The 2019 Autumn Challenge took place at the spectacular venue of Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire on the 14th and 15th of September 2019. See the event write up here!

With the Autumn Challenge itself running for Pony Club members and a “Friends and Family” tournament running for UKPA Members, there is an opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to take part.

And even if you can’t play you can simply come along and watch the amazing action, as some of the best young players in the country do battle, perhaps while enjoying a drink on the terrace of the Millstone Hare bar.

Info for spectators:

Game Times

Play will take place from 9am on Saturday till 6pm.

Play on Sunday will take place from 9am to 4pm

The full list of games and team lists can be found on the Order of Play below.

Getting there

Dallas Burston Polo Club is located just outside Southam in Warwickshire. Its postcode is CV47 2QF. For spectators please follow signs to the Millstone Hare Pub or IXL Event centre car parks.

Info for players:

The Pony Club Polocrosse Autumn Challenge

Pony Club members of all ages and abilities can take part with the competition split into three age groups (Seniors, Juniors and Minis) and providing there are enough entries each age group will be split into an Open and Novice grade.

Complete sections of three players or individual players can be entered in the Seniors, Juniors or Minis grades, which have the following eligibility criteria:

Seniors – Members of any age, horses of 138cm and over

Juniors – Members of 15 years and under on the 1st of January, horses of any height

Minis – Members of 12 years and under on the 1st of January, horses of 138cm and under

The organisers will look to put any individual players entered into appropriate sections.

Friends and Family Tournament

Alongside the Pony Club Autumn Challenge, there will also be a “Friends and Family” Tournament for members of the UKPA. This competition will be split into a High Goal and Low Goal grades with a maximum of six sections in each grade.

Provisional UKPA grade boundaries for the Friends and Families competition are as follows (these are subject to change dependent on entries):

High Goal – Sections with a total playing grade of 25 or more

Low Goals Sections with a total playing grade less than 25

Complete sections of three players or individual players can be entered and the organisers will look to put individual players entered into appropriate sections.

A handicap system will be used. A team on a lower grade will be awarded a number of free goals equivalent to half the difference in the team’s gradings. For example, if a team graded 40 plays a team graded 30 the team on 30 will be awraded 5 free goals at the start of the match.

The organisers reserve the right to change the format of this competition depending on the level and nature of entries received.

Schedule and how to enter

The full schedule for the event can be downloaded here: