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.
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- Renata Wawszkiewicz, of Bristol, shows her daughter, Olivia, 2, a shell she found on the beach while holding Olivia's little sister, Kamila, 7 months, at Hammonasset Beach State Park Wednesday. The Wawszkiewiczes stopped at the beach to get some fresh air after going to a doctors appointment nearby. "I've been coming here since I was a kid and we camp here every summer," said Wawszkiewicz. "I just love the beach." CLOE POISSONemail@example.com
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- Connecticut Huskies guard/forward Napheesa Collier (24) is stretches to the limit for a pass as UCF Knights forward Nyala Shuler (12) puts an arm into her back during the second half at the XL Center in Hartford Wednesday night in Hartford. Collier scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 101-51 victory. Photo by JOHN WOIKE | firstname.lastname@example.org
- "It's all in the steering," says Nosson Rich who toboggans down the popular sledding hill at Elizabeth Park in Hartford on Monday afternoon with his sons Menachen Rich, 6, and Avraham, 2, (obcured by Menachen. Rich says he shoveled snow for four hours yesterday at their home in Teaneck, New Jersey before driving to Connecticut to visit family. PATRICK RAYCRAFT | email@example.com