Memorial Day Weekend

I am missing polo this weekend because my hubby

Paul at the dock bar

and I are getting our house and property on Maryland’s Eastern Shore ready for the summer.  We always host our annual family crab feast and a couple of pool parties.  We also love to hang out at the local dock bars.  We live on the ocean gateway.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Friday evening
Fishing charter returning to the Kent Narrows
Party at the dock bar! There was a stiff wind Saturday night.

Club Arena Tournament Day 2

Beautiful opening scene

I love driving to the polo fields. Instant happiness.

Polo = happiness
On Canela, “my” gray mare
We had a very fun, challenging game against the Solena team.. Here is Laura on her horse Sammy at the lineup.
Sunday’s after-party on the deck – chorizos
Does Buddy look like a chorizo?

Club Arena Tournament

Club Arena Tournament lineup

Here is a perfect day.  I am nervous as usual, before a game.  First time with our new pro, Jose fresh from Argentina – a 4 goal player.  Turns out, he never played in the arena before!  Considering, he is very very good.  Well, he did most of the work, it was a very fast game for me, our team mate Tim was very respectable.  Our competition was STIFF.   We held our own the first 2 chukkers, and then they stopped making mistakes.

I did fall off Canela – I was riding into the wall, and got confused as to which way to turn.  She didn’t know what I wanted, because I didn’t know what to do, and we went in different directions  – lost my balance, and slid off.  Just a skinned elbow and bruised ego – needed a leg back up (she is so tall for me).  Back into the game.  I promised myself that I would not come off the next time.

Jose getting ready
Final Score, Indigo lost to ABSI
This is my rig
Tim's family came out to support him
New puppy on the block, Chloe

 

 

 

Happy Mothers’ Day

This is a great day to receive beautiful cards, balloons, flowers, text messages, phone calls, and voicemails.  It really is a day to be so grateful for my two beautiful daughters.

Naima and Rita in Fes, Morocco
Naima on the beach in Casablanca
Rita's dream come true, horseback riding on a beach

Saturday Polo

I woke up envisioning hitting the ball to the back wall of the goal.  We will play in the arena today and I am starting my self-help talk to hit the target and to ride as fast as I can.  I am on a strong team but the other team is strong as well.  I always play the forward Number 1 position, and my main job is to ride to the goal to receive the pass from the back.   I had a spectacular miss – extremely frustrating – I can ride fast and get to the ball, and then I can’t hit it – horrible waste of a great pass, and very humiliating.  But I am learning, and promise myself to work hard to put it together.

Game 2 White team with Sonny and Marcos - the note at the bottom says "Happy Mother's Day"
Buddy the rescue dachshund and Sonny's baby

 

Marcos gave me a beautiful bay mare to ride in the first chukker.  Her name is Coneja, which means doe in Spanish. Love her!  She is mine for the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juan Carlos and Marissa's new mare, Sangria
Wayne and his "suds" - the last Sam Adams

May Day – Polo Season!

Yesterday the rain held off just long enough to get the season started.  I always get nervous before I play, and this time especially because I had not been on a horse since October 30th.  On the drive to the fields I gave a self-help talk:  “I am NOT going to listen to my body” (fearing lack of stamina) . “I am going to be as ready as possible to hit the ball…I am going to get out of my comfort zone and ride as fast as possible.”

Marcos gave me “my” two gray mares to play!  That was a relief, knowing my horses, it was a very happy reunion.

Canela is as plump as me after the winter

Everyone is getting ready for their game.  This picture does not do it justice – I will work on capturing the images over the summer – you have to get the feeling of everyone’s rigs, their horses, their colors.

Getting Ready for Opening Day

Here’s the lineup:

Game 2 on the White team

The fields are too wet, we are playing in the arena, so 3 on a team.  Grateful to be playing with 2 very strong players.  I had played with 1 person on the opposing team, so it seems manageable.  We played 4 chukkers straight, and I listened to my self-talk – I was not exhausted!  I scored 2 goals – we do not keep track in these games, it’s practice.  My aim was to be respectable, and I think I was.  Not great, not terrible.  I have so much potential!

The club picks a member to provide a picnic after Sunday polo – Chris and Maureen had fried chicken, salad, drinks, and sweets on the deck.

Spectators on the deck, pre-picnic

Wayne was the umpire in the first game.  His horse is beautiful!  I was the weak link in the picnic, feeding his dog my chicken skin.

Wayne's beautiful horse.

We got 3 complete games played before the rain came.  Success.  Thank you everybody! Looking forward to a great season.

Done for the day - aren't they happy?