Polo’s 2019 King Power Gold Cup quarter finals

Cowdray Park Polo Club has announced a new programme for Quarter Finals weekend of the 2019 King Power Gold Cup.

On Sunday July 14, the inaugural Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Trophy will be played as the 3pm match to mark the tragic loss of King Power Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash at the King Power football stadium in Leicester in October 2018.

A new trophy has been commissioned and will be presented to the winning team. This all-important fourth quarter final match of the weekend will be preceded by a programme of entertainment to both encompass Vichai’s sporting passions and to also celebrate the life of the philanthrophic Thai businessman.

Vichai Srivaddhanprabha, chairman of King Power, pictured before his death

Amongst the entertainment planned is a children’s football match between local boys and girls making up a Leicester City and a Midhurst team in King Power’s home and away shirts.  To recognise Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s passion for equestrian sport, there will also be a parade of some of his race-horses, planned to include the King Power stables’ Cleontewinner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes on the final day of Ascot 2019.

The King Power Foxes polo team won the Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017, having first entered the Gold Cup in 2014.  In 2018 Cowdray Park Polo Club was delighted to see King Power take over sponsorship of the prestigious 22 goal British Open in a three year contract.

Vichai Srivaddhahaprabha loved the friendly and laid-back atmosphere at Cowdray Park and the club is keen to mark his polo legacy by making his Memorial Trophy a permanent fixture of the Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship.

On Saturday July 13, the afternoon’s 3.00 pm match will be the Hungarian Ambassador’s Cup, played for a second year in front of guests of His Excellency Kristof Szalay-Bobrovniczky, who will be presenting the handsome trophy he commissioned in 2018.

The four winning teams in the Quarter Finals go forward to the Semi Finals to be played on Wednesday July 17 with the Final taking place on Sunday July 21.  For more information, please visit www.cowdraypolo.co.uk.

 

Ten polo teams in 2019 King Power Gold Cup

Ten teams have entered the 2019 King Power Gold Cup, played to decide the British Open Polo Championship, with one brand new side joining the competition.

It is the first time for many years that Adolfo Cambiaso will not be seen in the high goal at Cowdray Park, the world’s number one player for almost two decades having decided to retire from UK polo.  However, several exceptional young players will be making their mark.

New to the Gold Cup is ‘Scone’ the team of Australian patron David Paradice, which sees Nico Pieres (9 goals) taking up the number 2 position and England captain James Beim (7 goals) and James Harper (6 goals) at number 3 and Back respectively.  Beim and Harper were team-mates in the winning El Remanso side of 2018, which disbanded following the 2019 Gold Cup.  Scone has reached the Final of the Cartier Queen’s Cup.

King Power Gold Cup trophies 2018
Photo:Mark Beaumont

Seven teams return from the 2018 King Power Gold Cup.  Amongst them are finalists La Bamba de Areco, the team of Jean Francois Decaux, who brings in young Englishman Kian Hall, 3 goals, to play alongside David ‘Pelon’ Stirling and 10 goaler Juan Martin Nero.

La Indiana, semi Finalists from 2018, sees patron Michael Bickford introduce young English player Jimbo Fewster to his team, playing alongside Rodrigo Andrade who has taken over from Nic Roldan, and 10 goaler Facundo Pieres.  Corinne Ricard brings back Murus Sanctus with Facundo Sola and Gonzalito Pieres, the final team member to be confirmed.

The draw for the tournament

Park Place returns with patron Andrey Borodin playing at number 1, Juan Britos at 2 and 10 goaler Hillario Ulloa at 3, the final team member to be confirmed. Park Place have also reached the Final of the Cartier Queen’s Cup.  Spencer McCarthy retains ‘Tincho’ Merlos in his Emlor side but brings in Alfredo Bigtatti and Fred Mannix Jr, both playing off 7 goals. Alessandro Bezzoni is joined in his Monterosso side by Juan Gris Zavaleta, Ignacio Toccalino and Joaquin Pittaluga. Edouard Carmignac brings back an unchanged Talandracas team with Fran Elizalde, Ale Muzzio and Julian de Lusarreta.

