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THE PORTSEA POLO

YOU KNOW SUMMER IS IN FULL SWING ON THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA WHEN ALMOST EVERYONE YOU KNOW HAS PACKED UP THEIR RANGE ROVER & RELOCATED TO THE RIVIERA. CUE THE PORTSEA POLO; BRINGING A BIT OF THE BIRDCAGE TO THE BEACH.

With Portsea primed to host the beachside soiree of the summer this weekend, you’d be mad not to follow Melbourne’s A-Listers to picturesque Point Nepean, for a day of ponies and peronis at the Jeep Portsea Polo.

If you’ve spent summer in the city, “sinking pots” and stalking air conditioners, it’s time to swap your stubby holder for your straw hat, and make your way to the Mornington Peninsula to soak up the summer à la Hamptons Style. Where else but the Portsea Polo are you going find a flock of fashionistas and famous folk swanning around the perimeter of a world-class polo tournament?

Image source: Portsea Polo Official Website

Say goodbye to the city and sail down Peninsula Link to the exclusive beachside playground of Melbourne’s social elite. All decked out with its famous millionaire mansions, the resort town of Portsea is the closest thing Melbourne has to the Hamptons. This time of year Toorak must be bereft of Range Rovers. And running low on attractive couples who jog in matching athletic gear come to think of it. Yes indeed, as we creep toward the second weekend of 2016, the Portsea Polo is the place to be.

Combining everything we love about the most livable city in the world, the Portsea Polo is a veritable feast of all things Melbourne: First-class hospitality, gourmet food & fine wine, horse sports and a buzzing social scene of chic marquee parties, full of stupidly stylish designer-clad ladies and gents, all dished up in one hell of a beachside soiree. With the Spring Racing Carnival a mere distant memory and the Magic Millions miles away in sweltering hot Queensland, polo is the only sport with horses worth talking about this weekend.

Image source: Portsea Polo Official Website

Image source: Portsea Polo Official Website

HORSING AROUND

Managed to score yourself a golden ticket? Well done! You’ve got three thrilling polo matches pencilled in for Saturday. “Huh, who knows anything about Polo?!” You ask… If you just realised you’re more of a sun-loving social butterfly than a seasoned polo campaigner, join the club. It’s a good thing they leave all the polo action to the professionals isn’t it!  If you probably couldn’t pick a polo stick, from a line up of pool cues, you’ll be pleased to hear a couple of pointers on how not to embarrass yourself.

THE POLO GUIDE

1. The horses you’re watching aren’t horses, in polo they’re traditionally called ponies. Got it? Ponies, not horses. This isn’t the Melbourne Cup.

2. There are two teams; For the eight men on the field mounted on horses and armed with polo sticks or mallets, the objective of the game is to knock that small, white ball into the opponent’s goals. Your objective is to enjoy the day and depart with your decorum intact. If all else fails, sip your champagne or Peroni daintily and politely clap when a goal is scored – for any team.

3. Whether you’re in a marquee or attending the event in General Admission, you’ll be surrounded by style queens; the last thing you need is to get snapped wearing a tiny brown hessian sack and red stripper heels. Wear crisp, summer casual attire – whites are always a good colour for showing off sun-kissed summer skin. Gents, your favourite wifebeater can remain in the pile of clothes on your bedroom floor for the day.

4. If you usually take your shoes off after a day at the Spring Racing Carnival, shame on you; leave the stilettos and stick with something more comfortable, like wedges or sandals.

5. Divots are the holes in the ground created by the ponies’ hooves. During half-time, spectators are invited to go onto the field to socialise and stomp on the divots. This tradition is, unsurprisingly, called The Divot Stomp.

Image Source: Rebecca Judd Loves.

Image source: Portsea Polo Website

No longer a game just for king and cavalry, polo is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the world. The panoramic coastal views at the Jeep Portsea Polo aren’t bad either… if you can rip your focus away from the men on horses. The General Admission area is located in an excellent viewing position, immediately beside the Polo Ground and is well shaded by tea trees. Bring a chair or picnic rug and enjoy all the action while feasting on the fine food and wine available for purchase from the cash bar.

The 2016 Jeep Portsea Polo in association with Peroni certainly is the social event of the summer calendar. If there’s one thing the Melbourne crowd knows how to do, it’s horse sports. Round these parts they’re a perfectly acceptable excuse to spruce up a bit and enjoy a fancy soiree.

WHEN: Saturday 9th January 2016 from 11am – 6pm
WHERE: Point Nepean Quarantine Station, Point Nepean National Park on Point Nepean Road in Portsea, Victoria 3944
TICKETS: Tickets are available for general admission and corporate or syndicated marquees. Adults $85, Children under 16 $50

Image source: Portsea Polo Official Website

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE HERE

In Victoria for the summer and still not sure how to spend all the warm sunny days that await you? Here’s a few tips… Take a road trip down the Great Ocean Road and see The Twelve Apostles, why not stop off at Airey’s Inlet on your way through too. If it’s peace & pampering you’re after head to the Peninsula Hot Springs. For a relaxing picnic in picturesque surrounds, check out Werribee Mansion.

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