The Thai Polo Club just east of Pattaya on the main road towards Rayong hosts an annual event to mark the Ambassador’s Argentina Cup now in its 5th year.
The event starts at 2pm where you will be welcomed with a drink and the first chukka of the day starts at 2.30pm. Entrance is free but you will be expected to dig deep for charity and make a donation but rest assured you will be well catered for throughout the day and at the Argentinian Gaucho buffet in the evening. Treated to the finest Argentinian wines and entertained by the game of kings. There is even a tango demonstration to get the latin blood in you rising. The event was launched to herald the links between Thailand and Argentina and the Argentinian Ambassador to Thailand H.E. Alicia Sonschein will be in attendance with various other foreign Ambassadors, dignitaries and VIP guests from across the region.
It is an opportunity for Argentine brands and companies that are based in Thailand to showcase their wares and to strengthen the bond between the two countries. Argentina is reputed as one of the world’s finest polo playing country’s and the teams competing that day will be named after spectacular travel destinations that can be found in the South American country. A minimum of four teams will compete that afternoon and it is the most delightful way to spend an afternoon in the company of high society from both the expat and Thai communities. If you have not been and or are not aware of the game there are two teams of four players on each team on horseback who use mallets with long, flexible handles to hit a white wooden ball down a grass field and between the two goal posts. Each match consists of 4 chukkas (plays), each one lasting 7 minutes of actual play.
The Thai Polo Club has three full sized international standard polo playing fields, two practice fields and stabling for over 250 horses set in picturesque grounds on a site just 90 minutes from Bangkok and 20 minutes from Pattaya on over 2,000 rai. The creation of co owners Harald Link (President of the SE Asian Equestrian Federation) a Thai-German entrepreneur, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is the chairman, CEO, and owner of B.Grimm and has made Thailand his home for the last 42 years. Co owner and designer of the Club and its grounds is Mrs Nunthinee Tanner (considered the first female polo player in Thailand) and the two have built up the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club which has grown in size and stature over recent years. The Club even has a horse hospital on site and from the 1st to the 8th December will host the FEI Asian Championships with dressage 1-4th, Eventing 3-5th and Jumping 4-8th December where international riders from 10 countries across SE Asia will compete against each other. HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya will be part of the Thai National Team so the Thai team will be well supported.