Spinning

Playing the World Patron Championship in Thailand last week was the only polo I’ve played in the last five weeks. They named two MVP’s, one from each team.  Even though they had me as a Patron +9, I was honoured to be named MVP of the Hanuman team. Continue reading

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Pedro PlusEight

In appreciation of the 8-goal handicap that the World Patron Championship allotted me, I changed my Facebook profile to my Argentinian name, and added my handicap.  My Facebook name is now Pedro PlusEight Abisheganaden.  Continue reading

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World Patron Championship

Dato’ Mohamed Moiz invited me some time ago to play in the World Patron Championship that he is helming at Thai Polo next weekend. Today, he convinced me to take part. Continue reading

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Vale: Sunny Hale

sunny and peteIt was a shock, a bolt from the blue, to hear that Sunny Hale had passed away.  I saw her just last month, in Thailand.  The Malaysian team was playing at the Thai Open, practicing for the World Cup play-off.  I didn’t know Sunny was going to play a Battle of the Sexes game at Polo Escape, so it was a really pleasant surprise when she breezed into Thai Polo to catch the match.  She rather conspiratorially told me she’d rather watch the match than attend a boring tournament briefing. Continue reading

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Zeros

In Malaysia’s, the most players of the same handicap are the zeros.  Of 307 registered players, 65 or 25% of all players play off a handicap of 0 goals.  It is also the handicap with the widest range. There are many types of zeros, from the good, the bad to the ugly.  Continue reading

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Standard Practice

Sometimes I forget how far we have come with polo in Malaysia.  Our tournaments are professionally managed and independent, professional umpires are brought in by the RMPA for our tournaments.  I was reminded that it is not the case worldwide when I visited the Philippines this weekend. Continue reading

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More Postponements

With Putrajaya’s field being totally returfed, it will not be playable till the SEA Games. Now the Malaysian Open has been officially postponed.  I should have seen it coming.  Continue reading

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It’s Over

PJA Pattaya 2017My run of back-to-back World Cups is finally over and as I wrap up in Pattaya, I contemplate what is next. Normally it would be my time to get myself ready to play in the Merdeka League.  But with insufficient entries, the Merdeka League has been suspended in 2017.  Bummer. Continue reading

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Ever Upward

SPWC 2017 Day 3 - 01 LRWe have made through the qualifying games of the Fortune Heights FIP Snow Polo World Cup with very few casualties.  I am happy to report that the horses are holding up very well, but there are a few combatants who are the ones picking up mysterious Tianjin Tummy bugs.  Continue reading

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Snowjob VI

pja snowjob viI am back in Tianjin, China, at the Metropolitan Polo Club.  I am running the Fortune Heights FIP Snow Polo World Cup for the sixth time.  And it isn’t any easier.  We haven’t even started and already we have been challenged by the weather.  Continue reading

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The Playoff

PrintIn 2011 we had seven countries participate the last time Malaysia hosted the Zone D Playoffs for the World Polo Championship.  This year Malaysia is again hosting it, but there are only two countries participating. Continue reading

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Stand Up

My incredible run of shows has started – I am off to Thailand today for the start of the B Grimm Thai Polo Open at Thai Polo & Equestrian Club.  I will be at the tournament briefing today as the RMPA’s league coordinator. Continue reading

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