Wednesday, May 20, 2009 10:23 AM
Polo in Puerto Morelos!!
Anyone who has known me for a long time knows that I am a HUGE fan of polo. I like the horses, I like the game, the excitement, the atmosphere, all of it. I started attending polo in Saratoga New York with my pal Allison and her family when I was seventeen years old. From the first match I was hooked and while I can ride well and have toyed with the idea of taking some lessons, to date I have remained an enthusiastic bystander. For the past few years we have been hearing drips and drabs about polo being played in Puerto Morelos. As is usually the case, we would hear about the results of a match rather than an announcement that there was to be a match in the near future. This year, I have been following the blog of a transplanted Aussie woman, Catriona Brown, who not only superbly reports on happenings in Puerto Morelos and the Polo Club, she is also a player! While we have been out of town for all of the games over the past nine months or so since I found her, we finally managed to make it up to PM to catch the championship match of the 3rd annual Copa del Rey at El Rey Polo Club. Although I retired all of my Lilly Pulitzer a few years ago, I managed to pull together a suitably cute outfit, clean up Rob and the kids and hustle the whole crew up for a day of polo in the jungle.
For those of you who have not attended a polo match before, I will not bore you by going into the rules and regulations and techical aspects of the sport. Those of you familiar with polo know that as a spectator, there is a lot of standing around, looking pretty, drinking wine and asking "What chucker is it dahling?'. Fortunately, those rules still apply here in Mexico! Bring on the vino!
Look how well the Corona girls clean up.
This is why we don't let the kiddos hang out on the rail. Don't worry. It's actually much scarier than it looks.
Hmmm. What was that about not standing too close to the rail?
We stayed for a few words from the organizer, Manolo Calvo, the awards presentations and scooted out just as the band was starting to get revved up. It looked like a raucous party was planned for this evening! As I had already drank mine and everyone else's share of the wine, we called it a night and headed back to Playa.
Special thanks to Cat Brown for keeping us "in the know" about events at El Rey Polo Club. (PS - Cat, I'd keep a close eye on that nifty cap if I were you. Rob is awfully keen on it!) The matches were spirited and exciting to watch. The surroundings couldn't be more lovely. We were particularly impressed with the "club house" and the pool. It is nice to have a favorite part of our old life in the northeastern United States available to us here in our new home. We all had a fabulous time and are looking forward to the next match.
Of course, it could have been the wine.