Hickstead’s England v USA polo test match will be a thriller

Polo enthusiasts will relish a top confrontation when two of the highest-rated polo players in the world battle it out in the annual International Arena Polo Test Match at Hickstead on Saturday, March 1.

Tommy Biddle, who has a top goal handicap rating of 10, will lead the USA against England, headed by Chris Hyde, Britain’s highest rated arena polo player at 9-goals. In their last clash on home soil at Hickstead in 2012, England was victorious, and also won an away fixture against USA last year.

Action in the last England v USA arena polo confrontation at Hickstead: Phooto by Equestrian Photojournalist John Periam

Action in the last England v USA arena polo confrontation at Hickstead: Phooto by Equestrian Photojournalist John Periam 01243 584718

Although this will be a tough fixture for the home team, England has enjoyed an unbeaten run on home soil dating back to the first international test match 2008, with wins against South Africa, Scotland, and Argentina as well as the USA.

This Saturday’s match should be a thriller, with the remainder of the USA team comprising Patrick Uretz (5-goals) and Will Tankard (4). England’s captain Chris Hyde will be joined by his son Jack Hyde and also Peter Webb,for what  will be an outstanding match.

Hickstead Chairman John Bunn said: “This is going to be an incredible game of Arena polo. USA not only want to chalk up their first win at Hickstead, they also want revenge for England’s win in USA in January 2013, and have rolled out their number one big gun – 10-goaler Tommy Biddle!”

The day’s action will kick off with the Hickstead 12-Goal Challenge, where Black Eagles will take on the Wales Polo Team. This means visitors will get to witness two thrilling games of arena polo for just £5 per ticket.

Tickets for the arena test match at Hickstead can be bought online at http://www.hickstead.co.uk/polo/the-arena-polo-test-match and will also be available to purchase on the gate on the day of the match.Gates open at 10.30am on the day and the match starts at 11.30am.

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