Polo on Governors Island
Saturday was the 2nd Manhattan Polo Classic on the opening day of Governors Island. Last year was the first time in 70 years that polo was played in New York City. Johnny Midwest and myself were among the 30 or so people who showed up for the free event. There was a “private party” set of tents up on the opposite side of the pitch from the free area. I would guess there were 150 people over there sipping champagne and wearing big hats.
This year was a completely different story. Mostly because Prince Harry and Nacho Figueiras were playing in the match and the promotion was better. I couldn’t even see the field as I rolled up because there were so many people, thousands. I did squeeze my way through to get some shots. But you know how it is, nobody want to move an inch, then I get pissed and start elbowing people out of my way hollering “I’m coming at ya” and “you weren’t here last year, move it!”.
This time around they played 4 on 4 and it was on the same field but this time they set up 10″ boards around the side lines to keep the crowd safely away from the play. Last year was 3 on 3 with no out of bounds. This game of polo is so fun to watch even when it’s just an exhibition match and the other players go easy around the prince. Wild animals! playing on a barely tamed horses makes riding bikes look like playing with matchbox cars.