2020 King Power Gold Cup

The highly anticipated conclusion of the 2020 King Power Gold Cup between Les Lions/Great Oaks and Next Generation produced a match to remember, with a flurry of goals in the sixth chukka leaving the outcome to be decided in the final minutes.

Holding off a late charge from Les Lions/Great Oaks, Next Generation captured the 14-12 victory and the prestigious King Power Gold Cup title, capping off an extraordinary tournament at Cowdray Park Polo Club.

All polo treams pictured above Photo: Mark Beaumont

Back and forth action in open play demonstrated the evenly matched line-ups with Next Generation using perfect 8 for 8 penalty shooting to overcome the strong Les Lions/Great Oaks team. Filling in for the injured David Stirling, Diego Cavanagh was crucial to Next Generation’s success, playing effectively alongside Adolfo and Poroto Cambiaso while also providing the stability from the penalty line that led Next Generation to victory.

Nine goals and consistent passing to goal from rising stars Bartolome and Camilo Castagnola gave Les Lions/Great Oaks a chance in the late stages, but their inability to keep Next Generation off the penalty line sealed their fate in the 14-12 defeat.

In the opening minutes, Next Generation took control of the game, beginning with a goal from Adolfo Cambiaso that was quickly followed by a goal from his son Poroto, giving Next Generation the 2-0 lead. Cavanagh excelled for the second consecutive game, leading all players with seven goals, including his first goal to end the first chukka. Holding the early advantage over his cousins Bartolome and Camilo Castagnola, Poroto Cambiaso was crucial in Next Generation’s strong start, keeping Next Generation’s lead at three goals in the second chukka as Les Lions/Great Oaks struggled with foul trouble.

Best playing pony- Pintita Photo: Mark Beaumont

Unable to contain the strong possession-based attack of Next Generation, Les Lions/Great Oaks conceded two penalty goals to Cavanagh in the third chukka but stayed within reach before the end of the half thanks to the efforts of Santiago Laborde.

Coming forward from the #4 position, Laborde scored two goals, leaving Les Lions/Great Oaks trailing 7-5 at halftime.

 The dynamic of the final changed at the start of the fourth chukka after Les Lions/Great Oaks scored consecutive goals to tie the score at 7-7, receiving a penalty 2 conversion by Bartolome Castagnola and field goal from Dillon Bacon. Failing to hold the lead since their first goal, Next Generation responded with a potent offense led by the father-son duo of Adolfo and Poroto Cambiaso.

Scoring two field goals in quick succession, Next Generation restored their lead and used their momentum to keep the pressure on the Les Lions/Great Oaks defence. Two penalty conversions, one each from Adolfo Cambiaso and Cavanagh completed a run of four unanswered goals giving Next Generation a stronghold on the game.

Trailing by two entering the sixth chukka, Les Lions/Great Oaks’ Camilo Castagnola cut the deficit in half on an impressive run through the defence, hitting the ball out of the air to find the goal. Focusing on maintaining their possession, Adolfo Cambiaso led Next Generation’s determined attack that forced Les Lions/Great Oaks into committing four fouls over the last seven minutes, sending Cavanagh to the penalty line to win the tournament.

Converting all three penalty opportunities, Next Generation watched time run out and their celebration began as they lifted the King Power Gold Cup with the 14-12 victory.

The Best Playing Patron Pony:- Small Axe ridden and owned by Dillon Bacon

Best Playing Pony:- Pintita ridden  Poroto Cambiaso

Most Valuable Player:- Adolfo Cambiaso

Thrilling second round in 2020 King Power Gold Cup

A thrilling conclusion marked the second round of play in the 2020 King Power Gold Cup began with an impressive performance from Next Generation in the 15-10 victory over Monterosso, while the second match produced an exciting upset as Thai Polo NW stunned Park Place 12-11 on the grounds at Cowdray Park Polo Club.

After an opening round loss to Les Lions/Great Oaks, Next Generation displayed their prowess against Monterosso, led by the father-son duo of Adolfo and Poroto Cambiaso, who finished with five goals each. A relentless offense from Next Generation produced 23 shots at goal and controlled possession, leaving Monterosso struggling to keep pace due to inaccurate penalty shooting in the second half which ultimately sealed the 15-10 victory in favour of Next Generation.

