Sunday, 26 January 2014

IN HIS SHOES...(AMAZING POLO...)

A 10 goal arena challenge at my Polo Club, Ascot Park with a head cam worn by Chris Hyde, one of England's finest arena players...
Many thanks for this video, to Nick Beitner, one of the very good and talented polo player at Ascot Park...
Enjoy...


32 comments:

  1. It only shows how difficult and fast game it is. Great video. Anne

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    1. Thank you very much Anne. Best, Sixte

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  2. Oh, it is a very difficult game. The horses are more tired then the polo riders. Enjoyed the video. Marika

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    1. Thank you Marika. No worries for the horses, they are not tired at all. We changed them every 7 minutes...(at every chukka). If you see on the video, the horses are not the same...Best, Sixte

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  3. Wow!!! What a game. Could be very confusing and hard to play well. Brenda

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    1. Yes Brenda. Especially as they are lots of "right of way" : the imaginary line you created as soon as you shot the ball... Best, Sixte

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  4. This is not a game for everyone. Do you need your own horse? It seems fun! dorothy

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    1. Thank you Dorothy. You don't need your horse at the beginning. Only if you want to go further on polo, then it is better to have your own horses...Best, Sixte

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  5. I became tired watching this video. What is a chukka, please? Millie

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    1. 27 minutes is a lot. You should have watched a little bit, especially when you are not accustomed with polo... A polo match is very intense, it is why it is divided in, (generally), 6 chukka. A chukka is a period of time which lasts 7,5 minutes where you play. At the end of each chukka, you change your horse, have a sip of water and then you go again for 7,5 minutes. Best, Sixte

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  6. Do horses have fun as well playing polo? It must be frustrating to miss the ball. I enjoyed watching the video. Thanks Sixte. Linda

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    1. You're very welcome Linda. Yes, they do enjoyed it actually...As soon as you hit the ball, they are "running" after it as well...Best, Sixte

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  7. I wouldn't like to be in his shoes. Far too fast and too dangerous for me. On the other hand it is fun to watch the game. Elaine

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    1. I know what you mean Elaine. This is a very high level, very high goal. You can compare it as a Giant Slalom and you when you are skiing... You can play not so fast, just to have the pleasure of hitting the ball...Best, Sixte

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  8. Hi Sixte, I would like to start playing polo. How to go about it, please? Thank you, Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn. You have to start at my polo club then. It is the best in UK for school teaching in polo (the polo ponies are amazing and they are known all over the world for it...). Please call Lucy or Claire from me (mention the blog, they will understand) : 44 (0) 1276 858 545. Best, Sixte

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  9. Nice game! Do you have to be very fit and....very wealthy? Grace

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    1. Hi Grace. You have to be relatively fit (depends on how often you play...) Wealthy, yes, if you want to play every day...You can have a lot of fun and play only for the winter season (polo arena, the video) or do the contrary and play only in grass for summer season (I know a lot of people who play only on grass...). You can really managed your budget and have a good time playing polo sometimes...Hope it help. Best, Sixte

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  10. Can children play as well? What is the minimum age, please? Thanks. Melanie

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    1. Yes, of course Melanie. Children can play (my daughter adored it...), from 6 years old...Best, Sixte

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  11. I thought they play polo on grass. It is a nice game, very fast and skillful. Do you still play it Sixte? Renia

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    1. Yes, I do Renia. When the weather is good... Polo is played on grass during summer and spring season (from April to November). Arena polo (the video), is played through winter season. Snow polo is played...in mountains, during winter obviously...Best, Sixte

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  12. This is a truly amazing video. It shows polo in it's complexity, speed and effort. Thank you Sixte for putting it on your blog. Natalia

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    1. You're very welcome Natalia. I am really happy you enjoyed it...Best, Sixte

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  13. Polo is a fascinating sport. This video shows it clearly. I will enquire about it. My daughter would love it. Thank you. Verena

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    1. You're welcome Verena. yes, your daughter will adore it...Best, Sixte

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  14. Polo will become my next passion. I always loved horse riding. Steph

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    1. You will see, it is completely different but still familiar... Best, Sixte

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  15. A video. Shows the game from the closest distance. Well done, Sixtine. Dalia

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  16. It is so exciting to ride a horse and have fun playing a game at the same time. Polo is definitely for me! Ciao, Alessandra

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    1. Yes, it is great fun Alessandra...Best, Sixte

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