Special meaning for local polo derby

DonaldMacintyre was visiting England in 1887, when he saw a game of polo at Hurlingham and was so taken with the game that he purchased 50 sticks and as many balls.
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The late David Macintyre holding the Donald Macintyre Cup which will be played for at Scone Polo Club this weekend.

On his return to Australia in 1888 he invited a number of local horsemen to come and play on the paddock in front of the old Kayuga Homestead in what would be the first polo practice in the Hunter Valley.

Two years later, in 1890, the Muswellbrook Polo Club was formed with Donald Macintyre as president.

A year later the Scone Polo Club was formed and Donald Macintyre became president of that club as well until his death in 1902.

They played on “polo ponies” as the height of the pony was restricted to 14.2 hands and carefully monitored and registered within the rules of the game.

After the war in 1918 restrictions were completely lifted and the larger more agile stock horse and thoroughbred was adopted to give the game more speed.

The Donald Macintyre Cup (donated by Capt DH Macintyre) was first played for in 1955 at Yarrandi, just north of Scone, and eight teams were invited to participate.

Scone A defeated Goondiwindi A in the final match putting the names DG Archibald, JG Archibald, AA Henderson and FB Haydon on the cup for the first time.

The Macintyre family also donated a fabulous silver trophy to the RAS Council in 1974.

It is awarded for the best team of three playing polo ponies competing in the Royal Easter Show Polo Teams Challenge.

It is a George II sterling silver twin handled “loving cup”, made in London in 1746.

Over the years Scone has played host to many visiting countries, including New Zealand, America, England and Argentina and personalities including Bob Skene, Memo Gracida, Joe Barry and of course HRH Prince Charles.

Many of its members have represented Australia both here and abroad and continue to travel playing professionally in England and elsewhere, but all love to come back and challenge for the Donald Macintyre Cup.

The late DR (David) Macintyre was a member of the RAS Council from 1977 and a senior vice-president from 1994 until 2003, and a life member of the NSW Polo Association and Scone Polo Club for many years.

With weather permitting Scone will this weekend host 16 teams from as far north as North Star and south as Dungog in its 124th year of competition.

It is the Scone Polo Club annual tournament; notably the Donald Macintyre Cup.

All are welcome.

There will be a barbecue lunch and bar facilities open on both days.

For all enquiries, contact Peter White on 6546 1123.

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