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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Bring On 2017

2016-2017-300x169As the lights go down on 2016, my wrap-up blog post can go in two directions:  a) it has been a good year, with much achieved, or b) it has been a hard year, with the slowdown in retail in the regional economies, with a Ringgit badly hit.  In truth, it has been both. Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

19-48-00-imagesI have read it is not politically correct to wish people a Merry Christmas.  It’s too bad, and I am probably not PC enough for my own good.  I think it is wonderful that in Asia we celebrate all festivals, religious or not, as we may be. Continue reading

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On The Road Again

PrintOn the road again. Or should I say I’m leaving on a jet plane again.  Three days after the longest flights of my life, from Buenos Aires back to Kuala Lumpur, I am back at KLIA, this time flying to Bangkok for a FIP World Cup Zone D Playoffs Tournament Organizing Meeting at Thai Polo & Equestrian Club.

New Zealand and Malaysia signalled their interest in the playoffs early, but Singapore left it very late to join the party.   Continue reading

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The Final

from the standsLa Dolfina’s 16-12 win over Ellerstina was a very good final.  The game was very close till the last chukka.  It was tied 12-12 but I never thought Ellerstina could do it.  La Dolfina were the superior team again this year.

Pellon Stirling was deservedly given the most valuable player title, and his New Zealandbred pony Zippy won the Best Playing Pony award.  Zippy had been bred in New Zealand for racing and brought on in polo by Craig Wilson of Waimai, New Zealand.  Continue reading

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Argentina, Here We Come

argentine-flag-drawingNatasha and I are heading to Argentina.  Next stop, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Well, actually, not the next stop but the next stop after Istanbul and then Sao Paulo.  After about 32 hours of travel time.   Yes, it is on the other side of the world. Continue reading

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