BEACH POLO IN BROOME


Pinctada Beach Polo 4

Polo on the beach, can’t imagine this happening at Bondi Beach, but that’s exactly what’s in store for Broome’s Cable Beach on 24 & 25 May when one of Australia’s most anticipated beachside events, the Pinctada Cable Beach Polo Festival, will be held.

What a weekend this will be when Cable Beach replaces its famous camels with horses.

Featuring leading overseas and Australian polo players and their ponies, all vying for glory across two days of thrilling beach polo action, the Pinctada Cable Beach Polo Festival 2014 will culminate in an international clash

The polo ‘arena’ will be one of the most unique for this traditional game, which is usually played on manicured grass. All the action and vigour of the polo matches will be taking place on Cable Beach’s golden sands, against a backdrop of the Indian Ocean’s sparkling azure waters. Broome’s spectacular setting sun will signal the end of each day’s play.

One thing missing from beach polo will be the traditional half time activity of divot stamping, where spectators wander over the field and stamp down the torn up turf.

The ‘between chukka’ action will feature fashion themed spectator events on each day of the tournament.  Saturday’s “Sand Chic” and Sunday’s “Style on the Sand” female winners will receive Paspaley jewellery and the male winners will receive a limited edition 6-litre bottle of Bunnamagoo 1827 Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from the vines of historic Bunnamagoo Estate, one of the Paspaley family’s vineyards in central NSW.

One of the best vantage points to watch the sunset each evening, while enjoying a drink or two, is at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa’s famous Sunset Bar & Grill. Definitely a great way to relax after watching all the action.

Cable Beach SunsetThis extraordinary sporting spectacle is free to watch picnic style from the sand, but there is also an option to purchase tickets to the VIP marquee and mingle in barefoot elegance with the players and new friends from around the globe.

On Saturday night the celebration continues with Dinner Under The Stars. A limited number of tickets are available to join players on this magical night.

Pinctada Hotels owner & founder, Marilynne Paspaley said “It is one of the most exciting weekends imaginable. You don’t have to be a polo aficionado, rather it is just a wonderful way of experiencing the vibrancy and attractions of Broome. To party on Cable Beach, as the sun sets and the stars come out, is one of the great Australian holiday experiences. No wonder beach polo is called the sexiest sport on earth.”

The Cable Beach Polo is sponsored by Pinctada Hotels and Resorts, which has released special weekend packages for the Festival at its boutique Pinctada Cable Beach Resort. The packages are for travel between Friday 23 & Monday 26 May 2014 and are subject to availability.

Sandra Tiltman 

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