Author: Diana

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...

Lechuza Caracas win the Maserati Silver Cup

Sunday the 13th of August was a big day at Santa Maria Polo Club. Seven teams had competed over two weeks to find the finalists, the two teams who would fight the final battle in the high goal Maserati Silver Cup 2017. Dos Lunas A&G Banca Privada: James Fewster 1, Pascual Vicuña 6, Facundo Sola 8 and Martin Podesta 5 Lechuza Caracas: Victor Vargas 0, Will Harper 0, David Stirling 10, Juan Martin Nero 10 A warm and windy afternoon...

Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup Final 2017 – King Power Foxes do it again

It was a very wet and grey day in the U.K. which is not unusual, though after the recent heatwave we had hoped for a sunny day, so we were slightly disappointed. Luckily I had 3 of my best friends with me in England and we were ready and pumped to watch the Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup Final at the Cowdray Park Polo Club, so we agreed to bring our own sunshine. We packed up the car with snacks, drinks...

PoloPeoplePlaces interviews polo player Fred Mannix

#PoloLife with Fred Mannix

During my trip to the UK for the Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup Final, I managed to meet up with Canadian 8-goaler Frederick Mannix, who was in the UK playing for Sommelier Polo. They had a fantastic season making it to the semifinals where they competed against their “brothers”, El Remanso (Sommelier is George Hanbury’s team and El Remanso is his brother Charlie Hanbury’s team). On that slightly rainy Thursday morning, Philippa and I got in the Silver Bullet (my friend’s...

Hotel Tour – Kings Head Hotel Cirencester

On my recent trip to Cirencester, U.K. for the Kings Head Hotel Ladies International match, I was spoiled with a night’s stay at the Kings Head Hotel and it was nothing short of wonderful. After a full afternoon of polo at the Cirencester Park Polo Club, the Kings Head Hotel invited me for dinner and I invited my UK family Sam and Tom along. We had a very yummy 3-course meal, Sam and I went for salads and the sea...

Kings Head Hotel Ladies International Match – England vs USA

An exciting day for women’s polo, Cirencester Park Polo Club was host to the Kings Head Hotel Ladies International Match. Team USA had travelled across the pond to meet the Swarovski England Team in a heated 4 chukker battle. I had great chats with Tamara Fox and Nina Clarkin, who are #SistersInMallets and in real life as well. These two have been playing polo together and against each other for over 20 years, with only a few years missed due...

Cambiaso trio debut at British Polo Day GB

On Saturday 24th of June British Polo Day hosted their 60th event globally. The fabulous day started off with a Nyetimber reception at the beautiful Black Bears Polo grounds. “British Polo Day is an unparalleled platform celebrating the history and heritage of polo with a global community, bringing together the world’s top companies and key influencers. It provides a platform for business in emerging and growth markets, giving partners enviable access to international contacts.” Lunch was served in the marquee,...

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