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Ponies Make Their Mark | Polo On The Beach 2015

June 10, 2015

A unique 64 metre sand drawing made by the ponies themselves was created at Watergate Bay, Cornwall, and will mark the launch of the three day polo event, sponsored by Great Western Railway.polo on the beach cornwall

GWR commissioned the impressive equine art 54 metres (492 hands) wide and 64 metres long (582 hands) to mark the scene of a polo pony and player in motion ahead of the festival which will open on Friday 26 June.

The art stretched over 400 metres end to end and was created by an estimated 3,840 cantering hoof prints, 50 mallet marks and took two hours to come to life but just moments to wash away as the tide came in.

Renowned Polo players, Andrew Burgess and Rohan Kelly, took to their saddles on Tonka and La Sophia respectively, who made for perfect equine artists as the steeds are known for their agility and fast-paced turns reaching speeds of 40 mph.

Drones captured the panorama over the stunning bay while unsuspecting passers-by snapped the site from their phones from the surrounding cliffs.  The two-mile stretch of golden sands will set the scene for the free event, which will host three exhilarating matches, entertainment and live music from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June

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