15-16 NOV 2019 -- SIAM POLO
PARK WINS THE
made a sudden appearance to join the Gentleman's Cup, and he was on form.
This was the first Gentleman's Cup ever to be held in the Kingdom of
Thailand, and Tal's Siam Polo Park was hungry to claim it. We had 3 teams on
the field. Black Dog had been resurrected by the Pope's envoy Saint Nicolas
himself after 5 years of oblivion, and they did not take this sitting down.
Maple Leaf appeared for the first time from Singapore, and they startled
everyone with their Canadian prowess. There was a fantastic asado on
Saturday night, and Nicolas Pieroni gave a riveting speech, followed by Khun
Tal, thanking everyone for coming and supporting the tremendous makeover of
Siam Polo Park -- the first and most beautiful polo club in Thailand.
SIAM POLO PARK
pictures are coming
SEP 2019 -- NEW POLO MANAGER AT SIAM POLO PARK
Pieroni has been appointed Polo Manager in charge of the first and most
beautiful polo club in Thailand -- SIAM POLO PARK. His appointment comes
directly from Khun Tal, and he will report directly to Khun Tal and Khun
Top. We had a brief chat with Nico, and his vision for the club is a "Fun &
Learning" Polo Club for beginner players to come and learn the game. Nico
has spent the past three years instructing polo in Singapore, and playing in
medium goal tournaments, and he is keen to promote the club and bring it
back to life. His wife Flaca, is also a keen enthusiast of Polo and will be
organizing some culinary specialties for polo players "apres polo." If you
are keen to learn polo, or if you are passing through Thailand and want to
play some friendly Club Chukkas, then email NICO --
LA TAQUERIA "NEXT" -- POLO
STICK REPAIR SHOP OPENS AT SPP
There is a
brand new polo stick repair shop at Original Siam Polo Park. Damian has
opened this shop under the command of the Siam Polo Park manager to help
players repair broken sticks and to outfit them with new sticks. To our
recollection, this is the first time that we have ever seen a dedicated polo
stick repair shop at the club. Damian also has some other polo items in his
workshop, so stop by if you need some stick work.
COMING THIS SEASON -- "POLO
CLUB CAFE" @ SPP
breaking polo news this year will be the grand opening of the POLO CLUB CAFE
at the old and original Siam Polo Park near Pattaya. We are currently
waiting for the "memo" to be approved, but the idea has been well received
by the commanders at King Power. The idea is that after polo practice or
weekend chukkas or weekday lessons, the beginners and visiting players can
sit and look out over the field with a nice cup of coffee, or perhaps a hot
dog or sandwich. This will be a GIANT STEP FORWARD for Polo in Thailand.
Flaca is chomping at the bit to get cracking. If you have any ideas... Send
her a "memo."
OCT 2019 -- NEW POLO
received the polo calendars from B.Grimm and Polo Escape, and they are up on
the Siam Polo News Calendar for the 2019-2020 season. Nico is working on the
polo calendar for SPP, but he is planning 4 low goal tournaments for this year. One of the first tournaments
on the 15-16th November will be the "Gentleman's
Cup" -- an invitational to the original resident polo players in Thailand.
It may be a bit slow, but will be historic nonetheless. We also hear that Nico may be bringing the newly formed Hong Kong Polo Team to the club. We
now have the last polo calendar dates from TPA with the VSSC tournaments. We
have heard that the ALL ASIA CUP is back in action this year... Last year,
the TPA said that it would be rotated between different countries in Asia,
but now, it seems it is back in Thailand. There is a rumor that there will
be 10 teams in the All Asia Cup. We will keep you updated.
NEW DATES FOR ALL ASIA CUP
Asia Cup is set to return this year. The dates have changed and now it is
going to be in February. The TPA is handling this one, so we will let you
know anytime we hear any news. Nico Curto will be bringing the Indonesian
Team up to Thailand to practice 2 weeks before the tournament to get the
guys acclimatized and ready. Indonesia is the only other country that has
ever won the All Asia Cup other than Thailand. This is why people have come
to respect the All Asia Cup, because in it's beginnings, for the first two
playings, it was seen to be completely fair -- as all the horses were put
into a pool and drawn equally our of a hat, the dates of the All Asia Cup
never changed, and the umpires were completely fair. Let's see how it goes
this year under the TPA.
25 NOV-10 DEC 2019 -- SEA GAMES POLO
The SEA GAMES 2019 polo action will return this year to Philippines. Anthony
has confirmed the dates of 25 Nov to 10 Dec. We hear
that 4 teams are taking part -- Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and
Brunei. For some reason, the Thailand team who first started polo in the SEA
games has decided not to participate. Singapore has also said that they will
not be making the tournament this year. Brunei is on high after their
sensational Bronze performance, so they will be flying their horses from
Brunei to Philippines and will definitely be the team to watch in this years
action. If we hear more, we will let you know.
3-5 JAN 2020 -- "TRI-NATIONS CUP"
Tri-Nations Cup will return next year with three teams battling it out --
Korea, China, and USA will field teams at SPP for the coveted "Tri-Nations
Cup." These are basically enthusiastic "Practice Chukkas" to keep the event
low key, but rest assured the fans will be in the thousands to watch the
progress of China and Korea on the polo field. We will let you know who is
coming in short order.
16-18 JAN 2020 -- WWF
ENDANGERED WILDLIFE CUP
be our biggest tournament at the original Siam Polo Park this year. It is
the famous Endangered Wildlife Cup. Already, every single player in the
Gentleman's Cup has confirmed. It was previously planned to be 4 teams, but
now it may be 6 or 7 teams. The following teams have said that they are
- Khun Tal will Captain the "Polar Bears."
- Black Dog will return as "Black Rhinos."
- Siam Polo Park will return as "Snow Leopards."
- Fast Fish will play as "Indo-Chinese Tigers."
- Polo Escape will represent the "Asian Elephants."
- Maple Leafs will be the "Mountain Gorillas."
- Axus is on standby...
The Play may be 3 days if we have all these teams. A donation of 10,000 Baht
will be made to each WWF Thailand and to Father Ray Orphanage after the
event. This tournament aims to bring attention to some of the wildlife in
the world that are under the threat of extinction and to promote the cause
for their survival. We started this tournament years ago, and it was very
popular, but then seemed to disappear. Rest assured, the Endangered Animals
are now back at the Original & Ancient Siam Polo Park. Stay tuned, and we
will let you know who is coming.