Bajan Reporter’s Ian Bourne Has Some Thoughts
“It was all very exciting and my wife loved it, she now understands my passion – unfortunately an unexpected emergency pulled us away, otherwise I would have been down there quite late, lemme tell ya!
I must add that unfortunately, there are still those out there who ban themselves from polo. I was at a watering hole a few weekends back when a young lady who is an indirect employee of Bizzy Williams was trying to get the crowd I was hanging with to view Waterhall action.
One of the wags there made the claim that polo is only now opening to show foreigners how kind and sweet all Bajans does get along. When the reality is we couldn’t even find those same matches a few years back. She tried to rebut them, she even asked me if I went talking foolishness again about my article, when I had to remind her most of them don’t even know I do that on the side when I’m home!
I see it more as a class issue than something racial, since with the kind of folk who do attend, you don’t have to worry about metal detectors at a chukka. The crowd is both black and white, but highly educated and fairly smart when it comes to making money and stretching it into a worthwhile future…”
… excerpts from Bajan Reporter article Barbadian Polo Finale: Women Whip Men Massively
The World Won’t Change Overnight, But Neither Is It Static
Ian Bourne is a big polo fan and lately he has been writing about some of the matches – but his articles aren’t really about polo, they are about all of us on this tiny rock.
Has polo as a sport changed from being the exclusive preserve of the ultra rich like Bizzy and his pals?
Perhaps not as much as the Piaget crowd would like to pretend, but the world do keep turnin ’bout hey.
Have a read of some of Ian’s polo articles and then see if you want to join a bunch of us lower-class types in the cheap seats at the next match…
April 15, 2008 – Barbadian Polo Finale: Women Whip Men Massively
March 3, 2008 – Old Barbadian Adage proves accurate: Chalk & Cheese – Separate Worlds in different Polo Matches, Part One
February 3, 2008 – South Carolina residents discover what many Barbadians have known for ages – Polo community very reclusive & exclusive