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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Walk The Talk

The SEA Games was great. It will remain in our memories for years to come. While the quality of polo and horses exceeded the 6-goal handicap of the tournament, the current 14-goal RSPC Open is da bomb. All the qualifying games were shifted to Taman Ekuestrian Putrajaya. Watching these 14-goal teams go on the new ground is something else. Continue reading

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A Fantastic Final

It was a magical final.  Malaysia dominated in spurts, striding out to a 4-1 lead in the first chukka.  But Thailand came back to tie it.  Malaysia put the game to bed in the third chukka outclassing the Thais.  With a five goal lead, the cantered home, watching the clock.  Thailand got closer, but everyone knew the game was won by then. Continue reading

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Bronze for Brunei

If there was ever a lesson in polo, Singapore got one from Brunei in the bronze medal match yesterday.    I won’t tell you all the gory details.  Instead I will let you watch it yourselves: Continue reading

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SEA Games Week 2: Finals Set

Into the tournament proper and Singapore got rolled 11-6 in the first official game of the tournament.  Singapore were never ahead – Thailand led all the way and their victory was fully deserved.   It was sad to see Singapore struggle as they did. Continue reading

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SEA Games: Week 1 Behind the Scenes.

officials2017seagames2Week one of my SEA Games in done.  Technically I am only on the Tournament Committee, though my MASOC accreditation says I am the guest to the Vice-President.  No idea which one, or why.  But as the go-to guy in the Royal Malaysian Polo Association, it has been a hectic enough week. Continue reading

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Grace

sirwinstonchurchillSir Winston Churchill is said to have said that one should be “magnanimous in victory, gracious in defeat.”  Sir Winston, an avid polo player in his youth, may have learned that maxim on the polo field. Continue reading

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Classic Pahang

The RMPA International League started for the 13th year in Malaysia as the ball was thrown in yesterday for the match between Thai Polo and La Sarita, the first match of the 2017 Royal Pahang Classic.    It lasted 3 ½ chukkas till rain stopped play, with La Sarita leading Thai Polo 3½ to 2.  The game resumed this morning, with Thai Polo coming back to win it 6 – 4½. Continue reading

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Pete’s F-Log

Sometimes I think I should be a food blogger.  With so many international visitors, we have dined out quite often.  Last week we had two requests for KL’s famous Sang Har Meen (big prawn noodles).  I hit Sweet Inn and Green View with different groups mon diferrent days.  Or perhaps I should say we got hit, broadsided with bills much bigger than their famously big prawns. Continue reading

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Shouldering On

shoulderThe Malaysian Open was a last minute tournament for me, and with the horses unprepared, and my shoulder Covfefe‘d, we haven’t won a game yet.  They have all been close, but so far, no cigar.  And now, to make matters worse, I took a ball from Miguel Diaz on my right shoulder.  While this balances with my left shoulder injury, I’d rather not have been hit, especially not by Miguel Diaz, who has one of the biggest hits in the game. Continue reading

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