Quality and Innovation

MalletBagDamageI made the long 32-hour trip back to Kuala Lumpur in one piece, although my new mallet bag didn’t survive the trip so well.  Nothing was lost from the bag, but the bag itself is a write-off, with the handle torn off and the bag itself ripped and a wheel broken.  Continue reading

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A Great Final

Yesterday’s Argentine Open final was fantastic, one that will go down in the history books as one of the best finals.  History was made, but those of us who were lucky enough to experience it will remember it for the great game it was. Continue reading

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The Beef

PJA_rspc_palermoI have been in Argentina for a week so far, and it has been hectic.  It’s been polo, polo and more polo, and lots of beef!

I made it to Palermo with my new orange RSPC 1902 cap, as you can see.

The virtual semi-final was mismatched on Saturday.  La Aguada scored the first goal of the game, then conceded the next 14 goals to La Dolfina.  It was a total whitewash.  It was great to see Adolpho Cambiaso play his clones and even take out the great Cuartetera in the last chukka. Continue reading

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Instructions

“Those who can, ride. Those who can’t, teach.”  I used to believe this before I got my teaching qualifications and absolved myself of this credo.  I have never been one to give lessons day in and day out as I have too much fun doing other things, stuff that I deemed more important than teaching.  Looking at the state of the sport in Malaysia, I am not surprised I have been called back into service!  I let fly in my blogpost, The Blues this week.  This is a follow-up rant. Continue reading

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The Blues

I got the Monday blues after my run of back-to-back shows came to an end.  I did the CSI-W World Cup II at Thai Polo and finished with the National Horse Show at the Selangor Turf Club last week.  The juxtaposition made me compare the standards in the two countries.  And I got the blues. Continue reading

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Showjumping Equitation

The first five tracks I have designed for the National Horse Show are Show Jumping Equitation courses.  I am very happy to see these classes back at the National Horse Show.  Continue reading

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Thoroughbred Polo

xifipwpc2017_bppOne could say that the XI FIP World Polo Championship was a thoroughbred tournament both on and off the field.  The non-polo events were exceptional, spanning the breadth of a bronc and bull-riding rodeo, to an art exhibition.   On the field, the Thoroughbreds showed their class.   FIP’s Horse Master, Jose Lartirigoyen remarked at the close that this was the best batch of horses they have ever had at a World Cup tournament.   Continue reading

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XI FIP World Polo Championship

I had the privilege of attending the XI FIP World Polo Championships in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  It was a trip that was quite unexpected as I had been booked to build the CSI-W World Cup Jumping at Thai Polo last weekend, but with the royal cremation of HRH King Bhumibhol, the show was postponed a week and I was free to go to Sydney.  I’m glad I did.  What a weekend it was. Continue reading

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Handicaps

Many years ago, Sir Winston Churchill said, “A polo handicap is your passport to the world.”  It still holds true today.   If you are a polo player, you are part of a small fraternity of aficionados that enjoy the sport.  There is immediate acceptance by other players. Continue reading

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Course Designing

What do I do with myself when the polo season has wrapped up?  I go course designing.  Next month I shall be designing the tracks at the CSI-W World Cup at Thai Polo & Equestrian Club, and also at the National Horse Show at the Selangor Turf Club Equestrian Centre. Continue reading

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The Wrap Up

The RSPC Pink Polo was the last official tournament of 2017 in Malaysia.  What a year it has been.  For me, my personal highlights were winning the Maserati Masters with La Sarita, organising to bring the Hong Kong team to the RSPC Tempawan Cup, the SEA Games, the 13th season of the RMPA International League that incorporated and a really good RSPC Open, played mainly at Taman Ekuestrian Putrajaya. Continue reading

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No Sudden Death

Royal Pahang and Thai Polo were the best two teams in the RSPC Open, and they deservedly got to the final.  And what a final it was!  It was a really exciting match, made all the more exhilarating by Jimmy Hilston’s crazily wonderful commentary. Continue reading

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