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Dec 2019

Volume XVI - Issue 1.

SIAM POLO NEWS

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Welcome to SIAM POLO PARK -- the first and most beautiful polo club in Thailand -- Come join us for weekend chukkas or beginners lessons -- Contact Polo Manager NICO -- nico@argentinapolo.com

21 DEC 2019 -- 137 PILLARS ACTION WILL RETURN TO POLO ESCAPE
The Polo 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" (PRACTICE CHUKKAS)
The 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
This will 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 attendance:
- 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
Justin Lau 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 BOOK.

7-8 DEC 2019 -- THE BONES WIN THE FATHERS DAY CUP AT SPP
Graham and 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 -- https://www.instagram.com/siampoloparkpattaya/

25 NOV-10 DEC 2019 -- MALAYSIA WINS SEA GAMES POLO IN PHILIPPINES
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).

23 NOV 2019 -- ST. REGIS POLO GENERATIONS CUP IN SINGAPORE
Pat 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 Centre https://www.stc-ridingcentre.com/ -- Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre,
1 Equestrian Walk, (Off Woodlands Avenue 3), Singapore 737863 -- MAP
They expect 400+ people on the day. For more information -- patrick@coltspolo.com

 

15-16 NOV 2019 -- SIAM POLO PARK WINS THE GENTLEMAN'S CUP
Khun Tal 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)
Jamie D
King Ed
Tal
Saint Nicolas

BLACK DOG (2nd)
Eric
James Bean
Tom
Jamie W

MAPLE LEAF (3rd)
David
Tui
Olivier
Damian

   


Olivier & Woodward take flight


The Pope blessing Saint Nicolas before he takes command of SPP

 

 

Damian going under the neck

Khun Tal about to Hammerhead Monsieur Olivier
   

Gentlemen Maple Leafs first time at SPP

Barthe executes a Neck for Olivier
   

Ed showing us his Gentleman's Socks

Black Dog trying to decide which horse to ride
   

Khun Tal demonstrates to David how to "gently take it around"

James cordially passing Ed in pursuit
   

Saint Nic & Khun Tal preparing their "Gentleman's Speech"

The Gentlemen enjoying a meal after the match
   

A gentle nudge from Saint Nic

The Gentleman's Photographer Khun Toy
 


The Gentlemen of the "Gentleman's Cup" 2019


SEP 2019 -- NEW POLO MANAGER AT SIAM POLO PARK

Nico 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 -- nico@argentinapolo.com

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
The 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 CALENDARS UP
We have 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
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. 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
This is 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 -- nico@argentinapolo.com This is your chance to see Edward practicing his nearside... All new players are welcome to join this fun cup.
 

 

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CONTACTS
AT VS SPORTS CLUB
Polo Manager: Lucas Lujan -- mobile: 0901015353. tpa@siampolonews.com
Post Address: VR Sports Club, 88/1-7 moo9 OnNut-Teparaj Road, Preng, Bangbo, SamutPrakarn 10560 Thailand.
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CONTACTS AT SIAM POLO PARK (the first & most beautiful polo club in Thailand)
Polo Manager: Nico Pieroni -- mobile: 0930301284. nico@argentinapolo.com
Post Address: 100 M.9, T.Pong, A.Banglamung, Chonburi 20150. Fax: 66+38734940.
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CONTACTS AT B.GRIMM THAI POLO CLUB
Club Manager: Khun Nara "Om" -- mobile: 0850436272. cha_om@hotmail.com
Horse Manager: Santiago Bachmann -- santithaipoloclub@yahoo.com
Post Address: 111 Polo Drive, Pattaya, Thailand.
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CONTACTS AT POLO ESCAPE
Polo Manager: Unknown -- polo@poloescape.com
Tournament Season: November - April
Post Address: No. 9 Moo 13, Tumbon Huay Yai, Amphur Banglamung, Cholburi, Thailand.
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