With Channel 7’s Sunrise program broadcasting from the event, this year’s Millamolong Polo Carnival looks like being one of the most exciting yet.
The tournament, officially named the 2014 John Davis Volvo Polo Carnival, will be staged at the Millamolong course over the weekend of Saturday-Sunday March 15 and 16. Organisers say it’ll showcase “some of the best high goal players on the polo circuit.
“With the feel of picnic races, the carnival offers a rare opportunity to experience the fastest and most aggressive polo available in Australia.”
As always the tournament will raise money for the Millamolong Charity Fund which in turn supports “a range of charities including CARE Australia and Riding For the Disabled in Orange” which, according to organiser Mel Roach, have benefitted to the tune of $290,000 so far. The event has also supported The Starlight Children’s Foundation.
While the polo itself performing furiously over both days, with the finals on Sunday, there’ll be a polo party with live music on Saturday night and a series of family events, including a divot stomp, “Car Versus Horse” race, “Phys-X’s Bicycle Polo, pony rides, a sports and vintage car rally and Lolly Drop, and helicopters too.
Visitors can also “Rent a Tent” for $230 a day, giving them a ”close and personal” experience in comfort of the games, or, for $110 get even more comfortable in the Volvo VIP Lounge. There are also Giant and Family Giant Sofas for rent at $500 and $850.
If you don’t already know, Millamolong Station started in 1836 and was a working station until 1930 when “the Ashton family took control after enjoying unexpected success with their polo in Britain and the USA.”
Today, Millamolong is “a cornerstone of Australian polo,” as you’ll see at this classic event a fortnight from now.
By Derek Maitland