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Fri 6th May 2016

Prizes, Prizes!

Polo Times and The Polo Magazine Celebrate Excellence

Polo Times and our sister publication The Polo Magazine are proud to be supporting our best players and ponies throughout the English summer season by presenting the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rugs and The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Awards in some of the top tournaments throughout England this year.

In partnership with Guards Polo Club, The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and Cowdray Park Polo Club, we will be presenting our gorgeous Polo Times Best Playing Pony rugs, to keep that prize winning pony toasty warm, and the exciting The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award bags, stuffed full of goodies including a bottle of Pinkster Gin, a Black Hound Sports gillet, a Tally Ho jacket, dinner for two at PJ’s Bar and Grill and some Sporting Hares sunnies as well as your latest issue of Polo Times and The Polo Magazine. All this to the lucky winners of the prestigious awards in the following tournaments:

 

Guards – The Valerie Halford Memorial Trophy – Last year’s The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award was won by Hissam Ali Hyder

RCBPC – The Prince of Wales Trophy – New to the series this year

Guards – The Committee Cup – Last year’s The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award was won by Andrew Dechet

Guards – The Copenhagen Cup

Cowdray – The Dollar Cup

Cowdray – The Duke of Sutherland Cup – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Vincanta, owned and played by Joaquin Pittaluga

Guards – The Guards La Aguada Kids Trophy

Guards – The Archie David Cup – Last year’s The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award was won by Jack Richardson

Guards – World Horse Welfare Day

Guards – The Phoenician Cup – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Gamuzo, owned and played by Daniel Otamendie, who also won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award

Guards – The Indian Empire Shield – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Agus, owned and played by Manolo Fernandez Llorente, while Juan Cruz Merlos won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award

Cowdray – The Harrison Cup – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Silk, played and owned by Mark Tomlinson, while Alejandro Novillo Astrada won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award

Cowdray – The Holden White Cup – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Conejo, owned and played by Jack Richardson who also won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award

Cowdray – Cowdray Challenge Cup – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Lily, played by Paco O'Dwyer and owned by Guy Schwarzenbach while Patrick O’Dwyer won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award

Guards – The Duke of Wellington – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Model T, owned and played by Pedro Harrison while Vieri Antonori won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award

Guards – The Guards Ladies Charity Trophy – Last year’s The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award was won by Sophie Granchi

Guards – The Chairman’s Cup– Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Mecha, owned and played by Charley Holley

Guards – The Autumn Nations – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Norma, owned and played by Peter Webb while Tunde Karim won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award

Cowdray – The Autumn Cup – Last year’s Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug winner was Snip, owned and by the Lamacrafts and played by Jack Berner who also won The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award

 

It all kicks off Saturday 7 May for the Final of the 12 goal Valerie Halford Memorial Trophy at Guards Polo Club. We’ll keep you posted on this year’s lucky winners and don’t forget to keep an eye on the June issue of The Polo Times for all the information on the Polo Times Best Playing Pony winner in our Pony Power section.

In addition to Guards, the Royal Berkshire and Cowdray, we will also be working with a number of polo clubs throughout the UK this season… if your club is not currently a recipient of a Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug, or The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player Award, but you would like it to be, please email Katie by clicking here.

 

Photograph: Sophie Granchi with her The Polo Magazine Most Valuable Player bag from The Guards Ladies Charity Trophy 2015. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

 


Thu 5th May 2016

HRH Prince Harry has Cause to Celebrate

Victory and Further Support at The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup

Rain didn't dampen spirits as Prince Harry rode onto the polo field at Valiente Polo Farm, for the sixth Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup in Palm Beach, Florida. Despite thunder and lightning, over 300 guests attended the exclusive event to watch Prince Harry raise money and awareness for his charity Sentebale, which supports young people living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Africa.

The second event of its kind to be held in the USA was a round robin tournament involving three teams and twelve polo players. The closely fought contest saw the Sentebale ISPS Handa win with six points, followed by the Royal Salute team with three. Sentebale ISPS Handa, captained by Prince Harry took home the trophy – presented by Royal Salute guest of honour His Grace Torquhil Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll.

Distinguished guests from the world of sport and entertainment included Jodie Kidd and George the Poet (the acclaimed recording artist and social commentator), who watched on as Prince Harry and Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick competed on the Sentebale ISPS Handa team for the trophy cup, while Sentebale Ambassador Nacho Figueras competed on the Royal Salute team.

The money and awareness raised from the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup will go towards sending 1,500 children and adolescents aged between 10 and 19-years-old to Sentebale's monthly clubs and five day, residential camp at the newly opened Mamohato Children's Centre. If children with HIV are educated about the virus, they not only learn about their condition, but they can also educate their peers about the disease, enlightening a generation and leading the way to ending the AIDS epidemic.

Exciting announcements were made post-match, with Prince Harry informing everyone of the expansion of the camp programme in Botswana and the inclusion of George Mpanga, also known as George the Poet, as the newest Sentebale Ambassador. Royal Salute also announced their additional support for the Sentebale Care Giver Initiative in Lesotho which gives vital help to the parents and grandparents of children living with HIV/AIDs.

 

Photograph: Sentebale ISPS Handa captained by Prince Harry celebrate their win. By Getty Images


Wed 4th May 2016

Brigadier John Wright CBE

Sad Passing of Former HPA Chairman

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brigadier John Wright CBE, who died peacefully in his sleep at 5am this morning, Wednesday 4 May 2016, after a short battle with cancer.

With a strong passion for polo, John's life was filled with the sport that he loved for 43 years. His involvement in polo first began in 1973 when posted to Cyprus, John decided to ‘have a go’ in the small military polo club out there. This interest in polo would continue long after his military career, with John going on to successfully run his beloved Tidworth Polo Club, following his retirement from the Army in 1995, where he had been the Director of The Joint Planning Staff at Headquarters Land in Wilton.

When John took over Tidworth Polo Club, the Club membership was at 65 with almost half of those members made up of military personnel. In 2012, the Club boasted 160 members of which 65 were military. Having handed over the running of the now hugely popular Club in 2012, John went on to become Chairman of the HPA, a position he took seriously and performed dutifully until he retired from his post in 2015. Never forgetting the roots of polo, John was a fierce advocate of the low goal. John's other polo posts included elected Steward, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee and Chairman of Pony Club Polo from 1990 – 1998.

Having led a full and busy life, John is survived by his wife, Christiane, and his three children Claudia, Peter and Alicia, as well as many friends, both from polo and the Army.

There will be a private funeral taking place in Germany, with a memorial service to celebrate John's life to take place in England later this summer.

A full obituary will follow in the June issue of Polo Times, together with confirmation of the memorial service details.

We send our condolences to Christiane, Claudia, Peter and Alicia at this sad time.

Photograph: Brigadier John Wright CBE former Chairman of the HPA. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com


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