Liz Higgins to retire as Cowdray Park Polo’s press officer

Mrs Liz Higgins, known to hundreds of Cowdray Park Polo Club’s patrons, players, social members, sponsors and press contacts both here and overseas will be retiring from her front-line position with the Club at the end of the 2018 season. 

 

Mrs Liz Higgins   Photo: Tony Ramirez, Images of Polo

Liz first came to Cowdray Park in 1995 as Account Director for a London PR agency employed by champagne house Veuve Clicquot to create a public relations campaign surrounding their newly acquired sponsorship of the Gold Cup.  She established her own PR company Blue Inc Communications in 1998, retaining Veuve Clicquot as a client and liaising on their Gold Cup polo sponsorship until the company withdrew after 20 years’ support in 2014.  

Having fallen in love with the Midhurst area, Liz and her husband Peter moved to West Sussex in 2001.  Following their relocation, Liz took on some PR projects on a freelance basis for the Cowdray Estate. 

By 2002 she was handling all press affairs for the Polo Club.  Gradually her role expanded into marketing and sponsorship and she became the first point of contact for businesses looking for a profile within the world of polo at Cowdray Park. 

Most weekends of the season Liz could be found on the grandstand writing up an account of the matches to be published in local and polo press and on the club’s website. Supervising each trophy presentation brought her into contact with patrons, players and sponsors alike.

 Liz’s reason for retiring is simple:  “Peter and I are thrilled to be welcoming our first grandchild in October.  We are so much looking forward to it and want to be truly ‘hands-on’.  Naturally I shall still be watching as much polo as I can at Cowdray and enjoying the company of members – and most Mondays a match report is still likely to find its way into press and onto the website. 

“However, my very public role is coming to an end.  I’ve had the most enormous fun, met truly amazing people, and with this year’s Gold Cup having been the best ever I can say that I am going out on a high!” 

Lord Cowdray, the Club’s President, said:  “I first met Liz when she came to work on behalf of Veuve Clicquot.  The advice I gave her was simple:  polo at Cowdray is country-house style, laid-back, relaxed and friendly.  Can we keep it that way?  She never let us down, always describing us in press articles in exactly the right tone, and welcoming everyone – VIPs, Ambassadors, sponsors, press and guests – in a warm and charming manner.  She has done a great deal to enhance the club’s reputation and I sincerely thank her on behalf of Cowdray Park Polo Club’s committee for her support.”

 Liz Higgins will return on a part-time basis to assist with press activity, including press accreditation, during 2019.

Pony Club Polo Championships

The Pony Club Polo Championships, held on August 6 at Hurtwood Park, Surrey, and 10-12 August at Cowdray Park, West Sussex saw some amazing displays from the generation of Polo talent, with support from sponsor Flannels.

The Championships kicked off at Hurtwood Park with the Jorrocks section, for players under 11 years old riding ponies not exceeding 13.2hh.

Jorrocks winners Old Surrey and Burstow
Photo: Michael Chevis

Taking the top spot was the Old Surrey & Burstow Hunt team made up of Cowdray Hunt’s Ava Greenland (10, whose pony, Beano, also picked up the Polo Times Best Playing Polo Award), Matias Maldonado (8), Bruno Bradshaw (9, from the Grafton Hunt) and Jasmine Speed (8, from the Cottesmore Hunt). Matias and Bruno are no strangers to the podium, as they formed part of the 2017 winning team playing for Grafton Hunt.

In second place was the Crawley & Horsham Hunt Purple team. The team, consisting of Suzannah Clark (10), Sienna Nightingale (10), Annalise Maurice-Jones (11) and Georgia Stephens (11) also picked up two individual awards; with Suzannah winning the Jorrocks Cup for Most Improved Girl and Sienna winning the award for Most Promising First Year Player.

Cowdray Park saw 144 players from 36 teams take part in the annual finals of the Handley Cross, Surtees, Loriner, Langford, Rendell and Gannon sections.