Exciting polo action at Cowdray Photo: Mark Beaumont

Scoring on the opening play of the game, Poroto Cambiaso quickly erased the one-goal advantage Monterosso had on handicap. An evenly matched first chukka resulted in Monterosso reclaiming their lead on goals from Guillermo Terrera and Jeronimo del Carril. Next Generation raced into the lead, relying on the duo of Adolfo Cambiaso and David Stirling, utilizing their chemistry from years of playing together on La Dolfina to score three goals and push ahead of Monterosso. A balanced attack to end the half from Next Generation provided difficulties for Monterosso as they were unable to stop all facets of the Next Generation offense. A goal each from Stirling, Poroto Cambiaso and Adolfo Cambiaso gave Next Generation the two-goal lead at halftime.

Monterosso had their opportunities throughout the second half to close the deficit, but converted just one of their four penalty attempts, resulting in Next Generation maintaining their stronghold on the game. Adolfo Cambiaso opened the fourth chukka with two goals, extending his team’s lead to three despite converting just two of their first 10 shot attempts in the half. Ignacio Toccalino and Terrera contributed a goal each in the sixth chukka, but the victory for Next Generation was secured on Poroto Cambiaso’s fourth and fifth goals of the game to complete the 15-10 victory.

Attention turned to the second match of the day with Park Place looking to join Les Lions/Great Oaks as the only two undefeated teams, but faced a tough Thai Polo NW team that stunned the elite Park Place team consisting of Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres. Behind seven goals from Juan Martin Zubia and an organized defence that limited the scoring opportunities for Park Place, Thai Polo NW used their extra shot attempts from the field to hold off a late comeback attempt from Park Place to narrowly claim the 12-11 victory.

The opening two chukkas featured efficient polo on both sides of the ball with Park Place executing their two-man game with Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres, while Thai Polo NW responded with a duo of their own in Juan Martin Zubia and Jack Richardson. Deadlocked at 4-4 after the second chukka, the momentum of the game switched in a decisive third chukka as Thai Polo NW’s Zubia overwhelmed Park Place with three goals and an assist to Ned Hine. The impressive display to end the half broke the tie and gave Thai Polo NW the commanding 8-5 lead at halftime, leaving Park Place in need of offense in the second half.

10-goaler Facundo Pieres made an early impact in the second half, scoring his third goal while also setting up Kian Hall to slowly close the gap, but in one of the most noteworthy chukkas of the tournament, Thai Polo NW dominated the fifth chukka, preventing Park Place from producing a single attempt at goal. A goal each from Zubia, Hine and Rodrigo Rueda resulted in Thai Polo NW holding a commanding five-goal lead with just one chukka remaining. Unwilling to concede defeat, Gonzalito Pieres fought to send the game to overtime, converting two penalty attempts while also adding a field goal, but the deficit was too much to overcome as Thai Polo NW escaped with the thrilling 12-11 victory who won the Cooch Behar Cup for this game.

Les Lions/ Great Oaks has victory in opening polo Gold Cup

THE much-anticipated start to the 2020 King Power Gold Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club began with an impressive 14-10 victory for Les Lions/ Great Oaks over the highly touted Next Generation team featuring Adolfo Cambiaso and David Stirling to win the Carlos Gracida Memorial Trophy.

The second match of the day featured an exciting finish with Park Place scoring four goals in the final chukka to claim the 10-9 victory over Park Place Vaar, concluding an exciting opening day.

All eyes turned to the opening game of the tournament and it did not disappoint with Les Lions/ Great Oaks’ Bartolome Castagnola scoring an astounding nine goals, four of which came from the penalty line. A strong team defensive effort from Les Lions/ Great Oaks held Next Generation to just 40 per cent shooting from the field making the Cambiaso-led team work hard for every opportunity. Although they finished six from seven from the penalty line, Next Generation could not keep pace with the potent Les Lions/ Great Oaks offense in the 14-10 defeat.

Exciting Cowdray polo action behind closed doors observing Government rules. Photo: Mark Beaumont

The opening half showcased an evenly matched contest, with neither team able to build a large lead. Castagnola opened the scoring with a goal from the field and the penalty line, while Next Generation’sAdolfo Cambiaso and Stirling responded with a goal each, leaving the score tied at 1-1.

