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POLO - Not Only Fools and Horses

Added: (Tue Sep 05 2006)

Pressbox (Press Release) - The Sport of Kings - For decades Polo has been associated with aristocracy, glamour and wealth but, at least in the UK, that is set to change. Home to the sport’s fastest growing country the UK is changing the face of polo. With an increasing number of clubs and players polo is becoming a popular sport. Whether an acquainted rider or a novice anyone can take a have a go and once you have your own horse a polo lesson costs not much more than a tennis lesson. But be warned the game of polo is beautiful, difficult and verges on addictive. Roy Moed, an entrepreneur, is a good example of a modern polo player. Roy had never ridden a horse until his 50th birthday when he decided to take up polo. Today Roy owns 6 polo ponies and spends most of his holidays improving his swing in hot polo climates such as Mexico and Argentina. And for those who think that the game is unkind to the horse think again. Roy, in order to save the life of his first and favourite horse Fat Boy, paid for it to have 2 surgeries when he decided to eat a large piece of hedge and lacerated his esophagus 6 cm’s one side and 3 cms the other. Fat Boy underwent the surgeries and several months of intensive care, being fed with a 200ml syringe with blended food every 2 hours 24 hours a day. Roy visited Fat Boy in “Horspital” every night after work for over 4 months. However, the game and the players save more than horses' lives. On the 24th September the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, in Windsor will be hosting a polo event to help save and improve the lives of the children living in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Roy and Silvia Costa, a Brazilian and another modern polo player, have put together a magical event where they hope to introduce modern polo to their guests, have fun and with the help of the London Samba School’s drummers and dancers, raise over £20,000 for Task Brasil Trust. Tickets available from Task Brasil’s offices: Tel: +44 (0) 207 735 5545

Submitted by:Silvia Costa
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