Being Secretary of the Maryland Horse Council is not always that secretarial. Take for instance, this past weekend’s Maryland Horse Council Annual Barbeque, when I had the opportunity to play polo on the Maryland Horse Council Executive Committee’s team.
Capitol Polo Club graciously provided us the horses, mallets, and brief instruction, so we could provide half-time entertainment in the form of a “celebrity” polo match. Yes, it was a test of my nerves to hop on the most expensive horse I’d ever sat on, ride left-handed, swing a mallet, not get hit, and not fall off in front of 200 spectators. I think the visuals tell a better story.
First, getting acquainted with the pony (um…not a pony at all, a horse) and instructions on the appropriate use of the mallet.
A very brief practice session with a member of the opposing team in black. And yes, that also happens to be my husband, Jaime Navarro. He was a natural and scored the first goal.
Then to the action.
It was all in good fun, and goes to show we all can learn something new every day.