Come chukka prawn on the polo bar­bie

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - PRUE LEWINGTON

IT’S al­ways been re­garded as more fine din­ing than back­yard bar­bie but polo is go­ing ca­sual.

For­get the sport of kings, queens and Pack­ers, next month’s World Polo Cham­pi­onship is be­ing trans­formed into a re­laxed coun­try fes­ti­val. With pony rides, bar­be­cues, a laid-back dress code and a shut­tle bus, the Syd­ney Polo Club hopes to take what was once the ex­clu­sive do­main of the elite to reg­u­lar folk and fam­i­lies liv­ing in Syd­ney’s West.

It’s the first time NSW has hosted the pres­ti­gious tourna- ment and event am­bas­sador Erin Hol­land be­lieves the line-up of field games, along with live per­for­mances from singers Marty Rose and Bobby Valen­tine, will have a wide ap­peal.

“It will have a fes­ti­val vibe go­ing on with mu­sic and food stalls from each of the teams com- pet­ing,” the for­mer Miss World Aus­tralia said.

The nine-day tour­na­ment kicks off in Rich­mond on Oc­to­ber 21. A shut­tle bus ser­vice will run ev­ery 15 min­utes be­tween the venue and Rich­mond sta­tion.

World Polo Cham­pi­onship am­bas­sador Erin Hol­land hitches a ride on “Squir­rel”, led by Tommy Martin. Pic­ture: Tim Hunter

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