Date: Monday 5th - Thursday 11th September 2011
Venue: Hua Hin - grounds adjacent to Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa
King’s Cup Elephant Polo
Returns to its Royal Coast Home
The King’s Cup Elephant Polo is moving back to its original location in Hua Hin, to be hosted and organised by Anantara. This year’s King’s Cup will take place between 5th and 11th September 2011, and will comprise 16 international and local teams competing for the trophy in a riveting week long tournament.
Players and spectators can look forward to enthralling elephant polo games and also to experiencing an array of vibrant festivities.
All profits will be donated, as usual, to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, and Anantara is proud to be bringing this highly acclaimed event back to Hua Hin for such a good cause, as well as promoting Thailand’s royal coastal town for both local and international tourism.
The highly popular King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and will be moving to the royal seaside town of Hua Hin in Thailand. The event which will bring the best of the last decade of the popular sporting event will take place from September 5th to September 11th and promises to have nail-biting action both on and off field.
The event will see a number of teams go trunk to trunk to win the coveted King's Cup trophy. The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resorts and is a charitable event that raises money for the benefit of all Thailand’s elephants.
Now in its tenth year the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament has gone from a small two-day event with six teams into a week-long extravaganza, which in 2010 featured 12 teams from four continents, encompassing 40 players from at least 15 countries.
To date the tournament has raised over US$300,000 primarily for the National Elephant Institute, which provides medical care, sustenance, employment, and mahout training to Thailand’s elephant population. In recent years, the funds were used to custom build and run an elephant ambulance as well as provide housing at the Centre’s elephant hospital allowing it to offer free accommodation as well as medical treatment to any sick elephants in Thailand; these funds also provided a mobile veterinary centrifuge for their mobile elephant clinic. Proceeds from the 2009 and 2010 tournaments have been used to ‘rescue rent’ five street elephants to be trained in occupational therapy as part of a joint Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, Chiang Mai University project investigating the benefits of using elephants to treat Autism.
It is estimated that Thailand has around 3,600 domesticated elephants and 1,500 wild elephants. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) fully endorses the King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament, having identified it as one of the country’s prime annual special events. It will take place on grounds adjacent to Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa, and spectator entrance is free.
For more information on King’s Cup Elephant Polo, please visit www.anantaraelephantpolo.com Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa is a distinctive Thai village-style resort located on the sunrise coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Hidden amidst 14 acres of luxuriantly landscaped mature gardens and lagoon pools, the picturesque resort enjoys a beachfront location at the quiet end of Thailand’s historic royal seaside town.
The King’s Cup Elephant Polo 2010 Photo'sClick on image to enlarge All photographs by Ms. Carol Stevenson.
Photographer : Carol Stevenson www.stevensonimages.com