Hunter Polo Challenge in Dungog

COMPETITIVE: Action from the 2017 event hosted by Wirragulla Polo Club, was no place for the faint-hearted. Picture: Les Alker, Elesa Art Studio.
COMPETITIVE: Action from the 2017 event hosted by Wirragulla Polo Club, was no place for the faint-hearted. Picture: Les Alker, Elesa Art Studio.

Wirragulla polo club will host this year’s Hunter Polo Challenge on September 15 and 16 with competitors to come from around Australia.

The annual event on the country polo calendar is billed as  the perfect mix of fun and fast country polo in a low-key and relaxed family environment.

Wirragulla is a non-for-profit club with a small committee consisting of 12 passionate Dungog “horsey locals”. Wirragulla is one of the oldest polo clubs (established in 1923) in Australia which is still functioning.

President of the club Beau Blundell is currently on a handicap of two  goals playing and producing very good ponies. Jock Mackay is the club captain and holds a handicap of 4 goals. 

Both Jock and Beau have represented Australia playing Polo in multiple countries.

“The trophies at this event are enriched in Australian polo history and players and ponies come from all over Australia to play – hoping just to get the chance to win these prestigious cups and have their names engraved into the Wiragulla history,” said Jenni Mackay from the club.

“Wirragulla is a unique venue and welcomes families, friends or corporate organisations to come and join in the fun you can bring a picnic and enjoy watching fun, fast and incredibly competitive country polo at its best.”

Wirragulla has a long-standing tradition of supporting the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service and last year donated $10,000 to the organisation.

“Living and working in the country this organisation is close to all our hearts,” said Ms Mackay.

“As sportsman and many of the polo players being farmers themselves - they are extremely grateful for all Westpac do when we are in need.

“Proceeds raised at this event are donated to give a little back to this invaluable service. “

Families can bring their own picnic or there’s also food and coffee to buy and a licenced bar.

Entry price is $10 for adults and no cost for children with tickets at the gate.

The games start at 9am on both days with the finals played on Sunday afternoon.