Come chukka prawn on the polo barbie
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