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RoR Polo Series

A well established RoR Series and the RoR Racing to Polo Challenge, with substantial cash prizes to the most successful ex-racehorses on the polo circuit.

    Crafty Politician and Max Routledge RoR polo pony winner and polo stallion
Henry Brett RoR Polo winner 2011   Top Hat (bay) and Lanto Sheridan - RoR polo pony winner 2010 parading at Ascot   Her Majesty The Queen with previous RoR Chairman Andrew Parker Bowles OBE presenting the RoR prizes at the Queens Cup 2009

Overview

RoR Polo Series sponsored by Lycetts - High, Medium and Low Goal Prizes

Lycetts are sponsoring a high goal prize of £1,000 to be awarded at the HPA dinner in July; the winner of this award will be eligible for the RoR Polo Pony champion prize awarded at the awards evening in November (a bonus of £1,500).  To be eligible to win this award, ponies must have raced in GB and be registered with RoR.

RoR/Lycetts will be giving prizes at some high, medium and low goal games, see dates below, as well as the Junior HPA tournament final in August.

RoR Racing to Polo Challenge 2014

RoR will be holding its Racing to Polo Challenge at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on Monday 1st September from 3.30 pm – 6.00 pm followed by prize giving. 

Qualification:

- All horses must have raced in GB and be registered with RoR.

- Passports must accompany ponies to the competition for inspection and verification by microchip scanning.

- Riders must be 2 goal and above. However, players with a handicap of less than 2 goals may apply to ride if they are the owner/rider or ride for the stable.  The application will be subject to approval of the panel. Riders dress as for polo, whites and polo shirt.

- On arrival at the competition, a vet will check ponies for soundness with a trot-up, any pony that fails the trot-up will not be allowed to compete.

The Competition:

- The competition will be divided into four classes in the following age groups: 3yo’s, 4yo’s, 5yo's, 6yo’s and upwards.

- In all classes ponies will be judged on conformation (a mark for this will be awarded), movement and responsiveness/willingness with marks awarded for performance. Each rider will have 1 1/2 minutes of freestyle display. There will be a turnout mark.

- Judges will look for 3yo's to show balanced transitions through steady paces, rating, some lateral movements and early stages of polo moves, checking and turning, optional change of lead canter, optional introduction of mallet (foot mallet acceptable). Marking - performance 75%, conformation 20%, turnout 5%.

- Judges will look for 4yo's and 5yo's to rate smoothly, move laterally at canter, check and turn, and accept the mallet (foot mallet acceptable). Marking - performance 80%, conformation 15%, turnout 5%

- For 6yo's and upwards, Judges will mark on freestyle display of rider's choice, expecting to see complete polo moves, higher marks for more comprehensive moves including mallet. Marking - performance 85%, conformation 10%, turnout 5%

- The judges will be from a panel of leading polo players; polo pony producers and representatives from RoR/HPA. Judges might ask to ride ponies in the 6yo's and upwards section.

- Prize money will be given down to 6th place in each class. Classes will be balloted if necessary.

- The prizes for each of the four classes will be £1,000 to the winner, £500 for the second placed pony, and £300 for 3rd, £200 for 4th, £100 for 5th, £100 for 6th.

- Grooms prizes will be given for the best turned out in each section and a Special prize to the groom of the overall best turned out pony.

- The first two placed in each section will be asked to come forward for prize giving and the overall Champion will be judged from the 5yo and 6yo and upwards sections and will receive the Balding Trophy and an additional cheque for £500.  The overall champion will also be nominated for a bonus award (£1000).  Should they win the overall award, the owner or a representative will be asked to attend a RoR Awards Ceremony, date and venue to be confirmed.

- A Doctor and Vet will be on duty throughout the competition.

- Tea and refreshments will be available.

To enter click here to download the entry form, please complete and return by e-mail to info@ror.org.uk or post to: Racing to Polo Entry, Retraining of Racehorses, Ash Cottage, Back Street, East Garston, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 7EX.  

