Photography Friday

They say Polo is the Sport of Kings, and I have no idea about that, but it is a fun place to tailgate! Every year Newport hosts an International Polo Series. I’ve gone now two years in a row to check it out, and it’s a really fun time.

I still can’t tell you exactly how Polo even works, but I think the announcer makes it exciting, especially because he’s British, so we all feel just a tad more sophisticated because of his accent ringing through the air.

Newport Polo begins in the summer and runs through the fall. Besides taking in the game, they let you reserve spaces for some car tailgating (i.e. bring your full set of grilling gear), and you can also do more of a picnic basket set up – maybe for the wine and cheese crowd.

Picture copyright to Liz Froment

Risking life and limb to get my high five while getting this shot.

This year it was a perfect day for Polo. Blue skies, a sprinkling of clouds and great group of people ready to relax, have a few cocktails and light up the bbq.

I got this shot at the very end of the match. It’s tradition to line up after the game and all the players will ride by on their horses and give high fives to the crowds. I will say it’s a delicate balance of trying hold the camera, aim for a good shot, toe the line of the field and not get run over by a galloping horse. But, for my dedicated readers, I had to make the effort to get the shot.

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  • I’d love to see a real polo match. It’s not such a popular sport in Australia.
    Hopefully I can get to New Port one day and check it out! 😀

    • Liz

      I had never seen a match myself, Nicole, until I realized they were doing them in Newport and its only about an hour away from where I grew up. But, if you are in the States and in New England, I’d recommend checking it out. Then again, I’ve never seen a real Rugby match, which is the big thing in Australia and New Zealand, right? So, that is a must see when I finally make it over to that part of the world.