[HD video below]
After four days of fun festivities, the
13th annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament came to a close on
Taking place in Samut Prakan on the
outskirts of Bangkok for the very first time, 16 teams with
players from around the world showcased their elephant polo
talents with the tournament resulting in
new King’s Cup champions.
Sunday’s final, which was presided
over by the King of Thailand’s royal representative, Privy
Councilor Real Admiral Mom Luang Usni Pramoj, saw King Power Duty
Free and Audemars Piguet go head to head in a penalty shoot out,
with a ‘sudden death’ play-off finally clinching the win
for King Power.
The tournament was introduced to Thailand in
2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and has grown to become
one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand, raising funds
for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant
Friday night’s gala dinner at
Riverside Resort & Spa hosted a gathering of top dignitaries,
players, and well known celebrities, with the night’s
auction raising 4.5 million Thai Baht, taking the total raised
over the years to an impressive US$900,000 (THB 28.7
With free admission, the event has
something for everyone, kicking off with an opening parade and ceremony overseen by Thailand’s last
‘elephant spirit men’ (Kru Ba Yai), traditional dancers, plus the
daily trunk-to-trunk action on the pitch.
Day two saw
the tournament host two thousand children from schools all over
Bangkok. Known as Chang Noi Day (Little Elephant Day), the
children were invited to get up close with the elephants and learn
more about their national animal. A range of educational walks,
games and activities all teaching the benefits of elephant
conservation and well being were put on by the organisers.
Saturday was Ladies Day. Ladies
from all walks of life dressed to impress with the best dressed
lady winning a week’s holiday at
Niyama in the Maldives.
Besides the elephant polo, other entertainment
included Thai bands and a specially choreographed show by Tiffany
Show Pattaya, one of Thailand’s most famous transgender cabarets.
tournament is growing year on year and attracted people from the USA and Canada, New Zealand,
India, all over Europe, the UAE, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and
many local visitors from Bangkok and around Thailand.
to benefit from the 2014 tournament are currently being finalised
and will include an extension of the ongoing Thai Elephant Therapy
Project being undertaken since 2009 in conjunction with Chiang Mai
University Department of Occupational Therapy, with future clinics
to include children with Down syndrome and other conditions.
Leaderboard for 2014 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament:
King Power Duty Free 2. Audemars Piguet 3. & 4.
PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand All Blacks / The Peninsula
5. Rueang Chang 6. Sara Story Design 7. Anantara Arabian
Knights 8. Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas 9. & 10 Mekhong
tied with Casillero Del Diablo 11. & 12. Hendrick’s Gin tied with
Bangkok Bank 13. Johnny Walker Blue Label 14. Louis
Roederer Hong Kong 15. Citibank 16. Mercedes Benz
King's Cup Elephant
Polo 2014 and 2015 - Interview with Tim Boda
Exclusive HD video interview with Tim Boda, Director of Culinary
Excellence and Events at Minor Hotel Group in Thailand, about the
2014 and 2015 King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament.
interview, which was filmed on the morning of 1 September 2014,
you will learn why Minor Hotel Group moved the event from Hua Hin
to the outskirts of Bangkok, what impact that move had on
attendance numbers, how the event went, how much was raised for
elephant preservation at the Black Tie Gala Dinner and Charity
Auction on Friday night and what plans the group has for 2015.