After two days of play the finals, held on Cowdray’s hallowed Lawns I, were plagued by rain which led to the traditional parade of all players sadly being cancelled.

Instead, proceedings began with the presentation of the Jambo Trophy, for the best combination that hunts and plays Pony Club Polo. This was awarded to Esther ridden by Scarlett Picksley (11) from the West Hants Branch.

The finals got underway with the Heythrop Hunt and Beaufort Hunt in the hotly contested Gannon section. The Heythrop Hunt team of brothers Jonty and Tom Barlow (17 and 19), Magnus Gilje (20) and Rosanna Turk (20) emerged victorious, beating the Beaufort Hunt team by 4.5 goals to 3.

Rosanna also picked up the SATS Saddle Award for Best Player of the Season. A delighted Rosanna said: “It’s incredible! This season has just been absolutely extraordinary and I can’t really believe how everything has come together. I am just so grateful to everyone for all their help.

Rosanna receiving best saddle award

Rosanna receiving best saddle award

“This is my last season playing Pony Club Polo as I will be too old next year, so the saddle is such a nice finishing touch. We’ve never had a new saddle before, they’ve always been second hand, so this is pretty cool!”

The team, who took home the Daily Telegraph Trophy as well as the Jaguar Trophy for finishing on top in the Gannon League, said they were ‘overwhelmed’ and talked about how they started in the lower leagues and worked their way up as a team. They said: “We’re a team of mates where everyone has the same ability. There’s no one outstanding player that carries us; we all have something to offer.”

As the afternoon progressed other section victories were;

Surtees: Meynell Hunt beat Cowdray Hunt (Blue Team) 3-1

Loriner: Meynell Hunt beat Royal Artillery Hunt 1-0

Langford: Cotswold Hunt beat Beaufort Hunt 5-1

Rendell: Heythrop Hunt beat Royal Artillery Hunt 5-4

Handley Cross: Cowdray Hunt beat Beaufort Hunt 3-0

Pony Club Polo Chairman, Charles Whittington, said: “The Pony Club Polo Championships were a great success again this year, marred only by the untimely appearance of rain! We are fortunate to have use of the best grounds at Cowdray Park Polo Club, and our thanks go to them and all our sponsors.

“Too few people realise that Pony Club Polo provides tournaments for players with only one pony from age 6 to age 21, and we would like to encourage more to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Cowdray polo TV highlights

A 35 minute programme of edited highlights of the Quarter, Semi Finals and the Final of the 2018 King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship is now available to view on cowdray.tv

Widely considered one of the most thrilling British Open Championship Finals ever, all matches in the 2018 tournament were filmed exclusively by PoloCam TV who have been videoing polo at Cowdray Park for thirteen years.

Charlie Hanbury and Jon Rudkin with the Polo Gold Cup Aloft. Photo: Clive Bennett Clive Bennett, www.polopictures.co.uk
Clive Bennett, www.polopictures.co.uk

Its polo archive is now larger than any other polo video company in the world.

During the winter PoloCam will be adding content to the cowdray.tv portal to keep alive the enthusiasm shown by viewers of cowdray.tv for year-round exciting polo footage.

Record 14 teams in 2018 Ladies polo championship

A record fourteen teams entered the 2018 Hurlingham Polo 1875 British Ladies Polo Championships at Cowdray Park, writes Liz Higgins.

To cope with the high number of entries, the club set two handicap levels, The British Ladies Open Championship played at 18 goal handicap and The British Ladies Handicap Championship at 12 goal level. 

A very high standard of polo was seen throughout the tournaments, which ran through the final week of the King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, the ladies’ finals being played at the Lawns grounds on the same weekend as the men, in another first for Cowdray Park.

