Event — August 2018

Polo in the Outback

Event — August 2018

Polo in the Outback

A special event in 2018 is the inaugural “Polo in the Outback” which will be jointly hosted by the QDRC and the famous, picture-postcard Ellerston-Onassis Polo Club, located deep in the Upper Hunter north-east of Scone, NSW.

Sadly, the last polo carnival was played in Quilpie in the early 1990s and since then the sport in Quilpie has been in recess.

When Robert Teague, the manager of the famous Ellerston Onassis polo complex attended the 2017 Pride of the West, there was much discussion of Quilpie’s lost polo heritage and an offer was made to stage an exhibition of top class polo at Bulloo Park. Given the current synergy between polo and race clubs throughout Australia, Quilpie Diggers’ Race Club decided to host Ellerston Onassis Polo in the Outback on the weekend of 18 & 19 August, 2018.

Polo teams from Queensland and New South Wales will make the trip west to play in two informal competitions. For further information or to nominate a team, contact Sam Bartlett 0428 021 222

DATE — August 2018

TROPHIES — No trophies, but mementos of the special occasion for players.

EVENT — The weekend includes bush-style events, offering laid-back experiences for spectators in true bush comfort – no fuss, jeans and shirts rather that coats, ties, heels and hats. Themed around “Banjo” Patterson’s poem, the “Geebung Polo Club”, a casual weekend’s entertainment with country-style, bush entertaining – music, drinks and BBQs & boxed picnic lunches.

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