Ar­gen­tine Open, 4 Nov-2 Dec, Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina

Horse & Hound - - Winter Show Guide 2017 -

JET off to sunny Buenos Aires, con­sid­ered the Mecca of polo, for the Ar­gen­tine Open. Billed as the great­est polo tour­na­ment on the planet, the three-week bo­nanza cul­mi­nates in a hotly con­tested fi­nal in the great sta­dium at Palermo, known as “the cathe­dral of polo”.

“Tri­buna C” is the stand where ev­ery­one wants to be, the coolest seat in the house, but you’ll save cash by opt­ing in­stead for the cheaper wooden “Dor­rego” stands on the op­po­site side of the field. The vibe here is bois­ter­ous and the out­fits ca­sual, so dress in jeans and a T-shirt to look the part. The cel­e­bra­tions con­tinue in the many bars be­neath the sta­dium and at glit­ter­ing par­ties across the cap­i­tal.

Adolfo Cam­bi­aso re­mains the man to beat. The 10-goal player’s team, reign­ing cham­pi­ons La Dol­fina, are favourites for the fi­nal along­side great ri­vals Eller­stina. Watch out for Cam­bi­aso’s cloned polo ponies in ac­tion on the big day. Not to be missed: BA’s ver­sion of the Cor­nish pasty, called an em­panada. the Nitty-gritty: ex­pect to pay £40 for a mid-range Dor­rego ticket.

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