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South African Sun with Nick Sherring

Helen Cruden | 05/08/17

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With the sun setting at Plettenberg bay in South Africa, Nick Sherring canters down the field of Kurland Polo Estate for this week's featured video.

We are seeing more and more great players coming out of South Africa, Chris Mackenzie had a phenomenal season last year in the UK and Dirk Van Reenen is set to play the high-goal this year with Murus Sanctus alongside Hilario Ulloa and Facu Sola. Polo in South Africa itself is very competitive with 16-goal tournaments running from November to April.

Nick played the 15-goal International against England and the Veuve in Cape Town, both of which he won before heading to Europe this summer. Nick bases himself in Italy for June and July to play the 8, 10 and 15 goal. 

The factor of the game that grips Nick the most is the mere inches in difference it takes between keeping you in the saddle, and you falling to the floor. It is a balance that takes skill, training and talent. However, in Nick's eyes as well as the training of an athlete, polo is a great sport because of how it teaches you how to keep a happy string of horses. He turns his string out after every hard training session so they can be free to be horses and he reaps the rewards when his horses come back in and play with their heart to the bravest of their abilities next time around. 

If that's the South African way, in settings such as in the video, we all have a new polo destination on our map!

Thank you to Nick for sharing this video with us, please send us your stories to our email address contact@polochannel.com to be featured on the website!

Aerial Photography by SkyTime Productions 

Post Production and Editing by Creative Square