Classic Test

promo_rmpaclassicThe next ten days is going to be very testing.  The RMPA Classic was to have been played at Taman Ekuestrian Putrajaya (TEP) but the field there is currently unplayable and the tournament has had to be shifted to the Royal Selangor Polo Club. Continue reading

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RSPC Open Sportsmanship

Thai Polo gave their opponents in the RSPC Open a lesson in sportsmanship.  With less than two minutes to play in the match, and having just scored to take the lead in the game, Thai Polo heard the cries of La Sarita’s players that one of their players had had a fall but the game had not been stopped.  Thai Polo decided not to contest the throw-in after the goal, allowing La Sarita to walk it in to level the score again at 6 – 6. Continue reading

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14th Season

ginecito and agustinThe RMPA International League started its 14th season in Malaysia last week.  The RSPC Open marked the start of three legs in Malaysia, the RSPC Open (26th to 4th August), RMPA Classic, and RMPA International League Final.  Collectively, they make up Malaysia’s high-goal triple crown. Continue reading

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Jacintha’s Fire & Rain

ja and pete KL July 2018My sister, Jacintha, came to Kuala Lumpur to perform at the KL International AV Fair.  She is a singer who has recorded eight audiophile albums for Groove Note Records.  Jacintha met audiophile journalists and fans.  She later performed three songs from her new James Taylor tribute album, Fire & Rain. Continue reading

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Okay in KK

It was a great trip to Kota Kinabalu.   Kelantan defeated Sabah in the big game.  New and old friends were made.  A lot of wonderful seafood was devoured.  And Gunong Kinabalu kept watch over us all.

Polo is much more than a sport.  It is a family.

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Sabah Mari

sabahpoloasociation1While the top brass of polo got invitations to play in His Majesty, the Sultan of Brunei’s 72nd birthday tournament, I will be at the top end of Borneo, in Kota Kinabalu this weekend.  I will be conducting an RMPA umpires update and handicap assessments.  I will also umpire a Sabah vs Kelantan match. Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor – How to Buy

Caveat EmptorBuying horses is an art.  Yes, there is surely some science behind it, but it is mainly an art.  At a time when I see newbies making some bad deals, I thought it is appropriate to write this article.  When buying a horse, everyone wants a good deal.  What is a good deal though? Here are some thoughts on the art of buying a horse for yourself. Continue reading

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Hookahs Charity

hookahs_quiznite_2018Last Saturday night, I organized a Hookahs Quiz at the Royal Selangor Polo Club.  We had seven teams playing a general knowledge quiz that had a smattering of polo and equestrian questions.  It was a very enjoyable evening and great fun. The quiz and raffle was successful in raising RM2,550 for our designated charity, Yayasan Chow Kit.

Yayasan Chow Kit is a 24-hour crisis and drop-in centre providing meals, activities, therapy, case management, ​and educational programmes for at-risk children of Chow Kit. Continue reading

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Umpiring Calls

With only three teams at the RSPC League 2, the club didn’t bring in a professional umpire although they had Steve Evans waiting to come.  The Putra Cup that was to start next week has also been called off, so there was no chance of spreading costs over two tournaments.  With no one else willing to do it, I volunteered and ended up umping all the games. Continue reading

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Medals

Mindful not to live in the past, I have never consciously displayed the silverware that I have won.    Yes, there are boxes of it, from my 40+ years of competitive sport.  The trophies, medals and keepsakes are here and there, but if you asked me to find a particular trophy or medal, I would be at a loss where it would be.  Continue reading

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Dust to Dust

EuroPineAshes to Ashes.  That is the stable bedding situation in Kuala Lumpur, at present.  Sawdust is at a premium, because of the high demand from the chipboard industry.  Riding clubs are facing an acute shortage of sawdust for stable bedding.  Finally Malaysia is starting to realise the need to move from sawdust to a more hygenic form of bedding. Continue reading

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Selamat Hari Raya

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