20th Anniversary Geebung Polo celebrations bring more than 2000 spectators to the High Country
-- event opened by Hon Tim Holding MP --
In its 20th year, the annual Geebung Vs Cuff ‘n Collar polo match returned to its original location at Horsehair Plain, Hotham Airport for the anniversary celebrations. On Easter Sunday more than 2000 spectators from local areas, regional Victoria, Melbourne and Sydney enjoyed a perfect day in the High Country.
Celebrating along with the polo players, visitors and residents of Dinner Plain and Hotham was Hon. Tim Holding MP, Minister for Water, Finance, Tourism and Major Events. The Minister officially opened the event and threw the first chukka of the 20th anniversary polo match.
Organised by Mt Hotham Skiing Company, the day was fun for all ages with the helicopter Easter egg drop, running races, fashions on the field, live music, tug-o-war, scenic helicopter rides and of course, Victoria’s top city-based polo players (the “Cuff ‘n Collar” team) doing battle with the high country cattlemen (the “Geebung Polo” team). The 20th anniversary match winner was the Cuff ‘n Collar team with 8 goals over Geebung’s score of 4.
This unique sporting and spectator event started “over a few quiet drinks” at the Dinner Plain Hotel, where a mix of city and country “lads” formed the institution now known as the Geebung Polo Club.
With only 7 weeks to go until the winter season, the event was a great way for visitors and the communities of Hotham and Dinner Plain to celebrate the end of summer before getting ready for what should be another great winter.