The Sunny Times Polo Club in Yanqing, the green garden on the outskirts of Beijing, hosted the 10th edition of the Beijing International Polo Open Tournament. Four teams from Germany, New Zealand, Great Britain and China fought for the victory in China's most important polo event before the eyes of numerous guests of honor from politics, business and equestrian sports.
In the final, the teams from England and the German team Chateau Nine Peaks faced each other. The British started with a 4.5 goal handicap lead and proved to be a surprisingly strong opponent, who was almost equal to the Germans until the end. At the score of 9 to 8.5 goals, 4-Goaler Joaquin Maquez scored the final goal of 10: 8.5 for the German team one minute before the end of the fourth Chukka.
In the match for third place, the Chinese team led by Xia Yang as captain prevailed surprisingly clearly against the New Zealanders.
In addition to club president Xia Yang and two of his permanent team-members, three students from the Equestrian College of Inner Mongolia Agriculture University, who have been playing polo at the Sunny Times Polo Club for six months, played for the first time in the ranks of the Chinese.
Already in the first game of the tournament, the Chinese team had played hard against Germany and was only narrowly beaten by the team of Captain Alexander Hauptmann.
Juan Martin Gerstle
New Zealand (HCP
Simon Mc Donald