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.

It is still off-season, so I am working on my own pre-season fitness.  I go to a spin cycle class about 3 times a week.  It is great for me because it is a fantastic cardio workout without the impact and concussion on my legs of running.  I go to the Aloha Cycle Club in Plaza Damas.  There are lots of polo and equestrian people in their classes.  It’s a fun bunch of people, and the Rubber Duck cafe next door, which is by the same owners, is great food.

The Royal Selangor Polo Club now has yoga and pilates classes twice a week.  Unfortunately it is at a time when I am usually riding morning work, but I am hoping they will start a beginner class at a more rider friendly time, like on a Monday.  I have never been a good stretcher, but as I get older, I see a greater need!

As the RMPA League Coordinator, I am off to Thailand next week, for the start of the Thai Polo Open, which is the start of our RMPA International League.  There are six teams entered.

2018 Thai Polo Open Teams v5

While it is a 12-goal tournament, Royal Pahang are allowed to play off 13-goals in this tournament.  Tomas Fernandex Llorente was raised from 6 to 7 goals by the Argentine Polo Association.  As he had already been declared and contracted by Royal Pahang to play for them in the Thai Polo Open, Royal Pahang have been given permission to play one over the 12-goal limit, if Tomasito is on the field.

The draw, schedule and results will be updated here: http://rmpa.org.my/news/2018-thai-polo-open/

It should be a good tournament and a great start to the year.

About Peter Abisheganaden

Polo Player, Tournament Director and Executive Secretary of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association. FIP Ambassador and FIP Tournament Director of FIP Snow Polo World Cup and Super Nations Cup. World Cup and Asian Games Showjumper. Champion SEA Games Showjumper and Eventer. FEI L3 Show Jumping Course Designer and L1 Course Presenter. Champion amateur jockey. Retailer and wholesaler of saddlery and polo equipment and Managing Director of Zack's Tack.
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