Returning after a year’s absence is King Power, with ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha at the front door, Juan Martin Zubia at 2, Polito Pieres at 3 and Marcos di Paola at Back.  Returning after an absence of several years is the Albwardy family’s Dubai side with Rashid Albwardy joined by the young talent of Camilo and Bartolomé Castagnola, and a former popular young player at Cowdray, South African Nachi du Plessis, now an 8 goal player after being based in North and South America for a number of years.

Chris Bethell, Polo Manager, has announce dthat there will be two leagues in the competition with the Finalists of the Cartier Queens Cup Semi Finals, Scone Polo, King Power, La Indiana and Park Place, seeded into each league, the remaining teams having drawn for places in either league at the recent King Power Gold Cup Draw held at Cowdray House on Monday June 10.  A list of teams and schedule of matchplay are attached.

The tournament gets underway on June 25 with Quarter Finals over the weekend of July 13/14 , Semi Finals on July 17 and the Final taking place on Sunday July 21.

Nina Clarkin to compete at Polo in the Park

The international squads for this year’s Chestertons Polo in the Park, at London’s prestigious Hurlingham Club on 7-9 June, are the best on record. The sporting event that kicks off the summer social series is guaranteed to be a weekend packed with international talent and fierce rivalry to excite spectators.

The crowd will be in for an extra treat when the world’s best female player takes to the pitch. World-renowned 10 goaler Nina Clarkin will compete alongside her male counterparts as she lines up as part of Frasers England team against Australia on Friday June 7, marking the respect for a level playing field of men and women in sport.

Launched in 2015, the international match is often a tournament highlight. Australia whetted polo lovers’ appetites when they recently announced their highly-accomplished side (below) and England have today shown their ambition to match such quality, unveiling Oliver Cudmore as the Captain alongside Nina Clarkin in their stellar cast.

Nina Clarkin in action
Photo courtesy Polo In The Park

In the headline act this year, England will be determined to make amends for last month’s defeat to Australia. In addition to the international centre-piece, six star-studded sides have been selected to represent London, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Kissimmee, Shanghai and Zurich to ensure an exhilarating performance for both established and blossoming polo fans.

These matches will be announced at the tournament draw this evening (May 8 ) in The Garden Room of the stunning Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London.

Rory Heron, Managing Director and Founder of Sportgate International said: “We are incredibly excited by the level and profile of players that have been selected for this year’s tournament.  Yet again, we are going to have the privilege of hosting an incredible roster of some of the world’s leading polo players, which is so important for us at this year’s extra special 10 Year Anniversary. It is guaranteed to be a brilliant summer spectacle for our avid and aspiring polo lovers!”

For more information and to book tickets http://polointheparklondon.com/

Don’t miss polo in the park

Six city Polo teams from across the globe (including Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Zurich, Kissimmee, London and Dubai) descended on the iconic Hurlingham Park two days ago to play three fiercely competitive matches every day in front of a packed-out crowd.

The tournament winners will be crowned on Finals Family Funday on Sunday June 9.

Jumeirah Carlton Tower hosted the ultimate summer celebration attended by some of the world’s leading polo players, socialites and stars alike to launch Chestertons Polo in the Park 2019. Liz McClarnon, Ruby Mae and Jean Fernandez Versini rubbed shoulders with Jeremy Parisi, Victoria Clay, Nurce Erben and Andreea Cristea as they enjoyed Slingsby Gin cocktails and Champagne Lanson, paired with canapes from Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s executive chef team.

Managing Director of Sportgate International, Rory Heron was thrilled with the 10th anniversary celebratory launch: “Jumeirah have come on board for the first time this year and have provided a wonderful venue to host our 10th anniversary launch for Chestertons Polo in the Park 2019.

“We’ve been delighted by the continued enthusiasm and support from players, sponsors, media and polo fans over the years. We’re proud also to announce that we have secured a further 11 years with the local council to continue the event at the prestigious location of Hurlingham Park.”

Matches feature the world’s best polo players each day, alongside The Grazing Paddock for restaurants and street food; the iconic Mahiki VIP bar and Fever Tree Garden featuring new Slingsby Gin and Patron Tequila cocktails; the Champagne Lanson Garden and the Luxury Shopping Village.