Filling in for the injured Camilo Castagnola, Alejandro Muzzio made his impact in the second chukka, scoring his first goal, while also collecting two assists as part of a three-goal chukka, giving Les Lions/Great Oaks the slim 5-4 lead. Scoring his third penalty goal of the half, Adolfo Cambiaso restored the tie, leaving the outcome to be decided in the second half.

Reorganised after a scoreless third chukka, Les Lions/Great Oaks came out strong in the second hald behind the efforts of Castagnola. Executing a combination of runs to goal and passes, Castagnola was responsinble for three of the six Les Lions/Great Oaks goals, while also adding two assists in the fourth and fifths chukka, leaving the Next Generations defence struggling to slow the quick attack.

Keeping their opponents pinned in their own half, Les Lions/Great Oaks build a commanding 12-7 lead, with just one chukka remaining, leaving the Next Generation defence struggling to slow the quick attack. Keeping their opponents pinned in their own half, Les Lions/Great Oaks build a commanding 12-7 lead with just one chukka remaining. A late push fromfrom Stirling was not enough to pull Next Generation within reach as Les Lions/Great Oaks completed the dominant 14-10 victory to begin the King Power Gold Cup.

The Carlos Gracida Best Playing Pony was awarded to seven-year-old chestnut mare, Calito Cielto, played by Ale Muzzion and owned by the Castagnolas.

A match-up between the two Park Place teams concluded the opening day of play in a thrilling finish, where a dominant finish from Park Place saw them beat Park Place Vaara 10-8.

Stoneleigh Horse Show 2020 cancellation

Event cancelled

It is with great regret that due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus pandemic Grandstand Media Limited, has decided to cancel this year’s Stoneleigh Horse Show scheduled to take place in August at Stoneleigh Park. 


A statement from the company said: “The provisional date for next year’s event is Friday August 13 to Sunday August 15 2021. Our priority has been, and will remain to be, the health and safety of all of those involved in the show as well as our responsibility to support everyone’s efforts to tackle the coronavirus.   

“This decision has been made alongside the announcement that Horse of the Year Show will no longer take place this year.

“The 72nd edition of HOYS will now be staged from Wednesday October 6 – Sunday October 10 2021, at the NEC Birmingham. “
 
Emma Williams, Grandstand Media Limited event director commented: “We are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision and it is not one that has been made without considerable thought and discussion; we have done so with the utmost concern for the wellbeing of all those involved in making Stoneleigh Horse Show happen. 

“Considering the impact of COVID-19 on the showing qualifier season we believe that this decision is inevitably the right one for all concerned. I would like to thank all those involved in Stoneleigh Horse Show, and in the wider showing community, for their understanding and patience during these undeniably challenging times. 

“Our thoughts are with those that have been, and continue to be, affected by this pandemic.”As communicated by British Showjumping on Friday June 26, there remains a commitment to deliver the National Finals and the reallocated Spring Championships at Stoneleigh Park this August.  British Showjumping will announce further information about the respective finals through their official channels in due course.

British Open Polo Championships go under way at Cowdray Park

The King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship 2020, Europe’s leading tournament, opens today, WednesdayJuly 1 at Cowdray Park, the Home of British Polo. The Final will take place on Sunday July 26.
Sponsored by King Power, the tournament is regarded as one of the top three polo competitions in the world, alongside the US and Argentine Opens. The Final attracts thousands of spectators annuallywho flock to the prestigious ‘Lawns’ polo grounds in West Sussex. However this year, due to current,government restrictions on spectators at sporting events, the competition will be held behind closed doors.

Exciting Cowdray polo action will be streamed live Photo: Cowdray Park Polo

Roderick Vere Nicoll, Chairman of Cowdray Park Polo Club, commented: “We are living inunusual times and it is terrific that we have 8 strong teams in the tournament. The two best players in the world, Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres, are playing along with some rising young stars. It should be an exciting tournament and you can enjoy the Gold Cup on Cowdray TV.”

Sadly, spectators will not be permitted to attend matches, however all games will be live
streamed via Cowdray TV. The Club has collaborated with Polo Cam and InPlayer, the world’s leading pay per view subscription solution, to bring the sport to fans all over the world in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Eight teams will take part which will see some of the best players in the world in action.

