|A 'zebra' at Paspaley Polo in the City, 16 November 2013, Centennial Park, Sydney|
It seemed about the same size as the polo horses and galloped about the same way, but those black and white stripes were strikingly unmissable (it was actually a pony painted in stripes by The Classic Safari Company).
|Kirin Lounge at Polo in the City|
As part of this year's annual event, the cloud-threatened day in Sydney featured the Kirin Lounge - an area for the general public - in addition to corporate and VIP sponsor marquees; another step in making the sport of media tycoons more accessible and approachable.
While the day's weather forecast wreaked havoc with planned wardrobes, the dress style was a leisurely, understated, ultra-classy smart-casual with footwear appropriate for grass, and soggy grass at that.
|Polo match in play|
And like the races, there were inordinate amounts of time spent drinking, socialising and posing for photos, and somewhat less time spent on watching the game of men on horseback with white pants, helmets and long mallets.
A little classier than General Admission at the races, there were plenty of tables and chairs beneath large umbrellas, with the front row, prime viewing seats gone in a hurry and the umbrellas proving useful for both sun exposure and varying levels of rain.
Based on Fuji apples - one of my favourite varieties due to their crispness and tartness - there are four flavours of Kirin Cider: Fuji apple, Fuji apple and mikan mandarin, Fuji apple and ume Japanese apricot/ plum, and Fuji apple and ginger.
|Kirin Cider range|
(Image courtesy of Lion)
The Fuji apple and ginger has quite a strong flavour of the spicy rhizome so it's closer to an alcoholic ginger beer than a fruity cider, while the Fuji apple and ume was my favourite with a well-rounded sweetness.
|Quinoa salad by Fresh Catering at the Kirin Lounge|
|Antipasto platter by Fresh Catering at the Kirin Lounge|
With crackers and breadsticks packed separately, this generous and varied platter featured salami and prosciutto alongside roasted capsicum strips, marinated artichoke, mixed olives, cornichons, roasted almonds, a little tub of hummus and a handful of rocket leaves - perfect daytime grazing food, if you ask me.
|Beef burger sliders by Fresh Catering at the Kirin Lounge|
|Chroizo roll by Fresh Catering at the Kirin Lounge|
|The first divot stomp|
There's a graceful art to it, especially in damp weather conditions, stilettos, and differentiating between what is turf and what isn't.
Most amusing would have been the dash for prizes, on the polo field for both ladies and gentlemen. Best achieved bare foot, the dash was essentially a sprint on the grass field with sponsor prizes up for grabs for the speediest.
|Women's dash - go!|
|Men's dash - ready, set, go!|
|Guests at Paspaley Polo in the City|
See more photos of Paspaley Polo in the City, Sydney, on 16 November 2013 on my Facebook page.
Food, booze and shoes attended Polo in the City as a guest of Kirin Cider and Lion.