Juan Miguel and Rosina Secco, Horatio and Maria Estella Araya, Walter and Claire Grindrod
(Photo : Amorette Kramer)
“Sport remains one of the great balms
in international relationships.”
As South Africans celebrate their biggest Olympic medal haul since 1996 as well as their supremacy among African nations in the medals department, so the rugby Springboks and the cricketing Proteas head to big internationals against Argentina’s Pumas and the old enemy, England, respectively as the weekend beckons. While nations can get passionately wound-up in support of their international heroes, sport remains one of the great balms in international relationships, and today it was our honour to host a couple of the greatest names in South American polo folklore. Who can ever forget the spectacular skills and the conjuring tricks of Juan Miguel Secco (Uruguay) and Horatio Araya (Argentina) in their heyday, men who redefined the sport which had its genesis in the days of the British Raj in India, but only came to be the glamorous game it is today, courtesy of these great athletes. If polo had been an Olympic endeavour, these men would surely have been the gold medallists for decades, and it is a tribute to this farm that they should have asked to visit today. They were accompanied by their equally “glam” wives, Rosina and Maria Estella, as well as one-time club mate, South African Polo Association President, Walter Grindrod and by-some-distance his better half, Claire, who’ve played such a vital role in keeping polo on the front burners.
On another front, while the opening sales in the American programme at Fasig-Tipton were a little on the flat side after encouraging outcomes last year, we’ve learnt from Ascot’s Ashley Parker at the National Two-Year-Old sale, that the opening day was pretty buoyant, and there was a good, upbeat mood among vendors. That’s good news for this team who’ve been besieged for more than a week now by snow and its devastating effects.