Polo’s wet weather woes


Sitting at a pub in Arrowtown a couple of weeks ago, looking up at the blue sky, Queenstown Polo boss Jonathan Gabler had to laugh.

Just hours before, he’d had to call off the exhibition match planned for that night due to bad weather – the third round of polo affected by poor conditions in the past few months.

“The skies [then] cleared and I was chuckling to myself,” he says.

It bucketed down during the first Silver Cup tournament held at the Queenstown site in November.

Then the second day of the Shield tournament on January 6 was scrapped due to poor weather.

Despite the run of bad luck, Gabler doesn’t reckon he’s jinxed.

“I don’t believe in that stuff. We’ve just gotta keep going.”

But there are financial implications to the cancellations, especially for the bigger tournaments, he admits.

As well as paying for things like marquees and catering, Gabler also subsidises the cost of teams coming down from places like Auckland and Christchurch.

He’s hoping to run a couple of exhibition matches before the end of February.

“We’re going to pay a bit more attention to the 10-day forecast.”