Mendoza, Argentina - La Vendimia
The Argentines, Chileans and Uruguayans are some of the best horsemen and women in the world, hence some of the best polo players.
I caught this parade during Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (The Grape Harvest Festival) in Mendoza, Argentina in March 2005.
La Vendimia, Mendoza, Argentina
If you love wine, visit Mendoza during La Vendimia.
The plantations around New Orleans started with indigo as a crop until they discovered the processing of the plant’s leaves was killing the workers. Also, the crops were devastated by worms, and they switched to sugar cane.
Indigofera Tinctoria is True Indigo, the original source for indigo dye. I took this picture at the New Orleans Botanical Garden.
I love the color indigo blue and I love the word indigo, hence the name Indigo Polo.
When I am not playing polo I am learning to read music via classic guitar. I am learning note by note.
Learning to read music and play classic guitar
Riding and polo lessons at Mountain View Polo
Paul and I drove to Charles Town, West Virginia to our friends’ new polo club, Mountain View Polo (http://www.mountainviewpolo.com) to spend a few days working on riding and polo.
Paul had ridden a horse once in his life, and Laura had him cantering on his second lesson! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! I am so proud of him.
I worked with Hugo on my polo seat and my swing, where we identified major problems I was having hitting the ball and sending it forward. We worked on the near side shot, which I had never attempted. I had not ridden or played since the end of October, and am out of shape already. Great New Year’s resolution to work harder on strengthening my whole body.
Getting ready for grand baby. Although polo will be competing with baseball, as the dad-to-be is a huge Phillies fan.
Baby polo mallet
Where do the polo ponies and players go during the winter? Most take the winter off, and the lucky ones travel south. The big polo mecca is in the Wellington, Florida area. It is my dream to go there and work on my riding and hitting.
Some players stay up north and practice. Marcos runs the Capitol Polo Academy during the winter, and our friends at Mountain View Polo in Charles Town, West Virginia are also running polo through the winter.
Thank you to everybody at Capitol Polo Club for a great season. Marcos gave Juanita and I the Most Valuable Person awards, for entering our teams in tournaments. Thank you! (See my post from 8/18/11.)
Most Valuable Person
Thank you Renee!
Thank you Roberto!
Thank you Paul!
Saturday October 29th we got unseasonably SNOWED out of polo. The 30th was the last day of the season. Very wet in the arena, but lots of fun.
My daughter Naima came to watch. I am a fan of her husband Shawn, leader of the band Alesana
Coneja charging ahead. Photo credit Francisco J. Montero
We had a cool overcast Saturday and a glorious Sunday of polo practice. The fields are still wet, we are done on the grass for this season.
Canela, on the ball - photo credit Francisco J. Montero
It was a challenge! Played on Comus Sky Team with Juanita and Nivedita against Marisa, Maika and Rachel. We held our own, Juanita scored 6 goals against their 9. Great hitting! And she had a perfect penalty shot. I don’t think I played well at all. Tomorrow, on to the consolation finals. Another day, another play.
We played the finals and lost. Our competition played well as a team, and blocked our plays.
La Barra won – Laura, Jennifer, and Maureen – MVP
Marcos with the 4 teams, we all got trophies