We all love polo. Becoming a good polo player is still on my bucket list. I went to a lot of polo events, so I am already halfway I guess 🙂 Polo has been cast with an image of tradition and formality. Imagine ladies wearing stylish designer dresses, big hats, gloves and expensive sunglasses. But I want to show the other side of polo, the equestrian side. Because polo is a game with a rich cultural history. Originating in Persia over 2,000 years ago, it is one oft he oldest team sports in recorded history.I’ve teamed up the founder of the Polo & Lifestyle Magazine, Scarlett Stilling, who recently shot the most beautiful, magical polo pictures from the game to behind the scenes in Dubai and London.You can see the passion and love for horses and polo in all the photographs. Enjoy!
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One of the big advantages and fun aspects of writing a blog is that you meet people from all over the world with the same interests. One of these stylish people is Danish/Brazilian girl Diana who runs the blog Polo People Places and who is our guest blogger for this article. You can’t be everywhere, …right? So let’s enjoy her journey at the Scandinavian Beach Polo World Cup in Denmark.
Denmark’s most beautiful beach, situated in the town of Hornbæk on the North Sealand coast played host to the first edition of The Scandinavian Beach Polo World Cup. Hornbæk is Denmark’s equivilant to The Hamptons and is home to the most expensive holiday homes in Scandinavia and has been a summer retreat of the jetset for generations. 8 two-man teams entered the 3 day tournament with handicaps from 0 – 6 goals. The tournament had been preceded by a parade through the town to increase popularity with the locals who supported the players and the event throughout. The event featured an exclusive VIP area for 300 people who were treated to a lunch of Veuve Clicquot champagne and Rossini Caviar and food from Ilse Jacobsen’s ‘Kurbadet’ in an impressive marquee with cabanas facing the pitch.
Players from countries ranging from Argentina to Czech Republic took part and also included La Martina’s Brand Ambassador – George Pearson. The first day saw action from the start with skilled polo to impress the spectators who followed the games with cheers and claps. Impressive plays by players such as Federico Boudou, Royston Prisk and Stevie McGraith made them a favourite with the crowds from the start and throughout the tournament.
Over 8,000 spectators enjoyed the three days of polo action on one of Denmark’s most beautiful beaches and were treated to not only up close polo action but also on-pitch activity such as the Rossini Caviar Dash which was open to all spectators and proved a great success. Spectators were asked to participate in a race to win a 250g tub of caviar worth over £500.
Professional UK based player Royston Prisk commented ‘this is the most beautiful and well organised beach polo tournament I have ever played in, I loved every minute of it’.
Thanks to Diana & Polo People Places
As every year in June, Knokke Beach is the location of the prestigious Scapa Beach Polo Event.
One of the world’s most unique polo tournamenst on sand had his 13th edition this summer.
Three days of fashion shows, horses, luxurieus goodies, a kids model contest and too much champagne in a unique setting on the beach.
The horses and riders are getting ready for the battle
An overview of the teams and players