As always Engine Room was right! The weather for the Cartier International Polo in Windsor Great Park was, again, exceptional. What an exciting, if not unachievable for most, this sport is, even though that cynic SGM harbours doubts.
To have a 'stable' of horses is megabucks and I suppose only a very privileged few will ever experience the sensation of what it is like to career around on a horse waving a wooden mallet at a small ball. But, unlike many other sports, this one is great fun to spectate. I find that there is very little chance for the public to get involved in most other sports and essentially all you do is sit and watch, then go home! Not so in Polo...
...at 'half time' for each game the crowd are expected to swarm onto the pitch to 'heel' in the divots to keep the surface as flat as possible and avoid injury to horse and rider.
And to add to the enjoyment, there is (over on the far right by the white pergolas) a complete village with almost anything available including food, hats, suits, polo gear and, this year, even a branch of China Whites a renowned dance emporium from Central London!
For our part...
... we go for the food and drink in our own picnic area...
... complete with tablecloth and space for 22 and gallons, if not flagons, of Pimms!
The event is organised by The Guards Polo Club, and brilliantly I would say. It is so easy to park, picnic and enjoy it has become one of my favourite outings of the year.
I could not help but close with a typical shot of an outdoor event! In the middle of nowhere there are toilets - and always with women waiting!
A wonderful and very satisfying day out, diablog, and I would commend it to anyone who just enjoys things which are there and in lovely surroundings.
Yours, diablog, all a chukka (which is only 'cos they 'chuck', literally, the ball into play each time there is a lineout),