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, 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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MOP-ing

Having thought my polo season was Covfefe, suddenly I’m playing in the Malaysian Open Polo that starts this week.    RMPA President Dato’ Mohamed Moiz wanted to support this tournament, and combined with Dato’ Syed Budriz of 1 Selangor, to form a makeshift La Familia team to play in the in Malaysian Open.  I got drafted into it, and the team has engaged 3-goaler Hugo Fischer, from Western Australia, to play with us. Continue reading

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Selamat Hari Raya

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Draw Music

Today, as I prepared the materials for the South East Asian Games Polo draw to decide the schedule, I was asked if we would like some music to go along with the draw.  What a wonderful idea!  Then came the realisation that I should be the one to choose some music with the draw. Continue reading

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Retraining of Racehorses

RoR or Retraining of Racehorses is big thing in the United Kingdom.  It aims to give Thoroughbreds a second career after their racing days are over.  This year Cowdray Park will host RoR’s Racing to Polo Challenge at the West Sussex venue on Wednesday 19th July between the two semi-final matches for the prestigious Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup.  Continue reading

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Abuse

leo1A recent case of abuse made the social media rounds this week.  Someone bought a “stallion” in January and placed it with a “trainer” at a stable in Rawang.  Five months later, the horse was dead. Continue reading

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Rising Together

29 sea games logo verticalThe Royal Malaysian Polo Association hosted a meeting on Tuesday for the all countries who are intending to play in the SEA Games Polo in August.  It was a chance for the countries to talk to Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) and Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS), and other equine service providers, to smooth their passage to the games. Continue reading

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Polo Covfefe

It occurred to me that it has been a covfefe of a season.  First all the cancellations because of the incessant rain, and now, when the weather finally seems to have turned, I am our injured.  Continue reading

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