 In the Final of the 18 goal Championship, Dodson & Horrell with Jenny Doherty (1 goal) at number 1, Saffron Hutchinson (3 goals) at 2, Hannah Henderson (4 goals) at 3 and Nina Clarkin (10 goals) at Back, met Maitha Al Maktoum’s UAE Polo Team with Catalina Ayerza (1 goal) at number 2, Milly Sanchez (for Mia Cambiaso) at 3, and Candelaria Fernandez-Araujo (8 goals) at Back.

Both teams for the British Ladies Polo event at Cowdray Park pictured by Clive Bennett www.polopictures.co.uk

 Opening honours went to Nina Clarkin putting 1-0 on the scoreboard for Dodson & Horrell within the first minute of play.  An infringement then gave a penalty to Dodson & Horrell which Clarkin sent between the posts from 40 yards to make it 2-0, Fernandez-Araujo making a neat field goal before the chukka ended on 2-1 in favour of D & H. 

 In chukka 2, a good pass from Fernandez-Araujo enabled Milly Sanches to score for UAE and equalize on 2-2.  But the team gave away a spot penalty to Dodson & Horrell who then also profited from a 30 yard shot between the posts by Nina Clarkin and Dodson & Horrell were ahead 4-2 to close the chukka.

 After half time, fast free-flowing action continued through chukka 3 although UAE failed to score and Dodson & Horrell’s only goal came from a 40 yard penalty, making the score at the end of the chukka 5-2 in Dodson & Horrell’s favour.  

The fourth chukka opened with the ball coming in from the back line and UAE showing increased confidence and determination.  A super goal came from Catalina Ayerza.  UAE Polo Team won the ball from the throw-in with Milly Sanchez blazing away towards the Dodson & Horrell goal.  On she went without hindrance to score her second goal of the match and UAE had pulled up to within a goal of Dodson & Horrell. 

With no let-up in the pace, both sides continued to fight.  Clarkin sent a mighty shot forward from a free hit but the ball went out to the right.  In possession of the ball once more, she passed it forward, caught up and tried again, but again found the goal mouth elusive.  Desperately, Dodson & Horrell fought off any advance from UAE and finally held on to their lead to win the 18 goal  Hurlingham Polo 1875 British Ladies Championship on a score of 5-4.

 Simon Hawkins, CEO of Hurlingham Polo 1875, presented the handsome silver salver to Nina Clarkin, captain of the Dodson & Horrell team, and generous prizes of leisure wear to all players. 

The Best Playing Pony award went to Milly owned and ridden by Candelaria Fernandez-Araujo.  Aurora Esatwood presented the MVP prize of bespoke leather jodhpur boots from The Spanish Boot Company to Milly Sanchez of UAE Polo Team. A new prize for Horsemanship sponsored by Royal Salute and Husk was presented to Nina Clarkin by Aurora Eastwood. 

 In the 12 goal British Ladies Handicap Championship, Ibiza comprising Elicia Murphy at number 1, Angela Walker at 2, Rebecca Walters at 3 and Sarah Wiseman at Back met Aveda with Ann Marie Cavanagh playing at 1, Angela Robb at number 2, Lucy Coddington at 3 and Rosie Ross at Back.  Lucy Coddington (formerly Taylor) made the first mark on the scoreboard for Areda who finished the first chukka half a goal ahead. 

British Ladies Handicap Tournament both teams
Photo: Clive Bennett www.polopictures.co.uk

Thereafter Ibiza gained and retained the lead, finishing a lively match with no fouls blown ahead by 6-4½.  Simon Hawkins presented gifts from Hurlingham Polo 1875’s leisure range to all players and Rebecca Walters’ Baronessa was awarded the prize for Best Playing Pony. 

Sarah Wiseman was delighted to receive the Most Valuable Player award of bespoke leather jodhpur boots from The Spanish Boot Company presented by Aurora Eastwood.  Lucy Coddington (formerly Taylor) won the prize for Horsemanship also presented by Aurora Eastwood.

Epic polo Gold Cup win for El Remanso

Approaching 15,000 spectators watched the Final of the King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship at Cowdray Park recently in arguably one of the most thrilling finals of recent times, writes Liz Higgins.