 Tickets for Chestertons Polo in the Park start from just £15. Tickets can be purchased from https://polo-in-the-park.frontgatetickets.com. For more information and to book tickets http://polointheparklondon.com/

Last night (Wednesday 8 May), Jumeirah Carlton Tower hosted the ultimate summer celebration attended by some of the world’s leading polo players, socialites and stars alike to launch Chestertons Polo in the Park 2019. Liz McClarnon, Ruby Mae and Jean Fernandez Versini rubbed shoulders with Jeremy Parisi, Victoria Clay, Nurce Erben and Andreea Cristea as they enjoyed Slingsby Gin cocktails and Champagne Lanson, paired with canapes from Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s executive chef team.

Managing Director of Sportgate International, Rory Heron was thrilled with the 10th anniversary celebratory launch: “Jumeirah have come on board for the first time this year and have provided a wonderful venue to host our 10th anniversary launch for Chestertons Polo in the Park 2019. We’ve been delighted by the continued enthusiasm and support from players, sponsors, media and polo fans over the years. We’re proud also to announce that we have secured a further 11 years with the local council to continue the event at the prestigious location of Hurlingham Park.”

 

Polo in the Park

London’s first event of the summer season returns to Hurlingham Park, Fulham to host its 10th birthday. Kicking off the change in seasons with an ultimate three-day summer celebration, Chestertons Polo in the Park takes over the capital’s social calendar from June 7-9 2019.

Limited ‘Early Bird’ tickets have now been released with new prices in celebration of the event’s 10th birthday. Chestertons Polo in the Park will reward the keenest ticket buyers with £10 off. Group bookings of 10 tickets but only pay for 9 and finally, to celebrate the event’s 10th birthday, children 10 and under are now FREE! Tickets available now viahttp://polointheparklondon.com/

One of the biggest social sporting events of the summer,Chestertons Polo in the Park is one of the largest and most popular polo tournaments in Europe combining world-class sport in the perfect setting of sunny champagne gardens with fantastic food and music.

Polo in the Park is an event not to be missed

The three-day sporting spectacle has firmly established itself as one of the most anticipated and sought after events in South West London. Perfect for polo fanatics and social enthusiasts in equal measure, the rules have been uniquely simplified so that newcomers will be able to follow the fast and furious polo without needing any prior knowledge of the game.

International Day, Friday June 7, is set to be an action-packed opening day featuring the Flannels England Polo Team as they take to the hallowed turf against a rival country in a thrilling international match to kick start the tournament.

Ladies Day presented by Lancaster, Saturday June, provides the perfect excuse to dress up and enjoy a day out with your closest friends, watching quality sporting action while sipping champagne in the sun.

Finals Family Day, Sunday June 9, rounds off the weekend with a world-class finale match to crown the tournament champions. A day for all the family where parents can watch on from London’s best cocktail bars or Champagne Lanson garden while the children are entertained at the Little Hooves Kids Club and stampede onto the Sharky & George Pitch Invasion.

Over the course of three days, teams representing six different cities from around the world will be taking part in the hotly contested event. There is plenty more to see and do all weekend with the Grazing Paddock hosting top restaurants and delicious street food, the Champagne Lanson Garden returns alongside the iconic Mahiki pineapples, Slingsby Cocktail Bar and Fever-Tree Garden. Splash out in the Luxury Shopping Village housing, and on Sunday bring the whole family to enjoy our Little Hooves Kids Club and Sharky & George Pitch Invasion.

For more information and to book tickets http://polointheparklondon.com/

England victory in Hickstead polo

England secured a comfortable victory over France in the annual Playnation Arena Polo Test Match at the All England Polo Club, Hickstead on Saturday March 2.

It was the first time France had played in the International Test Match and they found the Flannels England team on dominant form, with the home side lifting the Bryan Morrison Trophy for the fourth year in succession.

England started strongly, scoring four goals in the first chukka to build a healthy lead over the visiting team. By half time, England’s Arena Polo experience was clearly showing and they led 9-0. But their rivals picked up in the second half, with captain Pierre Henri Ngoumou scoring to get the French off the mark, and by the end of the third chukka the scoreline read 15-7.

Flannels England win the Playnation Arena : Photo by Polo Test Match Images of Polo

An exciting fourth chukka saw both teams add to the scoreline, but France could not fully bridge the gap and Flannels England of Ed Banner-Eve (6), Eden Ormerod (6) and Will Emerson (6) rode out the winners 17-9.

