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Thu 11th Feb 2016

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Polo Times Social Media from St Moritz

The Polo Times team have recently returned from the Snow Polo World Cup St Moritz where their role as Official Media Partner has seen a huge response from followers on all three social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Polo Times would like to thank all their followers for liking, retweeting and sharing all the news, videos and stories from the event of the snow polo calendar. Our March issue will be overflowing with reports, social pictures, pony power highlights, vet features and an interview with non-other than the quiet man of polo Nacho Gonzalez. The Godfather of snow polo himself and the brains behind St Moritz, Reto Gaudenzi also tells us about his passions on and off-piste to round off our snow polo special. If you subscribe now you will just be in time to receive the March issue as your first copy, to do so click here.

Just to blow our trumpet a little more here are just some of the statistics from our weekend on the frozen lake:

 

Twitter @PoloTimes – Total followers: 9841

Total impressions: 114, 044

Retweets: 328

Top tweet: Mighty Maserati match report (205 likes and 66 retweets)

 

Facebook – Total likes: 4686

Five short videos

Total reach: 19, 655

Total views: 3, 654

 

Instagram @polotimes – Followers: 604

Total likes: 472

 

Photograph: Polo Times intrepid reporters Katie Vickery and Lucy Wilson catching the action as it happened. By Richenda Hine


Thu 11th Feb 2016

Boys vs Babes at Barbados Polo Club

The Diamonds International Battle of the Sexes

Over the course of the first week in February three of polo's top lady players, Hazel Jackson, Sarah Wiseman and Claire Brougham, headed to Barbados to take part in the annual Battle of the Sexes tournament, this year sponsored by Virgin Atlantic. The tournament was conceptualized 14 years ago by Diamonds International and since its beginning has proven to be a great fun and competitive tournament, giving Lady players the chance to prove their skills against the men. 

Four matches were played over the week, with the men’s team changing each day and a fourth local Bajan Lady player joining the British women for each match.

Sunday 31 January – Christansia Evelyn (-1)

Tuesday 2 February – Linda Williams (-1)

Thursday 4 February (rescheduled to Friday 5 February due to rain) – Ashleigh Deane (-2)

Sunday 7 February (Final) – Vicki Gonzalez (-1)

Sunday 31 and Tuesday 2 saw the Men Diamonds International team defeat the Ladies Virgin Atlantic team by 2 goals to 1 each day. The Ladies were having none of it though, retaliating and bringing it back when it mattered most, getting in to their stride and defeating the guys with an impressive 9-3 on Friday 5 February. They arrived to the Final ready to do Battle to defend their Sex. The crowd was definitely cheering on the Virgin Atlantic Ladies, excited to see the four talented women doing exactly what the tournament was originally designed for – encouraging the sport of women's polo. The support clearly had a positive effect, and the Ladies defeated the Diamonds International side once again, this time in a much more tightly contested match, which ended 5-4. As well as winning the Final, the girls won the tournament overall on goal difference. Well done ladies!

For many, the highlight of the week was the trip to the local all-girls school, Sprinter Memorial, where Hazel, Claire and Sarah gave an inspirational talk to the girls.

The tournament was once again a great success and well done to the Virgin Atlantic Ladies for their triumphant win in the Final.

 

Photograph: Sarah Wiseman, Hazel Jackson, Virgin Atlantic Marketing and Communications Executive Beverley Layne, Head Girl at Springer Memorial School Winmarie Bowen, Claire Brougham and Vicki Gonzalez. Courtesy of Barbados Polo Club

 

 


Wed 10th Feb 2016

Important Changes to Pony Passports

HPA Issue New Instructions Inline with DEFRA

On 1 January 2016 DEFRA introduced stricter regulations for horse passports (Commission Regulation EC 262/2015). Horse passports can now only be issued where the silhouette (markings) has been completed by a vet, and the passport has to be completed on security watermarked paper. The HPA have therefore chosen to outsource the physical production of the passports, and have also had to make changes to the information required in order to be able to issue a passport. The HPA remains the DEFRA recognised Passport Issuing Organisation for polo ponies.

From 1 January 2016, the HPA can only accept the new application form which can be downloaded from the HPA website by clicking here. Other application forms will no longer be accepted. Passports cannot be issued unless every section is completed in full and must include:

 

·       Valid email address

·       Microchip number (if born after 2009)

·       Location of microchip on equine on silhouette

·       Vet stamp and signature on the silhouette page

·       Payment in full (Standard – £30, three-day turn around £60, duplicates £60, over-stamping £18, change of ownership £18, changes £12. Rates including VAT)

 

For more information that is available on the Government website please click here. Or contact the HPA by clicking here.

 

Photograph: Horse passports can now only be issued where the silhouette (markings) have been completed by a vet.


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