Its never to early to start planning your weekend. I had one of the most thrilling Sunday’s this past weekend. It was a new experience, a fun one at that, that has turned me into a polo believer. Growing up, I was always begging my mum to let me go on horse rides. Even though I was only six and their massive size freaked me out a little bit, I still adored them. When I got the chance to visit the Nairobi Polo Club, that same excitement I had as a little child, was written all over my face. Obviously I wasn’t going to play polo, but to watch it for the first time up close was just as rewarding. How those guys manage to ride a horse at top speed and still keep track of an elusive ball, is a sight to behold.
The polo community in Kenya is a close knit one. It was all a friendly affair with families sharing in on the excitement and the little ones trying their hand at polo. With food and drinks from J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen, Cafe Tasse, Naked Pizza, Juice Box, Browns Cheese and Dormans, we didn’t have to worry about getting your tummy full. The bar was well stocked as well, and featured a great selection of whiskies, wine and beers from Peroni and Millers. To say the least, it was a pleasant afternoon. The warm sun, the athletic horses and the excitement of the game would make any dull and boring afternoon a thrilling one. I won’t lie and say that I knew all the rules of the game. Rules are boring, unless you’re the umpire. As long as you come with the objective to have fun and watch one of the most intriguing games ever, you’re going to have a jolly good time!
Polo is a noble sport and Gladys Macharia of the Nairobi Polo Club has done an amazing job at keeping it that way. As the Red Cross mark their golden anniversary, 50 years of service and dedication to the Kenyan people, the Nairobi Polo Club have partnered with them in appreciation of their efforts and service. Funds raised at the tournament will be channeled to the Red Cross kitty in support of disaster management, provision of water and sanitation and other services.
The 10-14 goal Nairobi Polo tournament starts this weekend from the 25th of Friday to the 27th of Sunday from 10am to 5pm and I am definitely going back. If you haven’t been to the polo yet, treat the entire family to an afternoon new found experience.
Advance tickets are on sale at Samsung shops at Village Market, The Junction Mall, Prestige Mall, Valley Arcade, Nakumatt Galleria and J’s Fresh Bar and Kitchen at Ksh. 1000. Tickets at the gate will go for Ksh. 1500 and are redeemable for 2 Peroni beers or two glasses of wine. That’s only if you buy them at the gate. There won’t be an entry fee for your little ones. In fact, they’ll be more than pleased when they get to jump on the bouncing castle and have their face painted!
It’s all for a worthy cause. The Red Cross needs you, just as much as you need them. See you there!