The 12th annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament took place on August 30, 2013 in the seaside town of Hua Hin, Thailand. 16 teams took part in this year’s tournament, including one team of rugby players from New Zealand and a team of Thailand’s transgendered ‘ladyboys’. The sport of elephant polo started in Nepal in 1982. Each team has three players and three elephants and matches take place on a pitch (field) 80 meters by 48 meters using standard polo balls. Each elephant carries two people on its back, one player holding an extra-long polo stick and an elephant trainer who controls the animal. The game is divided into two 7 minute ‘chukkas’ or halves. Proceeds from the tournament go to help rehabilitate elephants rescued from abuse. Former Hartford Courant staff photographer Paula Bronstein, who has been based in Thailand for several years, covered the event for Getty Images.