Thai Polo & Equestrian Club

by Rich Hin
Thai Polo Club Pattaya

The Thai Polo & Equestrian Club set in 250 hectares of stunning grounds with the beautiful rolling hills of Thai countryside as a backdrop, is pure polo heaven. Located only 90 minutes from Bangkok and just 20 minutes from Pattaya, this polo Mecca really does exceed every expectation. Harald Link and Nunthinee Tanner are the owners and behind the aim to bring top class polo to Thailand. The Club launched in 2005 and has stabling for over 250 horses, with 80 of these specially selected from Argentina, Australia and England and available to hire for any ability in any level of tournament on offer. Thai Polo can proudly boast that the Club is able to mount any standard of player including beginners and 7 goal pros alike with ease.

Thai Polo Club Pattaya

The Club welcomes first-time players and have launched a Thai Polo Club League featuring lower levels of tournaments from 3 to 8 goals. Harald and Khun Nunthinee are fully aware that higher levels of polo attract international professionals, but they are also passionate about producing homegrown players – and that means appealing to the young. For children looking to give the sport a try, small Thai ponies are on offer to hire alongside the polo ponies for the more experienced. It really is a location for all. Equine care is paramount at the Thai Polo Club, with a team of four horses typically being attended to by one groom. There is a vet on standby for every hour of all 365 days of the year. The Club’s latest facility includes an Equine Clinic, which is fully equipped with an operating theatre, digital Xray machine and tendon rehabilitation equipment. A pharmacy, lab and four intensive care stables makes this a centre of Equine Veterinary excellence in Asia.

Three spectacular irrigated grounds and a stick and ball field that would rival ay cricket pitch, are tended to by a dedicated team of groundsmen. Players certainly don’t have to worry about a bouncing ball (although the perfect conditions do mean that the reliable ‘missed shot’ excuse can’t be wheeled out). The legendary polo coach Rege Ludwig is on hand all year round to offer pinpoint advice to both beginners and established pros. When Rege holds an informal lesson in the spacious and sumptuous Clubhouse, all attend. His ability to indicate and illustrate points varying from the correct seat, to tactics and preparation that might have otherwise gone unattended to is something not to be missed.

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On the field, a one hour lesson being put through your paces – during which Thai Polo supply talented school ponies – will leave you feeling like an eight-chukka open experience and noticeably improved in chukkas the next afternoon. From the intensive training on offer with legendary trainer, Rege Ludwig to the unsurpassable hospitality, Thai Polo & Equestrian Club is, and remains a unique and unrivalled polo experience; a worthy inclusion to any polo destination bucket list.

Thai Polo programme 2019/2020  Thai Polo Club Pattaya                     

November

16 & 17th                       Chukka
22 & 24th                       First Chukka Cup
30 Nov and 1st Dec      Club Chukka

December

7 & 8th                         Club Chukkas
12/13 & 14th                Copa Embajada Argentina (6 – 8 goals)
21 & 22                        Club Chukkas                                                     
26th to 31st                  Thailand Equestrian Federation Cup (8 – 10 goals)Polo

January 2020                                                                             

4 and 5th                       Club Chukka
6th to 18th                     Thai Polo Open (12 – 14 goals)
23rd to 1st February      B. Grimm Thai Polo Masters (12 – 14 goals) 

February 2020

8 & 9th                           Stephan Chimfunshi Cup (8 – 10 goals)
13/14 & 15th                 Stephan Chimfunshi Cup (8 – 10 goals)
18th – 22nd                   Queen’s Cup Pink Polo (12 – 14 goals)
23rd                               World Patrons Championship
29th – 1st March          Club Chukkas

March 2020                                                              Thai Polo Club Pattaya

5/6/7/8th                     Thai Polo Cup (8 – 10 goals)
12/13 & 14th              Thai Polo Cup (8 – 10 goals)
21 & 22nd                   Club Chukkas
27 – 29th                    La Posta Cup (8 – 10 goals)               

April 2020

3 – 5th                          Low Goal (4 – 6 goals)
9 – 11th                        Princess PA’s Beach Polo

The four key public events are highlighted in red!
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