Ashton Family Polo

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brothers1.jpgAshton Family HistoryThe history of the Ashton family is fascinating and began with the four Ashton brothers, the generation above James and Wal, who sailed from the Antipodes in January, 1930 to compete in the English polo season. They created not only polo history but fired the imagination of the sporting world. They came unknown, with 25 ponies weary from a 48 day sea voyage over 13,300 miles to pit themselves against the elite of the polo players from England, America and India.The task of selecting the horses and arranging shipping to England was a major undertaking. The horses had to be kept fit in a sand yard on the ship and during one storm loose boxes were smashed and one horse swept half overboard, only to be manually hauled back. The horses were then exercised by walking the deck. In due course they were off-loaded at Hull and railed to the Beaufort Club in the south of England.To the wonder of the other internationals, the Ashtons won 15 of the 21 matches played and their trophies included the Whitney, Ranelagh Handicap and the Hargreaves Cups plus the Indian Empire Shield. However, as finalists in the Champion Cup at Hurlingham they were beaten (9-7) by the combined Anglo/American team, the Hurricanes. King Alfonso XIII of Spain was so impressed by James Ashton Snr’s ‘sporting enterprise’ in encouraging the venture and his sons ‘brilliant display’ that he presented a special trophy to them following final play.Although the now famous brothers were feted in England, they were dismayed at the low price of their wool clip as the Great Depression had also hit Australia and in England there was now no market for high-goal polo ponies.However, the Americans had extended an invitation to play seven matches at Long Island and, although homesick and worried at the expense of once more moving horses by sea and the unknown cost of their visit, they accepted. With parents and ponies, the now 26-goal rated brothers sailed for America in the Minnewaska and won five of the seven matches.

The auction of their 25 ponies on Long Island in August 1930 exceeded all expectations by realising $US77,000 ($US1,074,000 today). This capital was left in New York for one year and appreciated 60% against the Australian pound thus clearing all the expenses incurred by the great gamble, In addition, four unknown ‘colonial’ brothers had made polo history!

Paspaley Polo in the City

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Koala in TreePaspaley Polo in the City AustraliaPaspaley Polo in the City is an annual polo series held throughout the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

It is a rare opportunity to witness some of Australia's best professional polo talent. The event, conveniently located in Albert Park, will showcase the best of the best in a sport that has been around for two thousand years.

Witness the excitement of Australia's top professional polo players competing for the Paspaley Cup from the comfort and glamour of the acclaimed all inclusive Paspaley VIP Marquee at $330 per person, or the more casual Coopers Bar at $70 per person.

The day begins at 11am and concludes at 5pm, with two feature matches, enjoy an array of fine food, champagne and beverages and plenty of entertainment in between.

Four Ashton Brothers Take On the British Army

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rainforest waterfallStaff inside CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong. When dealing with a disease agent which can infect humans as well as animals (zoonotic agent), staff will wear special plastic suits with their own air supply. To decontaminate, staff will undertake a four minute chemical disinfectant shower in the suit before removing it. [Source: CSIRO Division Livestock Industries]

 

he four Ashton brothers, who sailed from the Antipodes in January, 1930 to compete in the English polo season, created not only polo history but fired the imagination of the sporting world. They came unknown, with 25 ponies weary from a 48 day sea voyage over 13,300 miles to pit themselves against the elite of the polo players from England, America and India.


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Ministry of Agriculture Urge Polo Clubs to Vaccinate Ponies

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All Australian Polo Clubs and Horse Owners are to vaccinate their stock for the deadly Hendra Virus by October 1st. According to the Ministry for Agriculture and the Department of Primary Industries, the vaccine is essential for every horse to be in the strongest possible position to resist any Hendra Virus outbreaks. Unconfirmed reports the inoculation only has a 6 month period where it offers the most resistance have given rise to polo pony owners demanding more information about the vaccine and its life cycle.


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