POLO is not just a sport for the rich, but for everyone. According to Equestrian Promotion Sdn Bhd public relations consultant Natasha Ilyham Talib, the public have a wrong perception of polo and horse riding itself.
Equestrian Promotion Sdn Bhd are the organisers for the inaugural Malaysian Open Polo Tournament held at Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort last weekend.
“As you can see, the public were welcome to watch the three-day event free of charge.
“Besides this, to learn eight lessons of horse riding costs about RM350, which enables the beginner to ride a horse on his or her own. However, it will take another two or three years before you will be able to play polo,” she said.
Natasha pointed out that the horses at the club are available for rent.
“We are doing our best to promote polo and equestrian in general and hope to gain public support public,’’ added Natasha, who was at the Malaysian Open Polo Tournament.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Jordan's Prince Rashid El-Hassan were present to watch the event.
Singapore Polo Club edged Ranhill 10 1/2 -9 to win the tournament. For the third and fourth placing match, Royal Pahang beat Bukit Kiara 5 1/2-4.
In the plate final, Cameron Highlands beat Royal Selangor 10-5 to emerge winners. Royal Jordanian Polo Club beat Jogo Polo 9 1/2 -6 to finish third.
A total of eight teams – Jogo Polo, Ranhill, Royal Pahang, Singapore Polo Club, Bukit Kiara, Royal Selangor Polo Club, Royal Jordanian Polo Club and Cameron Highlands – took part in this tournament.