Rules of polo

Pravidla pólaPolo is played by two teams made up of four riders. A polo field measures 274 x 146 metres. A game is usually divided into 4 periods, which are called chukkas. Each chukka lasts 7 minutes and 30 seconds of pure time with breaks of from 3 to 5 minutes in between.

There are several penalty lineson a polo field at distances of 27, 39 and 54 metres. The initial throw-in takes place at centre field. Just like in football, for example, there are also side lines on a polo field as well as goals on the narrow sides of the field. These are made using two posts, 763 cm apart. Unlike football the goals do not have a horizontal crossbar. There are two flagmen at each goal who check to make sure that a goal was scored in accordance with the rules. The game is supervised by a main referee, who is helped by line umpires.

Each player has a handicap assigned, ranging from -2 to +10. The sum of the handicaps of the team members determines the team handicap. The difference of the team handicaps is the initial score of the game. If one team will be made up of absolute beginners and the second by professionals, the game could begin with a score of 48:0, thus the beginners will have a head start of 48 points.

Players are equipped with a mallet, gloves, a helmet and knee guards. Naturally a player also needs a horse, or rather a number of horses. The player usually plays with one for a maximum of two chukkas. The best horse is saved for the last part of the game, which is where it is usually decided.

The length of the mallet depends on the height of the horse and the player and ranges from 122 to 135 cm. Its head it cigar-shaped with a length of 25 cm. Players must hold their mallet in their right hand, which does make the game more difficult for those who are left-handed.

The size of the ball is 7.6 – 8.9 cm. It is made of plastic or willow root and can weigh anywhere from 99 to 128 grams.

The horse has to have bandages on its legs to protect them from unwanted hits by the mallet. They have a bandaged tail so that the mallet does not get caught up in it. You can find more in the “Horses for polo” section.

Inspiring programme

1st day - easy start

  • LATER IN THE MORNING: go sightseeing at the farm, taking up with local pets - sheeps Ráchel and Rebeka, turkeys Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, guineafowls, chickens, geese, a big friendly Noe, horses and cats
  • LUNCH: you are welcome to have it at a near restaurant
  • AFTERNOON: relaxing at the farm, swimming in the lake if possible or walk around the farm
  • EVENING: feed the pets
  • DINNER: at a near restaurant Devon
  • visit our sauna in an outdoor cooling larch barrel

2nd day - sport and cognition 1

  • MORNING: an option to take part in an activity in feeding the pets and earn pony money (stájovky) - money valid at our farm and several restaurants nearby
  • Genuine farm breakfast
  • LATER IN THE MORNING: visit Velká Dohoda, a beautiful area for families with children at any age. This climbing area offers a lot of simple and difficult fairways, option to get a lift on harness which is 30-metre high, to crawl an amateurish cave or to get up on a rock
  • LUNCH: e.g. at the restaurant Olšovec in Jedovnice. There is a local pond Olšovec in which you can bathe and it is 42-hectare large. In the summer time you can even borrow a little boat to go around
  • AFTERNOON: visit the cave Výpustek where during the Second World War stood a secret factory and an antinuclear hideout during normalization. The visit takes one hour approx. After the previous order you can play an escape game
  • DINNER: at some restaurant in Brno
  • EVENING: visit the Brno Observatory and Planetarium, one of the high-tech observatories in Europe

3rd day - Křtiny (2 km / 1,24 mile from the farm)

  • Genuine farm breakfast
  • LATER IN THE MORNING: a trip to Křtiny. It offers local architecture to go sightseeing at. We will ensure you an exclusive visit of Marian church by Santini where a local parson will guide you. You can also visit a local ossuary and listen to chime
  • LUNCH: at a local Château restaurant offering delicious venison
  • AFTERNOON: families with little children can go along the path known as a snail Krasík. Others can choose a peaceful walk along Arboretum.
  • Relax at the farm, we will lend you board games to play on terrace
  • DINNER: at one of the best restaurants in Brno called Havana - 10 minutes from the farm Noe
  • Relax in a hot tub - larch barrel heated on 37,5 °C (99,5° Fahrenheit)

4th day - sport and cognition 2

  • Genuine farm breakfast
  • LATER IN THE MORNING: Speleoart - a unique experience in Moravian Karst - visit commonly unavailable caves on your own - from the simplest for children to hardest where you can even go rock climbing, always with a professional guide of course
  • LUNCH: at some restaurant in Brno
  • AFTERNOON: visit Vida centra in Brno - interactive centres where children are able to try to launch hydric rocket, freeze own shade, try to forecast the weather or feel an earthquake
  • DINNER: at some restaurant in Brno

5th day - The Macocha Abyss and caves

  • Genuine farm breakfast
  • A trip to the Macocha Abyss (necessary booking in advance) and then visit to famous stalagmite caves - Kateřinka, Sloup-Šošůvka Caves and so on
  • LUNCH: at some restaurant nearby the Macocha Abyss
  • On the way back, visit the watchtower called Alexandrovka. We will tell you a secret about an impressive surrounding and believe us, it's impossible to not return there
  • DINNER: at some restaurant nearby
  • EVENING: Relax in a hot tub - larch barrel heated on 37,5 °C (99,5° Fahrenheit)

6th day - Bicycle or segway touring

  • Genuine farm breakfast
  • After the previous agreement we will ensure you to hire bicycles or segways. You can go a bikeway that is 200 metre-long (e.g. to Bukovinky, to pubs with garden or to Jedovnice where you can bathe in a pond called Olšovec)
  • While going from Jedovnice you can go sightseeing in a mill in Rudice and also Rudické propadání where a pond Jedovnice floats down to a depth of 90 metres

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