The tournament will be played with the usual speed and skill of high-goal polo, under modified rules which adhere to HPA (Hurlingham Polo Association) and government regulations. Chris Bethell, Cowdray Park Polo Manager commented: “We are very much looking forward to play commencing. It has been a challenging start to the season. The grounds are in perfect condition; there are some exciting Gold Cup team entries and 2020 has the potential for newtalent to shine and perhaps provide an unexpected winner.”

New documentary celebrates 60 years of Hickstead

This summer marks 60 years since the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead first opened, and a new documentary on Horse & Country TV will showcase the incredible history of the showground.

The one-hour documentary ‘Hickstead: 60 Glorious Years’ charts the development of Hickstead from its inception in 1960 to becoming established as one of the best-known equestrian venues in the world. The programme has been produced by Lizzie and Daisy Bunn, daughters of the showground’s legendary founder, the late Douglas Bunn. 

Exciting action round the showjumping course is always guaranteed.

William Funnell in thrilling show jumping action at Hickstead Photo: Nigel Goddard

The documentary features many of equestrian sport’s biggest names, including David Broome, Eddie Macken, Nick Skelton, Laura Kraut and John Ledingham. Recent winners of the Al Shira’aa Derby such as William Funnell and William Whitaker reveal what it means to win one of showjumping’s most iconic classes.  

Hickstead is and always has been a family business, and in the show the Bunn family give exclusive insights into running the international shows, what goes on behind the scenes and how the showground has developed and diversified over the years. Interviews include Douglas’s second wife Sue, who shares her fascinating experiences of the creation of the venue and tells the famous story of why Hickstead’s Derby Bank is 18in taller than its Hamburg counterpart.  

Over the past six decades Hickstead has been the scene to many of showjumping’s greatest moments, and this rich history will be explored in ‘Hickstead: 60 Glorious Years’. The documentary will also look ahead to what the next 60 years might hold for the All England Jumping Course.

A must-watch for any fan of equestrian sport, Hickstead: 60 Glorious Years will be shown exclusively on H&C+. It premieres on Sunday 28th June at 8pm and can be viewed on-demand thereafter. To find out more visit horseandcountry.tv.

Tragic death of Liam Treadwell

A SUSSEX jockey who beat the odds to win a memorable Grand National has died at the age of 34. Liam Treadwell, who was born and bred in Arundel, West Sussex was found dead at his Shropshire home  this week.

Currently His death is unexplained and tributes have poured in from all sections of the racing community. The jockey learned how to ride at Castle Stables in his home town and went to Angmering School.

His parents, Lorraine and Mark, had both worked at Castle Stables for trainer the late John Dunlop, and Liam was brought up with racing.

In 2009 his name was in the headlines when the jockey won the 2009 Grand National on 100-1 shot Mon Mome, trained by Venetia Williams, for whom he often rode.

The racing community was left reeling on Tuesday after hearing of his death — at the age of just 34.

After being called to his home in Shropshire, West Mercia police said there was ‘no third party involvement’ in Treadwell’s death.

His tragic death comes less than four months after he was a pall-bearer at the funeral of his friend and former jockey James Banks, who had taken his own life. 

Venetia Williams described Liam, who had ridden many winners for her, as ‘ a lovely person and usually a happy person’ and said: “It’s a massive shock. I think we all thought he was in a good place now, having been through some tough times in previous years.”

“We thought his renewed career had put in him in a situation where he was happy. It is desperately sad news.We shared a day that was certainly the best day of my life, and I suspect of his.”

Together they had also won the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree with Bennys Mist in 2015 and the Byrne Group Plate with Carrickboy at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013.

The tragic news has shocked the racing community and people everywhere who knew Liam and his family.

Racing behind closed doors at Goodwood

Tomorrow, Sunday June 14, there will be racing from Goodwood behind closed doors,shown on ITV4, 13:30 – 16:30pm.

In a statement, Goodwood said: “We are thrilled to invite you to join us online for racing behind closed doors, this coming Sunday and Monday. “

“The racecourse team has put together some exciting activities to keep you entertained , including a live zoom preview for both days and a tipping competition. We hope you enjoy getting involved.”

