The Melbourne Cup may be the ‘race that stops the nation’ but horsing about in Melbourne doesn’t stop there. The Spring Racing Carnival gallops on throughout November, EQUITANA Melbourne – the largest equine showcase in the Southern Hemisphere – takes over the Melbourne Showgrounds (17-20 November 2016), and polo prances onto the social calendar.
Headlined by the prestigious Portsea Polo event (14 January 2017), the Victorian Polo Club calendar includes a handful of tournaments at Werribee Mansion and on the Mornington Peninsula over the summer months.
Less well known perhaps is Polo in the City (26 November 2016) which sees Australia’s only national polo series – and an exciting urban variant on traditional polo – thunder into Melbourne’s Albert Park. The event has all the fancy race day trimmings from marquees and entertainment, hats and heels to the clink of champagne flutes but there’s something a little more earthy and exhilarating about polo with its fast-paced chukkas (quarters), multiple mounts, mallets and divot stomping.
Republished from www.visitvictoria.com