Portsea Polo 2012 Melbourne Photos and Story; Stephanie Ryan-Smith
Portsea Polo – The Birdcage of Polo Events
It was like The Birdcage migrated to the beach at yet again another spectacular Portsea Polo for 2012, proudly sponsored by Jeep.
Although the weather wasn’t very summery at this year’s polo, the atmosphere didn’t suffer the as revellers turned up in full polo attire, with the ladies looking as glamourous as ever, and the lads looking very Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.
The Portsea Polo has become a very high profile event and is definitely a place where you will certainly spot the odd celebrity or three. Myself and MiSociety companion Bianca Hart enjoyed the luxury and comfort of the Stalla Artois marquee where AFL super stars such as Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin were spotted, comedian Mick Molly, as well as plenty of familiar faces from Australian film and TV. I had the best view when Daryl Braithwaite rocked the polo over the lunch break performing his famous songs ‘One Summer’, and you guessed it; ‘Horses’. He seriously is an amazing live singer, I must say. Thoroughly enjoyable! There was even a chick who jumped up on stage and started dancing with Daryl. He was good sport about it and just keep playing.
Jeep made an impressive presence this year as the major sponsors of The Portsea Polo, showcasing that they’re stepping up to even higher levels in the automobile industry. It’s great to see how an iconic sporty & outdoorsy car brand can mesh with luxury to cater for the ever changing tastes of consumers. The Arial display of an actual Jeep by Mark Visser was both awe inspiring and an unusual sight to see.
We must remember that the polo is really all about the ponies and their talented riders battling it out on the field. That is what we really come to see, yes? Bianca and I were impressed to see that a woman was championing the Cox & Kings team, captain Inga Burke, who’s team won over Movenpick. Sam Baillieu of the Movenpick team happened to spray champaign all over me, among others who were watching the presentations when the teams were awarded their prizes. The Jeep and Stella Artois games were just as thrilling with captains Andrew williams of Stella Artois and Glen Gilmore showing superior sportsmanship both on the field and at the presentations.
The competitive spirit wasn’t exclusive to only the riders, it was totally entertaining to watch the ladies and gents compete in the ‘Willow Creek Men’s & Women’s Dash’ as pictured. Clearly was never a dull moment at the 2012 Portsea Polo, even if the weather was being typically ‘Melbourne’… by Stephanie Ryan-Smith
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