Elephant Polo returns to Hua Hin

Kings Cup Elephant Polo will return to its original Hua Hin location this year, when it will be hosted by Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Sixteen international and local teams will be competing during 5 - 11 September 2011. All profits will be donated to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

The sport of elephant polo was founded in Nepal in the year 1982 and it was extended to Thailand in 2001. It was adapted from equestrian polo. It become a popular sport in Thailand because this country has numerous gifted mahouts who can easily train elephants to play polo. For the past few year this event has been held in the north and now is comming back to Hua Hin and will be held at the Somdet Phra Suriyothai grounds in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

On the morning of the competition day, there is a ceremony of blessing the elephants. It is believed that there are at least five guardian spirits residing in each elephant. After the blessing ceremony is completed, the elephant parade began. The competitors and their elephants form a long line of procession marching along the ground.

Reported by Hua Hin News Net

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