Following two spectacular semi final matches four days earlier, the Hanbury family’s El Remanso team faced up to Jean-François Decaux’s La Bamba de Areco and few would have been confident enough to predict the outcome.

El Remanso comprised the close-knit line-up of four Englishmen, Charlie Hanbury, Ollie Cudmore, James Beim and James Harper, playing to the same line-up as 2017 when they reached the Final but lost to King Power.

Jean-François Decaux’s La Bamba de Areco side comprised the enormous talent of three-goal player Byron Watson, with Polito Pieres substituting for an injured David Stirling and 10 goaler Juan Martin Nero at Back.

Charlie Hanbury and Jon Rudkin with the Gold Cup Aloft. Photo: Clive Bennett www.polopictures.co.uk

The popular home-based El Remanso team had come through the tournament without dropping a match but it was not to be plain sailing for the Englishmen as the game changed fortunes between the first and second halves.

The Patron, Charlie Hanbury, playing the match of his life, stormed away from the first throw-in to mark the scoreboard with the opening goal.  His second goal of the match gave El Remanso a 3-2 lead to close the first chukka.  With no answers from La Bamba during the second chukka, El Remanso went into the third with a lead of 4-2, consolidating the lead at 6-4 at half time.

The second half opened with a hit-in from Watson for La Bamba de Areco, Beim returned the ball which Nero tried to secure but Harper won the ball and his neat back-hand shot took El Remanso on to 7-4.  However, the tables began to turn as exciting play from Watson for La Bambe de Areco, strong attacking play by Pieres and the gift of two 30 yard penalties which Juan Martin Nero had little difficulty in sending through, saw La Bamba finally ahead at 12-10 by the close of the fifth chukka.

The action raced on through the final chukka, with El Remanso fighting for every ball.  Awarded a 30 yard penalty, Ollie Cudmore sent the ball between the posts to pull the side up to within a goal of their opponents. Beim won the ball from the throw-in and great teamwork saw Harper move it on and Hanbury then leave it for Harper who coolly sent it between the posts. To an enormous cheer from the crowd, the scores were level on 12-12.

Cudmore took the ball away from the throw-in and, challenged by Decaux, he carried on going but the ball went out.  Nero for La Bamba de Areco passed the ball to his patron but Decaux failed to get the goal they desperately sought.  Harper brought the ball in and sent it to Beim who, despite being challenged, calmly turned it and found Cudmore who sent it between for posts for El Remanso as the final bell sounded. It was the sweetest victory for El Remanso and the crowd went wild.

A new prize for the Best Playing Patron’s Pony, donated by sponsors King Power, was presented by Marcos di Paola of King Power to Charlie Hanbury’s pony Lovelocks Sex, the award for Best Playing Pony of the match, presented by the Hon Lila Pearson, went to Blanca Nueve, owned by Pelon Stirling and played by Polito Pieres.

Jon Rudkin, Director of Football for Leicester City Football Club, which is owned by sponsors King Power, stepped forward to present individual and team prizes on behalf of King Power.

Charlie Hanbury was voted Most Valuable Player of the Final with four brilliant goals to his credit. As well as generous prizes to both finalists and winners, John Rudkin also presented gifts to the four umpires who had done stirling work through the four weeks of the British Open campaign.

The commentators, Karl Ude Martinez and John Kent, were also presented with gifts.  Corinne Ricard, on behalf of Pernod-Ricard, presented a Jeroboam of Perrier-Jouët, Cowdray Park’s Official Champagne, to the winning Patron, Charlie Hanbury. Finally Jon Rudkin presented the Gold Cup to a proud Charlie Hanbury who shared the moment with his parents Christopher and Bridget.

Roderick Vere-Nicoll, Chairman of Cowdray Park Polo Club said:  “This was a tremendous day for the club – a great crowd, great sponsors, great weather, a wonderful vibe and superb polo from both sides.  If it was a Hollywood script, we couldn’t have written it better.”

