Three teams battled over three days for the Easter Cup at Polo Escape. By the end of the second day, the winner had already been decided; with the Hot Cross Buns winning all of their matches; although their riders sportingly tried to give other teams a chance by falling off their horses on a regular basis.
The Candy Eggs took second place, with the Extreme Pain Inflicters, sorry, that should read the Marshmallow Bunnies, in third place.
After the polo, assorted children were set loose hunting Easter eggs. This was very popular and the kids would have liked to have had all the eggs hidden again; but instead they just ate them.
A good time was had by all. I will advise when all the photos from the event are available for viewing.
Five teams contested the Golden Snake Tournament. After three days of play, the final was between the Vipers and the Cobras, with the Vipers coming out on top.
Particularly welcome was a Chinese team, complete with a very vociferous group of supporters!
A good time was had by all, both on and off the field. Some sample photos below, I will let you know when all have been processed for viewing.
Four teams lined up at Polo Escape to contest the annual Ladies International Tournament.
As usual, each team comprised three ladies, with a gentleman on hand whose mobility was limited by the rules. This left it to the ladies to fight it out for scoring opportunities, and the level of enthusiasm and commitment was as high as ever, as was the quite surprising quantity of colourful language when things became particularly fraught.
An example of this commitment came from Khun Robin who was smacked in the face by a mallet on the opening day with the result that much blood was in evidence. But she got back on her blood-stained horse and finished the game before nipping off to hospital for ten stitches in the evening. She was then back on the field for the remaining two days. Similar levels of commitment, although with less blood and more food and dancing, could be found in the after-polo evening events.
Early leaders on the field were King Power who scored a decisive victory on the first day. But, in a thrilling close game on the second day, they were narrowly beaten by La Boheme who went on to win the tournament.
A splendid weekend with excellent polo and a great atmosphere. A full set of photos will be available for viewing soon. Meantime, here is a selection:
The New Year Tournament was played from the 28th to the 30th of December and was the first tournament to be photographed using a different approach from the past.
In previous tournaments, photos have been taken of every chukka played. For the New Year Tournament, and for subsequent tournaments this season, we will be taking a more balanced approach to capturing the events of the weekend. There will be fewer actions shots and more “social” photos, hopefully ending up providing more of a flavour of the event.
The photos from the New Year Tournament can be found here.
Coming soon, the ever-popular Ladies Tournament!