Xpat Event Report: Polo Festival - Kincsem Park, Budapest

  • 11 Jun 2013 9:00 AM
Xpat Event Report: Polo Festival - Kincsem Park, Budapest
Polo, “The Sport of Kings” was first played in Persia in the 5th century BC. Originally, it was a training game for cavalry units, usually the king's guards. The modern game, formalized and popularized by the British, has now arrived to Hungary. Taking place at Kincsem Park, the “Polo Festival” was held, with Arena polo matches, fashion show, hat competition, pony riding and lots more.

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In the hot June sunshine, this was a touch of glamour to grace this wonderful, grandioso horse establishment. The day began with a precession of classic cars, followed by the equally graceful polo teams.

The pace was fast and furious, not for the faint hearted, which made this a compelling game to watch, as well as, to play.

Between the 7 minutes sessions of the matches (or as it is called in polo, “chukkas”), the riders and horses (or “polo ponies”, which they are, being a special breed) took fully deserved refreshments.

Then back to the action, vibrant, full of tension and passion…formula 1 on four legs!

Words and photos by Russell Skidmore for XpatLoop.com
After an extensive career in advertising - as an Art Director & Creative Director in London, Paris and Budapest for leading agencies - Russel transferred the skills and knowledge gained to the development of his own successful company covering wedding, event, PR and portrait photography: www.russell-skidmore-photography.co.uk

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