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December 15 2019 Latest news:
Over the past four years, Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay has built up a reputation both in Cornwall and the polo world as one of the highlights of the autumn events calendar. With many of the highest handicapped polo players queuing up to play, the final line-up of players is yet to be confirmed but this years competition promises to be even more exciting.
Six professional polo players, one umpire and nearly 30 horses will take to the sands of this famous surfing beach to play four fast-paced chukkas (periods of play lasting six-and-a-half minutes) in a small arena measuring 100m by 50m.
Andy Burgess, one of the organisers and a team captain, says: When playing in the small arena you have got to be quicker with the stick work, as you dont have much time to think between shots or where you have got to position yourself. As you turn and accelerate quite quickly, youve got to be a bit sharper with it.
This event has a laid-back and beach-friendly atmosphere, with a barbeque and free entry for spectators. Expert commentators explain the rules and strategy of the game during the match, while summarising the action. Andy says: Unrestricted assess means that the event is much more intimate then any other polo tournament, the spectators can get so close to the action and can meet the players afterwards.
Spectators from previous years have experienced the sibling rivalry between brothers Richard and Andrew Blake Thomas, both England internationals, who are hoping to participate again in this years event.
The two teams compete for the Watergate Bay Trophy, awardedthe winning team, with special awards handed out to the Most Valuable Player and the Best Playing Pony, which is presented to the player who rode the stand-out pony during the game.
The match starts at 6.30pm and to help spectators soak up the atmosphere, a public champagne bar and beach barbeque will be open on the beach from 3pm. Extra car parking is also available this year to cater for the growing number of people attending the free event.
A limited number of event hospitality tickets are available priced 60 and include a champagne and canap reception at The Hotel, Watergate Bay with live music. Ticket holders have private access to the hotels terraces, offering an ideal viewing platform from which to soak up the atmosphere and watch the game. For hospitality tickets please contact Alison Payne on 01637 860543, ext 353, or email: email@example.com