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First Ever Beach Polo Held in Hua Hin

Siripun Sinbuathong 21.04.2010 16:17
The Royal Pahang Polo Club team in red defeating the Thai Polo team in blue.

The Royal Pahang Polo Club team in red defeating the Thai Polo team in blue.

With nothing but sand and sea, Hua Hin was the perfect venue entirely beyond the reach of troublesome to hold the first ever beach Polo competition in Thailand. The beach front of Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort was filled with horses in shiny coats for the ‘Intercontinental – B.Grimm Beach Polo 2010’, Thailand’s first beach polo event to celebrate the Hua Hin 100th Anniversary. The beach polo event was co-organized by H.E. Suwat Liptapanlop, Advisory Chairman of Organizing Committee for Beach Polo 2010 and Mr. Harald Link, its Organizing Committee Chairman to raise funds for The Princess Mother’s Charities Fund of Thailand. The final chukka gave Royal Pahang Polo Club a victory over Thai Polo team with the score of 6-4.

Beach Polo traditionally associated with royalty and high society elites attended. To be seen at the event were HRH Crown Prince Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, Malaysia, Mrs. Autumn Phillips, the wife of Mr. Peter Phillips the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, M.R. Tinasakti Saktidej Bhanubandh, Khunying Kasama Varavarn, Khunying Orasri Wangwiwatana, M.L. Poomchai Chumbala, Suvongse and Nipaporn Yodmani, Katevalee Napasab, Pasinee Limatibul, Nattapree Pichaironarong-Songkram, Tanat Bualert, Goanpot Asvinvichit, Napat Thavisin, Vachini Krairiksh and Wasantee Hoontrakool.

The highlight of the event included a fashion show on horseback where luxury designs like Burberry, Escada, La Perla and La Martina were displayed. The horseback fashion show was led by many honorable models such as M.L. Laksasubha Kridakon, M.L. Sirinee Bhanubandh, M.L. Boonyanuch Kashemasanta Dulyachinda, Sikanya Saktidej Bhanubandh, Dr. Krittika Kongsompong, Chatbenja Nantabhiwat, Witt Kongtoranin, Nalita Issarachaiyos, Pornsri Prachuabmoh, Charlotte Weber, Ploypayap Srikarnchana, Voraphan Akrasanee and her daughters. There was also a special horse racing competition and booths selling various goods.

The much anticipated beach polo was between the Thai Polo Club Team consisting of Mr. Harald Link, Ms. Caroline Link and Mr. Roddy Matthews and the Royal Pahang Team consisting of Quzier Ambak, Tengku Hisham, and Syed Rahimi. The Royal Pahang Polo Club was able to score victory with the winning score of 6-4. The winners were awarded with trophies presented by HRH Crown Prince Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang, Malaysia. There night ended with a sumptuous Barbeque dinner.

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