Skip found an ad in the local newspaper for a polo game that was to take place this afternoon on the island. We were able to locate the field, just north of the convention centre where we had been at the farmer's market earlier this morning.
Having never attended a polo competition before, we certainly couldn't pass up this opportunity, even though it was overcast and cool.
The admission was $5 for the general public and $100 for VIPs. The VIPs got drinks and snacks. The $5 people (us) got to sit at the edge of the field on folding chairs (or chairs they had brought themselves).
Here, one of the players was taking his pony (customary term for the horse used in polo) for a walk around the field.
McAllen had the blue sash on their shirts.
rules in polo. The game is divided into 6 chukkers - only 4 were played today. There are 4 players per team. Today there were only 3. Things are a little more relaxed here. Each chukker is 7 minutes long (today's were 7.5 minutes long) with a signal indicating 30 seconds to the end of the chukker and a horn indicating the end.
The ball is put into play buy an official rolling it onto the field at the centre line where the players are lined up in numerical order on each side of the line. People from the VIP area got to perform this task in turn.
At half time, we were encouraged to go out onto the field to repair (stomp down) divots and socialize with the other observers.