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Beach Polo on Sumba Island

An exciting equestrian event on beautiful Indonesian beaches.

It’s all things equestrian at the Nihiwatu from November 3-10. That’s when the 21-villa resort on the Indonesian island of Sumba celebrates the occasion of it joining the British Polo Day series, an international network founded in 2009 that includes events in Morocco and Russia. Pick up your mallet and have a go, while on the backs of the Sandalwood ponies and wild Australian thoroughbreds, at a challenging game of beach polo. Heads up: It’s trickier for horses to stop and turn on sand than on turf. Enjoy a spot of “horse surfing”, where you skim over shallow waves on a wakeboard towed by a horse. Or simply sit back and watch the re-enactment of Pasola, a festival where warriors battle on horseback.

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Nihiwatu’s beach will serve as a polo field come November.

“This event is for people who want to meet like-minded people in a beautiful location. An international gathering of sorts,” says James McBride, managing partner of Nihiwatu.

The management won’t confirm its guest list, except to hint that you may well be playing polo opposite the likes of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and property developer Satinder Garcha (we hear he plays a mean game of polo).

www.nihiwatu.com