“The whole match from beginning to end was fast, furious and flowing – which is how Ed, Eden and myself like to play,” said Will Emerson, who captained the winning England side.  “This made for a great match to watch, as well as being such fun to play in.

“England, of course, had home advantage, and our horses and players have far more experience and knowledge of arena polo. But the French players are quality players and they learnt quickly. The first half was dominated by England, however the second half was more closely contested.”

Emerson expressed how honoured he was to be asked by the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) to captain the England Team, and he also thanked the visiting team for their commitment to playing in the Test Match. “It was fantastic that France made such an effort for the event: getting the horses fit, playing practices in France, then transporting all the horses to England for the match.”

AEPC Chairman John Bunn added: “Congratulations to England for another superb victory in the Playnation Arena Polo Test Match. It’s always an honour to host this match and we are very grateful to the teams, the sponsors and the HPA for making the day such a success.”

Earlier in the day, the 12-Goal Challenge saw Centtrip Wales beat Hedonism Wines 19-13. At half time the scoreline was 7-7, but Centtrip Wales really picked up in the second half to take the win.

The sport was followed by the traditional post-match luncheon, where the players, organisers and supporters were able to celebrate the Test Match and the end of another successful Arena Polo season at Hickstead.

The Playnation International Test Match for The Bryan Morrison Trophy

Flannels England (18): Ed Banner-Eve (6), Eden Ormerod (6) & Will Emerson (6 – captain)

France (19): Clément Delfosse (6), Pierre Henri Ngoumou (7 – captain) & Patrick Paillol (6)

The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player: Ed Banner-Eve

Polo Times Best Playing Pony: Pierre Henri Ngoumou’s Pulga

12-Goal Challenge

Centtrip Wales (13): Amy Guy (1), Richard Blake-Thomas (5) & Pete Webb (7)

Hedonism Wines (13): Evgeny Chichvarkin (1), Tim Bown (4) & Jonny Good (8)

The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player: Pete Webb

Polo Times Best Playing Pony: Richard Blake-Thomas’ Gypsy

England v France in arena polo

This year’s Playnation Arena Polo Test Match on Saturday March 2 will see the Flannels England team play France for the first time at Hickstead.

Both teams will be aiming to pick up the Bryan Morrison Trophy, which is presented to the winners of the annual Test Match held at the All England Polo Club. England has an excellent record in this fixture, winning all but one of the matches since the first Test Match was held at Hickstead in 2008.

Fast action by England team in a previous match
Photo:

“We’re delighted to once again be chosen to host the Hurlingham Polo Association’s annual international test match, and we are very grateful to Playnation for coming on board as title sponsors of this match”, said AEPC Chairman John Bunn.

A full day of polo gets underway with the 12-Goal Challenge at 11.30am, followed by the Test Match at 1.30pm. The Polo Clubhouse will be open from 10.30am onwards, serving a range of food and drinks.

Admission costs just £5, and parking is free. Spectators also have the option of upgrading to the post-match luncheon, which is held in the Al Shira’aa Suite overlooking the International Arena. Tickets for the luncheon cost £49.50 each.

In Arena Polo, there are only three members per team instead of four. The pitch is smaller, the ball is larger and softer, and shots can be played off the boards of the arena, making it an exciting game to watch. The All England Polo Club has fixtures nearly every weekend from October to March, while lessons, livery and pony hire are also available.

Tickets are available at the gate or can be purchased online in advance from www.hickstead.co.uk

 

London’s 2019 Polo in the Park

London’s first polo event of the summer season returns to Hurlingham Park, Fulham to host its tenth birthday. Kicking off the change in seasons with an ultimate three-day summer celebration, Chestertons Polo in the Park takes over the capital’s social calendar on June 7-9 2019.

Limited ‘Early Bird’ tickets have now been released with new prices in celebration of the event’s tenth birthday. Chestertons Polo in the Park will reward the keenest ticket buyers with £10 off. Group bookings of 10 tickets but only pay for 9 and finally, to celebrate the event’s 10th birthday, children 10 and under are now FREE. Tickets available now via http://polointheparklondon.com/

One of the biggest social sporting events of the summer, Chestertons Polo in the Park is one of the largest and most popular polo tournaments in Europe combining world-class sport in the perfect setting of sunny champagne gardens with fantastic food and music.

