The Warriors of Wirragulla

Polo may have a royal reputation, however players here in the Hunter insist it’s just a regular sport, with plenty of fun for spectators, players and ponies alike.

In May, the sport of kings suddenly and sadly lost one of its champions when renowned international polo player and Dungog local, Jaime Mackay passed away. Regarded as one of the country’s finest-ever players, Jaime represented Australia over several decades, many as captain, bringing home countless trophies from all over the globe.

Since his death, tributes have flowed from all corners of the polo world. Son, and current Australian polo player, Jock Mackay, has a box overflowing with letters and cards from former players and friends recalling his father’s many successes and adventures, and how sadly he will be missed.

Former Australian captain, Stuart Gilmore, recently described Jaime as “a great general and his horsemanship was second to none. Jaime was a gentleman and a loving family man”. Jaime was incredibly close to his family; wife Jenny, son Jock, daughter Catriona and son-in-law Royston, and their first child, Jack.

A highly respected horseman off the field, 64-year-old Jaime also bred numerous champion polo ponies and racing thoroughbreds from his family property ‘Cangon’, on the rolling fertile hills and river flats at the entrance to Dungog….

Read more in Edition 63 of Hunter Lifestyle Magazine.

Story: Penny Evans.