POLO: Festival in aid of air ambulance

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Rugby Polo Club will be hosting the first ever Midlands Polo Festival in association with Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

The festival will run from 28th-30th March at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre, Rugby. It will be the first time that The Air Ambulance Service has received support from a polo club.

Over the three days, the Club will play host two five different tournament levels; High Goal, Inter-Clubs 8 goal, Inter-Clubs 4 Goal, Universities and Schools.

The festival will also celebrate the opening of new facilities at the Centre. The new facilities include a restaurant, cafe, classroom, rug wash, polo and farm shops as well as a large viewing area into both the large and small indoor arenas.

There will also be a Charity ball and auction on the Saturday night to help raise vital funds for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

The crew from WNAA regularly attend equestrian incidents within the local community. On 12th January, the crew were called out to Onley Grounds after a 10-year old boy fell from his horse, sustaining injuries to his lower back and abdomen. He was rapidly airlifted to hospital along with his mother.

Tracy Grunwell, Head of Fundraising for The Air Ambulance Service, said: “For any equestrian enthusiasts, this promises to be a fantastic occasion. There is no charge to get into the festival, so we would encourage as many people to come along and enjoy a fun filled few days with some of the best arena polo the UK has to offer.

“With the club’s support, our Charity will be able to continue our lifesaving work within the community. One in five rescue missions that WNAA carried out in 2013 was a sporting incident and the majority of those were equestrian incidents. We are really grateful to the club for their support.”

The Club’s polo manager, Huw Beavan, is looking forward to the event. He said: “Our club has been working really hard to raise the profile of polo across the country and hopefully, this festival will be the peak of all of that hard work. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to find out more about the sport and see some of the most talented players that this country has to offer.

“This is the first time that such an event has taken place and we are so excited to be hosting it. We are also looking forward to raising lots of money for the air ambulance. They provide such a valuable service and it’s only right that we should support them given how much work they do in rescuing horse riders within the local community.”

Tickets for the ball on the Saturday night are £40 each and can be purchased by calling the Equestrian Centre directly on 01788 817724.