From off the field, this sport can look a little scary at times. However, we have many rules regarding safety that are taken very seriously. The last thing any player wants to do is injure their horse, so the fast, full-contact play must be done properly. Crossing too closely in front or behind another player or bumping too aggressively is severely penalized, even as much as a free goal. Each player is given a rating to help decide their division, with ratings based upon their knowledge of the game and spatial awareness on the field as much as their horsemanship and racket skills.

The Best Parts of Polocrosse, in my opinion.

You can ALWAYS have fun. At any level the sport is an adrenaline rush like no other.

It’s all about teamwork. One player can’t do it all on their own. Players must have a high level of communication to block the opposition, make passes, and control the ball all the way down the field.

Everyone is family. Our sport is all-inclusive and everyone is there to have a great time. The players on the other team may be your teammates the following weekend. Despite intense competition, we are all friends off the field.

There is always more to learn. Players are constantly striving to improve their racket skills and teach their horses new moves, as well as share their knowledge with other players.

Responsibility and accountability are a must. This is not the place where a lack of horsemanship can go unnoticed or riders can slide by without taking proper care of their mount. The horse’s welfare is top priority during tournament weekends.

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