The annual 137 Pillars Polo Puissance Cup was
held alongside the James Ashton Trophy on 16 and 17 March for an
exhilarating and fun weekend of the highest quality horse polo,
food, drinks and entertainment.
The 137 Pillars Polo Puissance Cup and James
Ashton Trophy takes place each year at Polo Escape in Pattaya,
Thailand. The outstanding polo retreat houses 23 lodge rooms and
villas, an infinity edge swimming pool and jacuzzi overlooking the
polo field, a rustic restaurant and bar, as well as a tennis
court, gym and a very innovative outdoor cinema.
The full-size polo field at Polo Escape is
easily one of the very best in the region, and was designed by
Alejandro Lavista Llanos, Argentina’s prominent polo field
engineer and consultant. There is also stabling and paddocks for
over 100 horses.
This year’s 137 Pillars Polo Puissance Cup and
James Ashton Trophy attracted some of the top names in horse polo
including the Kalaan brothers – Uday and Angad, Fernando Rivera,
Santiago Lujan, Nicolas Pieroni and some of Thailand’s top
home-grown talents and upcoming stars such as Nutthadith
Sila-Amornsak, Satid Wongkraso and Cliff Punyanitya, to name but a
King Power, with a +6 goal handicap, claimed
this year’s James Ashton Trophy beating Polo Escape by 5.5 to 3 in
the final game of the weekend. King Power also beat Kuppa by 7.5 –
5, while Polo Escape managed a 5-2 win over Kuppa.
Cliff Punyanitya kept his cool to beat fellow
Kuppa team mate Angad Kalaan and win the 137 Pillars Polo
Puissance Cup in a thrilling playoff.
Chris Stafford, COO of 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts, said, “We
have some very big plans for this tournament. In fact, our aim is
to make this polo weekend one of the largest and most exclusive
international polo events in the region. The venue could not be
any better, and I foresee the day when players, and fans, from
Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and elsewhere in the region put
this on their list of must attend annual events. We’ve got a lot
to do, but all the ingredients are in place and we we’ve already
started working on 2019!”
Pictures of 137 Pillars Polo Puissance Cup and James Ashton Trophy
2018 in Pattaya, Thailand - Page 1 of 3