The Game and The Stomp
Polo ponies are rough on the grass fields; if they are not galloping from end to end, they become engaged in a free-for-all like this one that took place uncomfortably close to my champagne (I had a vision of a polo ball of knocking the glass out of my hand!).
During the half time it is the custom for the viewers to "Stomp the divots", or walk across the field, replace the turned up turf into the ground, and stomp it down. It is important NOT to stomp the horse poo-poo, especially if you are in jeweled sandals as The Countess was.
Although it is not necessary to stomp the divots with liquor in hand, it IS customary with us.
At the end of every game the players race around the track slapping the hands of the viewers. Although American team captain, Dan Keeting, winked at me when he went by, it was The Countess who snagged a date with him in the end. She moves fast.