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The Creation of Elephant Polo

Aug 28, 2017 | 0 comments


Where on earth would you come up with the idea for playing polo on elephants? Well, in a bar -- where else? Although it is believed that the maharajas in early India had ladies in their harems ride in sedan chairs on tops of elephants and take swats at polo balls, it was not the serious sport that it has become today. Moreover, the maharajas likely came up with the idea to keep the ladies amused and provide themselves brief respites from their own harem duties. It all came together in the winter of 1982 when Jim Edwards, owner of...

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The Elephant Story Elephant Polo Tournament In Moo Baan Chang, Ban Ta Klang, Surin, Thailand

Apr 22, 2015 | 0 comments


Since elephant polo was introduced to Thailand by the Thai Elephant Polo Association in 2001, and came under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King of Thailand as the King’s Cup, it has grown in scope and scale to become a major annual social event. However, we thought we would go to the elephants this year and have a much smaller tournament in the elephants’ hometown rather than the big city of Bangkok. Accordingly, The Elephant Story will host a tournament in Moo Baan Chang, June 24 and June 25 to mark the fifteenth year anniversary of elephant polo...

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A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE 2014 KING'S CUP ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT - PART IV

Nov 14, 2014 | 0 comments

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   THE ELEPHANT STORY FINAL MATCH AGAINST SARA STORY DESIGN IN THE KING'S CUP 2014 ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT, BANGKOK, THAILAND    Written by: Ed Story   Our final match, or penalty shootout, was against a team that is very near and dear to me, that of my daughter Sara Story.  Although each team had only lost one match by one point against the top two teams in the tournament while disregarding handicaps favoring each of us, we faced off for fifth and sixth place.   Had we played our respective matches against the finalists, either one of us could have been...

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A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE 2014 KING'S CUP ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT - PART III

Nov 13, 2014 | 0 comments


  THIRD DAY OF PLAY AT THE KING'S CUP 2014  ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT BANGKOK THAILAND   Written by: Ed Story   The third day of play opened to sunny skies that followed a torrential downpour the night before.  As everyone wanted to play an actual match, the only solution seemed to be the sand pit covered polo practice area used by horse polo players.  All the various equipment in storage was moved outside of the arena and crude goals and markers were installed.  Unfortunately, the elephants could not overcome their childhood days of playing soccer and chose every opportunity to kick...

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A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE 2014 KING'S CUP ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT - PART II

Nov 12, 2014 | 0 comments


  SECOND DAY OF PLAY AT THE KING'S CUP 2014  ELEPHANT POLO TOURNAMENT BANGKOK THAILAND   Written by: Ed Story   The foremost objective of the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is to ensure the safety of the elephants during the course of the tournament.  Moreover, a qualified veterinarian is on duty at all times.  Of secondary importance is raising funds for elephant conservation.  The individual with ultimate responsibility for this task is John Roberts, Director of the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, whose watchful eye is constantly on the polo pitch.  John concluded that the   field was not stable...

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