The victorious Audemars Pigeut
team hold the trophy aloft after winning the 2010 King’s Cup Elephant
Polo Tournament in Chiang Rai, Sunday, March 28.
Report & Photos Anantara Golden Triangle Resort
This year’s annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo
tournament, held in the idyllic surroundings of the Anantara Golden
Triangle Resort, provided spectators with nail biting matches, a
beautiful setting and a great cause to rally around.
From March 22 to March 28, twelve elite teams from
all around the world descended upon Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand
and battled it out for the championship of this unique and increasingly-competitive
sport. The real winners, however, were the elephants themselves – over
US$300,000 has been raised since the tournament started in 2001 to help
provide protection and support for the embattled Thai elephant.
Expanding in popularity, The King’s Cup Elephant Polo
has gone from a small two day event with six teams into a week-long
extravaganza with the 2010 tournament featuring twelve teams from four
continents, encompassing forty players from a least fifteen different
As anticipated by the experts, the finale pitted King
Power against the Audemars Piguet team. It was a close game until the
second half, where Audemars Pigeut’s superior polo-skills and greater
reach eventually won out with the team coming from behind to take the
King Power look set for a win early in the game by
firmly planting the first goal in the opening thirty seconds but it was
the unbeatable performance and teamwork of team captain Peter Prentice
and brothers Uday and Angad Kalaan that took the Audemars Piguet team to
a resounding four point win over Kings Power; the final score being 10
To top everything off, a gala dinner held during the
tournament garnered 1.8 million baht for the Thai Elephant Conservation
Centre and the National Elephant Institute, the official beneficiaries
of the annual event.
The expanded tournament featured
teams from four continents.