This year, the event is supported by national and international companies, giving greater relevance to the Sunset Beach Polo brand within the Andalusian economics area. At the time of this closing, the event is endorsed by the Tourism and Trade Council under the trademark Andalucía, Vejer de la Frontera's Town Hall, Hotel Barceló Santi Petri, Vodafone, COVAP, Jamones Badia, Caviar Río Frío, Raza Nostra, Champagne So Secret, Stonichlaya Elit, Wet Tarifa, Scalpers, CruzcampoRadler, Asonreir, Seagrams y San Teresa, M1111, Polo+10, Water Sport Magazine, Gran Hipódromo de Andalucía, Acquajet, Grupo DMC y Catering El Aguador.
Polo, closer to everyone
The Sunset Beach Polo Society is created having the goal of carrying out a project that seeks to publicize polo as a sport of great ancestry and global reach, open to the public, disseminating and promoting its practice in Andalucía. One of this Association's motivations is to promote this sport, still unknown in our country despite having a great tradition around the world.
Among some of the objectives:
- To publicize the Polo sport and promote its practice in Andalucía.
- To bring this originally elitist sport closer to the general society.
- To provide a natural environment such as El Palmar at Vejer de la Frontera an event of this nature, of national and international projection.
- To foster this sport's practice in order to act as an economics and tourism drive agent in Andalucía.
- Generating employment within an essential social-economic context as the current.
- To engage new entrepreneurial and business initiatives in our community.
Polo on sand
A polo tournament will occur in the first line of the El Palmar beach. In it 4 teams will play: Vodafone, COVAP, Andalucía & Barceló. Throughout the afternoon, 4 games will be played: two semi-finals, a final and a match to decide the third and fourth place. On the games' breaks several activities will be carried out in order to entertain and delight the audience, as the musical performance of the grupo de batucada Rúa Ruido.
Subsequently, the awards ceremony will take place for the winners of the tournament. This will involve members of the Andalusian and Spanish federations of polo.
But these are not the only activities happening during the event. There are many surprises scheduled all along Saturday’s afternoon.
- 11.00-13. 00 Water Activities (SUP boards) with monitors at the El Palmar beach.
- 17.30 - 18.00 Introduction of the teams
- 18.00- 18.25 First semifinal
- 18.25- 18.35 Break
- 18.35-19.00 Second semifinal
- 19.00- 19.10 Break
- 19.10- 19.35 Third and fourth place match
- 19.35- 19.45 Break
- 19.45- 20.10 Sunset Beach Final
- 20.30 – 21.00 Awards Ceremony
Useful info about Polo
The essential Polo rules are simple. The game's objective is to pass the ball between posts regardless of height. Once a team goals, they change their field, then taking turns in the opposing goal.
There are 4 essential moves:
- The swing to the right.
- The back right.
- The setback left.
- The back left.
Players must wear a mandatory helmet, regulatory boots knee protection and at times face protection. Hands and the horses' legs are covered by special bands.
Nowadays the best horses for Polo in the world come from Argentina, although the breeding of the Polo horses is already being put into practice in Spain. These horses are as fast as the ones that race in tracks and are able to stop instantly or to change direction at full gallop. Their mouths must be sensitive enough as to respond quickly to the rider's demands and they must show no fear.
A game is played in 4, 5 or 6 parts (chukkers) of seven minutes each and of intermediate three minutes breaks, allowing players to switch horses.
The ball is placed at the center of the pitch, being thrown by the referee at the beginning of each part and after each goal is scored.
The end of each part is marked by a bell ring that notifies the referees that the regulation time has ended, but the game will not stop until a goal is scored, a fault is committed or the ball is out of the field. However, in the last period ends immediately after the bell ring.
In case of a tie another period is played, ending as soon as any team scores the victory goal. In general rules, it can be considered that it's the fictional line of the ball's direction what sets priority and it is considered the most common fault the crossing of this line.
When and Where?
Day and time: Saturday, 6th September 2014 at 5.30 p.m.
Place: El Palmar beach (Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz).
Additional interest info
María José Limón. Communication and Press Manager at Sunset Beach Polo.
Phone number: +34 674 36 36 57 +34 954 21 57 66