 

Quarter finals of polo championship

The penultimate weekend of the 2018 King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo
Championship attracted large crowds for the thrilling Quarter Final matches leading to a
place in the Semi Finals, writes Liz Higgins
Following a tense five way shoot-out for a place in the Quarters, the following eight teams are through to the Semis: Alfi Investments, El Remanso, La Bamba de Areco, La Indiana, Park Place, RH Polo, Talandracas and Valiente.
On a total score of 16 to ALFI Investments 11, the four man English squad of El Remanso remain undefeated as they head towards the Semi Finals.
La Bamba de Areco vs Talandracas saw a win for Jean Francois Decaux’s La Bamba de Areco side on a final score of 10-8 to Decaux’s side.

Winners of the  Centenary Cup, La Indiana, at Cowdray Park Polo Club, Midhurst  Photo:Clive Bennett Photography  20180715 ©2018 C6310.CR2

Sunday’s Centenary Cup saw La Indiana vs Valiente in a hard fought but somewhat scrappy match, with the world’s finest 10 goal players, Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres, on opposing sides and fighting for every ball. An even first half saw the teams deadlocked at 5-5, but a dominant second half from La Indiana, led by six goals from Facundo Pieres, saw La Indiana run away in the final three chukkas for their 13-8 victory.
 At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Final of the July 4 goal tournament reached its
conclusion on Sunday July 15 in a fast–paced skilful show of polo between James
Rogerson’s Connect44 team and Wilf Fine’s Sea Breeze.
Just a half goal separated the teams as they went into the final chukka on 5-5½, but a remarkable turn-around by 2 goal player John Kent for Connect44 saw a reversal of fortune for Rogerson’s side. Kent’s three goals in succession,answered by only one from the Sea Breeze 4 goaler Nick Pepper, saw James Rogerson enjoy his first victory at Cowdray Park on a final score of 8-6½

New Cowdray polo sponsors

Cowdray Park Polo Club has announce that the Embassy of Hungary, together with the Hungarian Tourism Agency, are the new sponsors of one of the Quarter Finals in the King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship.

The Hungarian Ambassador, His Excellency Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky, has commissioned a bespoke trophy to be presented this afternoon, July 14, in the Quarter Final match taking place at 3.00 pm between El Remanso and Alfi Investments.

Expect exciting polo action at Cowdray www.polopictures.co.uk Lawns Midhurst Clive Bennett 20170702 ©2017 Clive Bennett Photography

In a nation well known and respected for its equestrian activities, polo remains a relatively new sport, but the Ambassador is set to change opinion:  “I have been an enthusiastic rider for many years, but when I witnessed top level polo for the first time I became immediately attracted to the skill and athleticism required by both players and horses.  I hope my first initiative in the world of polo will encourage many people in my country to appreciate this thrilling sport.”

Cowdray Park Polo Club Chairman, Roderick Vere Nicoll, added:  “We are delighted to be welcoming the Ambassador and his guests to Cowdray Park Polo Club.  I am always excited to be introducing new people to our sport and I know they will be watching some of the highest quality polo to be seen worldwide as the 2018 King Power Gold Cup moves into its dynamic knock-out phase.”

For teams and match timings for all the Quarter Final matches, please visit www.cowdraypolo.co.uk.  Highlights of the action throughout the King Power Gold Cup can be seen on cowdray.tv, with the Semi Finals and Final live-streamed exclusively on cowdray.tv.

