GWR Polo on the Beach PONIES

For polo, the ponies are as important as the players.

Polo ponies are often not ponies at all. They are usually full sized horses ranging from 14.2 to 16 hands high (hh) at the withers (shoulders). Some are thoroughbred crosses while some are retrained racehorses. Originally, no horses higher than 54” were allowed to play polo but today there aren’t any limitations. For polo, the ponies are as important as the players. In total there are 40 ponies taking part over the weekend.

In total there are usually about 40 ponies taking part over the weekend. They come from three stables including our local yard at Wadebridge, South West Polo, whilst the remaining come from Dorset and Somerset – Lytchett Heath Polo Club, Dorset, where Jemima and Rob Brockett train and lease horses specifically for polo, and Vaux Park Polo Club, which is one of our key polo players Tim Vaux’s polo yard in Somerset.

Meet the ponies

 

Negro

Negro

Negro is a regular player at Watergate Bay and won Best Playing Pony in 2008. Incredibly agile and quick, he is a big horse with a big character to match. This Argentinian loves attention and having his photograph taken.

Panina

Panina

Negro is a regular player at Watergate Bay and won Best Playing Pony in 2008. Incredibly agile and quick, he is a big horse with a big character to match. This Argentinian loves attention and having his photograph taken.

Pachu

Pachu

Pachu is a real gentleman. He is often considered one of the favourites on the beach and at the polo club. He won Best Playing Pony in 2008 at the Sand Polo Championship in Sandbanks. Also born in Argentina, he’s a very determined pony.

Ruby Flare

Ruby Flare

A former racehorse, Ruby Flare is very fast and agile, often getting you where you need to be faster than you can say ‘polo’! She is a gentle soul and very good with children.

 

Shrivar

Shrivar

At 16:1hh Shrivar is the tallest pony at POTB. An English thoroughbred bay gelding and ex racehorse, he won over £30,000 during his racing career. Shrivar is 16 years old and has been at South West Polo for 9 years.

Weetabix

Weetabix

Standing at 15:2hh, Weetabix is an English thoroughbred bay mare. with power and great acceleration. 2015 will be her third season at South West Polo and her second playing in the Watergate Bay arena.

Piri

Piri

Piri is a 15:1hh bay gelding. As an Argentine thoroughbred he’s very agile and handy, so good for tight turns. He’s going to make a very good beach polo pony so look out for him.

Paddy

Paddy

Irish born Paddy was bred from Ascot champion ‘Celtic Swing’ so he certainly has good genes. Following in the hoofsteps of his father, he became a racehorse before being retrained as a polo pony.

BEACH PARTY

GWR POLO ON THE BEACH

Celebrate the winning team, rub shoulders with the polo players and party into the night.

On Saturday 27 June the music arena on the beach will be transformed into the first ever GWR Polo on the Beach party.

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Player profiles

Player profiles

Who’s played and what they get up to when they’re not at Watergate Bay.

Event guide

Event guide

Your guide to all the action over polo weekend.

Pony profiles

Pony profiles

Some of the star ponies who took part in GWR Polo on the Beach 2015.