Paddock picked to host SA polocross championships

2011-05-30 00:00

PADDOCK Polocrosse Club has been selected to host the 2011 South African Polocrosse Championships, which will be held in the small South Coast town from August 4.

Over 250 players from 36 clubs countrywide will descend upon Paddock for the four-day event, which is considered one of the most important sporting events on the national equestrian calendar.

Polocrosse is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the world. One of the reasons for its growing popularity is that each rider needs only one horse per game as opposed to the more expensive sport of polo, where players need at least five horses in order to compete.

The game could be described as a combination of polo and lacrosse where riders use a cane stick to carry the rubber ball to score between the goalposts of the opposing team.

The sport favours families as children compete in the game from as young as nine. It is as much a spectator sport to observe enthusiastic parents egging on their children as it is to watch this exciting game itself.

Under chairperson Ryan Pretorius the committee of the Paddock Polocrosse Club, who are tasked with organising this national event, plan to involve as many community members as possible to ensure a fun-filled and exciting event.

One of the events planned is a “cowboy evening” on the Friday night, complete with a mechanical bull and spit braai.

Other attractions include a cycling race on the Saturday morning and several stalls selling local produce and crafts.

Any establishments wishing to offer special discounts on accommodation and any local entrepreneurs who would like to put up stalls over this period should contact the club secretary at 082 826 2015 or e-mail paddockpolocrosse@gmail.com. — WR.

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