The finals of the Thai Polo Open 2016 took place on Saturday at the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club in Pattaya, Thailand. Polo fans also enjoyed equestrian activities, a firework show and the chance to savour local dishes.

HLF Polo and Royal Pahang for the EFG Bank Polo Cup took to the field first. The match was well played and very tight, but in the end the victory went to Royal Pahang, who won 5.5-4.

Next, La Sarita and The Next Level/Macau fought for third place. It was meant to be an even game, but a great performance by Tomas Fernandez Llorente, La Sarita’s number 3, was too much for The Next Level/Macau. La Sarita won 8-4.

Finally, it was time for the grand final. The match between locals Thai Polo and 22BR. The teams had faced each other a week before, which resulted in a 5-1 win for Thai Polo. But 22BR had the key player of the tournament, Agustín García Grossi, who showed that he was capable of winning as 22BR beat Thai Polo 7-6 and claimed the Thai Polo Open title.

Ranking:
#1 22BR (+12)
Claude Haberer (0)
William Zhao (0)
Pedro Fernandez Llorente (+5)
J. Agustín García Grossi (+7)

#2 Thai Polo (+12)
Caroline Link (0)
Harald Link (0)
Pablo Dorignac (+6)
Pablo Jauretche (+6)

#3 La Sarita (+12)
Ameer Jumabhoy (+1)
Agustin Andrada (+4)
Tomas Llorente (+6)
Asad Jumabhoy (+1)

#4 The Next Level/Macau (+12)
Rodrigo Castro (0)
Aron Harilela (+1)
Hissam Hyder (+6)
Nico Antinori (+5)

#5 Royal Pahang (+10)
HH Prince Muhd Rithauddin Shah (0)
HRH Prince Hassanal Shah (+1)
HH Tengku Shazril (+3)
Robert Archibald (+6)

#6 HLF Polo (+11)
Mohamed Moiz (+1)
Waqas Khan (+4)
Shaik Reismann (+3)
Edham Shaharuddin (+3)

About Thai Polo & Equestrian Club:
Set on more than 250 hectares of picturesque grounds to the east of Pattaya, just 90 minutes or so drive from the capital, Bangkok, the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club is arguably the most unique facility of its kind in all Asia and Australasia. Boasting three full-sized, international-standard polo playing fields as well as two practice grounds, and stabling for more than 250 horses, the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club opened in 2005.

The brainchild of polo enthusiasts Harald Link (President of the Southeast Asian Equestrian Federation) and Mrs Nunthinee Tanner (considered the first female polo player in Thailand), the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club has grown in size and stature in recent years. The number of enthusiasts has grown steadily over the past decade and the Club now has around 80 horses available for members and guests.

With the addition of an endurance course and an international Derby facility, the club is now recognized as the largest multi-functional polo and equestrian operation in all Asia. The veterinary and quarantine facilities are second-to-none in the region, with a leading Argentinian vet acting as general manager of the complex, overseeing Argentinian, French and British as well as local farriers, trainers, and stable staff.

Over the years the club has attracted many local and international players. The Thai Polo Open, sponsored jointly by BMW and the B. Grimm company takes place every January and attracts between six and eight teams.