Since 2004, POLO +10 has been reporting on Polo, mainly in Europe, but starting now, our international edition POLO+10 WORLD will be published twice yearly. Here is a look into the issue.
Polo is an international sport, a meeting place of all the cosmopolitans and a language that is spoken throughout the world. We are pleasantly surprised that our friendships keep expanding across the globe. A Carousel of professional athletes and enthusiasts, horse fanatics and ball acrobats is circumventing the world. Which is why, beginning now, we are releasing an international edition POLO+10 WORLD twice yearly. With this decision we are sticking to a philosophy, one that has withstood the test of time, which we hold true ourselves.
In this issue: because in the last few years more women have climbed into the polo saddle and exclusive ladies tournaments have sprung up almost everywhere, we have devoted ourselves to writing a large piece about ladies polo. How did it all begin and who were the first amazons? Where do the ladies play and who are the international stakeholders? Additionally, we have taken on the not-so-simple topic of Umpiring and we interviewed one of the most well known polo field designers in the world, Alejandro Battro.
We previewed the European Championships in Germany and in the fourth chukka we focused on the polo land of South Africa. Enjoy reading!
The American way of polo: An eventful retrospective: the tree major tournaments in the American Triple Crown have now been played – as well as some adventurous beach chukkas in South Beach.
Royal Polo Player: Prince Harry on state visit to Brazil: at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, the 27-year-old competed against Nacho Figueras’ team and won spectators over with his playing skills and fighting spirit.
Thailand: The polo mecca of South East Asia: Fast-paced polo action, dream polo locations, glamour and lifestyle – the whole of Southeast Asia meets to play polo at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Polo Club in Pattaya.
Hot chukkas: Polo in the Persian Gulf region has long been a fixed element of the international polo calendar. Highlights of the past season include the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series, the H.H President of UAE Polo Cup and the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge.
Kitz Snow Spectacle: For many years, Kitzbühel has been one of the most important locations for snow polo in Europe, but you certainly have to learn how to cope with the weather.
5 Years of Beach Polo on Sylt: Anniversary chukkas: the Beach Polo World Cup will take place fort he fifth time in 2012, with six international teams due to kick off the tournament in Hörnum. The event will once again be sponsored by the Swiss banking group Julius Bär.
EC Clou in the horse-riding state of Lower Saxony: It is a mix of luck, spontaneity, willpower and sporting spirit that has brought the European Polo Championships to Lower Saxony for the first time. Interview with event organiser Wolfgang Kailing.
Dr. Piero Dillier and FIP Europe: POLO+10 interview with Dr. Piero Dillier about the cancellation of the European Championships in Zurich.
The New Swiss Resident: Chris Kiesel has worked as a trainer and manager at the Polo Club Bern in Switzerland for just over a year. POLO+10 met the +2 player and chatted with him about his new job, polo plans for the 2012 season and the moving boxes he has yet to unpack.
Luxembourg goes to India: True cosmopolitan polo spirit: the Luxembourg Polo Club found sporting inspiration and established new friendships in India.
Sal. Oppenheim Gold Cup 2012 – German Polo Masters: One of the biggest and most important polo tournaments in Europe celebrates its 15th anniversary this year: from 20th to 29th July the 15th German Polo Masters Sylt – Sal. Oppenheim Gold Cup will take place on Germany’s most popular island.
A polo field ist a polo field: For 35 years, Battro Polo Fields has built the best polo fields in the world. Over 500 polo fields in more than 27 countries were created by the experienced agricultural engineers, including the “Cathedral of Polo“ in Palermo.
Umpiring: is a hot topic and perennial issue in the sport of polo. POLO+10 took stock of the situation with the best umpires in Germany and the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA).
Orthopaedic problems in polo ponies: The Swiss vet Dr Patrick Blättler Monnier specialises in orthopaedic problems in polo ponies. In his guest contribution, he explains the way polo affects horses, the most common injuries and what measures players can take to prevent injury in their horses.
Polo for the Ladies: The first ladies polo history:
how it all began.
Carlos Gracida: Monarch of the sport of kings: He is regarded as the perfect player, unique in his ability to anticipate the game and “read” it. 51-year-old Carlos Gracida (+9) has won more high goal tournaments in the history of polo than any other player. POLO+10 went along to meet the polo legend.
Emerging Polo Nations: The Central European Polo Association (CEPA) was established three years ago with the aim of promoting polo playing in Central European nations. What has happened since then? POLO +10 visited countries new to the sport of polo to find out.
Another successful Argentine Tour: A total of 23 teams took part in the four tournaments of the Argentine Tour this year. These tournaments were originally established primarily for foreign players. Matches took place in the “Cathedral of Polo“ in Palermo, Buenos Aires for the first time this year.
Shilai Liu: China is currently well on the way to discovering the joys of polo and establishing it as a popular sport. POLO +10 met the founder of the Tang Polo Club and the best player in the country, Shilai Liu, to talk about playing polo in China.
India – Royal Salute Maharaja: The Royal Salute Maharajah of Jodhpur Golden Jubilee Cup in the Indian city of Jodhpur welcomed international guests for the third time, including the legendary Mexican polo player Carlos Gracida and the chair of the Hurlingham Polo Association, Nick Colquoun-Denvers. An exotic polo adventure…
Michael Poliza – South Africa: Miles of beaches, bush landscapes, vineyards that slope down the mountainsides, sub-tropical forests and endless deserts – the country at the southern trip of Africa has one of the most varied and spectacular landscapes in the world.