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“The new format is designed to increase the ability for teams to strategise and gain knowledge about their rivals during a longer lead-in to the finals,” says Lucy, who will also help oversee the initial draw and launch event for the Land Rover NZ Polo Open in late- January. “We’re very excited to see how the new format plays out during the week prior to the Land Rover NZ Polo Open. Suffice to say though, for the spectators coming along on February 23rd – many of whom won’t have attended championship polo before – the event will be enthralling and something they will remember for a long time. “And if we can get the crowd enthused by the sport and keen to attend other events during the season, then that’s a great result for us too. The game is faster, the crowds are bigger; there’s some amazing things happening in polo in New Zealand right now.” Visit www.nzpoloopen.com for further event and ticketing information. Top Left Get yer boots on. Glenn Sherriff (left) and Nick Keyte suit up for battle. In a hard and fast game like polo, protective gear is vital.. Bottom Left Skilled hands: Kiwi Polo players are hot property on the global circuit. Top Polo ponies have their manes trimmed for safety reasons. That’s also why the tails are tucked up in bandaging. 66 MagAzine AUTUMN 2018 41