Some of the action during polo season. (Pictures courtesy Barbados Polo Club)
One month down and there’s still plenty of time left to leap into all the action being offered during the Barbados Polo season in the coming months.
A new season of polo began with a bang on January 12 when a huge crowd descended on Holders, St James, for The Barbados Cancer Society Charity Polo Event – Polo Against Prostate Cancer.
Polo is one of the few sports that is played mixed gender and the excitement is palpable as this game involves a high level of skill, mastery over the powerhouse animal and a quality of camaraderie that only comes from being a part of a club.
Mark your calendars and be prepared to take in some of the best athletic entertainment available, with more than enough extra amusement to entice every type of stranger to these events. As the saying goes, ‘There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met’.
According to Adam Deane of the Barbados Polo Club, “During the various tours, we are having field stomp prizes where you search for a cork on the field, door prizes, Staycation Raffles and other fun activities which will be advertised closer to the individual events to encourage crowd interaction.”
The Field Stomp fiasco is a fine way to get people out and onto the field and feel part of the game while also searching for a bottle cork that could win you a three-month subscription to Nation News, Business Authority and Better Health.
For Deane, the highlights of this season will be the visiting teams from Canada, The Villages, USA and Cheshire, England. The most interesting upcoming matches include a Battle of the Sexes Tour, an Over 40s vs Under 40s Series, a charity day for The Heart and Stroke Foundation, and to finish up the season, a President’s Trophy Challenge.
“This year, our aim is to get the crowds as involved as possible and make sure everyone has an enjoyable and relaxing day out,” said Deane. “So far we have had one big event, which was The Cancer Society Charity Day. It was very well attended and a great start to the 2020 season. The Canada Tour will kick off our International Tours and we look forward to the same crowds as our first event of the year.”
There is a high level of skill on display at the matches occurring every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday in February but the big tour games are played on Sundays at Holders and Thursdays at Apes Hill.
“Currently, the highest rated players are myself, Jamie Dickson, and Pablo Crespin. In the Battle of the Sexes, we will have some of the best Ladies players in the world competing against the men and throughout other tours, we will have other professional players visiting,” Deane added.
On February 2, the Canada Team came out on top and signalled they were here to win the tournament. However, on Thursday, the Barbados Gildan team took the second game, setting the stage for a most exciting finale on Sunday at Holders.
Spectators can also win awesome giveaways, including a Perrier-Jouët Champagne roof top lounge, a raffle for a staycation in a luxury villa compliments Reservation Caribbean, and Alan Sheppard performing live. Action starts 3:15 p.m. at Holders Polo Club.
“This year we have a number of sponsors on board which we are very grateful for. We have been able to erect a new scoreboard thanks to Harris Paints and have many other sponsors on board such as Perrier Jouet, Stella Artois, Diamonds International, Gildan, Reservation Caribbean, Ansa Mccal (BMW), Simpson Motors (Mercedes Benz), Realtors Limited just to name a few,” said Deane.
Live music, DJs, door winnings, quick competitions, spectacular sponsors for prime prizes, and an uncommonly captivating sport all signal the start of an outstanding season of experiences to be had.
Be sure to check The Barbados Polo Club’s social media to keep up to date on all the outstanding events ahead.