Wondering what to expect at a Polo Match?
A few months ago I was chatting to a friendly lady in the hotel lobby, when she suddenly invited me to come along to a polo match. ‘We’re leaving in thirty minutes,’ she said. I rushed back to my room and quickly changed into what I thought was ‘appropriate attire’: beige pants, tan sandals with spiky heels, a simple white shirt, and a hat and sunglasses. I had no idea what to expect!
These are just a few things I learned about attending a polo event, which will hopefully be useful if you want to brush up on the basics and find out what to expect at a Polo Match before you go!
Feel like getting more into the rules and history of the game; check out this handy article here.
I was just getting comfortable in my seat when everyone suddenly jumped up and rushed to the field. What’s happening now? I wondered.
Following the others onto the grass, I soon found out that my spiky heels were not the best footwear for treading in the divots kicked up by the ponies!
‘Treading in the divots’, or ‘divot stomping’, is not only a very practical solution to keep the ground in good order, but it’s also a great opportunity to mingle a bit with others, and to interact with the players and their ponies.
It’s perfectly okay to celebrate good plays, but bear in mind not to do anything too loud or vigorous that might frighten the ponies. (Think golf game, not rugby match!)
Games typically take place between 15.00-17.00, after which the traditional tea, or other refreshments, is served.
Well, dear readers, I think that concludes the basics of what to expect at a polo match! If you have any extra tips, please don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below.
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