Two major polo finals

It was polo all the way at Cowdray Park with the recent final of the 12 goal Texaco Cup and the Argentine Ambassadors Cup.
Another blisteringly hot weekend saw the Final of the 12 goal Texaco Cup played between Cowdray Vikings and Yaguara . Playing alongside Lila Pearson in her Cowdray
Vikings side were her son George Pearson (2 goals) at number 2, Ollie Cork (2 goals) at number 3 and England player Jack Richardson (7 goals) at Back.
Featuring in Martina Lowe’s Yaguara side were brothers Juan Facundo and Manuel Guevara (each 3 goals) at numbers 2 and 3 and the experienced Andrea Vianini (5 goals) at Back.
Manuel Guevara made the first mark on the scoreboard for Yaguara, Ollie Cork shooting fast but wide to end the first chukka and Yaguara taking a 1-0 lead. Chukka 2 saw young Cork again close to Yaguara’s goal but losing the ball over the back line. Vianini brought the ball in and George Pearson got his stick to it, but there was soon a whistle and a 30 yard penalty awarded to Cowdray Vikings which Richardson sent accurately between the posts to level the scores at 1-1.

Lila with the Texaco team: Photo Clive Bennett

A lovely piece of team play by the young Cowdray Vikings players saw Cork run away with the ball and take it all the way to the Yaguara goal for 2-2. The second half saw a dramatic change of fortune, with  Richardson making an under-the-neck shot to goal to take Cowdray Vikings into the lead for the first time. Next came Cork with another great goal to 4-2.
Then Pearson pop through another for 5-2. By the end of the chukka the Vikings had moved on to 6-2 following another goal from Jack Richardson.
The final chukka saw tough play and a melée which resulted in a 60 yard penalty for
Cowdray Vikings which Richardson sent straight and true but the ball was stopped by
Manuel Guevara.
Cork later neatly put the ball between the posts for a 7-3 victory for Cowdray Vikings.

 

Mrs Jo Richardson presenting the handsome Texaco trophy to Lila Pearson   www.polopictures.co.uk Ambersham Midhurst Clive Bennett 20180707 ©

The feature match of the weekend played in front of a huge crowd was the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup, one of the league matches of the 22 goal handicap King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship.

Ben Soleimani’s RH team with Argentine players Martin Podesta (5 goals),Guillermo ‘Sapo’ Caset (9 goals) and Brazilian 8 goal player Rodrigo Andrade faced the Monterosso side of Alessandro Bazzoni with Argentine players Juan Martin Zubia (6  goals) and 8 goal brothers Ignacio and Santiago Toccalino.

Andrade was the first to mark the scoreboard with a goal for RH Polo in chukka 1. Santiago. Toccalino answered for Monterosso in the second chukka but Sapo Caset held the lead for RH Polo with a lovely long shot to goal. A 30 yard penalty from Santi Toccalino took the score on to 2-2; by half time Monterosso were 4-3 ahead.The fifth chukka ended at 8-6 to Monterosso before three goals in succession from Caset in chukka 6 completed a 9-8 victory for RH Polo.

Mrs Jo Richardson presented the handsome Texaco trophy – one of Cowdray’s finest – to Lila Pearson and prizes to all the players. The Best Playing Pony prize, presented by Saracen Horse Feeds, was awarded to ‘Star’ owned and played by Jack Richardson.

His Excellency R. Carlos Sersale de Cerisano presented the historic trophy dating back to1953 to a delighted Ben Soleimani and prizes of Argentine wine to all players

 

Valiente win Midhurst Town Cup in high scoring epic

An epic contest between Valiente and La Indiana in a league game for the 2018 King Power Gold Cup, played for the Midhurst Town Cup, delivered one of the highest scoring and best matches seen by Cowdray Park spectators in recent times.

Each playing their second match in the Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, Bob Jornayvaz’s Valiente met Michael Bickford’s La Indiana with the world’s two leading 10-goal players on opposing sides – Adolfo Cambiaso for Valiente and Facundo Pieres for La Indiana.

USA patron Jornayvaz took the number 1 position for his side with Englishman Hugo Lewis at 2 and Argentine players Cristian Laprida at 3 and Cambiaso at Back. Also from the USA, Michael Bickford was at number 1 for La Indiana, with Australian Alec White at 2, American Nic Roldan at 3, and Argentine Facundo Pieres at Back.

