STCEC Jumping Clinic

This weekend I will be doing a clinic for show jumpers, at the Selangor Turf Club Equestrian Centre. Continue reading

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Fire & Rain

fire&rain_albumcoverHere is an unashamed and very proud plug for my sister, Jacintha Abisheganaden, who has just released her 13th studio album.  Fire & Rain is a James Taylor tribute album recorded in the audiophile genre.

Singer Jacintha’s first new album since 2007 features a fabulous selection of hits from the James Taylor catalog including: “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Walking Man,” “Fire & Rain,” “Shower The People” and several other popular choices. Continue reading

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Alive and Well

Last Thursday Shaik Reismann and I conducted a Rules Update, taking players and umpires through the 2018 HPA playing rule changes.   About 40 players and umpires attended the update held at the Royal Selangor Polo Club (RSPC). Continue reading

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Conduct

A question I have been asked a lot this week relates to conduct on or off the polo field, or lack of, as the case may be.  Unfortunately, polo isn’t always played by gentlemen or ladies.  What is a walk-off, when a team decides not to continue playing?  Is it Unsportsmanlike Conduct?  Or is it Misconduct?   The Hurlingham Polo Association rules make a difference between the two rules. Continue reading

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Refillers

pja-nam derby course 2018Natasha and I did the dash to Ipoh for the Mitavite Horse Show over the weekend.  We got there on Friday afternoon as I wanted to scout the derby area for Sunday’s Fun In The Garden, as it was being called.   It was really nice to get out into the derby area for a walk around so that I could work out some ideas and measure some distances. I know Natasha, who was a very successful Eventing chair of EAM in her time, was a little nostalgic about walking around what used to be an eventing course.  Continue reading

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2018 HPA Rule Changes

rule changes 2018As the 2018 Malaysian polo season starts to warm up, there are a few new players needing to take an RMPA Rules Test before they can be allowed to play in open company.  The Rules Test is based on the Hurlingham Polo Association’s playing rules.  Their 2018 rule book has yet to be published – it usually comes out at the end of March, in time for their 2018 English season.  RMPA’s next rules test is scheduled for 7th April, and will be based on the 2018 rules. Continue reading

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Perth Polo Tour

South East Asian All StarsPlaying in Perth was a super trip. RMPA got an invite to form a team for the South East Asian Polo Challenge.  We decided to include players from Singapore and invited Ali Reda and Patrick Furlong to join Saladin Mazlan and Abdul Rashid Hasnan in a 8-goal team.  Unfortunately Ali Reda could not make the trip and I was promoted from Official Gofer to No 1. Continue reading

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SEA All-Stars Down Under

It’s good thing I got some polo in with the Chinese New Year Cup.  RMPA is sending a couple of players in Abdul Rashid and Saladin Mazlan to make up a South East Asian All Star team to play in Perth Polo Club’s South East Asian Polo Challenge.  We were to be joined by two players from Singapore.  But with Ali Reda now unable to travel because of family commitments, I have been promoted from Official Gofer to Player. Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Win

Winston Cup 2018The Royal Selangor Polo Club held its first club cup of the year.  It was nice to win the Winston Cup, even though it was not named for my 4 y.o. gelding that Hannah Daniels has been breaking in.  My team of Camilla Sugden, Niels Madsen, Samsuri Ismail and myself won both our 4-chukka games rather easily, which was a bit of a surprise. Continue reading

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R&R

The Chinese New Year public holidays last week meant that many horses had two days off work.  Rarely do we give performance horses to consecutive days of “stable rest” without working them.  Watching the horses come out for work on Sunday morning, it was clear which horses had been locked up for two days – they were the ones bucking and squealing, happy to be out of their stable. Continue reading

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Season’s Start

ConquerorSaddleandBridlePackage20180208The polo season has started.  A new year, another season.  It is a time that I check all my equipment and replace or repair whatever is faulty or about to break.  Continue reading

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Spurred On

rowelsjpgI had the pleasure of course designing the STCEC Chinese New Year Show this weekend.  It was my first course designing work of the year.  What I noticed was that Big Spurs are trending, not only amongst the uniformed units, but also young girls and 50 cm riders alike. Continue reading

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