The annual Pommel Horse Polo match between Wooton and Cowes was held Sunday at Wooton Bridge with both teams struggling valiantly to hold out for a draw. Wooton captain Neil Harcourt said "While Cowes has more experience we have newer pommel horses so we knew it would be close."
This is the tenth year that the match has taken place with all matches so far ending in a draw.
Umpire Javier Scarza explained that players are evenly matched, he knew it could be anyone's game when he bowled out the first ball between the players and their mounts.
"It's really the lack of mobility that pommel horse have over regular horses that limit the play and keep the score down. The players themselves are quite talented and well trained. They can go full out for a chukka and unlike regular polo they seldom change their horses due to fatigue."
"I feel for the players, I do, flailing around with their mallets and whipping their horses vainly trying to get at the ball, always out of their reach it seems."
Despite the low scores that characterize pommel horse polo it does have a loyal following due to the stylish play of elite players like Carlos Visconti from Wooton.
Originally from Argentina, Visconti is known for his combination wendeswing, double leg flair travelling maneuver. His chief rival, Charles Edgar from Cowes, who favours single leg swings, never seems to stop moving on the spindles and performs a crowd pleasing handstand before every dismount that is always met with appreciative applause.