Audemars Piguet Watches And The Rare Sport Of Elephant Polo

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Team-based elephant polo doesn’t just sound like a weird sport, it is a real weird sport. First I heard about it was today when learning that luxury watch maker Audemars Piguet is one of the sponsors. Like the equestrian based polo we all know (and some love), elephant based polo utilizes the same concept – just longer mallets, more jockeys, and bigger animals.

The specific event I am talking about is known as the 2009 King’s Cup Elephant Polo game, held annually in the Golden Triangle region of Thailand at the Anantara Resort. We are talking about a lifestyle and world where the term “trumpet” is still used as a noun, and the sport, is still a local high-society favorite. Elephant polo is like a big pachyderm free for all – 12 teams compete for the coveted King’s Cup (video after the jump). One of the 12 teams will of course be the Audemars Piguet team, complete with elephant and two riders. One for the controls (elephant) and one with the mallet (mostly bamboo). In addition to having a team, Audemars Piguet is a co-sponsor of the event. So, ‘hear ye, hear ye, at the end of March, Audermars Piguet and Anantara Resorts trumpet the 2009 King’s Cup Elephant Polo challenge in Thailand.

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