POLO PLAYING PROMISE

8 04 2008

Sam Gómez Haw (far left), born and bred in Jimena, is learning the game of polo thanks to the kindness and support of Nick and Ginny Williams, and Ali and Negro, all of whom have seen great promise in this -1 handicap player. But why do we mention it? Because Sam was recently invited to take part as a full member of Xia-Xia team at the Santa María Polo Club Open Championship, with which a large door is opening to better things. Read the rest of this entry »

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CLOCKS GO FORWARD TONIGHT

30 03 2008

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At 2 a.m. tonight (Saturday to Sunday) our clocks go FORWARD 1 hour. Don’t say you weren’t warned…





POLO ON THE SAND

17 01 2008

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In November and most of December, Santa María Polo Club took a break from their frenetic summer activity as far as organizing tournaments is concerned, though these went on well into October. That does not mean, though, that there was no polo in the area; far from it. San Bernabé, in Algeciras, hosted the Iridike San Bernabé Tournament, which was somewhat different to other more usual stick and ball competitions. To start with, the playing surface was on sand and on a much smaller pitch. Then the teams were only two per side, and the ball they tried to put through the opposition’s posts was larger and made of leather. The final was played over four chukkas but the rest of the matches had only two. No doubt about it: it was different. Probably because these players, who had been active throughout the summer, were itching to get back on the field.

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Five teams took part in this unusual event, of which the final was played on December 2nd – a day with temperatures more typical of a summer weekend, admittedly. Final victory went to the team made up of Gonzalo Muñoz Escassi and Ben Wesserling and, naturally, the prize giving was followed by a scrumptious asado attended by most of the players, though without the host, Chiqui Recio.

©Revista Miradas del Sur 2008





LA DOLFINA MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW

17 01 2008

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Three years with the same team. Three years as winners of the Argentine Open. La Dolfina, with Adolfo Cambiaso, Lolo Castagnola, Lucas Monteverde and Mariano Aguerre aboard, is rapidly becoming one of the best teams in the history of the game. They met Ellerstina in the final of 114th Open, who had just come from winning at Tortugas and Hurlingham and was naturally after Triple Crown. The team with the Pieres brothers, Facundo and Gonzalo, and the McDonoughs, Matías and Pablo, were itching to make history, too, and will probably do so in the future, but this time they came across the experience of a veteran competitor whom very few dare to outclass. It took a lot of hard work for La Dolfina to beat the Z team, but an extra chukker saw Lucas Monteverde put in the golden goal: 16-15 to Cambiaso’s men. And the big crowd went wild on the stands at the Cathedral of Polo. And at the palenques, another number 10, Diego Armando Maradona, celebrated La Dolfina’s victory in the Open, too. Read the rest of this entry »





THE PLAYING FIELD

17 11 2007

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These are the official dimensions of a polo field including safety zones, which, according to the Hurlingham Polo Association Rules (the Bible of polo, as it were), are here depicted as the minimum size.





PAINTINGS BY DEBORAH KNIGHT

9 11 2007

Jimena resident Deborah Knight has sent us photos of some of her magnificently lively polo paintings, all of which are for sale. If you are interested, please e-mail JimenaPolo and we will put you in touch with Deborah directly. In the meantime, we will be trying to organize an exhibition in or near Sotogrande during the coming Christmas polo season. If you are interested in that, or have some space for a show, please contact us.

To see more paintings, Read the rest of this entry »





‘GARROCHA’

15 09 2007

 

This is the target, a ring of about 5 cms. in diameter set at an angle.The garrochista set out at full gallop.

 

Walking, trotting or even cantering are not allowed.

 

It is very easy to miss!But there are those who seem to make it easy, though the trick, once the ring has been hooked, is to keep it on the pole. It must be handed to the judge directly off the lance to qualify.

 

Although this has nothing to do with polo, excellent riding skills are certainly needed, including a ‘good eye’. This time we feature what in Spanish is called carrera de garrocha. A garrocha is variously described as a lance, goad or cattle prod and is used principally at fighting bull breeding or other cattle farms, often to separate a chosen animal from the rest. It is also a countryside ‘sport’ with points given to the ways a rider can ‘turn’ or knock down a cow or bull.

 

This year’s Novena feria in Estación de Jimena, with the riding section organized by the El Estribo association, featured a more innocuous though thrilling sport whereby the garrochista has to hook a small ring on to his pole, not an easy thing to do at all.