On Saturday January 19, a positive buzz filled the Thai Polo Equestrian Club as B. Grimm Group’s annual polo charity made its much-awaited return with the ‘BMW – B.Grimm Thai Polo Open 2019’. Considered one of the most prominent competitions in Asia, the event brings together talented polo players from across the region, to compete for the esteemed HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup, kick-starting Thailand’s polo season and raising awareness of the sport in the nation.
What happened at the BMW – B.Grimm Thai Polo Open 2019?
This year’s tournament marks the 15th to be organised by Dr Harald Link, president of B.Grimm Group and the Thailand Equestrian federation. As usual, the event offered a day of entertainment and fun that went beyond the competitions.
There were charity kiosks, free haircuts, raffle games and even pony rides for the young ones, along with an impressive Show Jumping performance by Thailand’s national horse riders and the Wat Suthi Wararam marching band. Proceeds as usual went to the greater good, in support of Chitralada Vocational School.
Towards the end of the day, a stunning display of fireworks lit up the skies, and prizes were awarded during the prize-giving ceremony and dinner party, ensuring yet another delightfully memorable event for polo enthusiasts in Pattaya.
What teams were there?
The BMW – B. Grimm Thai Polo Open 2019 saw heated competition between four 14-goal teams from Thailand, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong. With Malaysia being one of the key participants, here’s an interesting fact: the Thai Polo Open 2019 tournament also marked the beginning of the Royal Malaysian Polo Association International League 2019.
With three remaining tournaments — the Royal Selangor Polo Club Open, el RMPA Classic and the RMPA International League Final — the league is set to continue in Malaysia from August onwards.
With 40-goal being the highest handicap a polo team could possibly attain, having four 14-goal teams meant the competition was truly one to tune into. The final competition saw a face-off between Thailand’s Thai Polo and La Familia from Malaysia.
After four intense chukka, the match concluded with a win to La Familia at a score of four to three, making them this year’s recipient of the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup.
Who Were the Other Winners?
Frequents of the Thai Polo Open will know the event is about much, much more than just the tournaments alone. Every year, those in attendance who don’t have a role in the games compete on a different category — the ‘best dress’.
While the dress code is not explicitly strict, there’s an unspoken expectation for attendees to show up looking their very best — cue extravagant hats and tailored polo-spectator attire.
This year, the two beautiful guests who took home prizes for their style were Violette Gauthier for ‘Best Hat’, and Susolossa Jaojansakoon for ‘Best Dress’.
For more memorable recaps of the event, swipe through our gallery of images. Or visit the official Facebook Page.