Had a fantastic time yesterday at the 2011 British Beach Polo Championships, held on a gloriously sunny day at Sandbanks in Poole. This is the 4th time this annual event’s been held and over 2 days spectators were treated to some brilliant polo and the odd party here and there! 🙂
Played on a pitch approx 90m x 45m it’s close quarters combat, with just 3 players on each team instead of the usual 4 for field polo, but the action’s no less intense and the ponies have their work cut out as their riders battle it out across the sand! The ball’s a smaller version of a beach ball, and unlike the field polo equivalent is prone to flying around unexpectedly when caught by the sea breeze, which makes things more difficult for the players.
As well as the polo, spectators were treated to Beach Volleyball and a relay race between a polo pony and an Audi Q7 – I’m pleased to say that the pony won!
On both evenings party-goers enjoyed themselves as Amika London provided the entertainment until the small hours of the morning, and no doubt there was the odd hangover or two.
There were two competitions – the first was held between four teams – Pommery, Asahi, Kukri and Poole Audi. Team Pommery were led to overall victory by their captain Maurice Ormerod. The second competition was an International challenge between England and Australia, led by their respective captains Jack Kidd (brother of model Jodie Kidd) and Glen Gilmore. Australia won on Friday but England levelled the challenge by winning on Saturday.
For those who’ve never been to a polo match this is a great way to see what it’s all about, and if it takes your fancy, then check out field polo at one of the many Clubs across the country.
To see more images from the day, just visit my Facebook page and in the “Photos” section you’ll find an album dedicated to the Beach Polo – hope to see you there next year!
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