The annual Portsea Polo charity event attracted plenty of high profile guests.
Helicopters buzzed overhead and boats moored offshore at Portsea as a 6000-strong crowd of well-heeled revellers descended on the annual Portsea Polo charity event on the Mornington Peninsula.
The polo is the sort of place where a former prime minister’s daughter can mingle with a Real Housewife of Melbourne at a marquee sponsored by a plastic surgeon.
While the celebrity set pose for shots in the marquees, other less famous fashionistas take over the grounds between matches, corralling partners and friends to play paparazzi to a background of grass and fences.
One group has come from Perth for a hen’s party and are excited in anticipation of a polo tradition.
“We’re really looking forward to stomping the divots,” said Claudia Ottobrine.
But not everyone is here for the fashion. Some have actually come for the horses.
Nestled up to the fence during the first match, chairman of the past polo players association, Charles Abbott, is waiting and watching, eagerly anticipating the final match where his son, Robert, is playing.
Dressed in classic but understated polo attire, he loves fast-paced play of polo, but mostly for the horses.
However the old guard of polo are not upset by the social festival Portsea has become. The oldest past player in the Yarra Valley club, Geoffrey Norris, said it plays an essential role.
“You have to have the festival polo,” he said. “It attracts the players who then might play for life.”