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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Rain Gauge

The start of the Thai Polo Open was rain affected, and the Thai Polo Masters that was supposed to happen this weekend has been postponed because of rain. It is unseasonal to have such rain at this time in Thailand.  Malaysia is not spared.   In January, only one chukka was completed at the Royal Selangor Polo Club. Continue reading

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Goal Driven

goalLike I’m sure many of you will have done, I reviewed the resolutions I set myself last year. And I’m sure, like many of you, I found I hadn’t been all that resolute.  Yes, I did stick to a few of my resolutions, but quite a few were held over to 2018, longer term resolutions, if you like. Continue reading

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Preseason and Thai Polo Open

Back to work, back to school for the kids, back to life, back to reality.  2018 is here, and it better be a good one.   On the polo front, we will be bringing the polo ponies back into fitness, with an aim to start playing probably in mid-February.  I have a little course designing planned for 2018, fitted in when it works with my polo calendar. Continue reading

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A Holiday To End 2017

beach photo 2017I took time out to go on a family holiday to Sri Lanka.  It was beautiful to get away with the family, when we can get the kids undivided attention.  The teenage boys will soon grow out of wanting these holidays, so we cherish our time with them as they are all growing up so fast.   For me, it was a period that I didn’t have to see, think or ride horses. As much as I love horses, it was a holiday away from them. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

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The Social Umpiring Contract

Rick Sears, one of the most influential umpires in the world, has passed away.  Before he did, he wrote something that I think every polo player should read: Continue reading

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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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