#Argentina Nov ‘18 more Day 17: Estancia Calchaquí, reminiscent of the 19th century ranches of the American West, was established in the 1880’s and has been home to four generations of the same family. Initially founded as a cattle ranch they have diversified adding the breeding, training and selling of polo ponies and the growing of agricultural crops providing the estancia a sound economic base for years to come. #estancia, #buenosairesprovincia, #estanciasargentinas, #provinciadebuenosaires.

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#Argentina Nov ‘18 Day 17: While driving my rental car 450km to visit Estancia El Calchaquí, just outside the town of Carlos Tejedor, and looking as far as the eye could see I began to grasp the vast interminable plains of the pampas. Seeing the green grasses fading into the distance, you imagine that you can almost begin to see the earth’s curvature in the distant horizon. #estancia, #buenosairesprovincia, #estanciasargentinas, #provinciadebuenosaires.web clchq 18_11_0015

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#Argentina Nov 18 Day 16: The Open’s hardworking petiseros’ (horse grooms/trainers) activities behind the scenes are an industrious endeavor onto themselves. They are key to caring for the polo ponies as well as harnessing and saddling them, warming them up and getting them ready for match play. 

 

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Argentina Nov 2018 Day 15: #BuenosAires #ArgentineOpen The polo players at the open are at the top of their game. Racing at top speed, one hand on the mallet and controlling their horse’s direction with the reins in their other hand and the movement of their knees requires great skill as the simultaneously try to hit a ball no bigger than an orange!

 

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#Argentina Nov 2018 Day 15: #BuenosAires #ArgentineOpen the tournament now in its 125th year is held El Campo Argentino de Polo in #BarrioPalermo, it is one of the primer polo fields in the world.

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#Argentina Nov 2018 Day 15: #BuenosAires #ArgentineOpen is held every year in Nov-Dec and is considered the World Cup of polo.web polo_18_11_017

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#Argentina Nov 2018 more Day 13: The horses and Gauchos too were decked out in their parade finery. #SanAntonioDeAreco #DesfileDePaisanos

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#Argentina Nov 2018 more Day 13: #SanAntonioDeAreco #DesfileDePaisanos (Parade of Country Folks).  The Arequeños take great pride in ensuring their customs and traditions are passed on to the younger generation.

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#Argentina Nov 2018 Day 13: #SanAntonioDeAreco #DesfileDePaisanos or Parade of Country Folks.  The term paisano is often used interchangeably with Gaucho. The desfile was an extraordinary event with hundreds of paisanos of all ages celebrating their heritage and horsemanship reveling as they paraded through Areco’s Historic Center.

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#Argentina Day 12: more dancers from #DanzasTradicionales at the Nov 2018 #SanAntonioDeAreco #FiestaDeTradiciones.

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