Polo in the Valley set to put “highest level” of elite sport on display


Polo player Hugo Fischer and his Polo pony Veuve, seen here at the Duncraig Stud in West Swan. Picture: David Baylis.
Polo player Hugo Fischer and his Polo pony Veuve, seen here at the Duncraig Stud in West Swan. Picture: David Baylis.

HUGO Fischer has returned to Perth just in time for the annual Polo in the Valley next month, after spending 18 months in “the mecca of polo” – Argentina.

The 29-year-old took two years off from his career as an engineer to travel through Asia and most recently Argentina playing polo.

“I’m ready to come back to reality because otherwise if you play professionally it becomes a job not a passion,” Fischer said.

The Guildford Grammar School graduate has polo running through his blood; his grandfather and father ran polo clubs in South East Asia and at their Gidgegannup property.

“I grew up as a little kid on the side of the field and played my first tournament when I was 11.

Hugo Fischer and Veuve, seen here at the Duncraig Stud in West Swan. Picture: David Baylis.

“But I took it up seriously when I left school.”

Fischer said Polo in the Valley was the only exhibition match in Perth where “true polo” was played.

“It’s polo at the highest level that you will see,” he said.

“Both teams go out there to win.”

Each player runs about six horses each on the day, compared to Argentina where each player uses about 10 horses during a match.

The ninth annual Polo in the Valley at Duncraig Stud, Swan Valley on Sunday, April 8 will raise money for Youth Focus and Telethon, adding to the $900,000 it has raised since its inception.

Tickets are available at www.polointhevalley.com.au.

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