Polo picked a perfect day

by Ellen Ebsary 

 

It was the case of third time lucky for the organisers of the polo at All Saints Estate in Rutherglen on Saturday. 

 

While the event continues to grow in popularity, it was the first time since the inaugural match in 2016 that there was good weather. All Saints events and marketing director Angela Brown said after 40-degree heat, and “sideways rain”, it was fantastic to have balmy, overcast conditions for the 1000-plus crowd. 

 

“we had all 40 car-boot tickets sold out and our platinum marquee was fully booked,” she said. 

“The weather is perfect. This is the first year we’ve had a classic car display, giving the crowd something extra to look at, and our family loves classic cars too.” 

 

Fashions on the Field, which debuted in 2018, returned with the assistance of Amy van de Ven and Grace Falconer-Smith. 

 

Thousands of dollars in prizes were awarded for the most fashionable outfits and stylish marquees. 

 

“We’re really ramping that up, working together with Bared Footwear, Ms Brown said. 

 

“It was really great last year; a lot of the girls took it seriously and arrived looking fabulous, and it’s a nice match with the polo and the wine.” 

 

Punters enjoyed two games of polo contested by local and interstate riders, the Royal Salute Divot Stamp and a race across the pitch. 

 

Emerson McKenzie, of Rutherglen, enjoyed Gordon Mackinlay’s display of vintage cars, which included a 1973 Rolls Royce corniche and Eliza Brown’s Mercedes Benz 190SL Sports Roadster. 

 

“I’ve known Gordon all my life - his car yard is not far from where we live,” he said. 

“The SL is a good looking car.” 

Mr McKenzie’s partner Crystal Gardner joined him in the Milawa Transport Service marquee. 

“We came for the first time last year, and it’s nice to have good weather,” she said. 

 

“It’s something different locally and it’s great for socialising.” 

 

All Saints Estate again hosted the final game on the Victorian Polo Club calendar and Ms Brown said it brought an added attraction for players and those observing the games. 

 

“It’s a celebration for the players, they get to knock off now,” she said. 

 

“It’s the perfect space for it; it works really well. My dad always used to call this area the polo paddock and we used to wonder why, so after he died I said to my brother and sister, ‘We need a game of polo on the polo paddock,’ and now it’s a thing.” 

 

Saturday’s games were the only one to be hosted in the North East, aside from the Geebung Polo Classic at Cobungra Station, on the Great Alpine Road at Dinner Plain. That match takes place on Easter Sunday. 

 

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