The Galloping Pig and The Cincinnati Polo Club


BowTie Foundation hosted its second annual polo event at Wilshire Farm, home of the Cincinnati Polo Club, yesterday (Saturday) and I was there on assignment for Cincinnati Refined.  Another first for me…photographing a polo match and there was lots of action – plus food, drinks, and live music.

With the funds raised by the 2014 Galloping Pig, the Gen-1 Program will promote the academic success of its students by providing the opportunity for two qualified UC students to intern with SOTENI in Kenya.

In case you were wondering, according to Wikipedia…Polo is a team sport played on horseback in which the objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Players score by driving a small white plastic or wooden ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet. The traditional sport of polo is played at speed on a large grass field up to 300 yards long by 160 yards wide, and each polo team consists of four riders and their mounts.  The modern game lasts roughly two hours and is divided into periods called chukkas (occasionally rendered as “chukkers”). Polo is played professionally in 16 countries. It was formerly, but is not currently, an Olympic sport.
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A couple of classic cars were driven to the match.  The leather belts on the hoods are an interesting feature!

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Dhani Jones, an ex-National Football player was part of the event.  He’s a man of many talents/interests.  He starred in two television programs…”Dhani tackles the Globe” and “Ton of Cash” and supports a number of charities.

Dhani Jones (Image: Sherry Lachelle Photography)

The players took time before the match to let the “stylish” children pet the horses…

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Initially, I was on the sidelines taking photos, where those people are located, but then I went down to one of the goals and captured a lot more action that way…

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One of the players and his horse fell down, and then the rider on the left had to stop suddenly and as you can see, was beginning to slide off his horse…

Rider on left also falls off horse

Here they come…ball flying in the air…

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Of course, the National Anthem was sung…

singing the Nat'l Anthem

Lots of stylish attendees heading towards the VIP tent…

Akua Asare, Ebow Vroom, Tracy Gyemang (Image: Sherry Lachelle Photography)

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Another fun event to photograph…can’t wait to see what’s next!

 

8 thoughts on “The Galloping Pig and The Cincinnati Polo Club

  1. Excellent photos! My favorite picture is #7…..feels like I am there! Looks like you had a fashion show as well….all the spectaculars looked fabulous! I love Dhani Jones spider belt!

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