The three-day sporting spectacle has firmly established itself as one of the most anticipated and sought after events in South West London. Perfect for polo fanatics and social enthusiasts in equal measure, the rules have been uniquely simplified so that newcomers will be able to follow the fast and furious polo without needing any prior knowledge of the game.

International Day, Friday June 7, is set to be an action-packed opening day featuring the Flannels England Polo Team as they take to the hallowed turf against a rival country in a thrilling international match to kick start the tournament.

Ladies Day presented by Lancaster, Saturday June 8, provides the perfect excuse to dress up and enjoy a day out with your closest friends, watching quality sporting action while sipping champagne in the sun.

Finals Family Day, Sunday June 9, rounds off the weekend with a world-class finale match to crown the tournament champions. A day for all the family where parents can watch on from London’s best cocktail bars or Champagne Lanson garden while the children are entertained at the Little Hooves Kids Club and stampede onto the Sharky & George Pitch Invasion.

Over the course of three days, teams representing six different cities from around the world will be taking part in the hotly contested event.

There will be plenty more to see and do all weekend with the Grazing Paddock hosting top restaurants and delicious street food, the Champagne Lanson Garden returns alongside the iconic Mahiki pineapples, Slingsby Cocktail Bar and Fever-Tree Garden. Splash out in the Luxury Shopping Village housing, and on Sunday bring the whole family to enjoy  Little Hooves Kids Club and Sharky & George Pitch Invasion.

For more information and to book tickets http://polointheparklondon.com/

Arena polo test match at Hickstead

The Arena Polo Test Match for the Bryan Morrison Trophy returns to the All England Polo Club, Hickstead, on Saturday March 2 2019.

With the high-goal challenge match held before the Bryan Morrison Trophy, polo fans can watch two top-class games of arena polo for just £5 per ticket.

An International Arena Polo Test match at Hickstead: Photo Russ Kirby

A post-match luncheon will also take place following the Test Match for players and supporters, with tickets costing an additional £49.50 for those wishing to attend.

The Polo Clubhouse will be open throughout the day, offering a range of refreshments, while the Clubhouse viewing platform offers an unrivalled view of the Arena.

Gates open at 10.30am. Tickets are now on sale.  For more details contact www.hickstead.co.uk/polo/ 

Sponsorship & Trade Exhibitor Opportunities

The Arena Polo Test Match brings some excellent brand exposure and exhibition opportunities, from team shirt sponsorship to trade space and on-site advertising.

For further information on any of the above, please  call on +44 (0)1273 834 315.

Hickstead is premier venue for Arena Polo

The All England Polo Club at Hickstead was founded in 2006, and is now one of the premier Arena Polo venues in the country. It hosts tournaments throughout the winter season, including the International Arena Polo Test Match each March.

When the club first opened, former Chairman of the HPA Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers said: “Hickstead has created one of the most modern and impressive arenas in the country. Not only has it hosted very successful international matches but it has worked hard to encourage the young to play.”

USA 10-goaler Tommy Biddle, who came to Hickstead for the first time in 2014, instantly became one of Polo at Hickstead’s biggest supporters: “This is the best surface I have ever played on. Hickstead has the best arena in the world!”

Exciting Arena Polo action at close quarters at Hickstead Photo: John Periam 01243 584718

Founder member Jack Kidd attributes this success to the huge surge in popularity of arena polo in recent years: “In the past ten years the science of arena polo has evolved to create the most passionate, gladiatorial, fast game that I have ever played.”

.A plus point  for arena polo is that it eliminates the need for a large string of ponies. A club member could happily play with two ponies throughout the season.

The Arena Polo Test Match, officially called the Bryan Morrison Trophy, returns to Hickstead each spring.  This is a significant spectator event, ensuring the crowd experiences one of the top highlights of the global winter polo season.

This is an outstanding day out at Hickstead with the chance to enjoy a drink on the clubhouse viewing deck and watch world-class polo action unfolding in the arena below

For more details about the Arena Polo programme see http://www.hickstead.co.uk/polo/