21 DEC 2019 -- 137 PILLARS
ACTION WILL RETURN TO POLO ESCAPE
Escape team will host 2 visiting teams for this action packed tournament --
King Power (from VRSC) and Siam Polo Park (with Jamie, Nico, Damian, and his
patron). This is a very high profile event played at 4-6 goals to the fine
and honored tradition of hospitality and fine cuisine up in Chiangmai at the
137 Pillars Hotel.
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. The following 4 teams have confirmed their
- Khun Tal will Captain the "Polar Bears."
- Black Dog will return as "Black Rhinos."
- Polo Escape will represent the "Bengal Tigers"
- Maple Leafs will be the "Snow Leopards."
The Play may be 3 days if we have all these teams. A donation of 10,000 Baht
will be made to 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.
10 DEC 2019 -- HONG KONG &
CHINA WILL TRAIN AT SPP
from Hong Kong has been training over the weekend and this coming week at
SPP. He is visiting with his friend from Hong Kong Jockey Club. A team of
several ladies from Hong Kong also will be training with Saint Nic
throughout the week. Then on Friday, 8 single young ladies from China will
come to sample the prowess and beauty of Siam Polo Park for a single day.
They are on a whirlwind journey of all 4 polo clubs to see which is most
suitable for them. Saint Nic has called in the service of his fellow gaucho
from Tianjin and all corners of the globe to assist with the Friday training
lessons for China with the POLO RED
7-8 DEC 2019 -- THE BONES
WIN THE FATHERS DAY CUP AT SPP
Kelly Bones flew in from Toronto with their hired gun Marco Foccacia to up
the level of competition at SPP over the weekend. There was a "post it" memo
from TPA attached firmly to the trophy presented to the winning team. The
action was fierce for 2 days of play. Jamie was hitting fantastic drives
drives up front for the pink team, but the combined pressure from Kerry and
Graham on the blue team was just too much for pink to handle. The weather
was perfect, with fresh cool air flowing down from the North after the
Typhoon passed over Philippines. There were 2 asados on Saturday and Sunday.
The Saturday was a hornito, and the Sunday was the real deal. This gave the
Bones lots of time to share stories of their faithful "no eyed" dog back on
the farm in Canada, and to share stories from their time at Singapore Polo
Club. Flaca and Carolina showed up with their clutches of young gauchos in
tow, and Saint Nicolas gave everyone instructions on how to join Instagram
and send Whatup messages to each other. A very fun weekend of polo for all
25 NOV-10 DEC 2019 --
MALAYSIA WINS SEA GAMES POLO
The SEA GAMES 2019 polo action returned this year to Philippines. Four
countries were taking part -- Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and
Brunei. The Thailand team who first started polo in the SEA games decided not to participate.
Apparently, Peter Yabadabadoo was flying back and forth from Malaysia to
Philippines and the handicap was first set for 4-6 goals, then went up to 7,
then back to 6, and perhaps even up to 7 then back to 6 again. The Thais
didn't like this indecision, so after buying a fleet of new horses for the
tournament to fly over there, they canceled. Singapore has also said that they will
not be making the tournament this year. Brunei was on brilliant form after
flying all their horses in from Brunei, and they captured the Bronze after a
thrilling battle with Indonesia with Prince Bahar scoring the winning goal.
Gold went to Malaysia, and Philippines captured the Silver -- their first
medal in SEA Games polo action. We have heard that all the action took place
at Mikee Romero's field and Zobel field (about a 3 hour drive from Manila).
NOV 2019 -- ST. REGIS POLO GENERATIONS CUP IN SINGAPORE
Furlong from Colt's Polo in Singapore has arranged a 4 team polo exhibition
match on this weekend. Pat is focused on training young players the art of
polo. He has about 140 active students at his facility in Singapore. This
event is to promote polo and get more young players into the game. On 23rd
November we have the St. Regis Polo Generations event -- The first family
polo event in Singapore. The event will be at the Singapore Turf Club Riding
https://www.stc-ridingcentre.com/ -- Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre,
1 Equestrian Walk, (Off Woodlands Avenue 3), Singapore 737863 --
They expect 400+ people on the day. For more information --
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 French 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 (1st)
BLACK DOG (2nd)
MAPLE LEAF (3rd)
The Gentlemen of the "Gentleman's Cup" 2019
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 Marco
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 or want to buy a new stick.
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. --
View latest calendar
FEB 2020 -- NEW DATES FOR ALL ASIA CUP
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. 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 out 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.
4-5 APR 2020 -- SONGKRAN
CUP RETURNS TO SPP
without doubt one of the most famous and dreaded tournaments in the Thai
Calendar. We have not seen it for a number of years, but this year, the
Songkran Cup is Back!!! This is the last event of the Thai Polo Calendar and
it will be a big one. Of course, this is only a "practice chukka" so we
don't have to draft a memo, but rest assured this will be big. It is hot and
the competition is fierce, but win or loose, there is no greater feeling
that dumping an entire trash can of ICE water on your defeated opponent...!
Don't miss it. If you want to join, book early with Nico --
email@example.com This is
your chance to see Edward practicing his nearside... All new players are
welcome to join this fun cup.