Argentina shine in Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2017

By Johnalene Baylon and Andrew Dembina on January 23, 2017
Argentina came through to win the sixth Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup in Tianjin, China
Photo courtesy of Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club

Argentina narrowly beat last year’s winners Hong Kong China in the final of the Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2017 to take the trophy to South America for the first time.

The five-day event at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club in northwestern China was played in near perfect conditions as the Argentinian trio of Dylan Rossiter, Francisco Menendez and Santiago Cernadas ran out 6-5 in the final.

Argentina has competed in all six of the Federation of International Polo-endorsed Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cups since the inaugural tournament in 2012, this time going a step further than their previous best finish as runners up in 2013.

Six teams from six continents took part, with South Africa defeating England in the play-off for third place. Australia and the USA rounded out the competition, one of the largest tournaments on the global equestrian calendar.

“This is the only snow polo event in the world that fields national teams selected and approved by their country’s official governing bodies,” says FIP president Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers in our Winter 2016-2017 feature on the tournament.

The Fortunate Heights Snow Polo World Cup 2017 took place from 17-22 January at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, Tianjin, China.

Dorte Tuladhar: A Scandinavian artist in the saddle

Danish fine-art photographer Dorte Tuladhar focuses on horses in much of her work, presenting anything but a conventional take on her subjects. The images are occasionally so blurred, and the compositions often cropped so closely, that the result is an abstraction. In other images, manipulated colour or textural qualities take the reins.

Images courtesy of Dorte Tuladhar

Golden Polo Horses, Tuladhar’s exhibit of eight abstract images encrusted with 23.75-carat gold, was on show during the Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup in January. “I visited Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club last June and photographed the horses both in action and standing still,” says Tuladhar. “These photos make up the basis of my art at the exhibition during the tournament. What’s unique about this particular exhibition is that real gold has been implemented into the artworks.”

Tuladhar has ridden horses since she was a child, and says they have always played an important part in her life. “Being with horses and riding them has given me renewed energy and joy. It really does something good for my inner soul to spend time with these beautiful, strong and powerful animals. It was only natural that the horse would become the focus in all my work.”

Tuladhar’s Golden Polo Horses exhibition ran from 17-22 January at Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, Tianjin, China.

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