As you’d expect from its name polocrosse combines polo and lacrosse. It began as a training activity for riders who weren’t yet old enough to play polo as well as a way to build team spirit during practice. Riders aren’t allowed to hit the ball but instead use long lacrosse poles to pass it to other riders on their team.
Each team is only allowed three riders on the field per chukka and they’re not permitted to change horses at all. A chukka lasts six minutes and a match will have either 6 or 8 of them.
Since it began back in the 1930s polocrosse has gone from strength to strength with many countries now holding their own competitions. If you want to find an event near you or are looking for a club to join then you should check out the International Polocrosse Council’s website.
Next time you’re stuck for something to do with your horse why not try one of these fun sports. If there’s an unusual sport that you think I should have included please feel free to let me know in the comments below.
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