Erin Holland Lets Us In On A Day At The Polo

Like your sport with a big side of glam? Then you’d love the polo. And, exciting news: World Polo is coming to Oz! Yep, the World Polo Championship 2017 will be held at Sydney Polo Club this October. So it’s easier than ever to get involved. 

Don’t have the foggiest about a day at the polo, apart from what you’ve seen in celeb gossip mags? WPC ambassador and Women’s Health fave, Erin Holland, gives you a quick insight into a day at the polo, so you can decide whether it could be up your alley…

1. Dress tip one: Remember, just like the races, you’ll be spending hours on your feet, quite often on grass, so if you’re not a heels girl, go for a wedge and make sure they’re not too high. Try and wear them a few times before the event, to make sure they don’t pinch or blister!

2. And, here’s my other make-your-day-better dressing tip: a little cross-body bag is crucial for the polo because it means you can be hands-free and won’t have to worry about misplacing your belongings.

3. The first thing you need to know about the game, when you get there, is that polo involves two teams of four players. A full-size field is 300 yards (274m) long and 160 yards (146m) wide. Polo teams change direction after each goal in order to compensate for field and wind conditions.

4. Chukka whaaaa? A period of play in a polo game is called a chukka. Usually, each chukka is about 7 minutes long. I take this as a great opportunity to head to the bar for another glass of bubbles or some water to rehydrate!

5. There are eight countries competing in the tournament, including Australia. So make sure you head to the opening day on October 21 to see Australia beat Spain (hopefully)! Just make sure you have your girls by your side to cheer them on!

The World Polo Championship 2017 is being held at Sydney Polo Club October 21 to 29. Go to for more info.

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