Tip #2 What is The Champagne Divot Stomp?
Tip #2 – What is the Champagne Divot Stomp?
"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne."
John Maynard Keynes, American writer (1883 - 1946).
Drinking champagne while stomping divots is a tradition in polo. It serves at least 2 purposes, it gets the crowds out on the field to enjoy a stretch and a walk on the field at half time, and it helps the game by repairing the divots that the ponies create on the polo field. Perhaps too, the champagne makes the crowd cheer louder!
During either half time or between games, the spectators are invited out on to the field and provided a glass of champagne to sip on. This is a time to meet and socialize, show off that fabulous hat, let the kids loose, take the dogs for a walk (on a leash please!) and stretch your legs after a delicious lunch. You also get to see how big that field really is! On a beautiful day, walking around on a beautiful lawn, with a glass of bubbly, there is no better place to be!
Secondly, while playing the horses create divots with their hooves. The grass will repair itself if put back in place and pressed back down with your foot. Removing the divots helps the ball travel straighter while being hit, and protects the horses from tripping or falling in a hole. A field can recover from a game quite nicely if spectators help the process, and can improve the following chukkas.
So answer the call to come out to and stomp divots! You will be rewarded for your efforts with a lovely glass of champagne, and a safer game!
See you out on the field!