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Equestrian Triathlon – Dressage, Jumpers and Polo Swap Disciplines

What happens when you take high-level equestrians from dressage, showjumping and polo and then put them on teams and make them compete in each others disciplines? Entertainment for spectators! 🙂 This past Sunday we witnessed some of the great stars in polo, such as Gonzalito Pieres, Nacho Figueras and Nic Roldan, show their horsemanship in dressage and showjumping. I met Nic as he arrived and he told me “I have jumped a bit before, just messing around, but I have...

Magical Days at La Tarde Polo Club

On a glorious and sunny Thursday morning in December I was picked up from Pilar, Buenos Aires, by Jorge, who drove me to La Tarde Polo Club in Mercedes. On the way, he told me how he had once driven an Englishman to La Tarde from Buenos Aires and then every day for a week. That Englishman comes back every year and Jorge has now been driving La Tarde guests to the polo club for more than 10 years. Already...

What goes on inside the ESPN Polo studio in Argentina

Polo in Argentina is more than just A sport, it’s a national sport, a way of life and it has its own TV channel, ESPN Polo. I discovered polo when I did an exchange program in university and lived in Buenos Aires for a semester. Several of my classmates played polo, just as a hobby when they were with their families in the “campo”. For them, polo was a normal thing, you play it in the countryside, professional polo players...

Where to get a cool polo helmet – Cavalier Polo Ranch

On my recent Argentinian adventure, my days were packed with all things polo, from learning to play to watching the absolute best players in the world play the Argentine Open. I witnessed polo pony auctions, the national sport of Pato (absolute madness) and much more. I always like to know how things are made, so I dropped by the Cavalier Polo Ranch shop in Pilar to talk to Fefe about how Cavalier Polo Helmets were made, the idea behind the...

El Venado Polo Days – A Polo Home Away From Home

One of the main purposes of my trip to Argentina is, of course, to learn to play polo and share my experience (also one of the main purposes of PoloPeoplePlaces.com really). My calendar is full of plans to watch, learn and experience every side of the polo life here in Argentina. I had heard great things about El Venado Polo School, so it was high on my list of places to visit and experience myself. So I packed up my bag...

Argentine Polo Open Final 2017 – The Best Polo In The World

December the 2nd was a date marked in every polo fan’s calendar, as it was the final of the best and most important polo tournament in the world, the Argentine Open, or commonly known as the Palermo Open. It was also a very special day for women in polo as it marked the first final of the Argentine Women’s Polo Open. The day wasn’t as pretty and sunny as I had hoped for, but was definitely more comfortable for spectators...

USPA Women’s Challenge in Hawaii

Today we have a guest blogger telling us of her experience as captain in an annual USPA Women’s Challenge located on the largest Hawaiian Island, better known as the Big Island. Tyneski Quintel is a local Hapa girl (meaning mixed) of Hawaiian/Chinese/French decent and was born and raised on the Big Island, but currently resides on the most populated island of Oahu. She is a member of Hawaii Polo Club on the famous North Shore, better known for surfing. She...

Horse Auction with a Twist – Los Pingos Del Taita Remate de Domadores

There are regular horse auctions (called remate in Spanish) and then there is a spectacular show of horsemanship. Monday the 13th of November I had the absolute pleasure of witnessing this fantastic remate, held by Los Pingos Del Taita at the Lagunas Polo Club. My friend Cuyi had invited me to sit at her table, front row seats! When we arrived there were lots of snacks and beer to enjoy whilst checking out the ponies and socializing. Then it was...

The Best Polo In The World – Second Weekend

The second weekend of the best polo in the world, Palermo Open, was as big as the first. Nation favourites La Dolfina and Ellerstina (the two teams that are most often seen in the finals) had their debuts in the tournament on either day. Saturday the 11th featured two matches, the first one was La Dolfina against La Esquina. With a handicap difference of 11 goals, it was no surprise that La Dolfina took the lead and kept it all...

La Mariana Father and Son Tournament – Tiny kids playing polo!

It is no mystery why the majority of the polo greats are from Argentina, they can ride a horse before they can walk and are playing polo whilst they still have their baby teeth. Yesterday I witnessed some little machines, who will most definitely continue to impress us all as they grow. The Merlos family opened up their La Mariana Polo farm to kids and parents for a fun day of polo. The tournament had two different age groups, the...

Palermo Open Kicks Off – The Highest Ranked Polo Tournament in The World

The Argentine Open, or also commonly called Palermo Open is the highest rated polo tournament in the world. The title of winners of this tournament carries a lot of weight behind it, being an “Open” team handicaps go up to 40 goals, meaning that on some teams all 4 players are at 10 goals (for more polo lingo read here, and for handicaps read here). Polo fans from everywhere, and I mean literally everywhere, come to this melting pot of...

The A to Z of Polo – Glossary

Polo is a complex sport, with its own vast vocabulary – between the polo lingo, the mixture of languages and traditional Persian words it can be difficult to understand what is actually being said. So here is a little helping hand in the form of an A to Z glossary of polo. Enjoy! A– Argentina has become the motherland of polo, although polo is originally from ancient Persia and it was the Brits who spread the sport far and wide,...

How to tack up a polo pony

  Tacking up a horse is one of the basic and main lessons you learn at Pony Club, but for us crazy people who decide to learn to ride a horse at an adult age, we don’t get to go to pony club and most often our horses are all tacked up, shiny and ready for us to hop on. As easy and convenient as that is, knowing how it’s done is actually quite important. If you do not know...

PoloPeoplePlaces in Dubai wearing Vernet Paris Polo Mallet Bracelet

From the polo fields to our wrists, the story behind the iconic Vernet Polo Mallet Bracelet

Equestrian style has been a great source of inspiration for many brands throughout fashion history and is popular with non-equestrians too. So much so, that it has at times even become mainstream. Though polo nuts know how to tell other polo nuts apart from just fashion nuts. We feel that we belong to a special club, the international polo club and we want to show that in every way we can. Overflowing our friends’ social media feeds with our polo...

The Final Hurrah – Ayala wins the Copa de Oro at Santa Maria Polo Club, as Iñigo Zobel bids farewell to the High Goal

Sunday August 27th was an exciting day in Sotogrande, the 5 weeks of intense polo matches had led up to this moment, where two of the best teams would have the final showdown. Ayala: Iñigo Zobel 0, Gregorio Gelosi 4, Santiago Laborde 6 and Facundo Pieres 10 vs La Indiana: Michael Bickford 1, Juan Gris Zavaleta 8, Byron Watson 3, Agustin (Tincho) Merlos 8 After a tumultuous season for La Indiana (to say the least, with the amount of injuries and team...

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