We love an invite here at Enjoy-It HQ especially when it comes from our dear friends from Barbados!
We consider Barbados to be home from home and when sponsors Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc invited us to join them at the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo, we donned our white jeans, whetted our appetite for rum (someone has to do it…) and stretched out for the divot stomping.
It was more than relatively relevant, having had the privilege of playing Polo at the prestigious Ape Hill Polo Club ourselves, to see the momentum of this high octane, thrilling and highly physical sport on home turf.
Barbados knows how to do it… it’s a gracious level of welcome that is rare, one feels it on the Island and it was palpable at the Beaufort Polo Club; a feast of a lunch, afternoon tea and exceptional company!
The polo of the very highest standard in the sunshine, Javier Novillo Astrada U15 Cup Final and the Beaufort Commonwealth Cup, where Barbados Tourism Commonwealth beat Beaufort GB!
The sponsorship and support of the festival by BTMI was cunning and appropriate, Polo is big business in Barbados and a trip to the West Indies during the UK’s winter months extends the Polo season, and is more accessible than one thinks… Regular flights from LGW into Island life, warmth in terms of welcome and climate, fabulous colourful hospitality and Polo between December and May!
If you fancy trying your hand, the team at Apes Hill simply cannot do enough for you; sensitive ponies, kit, tuition and pukkah chukkas – if such events as the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo whets your appetite – shake up your next winter vacation and let BTMI get you in the saddle in Barbados!
Horses are a part of everyday life in Barbados and the first Polo match was played way back in 1884, it was deemed to suit the islanders’ lifestyle. Since then the sport has dominated the island, been fraternised by Royals, and let’s face it a destination that offers the highest level of Polo and of course rum… could be mistaken, I’m talking about Barbados, not Heaven… although the two are very closely related!