Northern Lions Training Weekend 2016
May Bank Holiday saw the annual Northern Lions / Percy Hunt Pony Club polocrosse training weekend take place in Northumberland at Longbank Farm, hosted by Harry and Caroline Chrisp.
There were 39 players and ponies playing over the three days, with practice chukkas on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Abilities ranged from total beginners up to seasoned UKPA players, including U16 and U21 squad members Jack Chrisp, Jessica Alderson and Stuart Dyson. The players were split into five groups, coached by Pip Harland, Shaun Gillanders, Beth Scott, Christopher Milburn and Martin Brookes who conducted both mounted and on foot sessions to improve stick skills, gamesmanship and horsemanship.
There was also a large turnout of Pony Club members from the Percy Hunt, Morpeth Hunt and Rockwood Harriers as this weekend acted as a qualifier for the Pony Club Championships in August where members aged 7 to 21 will compete in the Mini, Junior, Open and Maulden Cup categories.
Massive thanks go to Harry and Caroline Chrisp for their amazing hospitality, the coaches for their time and effort and to all the players/ponies who made the journey to come and play with us in the North.
Izzy Baker Cresswell