All enquiries, please contact info@ror.org.uk or telephone 01488 648998.

RoR Polo Series sponsored by Lycetts - Dates 2014

In 2014, RoR/Lycetts will give prizes at the international matches below.  In addition, there will be prizes at the Junior HPA tournament final in August, as well as in selected medium and low goal games.

JUNE
1st June - GERALD BALDING CUP, Cirencester
11th June - QUEENS CUP SEMI FINALS, Guards
21st June - AUDI INTERNATIONAL, Beaufort
22nd June - WARWICKSHIRE FINAL, Cirencester
28th June - PRINCE OF WALES, Beaufort

JULY
5th July - INDIAN EMPIRE SHIELD, Guards
16th July - GOLD CUP SEMI FINALS, Cowdray

AUGUST
10th August - PC/JUNIOR HPA, Cowdray

RoR Racing to Polo Challenge 2013 - Results

Congratulations to the winners of RoR's Racing to polo challenge, which was held on Monday 2nd September at Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Winkfield, Berkshire.

3yo's

1st CASH RICH – owned by Rebecca Blandford (Sebastian Chialvo)

2nd EDNA – owned and played by Ben Turner
3rd MADAM FIFI – Jane Ingleby (Miguel Ayala)
4th SCOOBY’S GIRL – Adele Lewis (Matthew Simpson)

5th POPPY’S PURSE – owned and played by David Ashby

6th CERNANOVA – owned and played by David Ashby



4yo's

1st COOL LIGHT – owned and played by Roddy Matthews

2nd CLARKSON – Rebecca Blandford (Sebastian Chialvo)
3rd PRINCESS PALMER – owned and played by Oscar Mancini

4th SHOUT FOR JOY – Adele Lewis (Matthew Simpson)
5th SEA OF LIGHT – owned and played by Sebastian Chialvo

6th PONTIUS PILATE – Adele Lewis (Matthew Simpson)



5yo's

1st TERRY’S FLUTTER – owned and played by Roddy Williams
2nd RED JACARANDA – owned and played by David Ashb

3rd STRIKING LOVE – owned and played by Oliver Hipwood

4th COMPLICATE – owned and played by Roddy Matthews

5th MOLLY MYLENIS – owned by Alan Kent (Brad Mallet)
6th TALKIN ITALIAN – owned by Stephen Biddlecombe (Carlos Maldonado)



6 yo's+

1st FLY THE WORLD – owned and played by Roddy Matthews

2nd BAZE MAC – owned and played by David Ashby
3rd MR CHEERS – owned and played by Roddy Williams

4th MISS KADEE – owned and played by David Ashby

5th LOOK UP – owned by Deidre Cordwell (Matt Evetts)
6th WHISTFUL MIST – owned and played by Roddy Matthews

RoR Polo Series 2013 - Dates and Results

In 2013, RoR will give prizes at the international matches, see dates below.  In addition, there will be RoR prizes at the Pony Club Polo Championships on 11th August, as well as in selected medium and low goal games.

JUNE
2nd June - GERALD BALDING - CIRENCESTER

MARLENA - Christian Chaves (Chester polo)
9th June - JOHN PRESTWICH TROPHY - ROYAL BERKSHIRE POLO CLUB
MISS BOUGGIE WOOGIE - George Meyrick
16th June - AUDI INTERNATIONAL, BEAUFORT
PLUM - Malcolm Borwick

JULY
17th GOLD CUP SEMI FINALS - Cowdray
LES SOEURS - Matt Perry
FOXY LADY - Adolfo Cambiaso

28th July - AUDI INTERNATIONAL, GUARDS
FLY THE WORLD - George Meyrick

AUGUST
11th August - WARWICKSHIRE CUP, CIRENCESTER
CLARE - Guy Schwarzenbach

9th JHPA SERIES - COWDRAY
- Oliver Cork

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