Polocrosse for Bronte and the Ponytastic Group

Hello Bronte, Ava, Jordi and Paris,

I had explained to Bronte I had forgotten to include in the other horse post photos I took at Sydney's Royal Easter Show. One great event for action photos was Polocrosse. I found an arena where two teams, red and blue, were competing. I have six photos to share. As the photos are of child competitors, their faces have been blurred.

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As a bonus, here are two photos of tent pegging in the main arena.

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11 thoughts on “Polocrosse for Bronte and the Ponytastic Group

  1. Liam

    Dear Ross,

    Wow what a great post you have their.

    I never knew that there wore a such things as tent pegging and Polocrosse.

    I think that it is very interesting to learn about this stuff. Well like they say you learn something every day.

    From your new blogging buddy,
    Liam
    P.S. Please check out my blog. Here is the link: http://liamr.global2.vic.edu.au/

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    1. rossmannell

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      Dear Liam,

      Tent pegging was really a form of practise for cavalry. They would charge with long lances and try to strike targets or draw swords and try to do the same. It was a way mounted soldiers practised for battle. Now it is a sport for skilled horse riders.

      You have probably seen polo on TV. I know the royal family enjoys the sport. There is also a sport a little like hockey called lacrosse. They use nets on poles to throw balls to each other and try to score goals. Someone thought the two could be combined. Teams of riders with racquets like those in lacrosse try to catch a ball in their net and score a goal. It’s a fast game and needs skilled riders.

      I will visit your blog. Keep blogging. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ross Mannell

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  2. Jordi

    Hi Ross,

    I am sorry this is going to be a very short comment. :'(

    Thankyou for putting this post up for me and the girls. I am very thankful!

    I really love horses and my mum is teaching me how to gallop.

    Thanks,
    Jordi

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    1. rossmannell

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      Hello Jordi,

      While I have ridden horses a couple times, I have never ridden at a gallop. I have cycled long distances so I know the feel of the wind through my hair as I travel at speed. Being on a horse at gallop would be an exciting experience but I would have to improve my riding skills greatly. I find it easier to photograph skilled riders. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ross Mannell

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      1. Jordi

        Hello Ross Mannell,

        Thank you for replying to me on you famous blog! ๐Ÿ˜›

        Horses all like a cloud when galloping (counting no bounciness) and when they jump in the air on all feet it feels like it is a very smooth and comfy plane. It is a good feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Did You Know?

        1. Horses get really tired of even doing a little gallop?
        2. Galloping is the fastest gear of horses?
        3. There are way more than 76 million horses in the world?
        4. Horse are a amazing animal?

        I found out those facts in my book! ๐Ÿ™‚

        From,
        Jordi

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        1. rossmannell

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          Hello Jordi,

          Where I lived in Sydney, people had been allowed to keep horses in their backyards. We were near a trotting track and would often see horses with their rigs trotting around our area. Of course, being trotters, they weren’t encouraged to gallop in races but I know they loved to when not racing.

          1. Just like us doing exercise, horses also get tired but they can run much faster and for a longer time than us. ๐Ÿ™‚
          2. I know there are four basic horse gaits, the walk, trot, canter and gallop but checking Wikipedia I found there are other gaits a horse can learn. Reference… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_gait
          3. Horses have been with humans for a very long time now. It makes you wonder what it was like for the first human to ride a horse. I was also interested in the evolution of horses. Imagine if you could go back about 50 million years and return with a eohippus. I know some have claimed they were about the size of a small dog but I think they about the size of a medium dog. If I remember correctly, they didn’t have a single hoof on each foots but toes. Would that be fun having a dog sized horse as a pet? ๐Ÿ™‚
          4. I know horses are amazing animals. That’s why I like photographing them. ๐Ÿ™‚

          Here is an eohippus reference from Wikipedia although there wasn’t much written when I checked…
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eohippus

          Ross Mannell

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          1. Jordi

            Hi Ross M,

            Thanks for the reply!

            Thankyou for sending me the links.

            Keep Commenting,
            Jโ™žrdi
            (Jordi)

  3. Haille

    Hi Ross,

    Nice post, my mum used to play Polocrosse. I go horse riding and she is my inspiration, exept I have never played Polocrosse.

    Here is a fact that I read in a book, I didn’t know it.
    The word ‘dressage’ is French for training.
    Did you know that?

    From,
    Haille.

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    1. rossmannell

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      Hello Haille,

      Parlez-vous franรงais? Je ne peux pas parler franรงais, mais je peux lire un peu. J’utilise un logiciel de traduction pour m’aider.
      (DO you speak French? I can not speak French, but I can read a little. I use translation software to help me.)

      English has borrowed many words from French. It probably dates back to the Norman (French) conquering of the English in 1066. I can only assume dressage was used because it describes the training horse and rider must do in order to do well in events. Two other words from French might also have been used and are also part of our language. They are “style” and “posture”. Dressage certainly has style and posture. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ross Mannell

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  4. Jordi

    Hello Ross Mannell,

    I know I have already commented on this post many times but I was wandering…

    1. If you could leave a comment on my latest post “My New Pet… A Sheep” and vote a name on my poll that I made. (if you want)

    Sorry for the short comment,
    Jordi

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