I am always on the lookout for interesting new performance ideas for my model horses. I particularly like events that don't require a lot of props, feature multiple gaits and can be performed under either English or Western tack. The Polo Penalty Shootout qualifies on all counts. Although these photos were taken during Saturday's Cottonwood Riding Club Pentathlon, I think this event works just as well as a stand alone English or Western gymkhana event.
The rules for the event are simple. Each competitor is given a polo mallet with which to take two swings at a polo ball. Whoever's ball goes the furthest is the winner.
The riders line up behind cones on one end of the arena.Winding up for the first swing.
There it goes!
Lining up for the second swing.
Another good shot.
Apparently swinging a polo mallet on horseback is much harder than it looks, and most of the riders took things very slow. However, there were a few real polo players in the mix and they allowed their horses to move out between shots, often taking the second swing at speed. Sorry, no pictures but...
here's a nice reference picture for anyone who'd like to set this up with English tack.
As always, please feel free to use my pictures for your live show documentation. Just be sure to take a picture and tell me how you did!