Polo in the Scottish Borders
With the Polo season about to kick off we felt it was time to give a little shout out to local polo club, The Border Reivers. The Scottish Borders may seem like an unlikely venue for a sport more commonly associated with Kashmir, or the wealthy elite of Argentina but club founder businessman Will Ramsay would disagree. His club is based at Greenlaw, near Duns and his aim is to make the sport accessible to all, he says:
“We have a full size polo ground, pavilion, ponies and paddocks and a wooden horse. We can offer lessons for beginners and livery for those ponies. We have ponies for hire. Our professional polo player – Luis can train failed racehorses or children’s ponies into polo ponies. We even offer bicycle polo for the non-rider.”
The season kicks off on Saturday 14th April 2012.
More information and a full calendar of events can be found on the Border Reivers website.
Mulling over the subject of polo also put us in mind off our fabulous Estribos belts which herald from world polo hub, Argentina.
Argentina is a country immersed in equestrian culture and Estribos, continuing the tradition of their forbearers make exquisitely crafted belts using saddler’s leather – ‘estribos’ is Spanish for stirrup. Each belt is hand embroidered following designs based on the ancient ‘Gaurda Pampa’ patterns of the Mapuche Indians.
The Mapuche lived high in the Andes and their geometric patterns, like crow-stepped gables, represent the lofty peaks of the Andes reflected as a mirror image on the glassy surface of the cool lakes below.
The pale creams worn by polo players are perfectly suited to showing off the rich colour and texture of Estribos belts and it’s no surprise that in their homeland Estribos polo belts are worn ubiquitously by the flamboyant Argentinean teams.
Equally the belts are worn to incredible effect with chinos, moleskins or lightweight linens, a subtle, stylish and exceptionally well priced way to add colour to summer dressing.