“We will miss our racegoers but we kindly request that you please do not attempt to watch the racing from any of the public sites surrounding the racecourse, including The Trundle.”

Goodwood added: “We hope you understand that, in line with Government advice, we want to actively discourage any public gatherings.”

Watch racing live from Goodwood on television

BHS warns public not to feed horses

The British Horse Society (BHS) has issued a warning to members of the public not to feed any horses they may encounter whilst out and about.

With more people taking to the countryside during the COVID-19 pandemic, the BHS has been made aware of instances where horses have been seriously injured, made extremely ill or in some cases having died due to the public feeding the horse or through actions such as leaving gates open.

Alan Hiscox, Director of Welfare at The British Horse Society said: “The BHS is urging members of the public not to feed horses in fields as this can cause serious illness and be potentially life threatening.

Horse grazing in a field Photo: John Simpson

“We believe many people act with no malicious intent and are simply unaware of the risks that certain foods or grass cuttings can pose to horses.

“We encourage horse owners to download signs the BHS has produced warning the public not to feed their horse. The greater the awareness of the issue, the more likely people are to change their behaviour in the future.”

The BHS is offering the following advice to the public:

Although feeding horses may seem harmless, it is important not to due to the following reasons:

  • Any type of food, grass cuttings or any other plants can cause horses to become extremely unwell or even kill them
  • Fighting between horses could break out and cause an injury
  • Horses may mistake your fingers for food and accidentally nip them

If you cross land with a right of way where horses are kept, the above points will be applicable but also ensure you:

  • Leave gates and property as you find them 
  • Keep to the right of way
  • Take your litter home
  • Keep your dog on a lead and bag and bin your dog’s mess
  • Give horses lots of a space and avoid coming between mothers and their young
  • If you see a horse in distress, alert the nearest farm/yard or check for a sign with owner’s detail on.

The BHS has produced signs for horse owners to place around their fields warning the public not to feed their horses. These are available for download at bhs.org.uk/behorseaware.

Family of wrens found in RDA stable

Good news to boost the spirits is always welcome, particularly given the current climate. So volunteers at Chalkdown Riding for the Disabled Group were surprised and thrilled to find a family of wrens nesting in an unexpected location recently.

Emma Ginger discovered the ‘self-isolating’ family in an old grazing muzzle that was hanging up in the entrance to the hay shed and snapped the fabulous photo as she was doing her usual daily yard duties looking after the ponies.

Members of Chalkdown RDA Group prepare for action: Photo and words by Joanna Sale

“It has been such a rewarding sight and gives us all a bit of hope in these unprecedented times.”

With the whole of the Riding for the Disabled operation shut down for Lockdown, it was a joyful boost to spirits when Eastbourne RDA discovered that they had a new addition to the Group on the way.

One of their lovely volunteers, Helen Waters, bought a cob mare called Coco last spring. “In the summer, we started to use her in our sessions and she was wonderful” says Sarah Groome from the Group. ”But by December, Helen began to have a suspicion that Coco was pregnant”.

At the end of January, her suspicions were confirmed by the vet and on March 21, right near the start of Lockdown, the adorable Arizona (Ari for short) was born!

Luckily, Helen keeps Coco and Ari at a friend’s yard and she arranged for Helen to ‘self-isolate’ in the groom’s accommodation so she could be close to the new arrival.

“I believe that this is Eastbourne’s first home-bred, RDA pony” said Sarah.

RDA ponies are very special as they have to look after their riders with a calm, well behaved manner. But Ari is already proving to be a great RDA mount in the making, having passed the ‘umbrella’ test with flying colours.

In the South East there are 35 groups across Surrey, Sussex and Kent with over 2,000 riders of all ages. They come to enjoy the experience of riding, carriage driving, show jumping, dressage endurance and western style, with opportunities to learn a new skill, enter competitions or even take a holiday.

This can bring a new dimension to necessarily restricted lives, encourage independence and does much to improve a wide range of medical conditions. We have the commitment of more than 1,000 volunteers who regularly and cheerfully give up their free time. Our instructors work closely with physiotherapists and other health professionals to encourage every individual to aim for attainable goals – some modest, others far more ambitious.