Valiente- winners of the Midhurst Town Cup: Photo courtesy of Chris Orange

La Indiana marked the scoreboard within seconds of the match starting, Bickford scoring from Roldan’s pass. Valiente won the throw in with Laprida looking for Cambiaso, but an infringement enabled Laprida to level the scores from a 30 yard penalty. Weaving his way around Pieres, Laprida made a neat field goal and 2-1 on the scoreboard for Valiente. A collision on the field gave another penalty to Valiente which Cambiaso lost little time in converting from 40 yards. The teams came back to the centre, La Indiana stole the ball from Cambiaso and suddenly Pieres worked his magic sending a massive lofted shot from 70 yards through the posts to take back a goal for his side.

Then came a trio of goals from Cambiaso The score moved on to 6-2 in Valiente’s favour. Pieres stole the ball from Laprida and went on the attack to achieve La Indiana’s only goal of the chukka. Lewis replied, giving Valiente 7-3 on the scoreboard. Three goals in succession from penalties were scored by Pieres taking La Indiana up to 6-7 bjut a flurry of goals from each side saw scores levelled at 10-10 by half-time.
That went to 13-13 by the end of Chukka 5.

The breathtaking action continued into the sixth chukka when Pieres sent through goal number 28 giving his side a 15-13 lead. In the heated action, a 60 yard penalty was awarded to Valiente which Cambiaso sent soaring to secure just a one goal difference. Another penalty was given away and Laprida was given the job of sending the 30 yard shot home and it was 15-15.

Cambiaso went racing away again hitting the ball in the air as he headed for the goal, but the whistle blew. A safety shot was awarded to Valiente. Huge Lewis swiftly took it and Valiente secured the lead which saw them the victors in the 2018 Midhurst Town Cup.

The historic Cup and generous prizes of leather document cases were presented by Mrs Mariya Burton of Aspinal of London. She also presented the award for Most Valuable Player to Christian Laprida. The Best Playing Pony prize, awarded to Facundo Pieres’ Galactica was presented by Mrs Lila Pearson.

40 goal polo dazzles crowd

History was made at Cowdray Park Polo Club on Saturday, June 23, as the All Pro Polo League (APPL) gave the club its first ever 40-goal match.

Eight 10-goal players took to the field to showcase a set of rules, proposed by APPL founder Javier Tanoira, which intend to make polo a more dynamic and spectator friendly sport. Saturday’s event proved that Tanoira’s vision has the potential to transform modern-day polo.

Action kicked off at 4:30 pm with an 18-goal “Young Guns” battle, which saw up-andcoming players from England, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Australia play a competitive, fast flowing match. Kings and Hurlingham Polo 1875 fought hard to claim the victory, but Kings managed to score in the last minute to win 7-6.

Presentation of Cowdray Park v Hurlingham 1875 in the 40 Goal All Pro Polo League Polo Match Played on Lawns 1 at Cowdray Park Polo Club  www.polopictures.co.uk Lawns Midhurst Clive Bennett 20180623 ©2018

“The rules are really simple and well thought out,” said Hurlingham Polo 1875 Captain Jack Richardson. “I loved the hit-ins after the goal because it keeps the game flowing, and from what people said on the sidelines it was entertaining to watch. It was amazing to play on Lawns 1 and there was a really good crowd there.”

Up next, eight of the world’s best players rode onto Lawns 1. Representing Hurlingham Polo 1875 were Facundo Pieres, Pelon Stirling, Gonzalo Pieres and Juan Martin Nero. They took on Cowdray Park, composed of Polito Pieres, Sapo Caset, Hilario Ulloa, and Nico Pieres.

The 10-goalers put on a fantastic spectacle, much to the delight of the viewers, many of whom had never witnessed this level of polo before.

After six full speed chukkas, Cowdray took the win to claim the APPL Eagle trophy.