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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
June 5th, 2011
Governors Island, New York
Last year this was the same weekend as ESPI5 so I missed it but I was at the first year and second. I highly recommended making it to this because watching polo in New York City is not very common. The 2008 event was the first in 70 years and there was only about 150 people there. The 2009 event was the second match and about 10,000 people were in attendance because of some prince from some other country was here playing. From what I heard last years event was about the same. That means get there early. Or just skip the crowds.
Here is another Popular Mechanics article. May 1931.
photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Someone sent me a link to this. Many good photos. This one is from January 23, 2011 in Klosters, Switzerland. Follow the link to Boston.com to see lots more.
read more of History of Chogân (Polo) on the Iran Chamber Society
Seen this in a wine shop window the last day I was messengering in the city. I hear prince William is playing again so the crowds will be nuts. Free to the public, and there is the private party for the snotty sort. Take a bike and you get a jump to the front of the ferry line, just a tip. But I know not many bike polo players will hit this up because ESPI5 is going on at the same time. Otherwise watching horse polo is really fun. It puts our version into a new perspective. Check it out if you have the chance.
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.
A day at the polo grounds
Camera Guy – “How much overlap is there between the bike polo community and the horse polo community?”
Paul Rauen – “None”
Veuve Clicquot’s Manhattan Polo Classic on Governors Island was the first polo match in Manhattan in over 70 years. The event paired Black Watch against Asprey London and was free to watch. The match was played three on three and was four chukkas in duration. Johnny Midwest and I made it in time to see the last two chukkas and were the only ones (of the bike polo crowd) who made it to the polo field, although others tried but couldn’t due to weather. We were both very impressed to see the sport first hand, and we had a conversation with another spectator named Akshay (unsure of spelling) who was filling us in on some of the sports details such as the worlds best polo player, Nacho Figueiras, was on the field playing for Black Watch, and some interesting details about the horses. And we might have found a new bike polo player too.
Mauricio Devrient playing for Asprey London.
Photo © Doug D 2008