With the country lifestyle becoming much sought-after and city people retreating to the rolling hills for some relaxation, make sure that you end your summer in style with a Polo Match at the Epworth Agricultural Show on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25th at Epworth Show Field.
It has been summer of sport so far with the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Tour de France. Now it is the turn of the equine fans with a fast ad exciting game of Polo which will be demonstrated in the Main Ring at the Epworth Show by the Vale of York Polo Club.
Founded in 2005, the Vale of York is a friendly country club which serves the counties of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, led by HPA qualified Head Coach, Paul Piddington.
“We are extremely pleased to be bringing Polo to the Epworth Show again this year, as it is fast becoming a popular country sport,” explains Maggie Antcliff, Chairperson of the Epworth Agricultural Show.
“The Vale of York will be playing a demonstration match, with Paul Piddington commentating on the history and rules of the game in his humorous style. There is then an opportunity to meet the team and their ponies afterwards.”
Although the game of Polo can be traced back to the 6th Century BC and Persia, the first Polo Cub was established by two English soldiers in Calcutta, India, by Captain Robert Stewart and and Major General Joseph Ford Sherer in 1862, and from here it spread throughout England and Western Europe.
The rules of Polo are relatively straightforwards with two teams of four people in each, battling it out on a 300yard long and 160 yard wide grass pitch. The game is divided into chukkas, with each chukka lasting seven minutes after which a bell is rung, but the game continues until either the ball goes out of play, or 30 seconds has passed. Ends of the pitch are changed every time a goal is scored to make it fair for weather and wind conditions.
With reality television programmes such as Made in Chelsea, and sport being very much in the public eye this summer, this is a great opportunity for people to learn about Polo and try it for themselves.
Promising to be a fun-filled day with a packed schedule of falconry, show jumping, Lurcher and Terrier racing, a motorcycle daredevil show, Titan the Robot, and the all important Polo match with a glass of Pimms, as well as a variety of food and trade stalls and real animals to pet, this year’s show will be bigger and better than ever.
With this dazzling country event now a firm fixture in the social calendar, the Show is now in its 68th year, and is becoming more and more popular.
So grab your wellies and flat cap, and head to the country for an unforgettable day out.
For more information on the Vale of York Polo Club please visit www.valeofyorkpoloclub.co.uk
For more information on the Epworth Show, please visit www.epworthshow.org.uk