What’s it all about?
The award-winning Polo on the Beach event takes place once again at Watergate Bay near Newquay for the eighth year, with the promise of speed and excitement featuring some of the country’s top professional polo players. Polo on the Beach is firmly established as a key event in the polo calendar and will be packed full of events, family entertainment and music all on the beach, the highlight being an exhibition polo match between two teams of top international players. The Beach Hut barbecue and bar and Champagne deck will pitch on the sand . The whole weekend is free to attend.
Did you know?
Polo dates back to the 5th century BC when Persian cavalry units used the game as a training exercise.
Beach polo is thought to originate in Dubai in 2004 and has becoming increasingly popular around the world since then, especially in warmer climates. Watergate Bay was the first beach to host beach polo back in September 2007 and it always provides an action packed match as the polo ponies are able to accelerate, stop and turn very quickly on the sand.
Nicknamed the ‘sport of Kings’ and originating in Iran over 2,500 years ago as a war game, polo can also be played on snow as well as sand and grass. Other forms of polo include cowboy polo, elephant polo, camel polo, cycle polo and even kayak polo.