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Tue 23rd Aug 2016

Polo for Good

The Guards Ladies’ Charity Trophy

On Saturday 27 August Guards Polo Club will host the annual ladies’ polo contest, luncheon, auction and afternoon tea in aid of Breast Cancer Haven. The auction prize list is pretty impressive, if you haven’t already booked a table for lunch I wouldn’t hang about, these prizes will be snapped up in no time at all. Click here to email Guards for a table now.

Three teams of Guards ladies players will take to the field to battle for the trophy, on The Queen’s Ground no less, lucky ladies! In the pink shirts representing the charity for the day Breast Cancer Haven, Sophie Kyriazi will be playing alongside Mindi Byrne, Livi Alderman and Louisa Donavan. Jardine of London, luxury bag makers from London in the purple shirts, includes Cappi Granchi, Annita Van Der Hoeven, Genevieve Meadows and Sandra Schneider whilst the British Polo Gin team includes Polly Anderson, Nicola Anderson, Sophie Granchi and Izzy McGregor.

There are two auctions, a silent one and a live one. The silent auction includes lots donated by The Guards Polo Academy, Clivedon House, Jardine of London, The Household Cavalry, Guards Polo Club, Bombay Sapphire, The Manor House, Castle Combe, Ona and Sophie Kyriazi. The day will finish off with a presentation of prizes before everyone returns to the clubhouse to sample all the cakes baked and supplied by Guards members for afternoon tea. Lunch, polo, cake and all for a good cause, what better way to spend a Saturday.


Photograph: The Guards Ladies’ Charity Trophy for Breast Cancer Haven will be this Saturday. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com 

Mon 22nd Aug 2016

Polo Times Out This Week

Youth Special for September

The September issue of Polo Times will be out this week. This issue has a staggering 21 pages of youth polo covering everything from HPA Select games to the El Remanso Polo Club Polo Championships. All the Polo Times Best Playing ponies from Pony Club to professional players’ steeds are featured in this issue. Match reports from The Royal Salute Coronation Cup as well as a round-up from the Sotogrande scene and also which teams are in the final stages of the Victor Ludorum series. The country has also been gripped with festival fever and our reports include all the results and details from The Tally Ho Farm Polo Festival, plus the inaugural Westcroft Park Festival of Horsepower. We also take a look at the newly launched fashion line Hurlingham 1875 from the HPA. In our ladies’ pages there are plenty of international ladies reports as well as a five minute interview with Rachael Hughes owner of the Cote d’Azure Polo Club in St Tropez. Our Military Polo pages include a round-up of all the latest Army, Navy and RAF battles. Guards Polo Club vet and welfare officer Holly Baird BVSCV MRCVS guides us through all the options to help you with sweet itch sufferers and Martin Perez give us his best set of warm up exercises pre-match. Lorna Edgar shows us how attention to nutritional details can really help ponies that have travelled from different climates to play and of course we have all the best party pictures and sideline action from around the country in our social pages. If you would like to order extra copies, renew your subscription or take out a gift subscription click here.


Photograph: The September issue will be out this week. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

Mon 22nd Aug 2016

Sotogrande Excitement Continues

Gold Cups at Santa María Polo Club

Although the Olympics have come to an end in Rio, the British success continues at Santa María Polo Club, Sotogrande. The Isolas 1892 Gold Cup has seen British team Foxcote dominate the qualifiers. Darko Horvat (0), Henry Jones (2), Tom Beim (3) and Tommy Severn (1) managed convincing wins over Lechuza-John Smith and Jolly Rogers last week. Today, Monday 22 August, will see them challenge Valdeparras, who have so far lost both their qualifying matches against Bayswater and Shakib Polo-Sotovila. Today’s matches will determine which teams feature in the Semi Finals on Friday 26 August. 

Meanwhile the Aerolineas Argentinas Gold Cup in the medium goal kicked-off last Monday and has seen Golden Goose Deluxe Brand remain undefeated throughout the qualifying matches, with a close win of 11-10 over Marqués de Riscal yesterday, Sunday 21 August. This victory means they join GSA in the Semi Finals on Wednesday 24 August, as GSA defeated Sainte Mesme 13-12 in a thrilling match on Saturday 20 August. Brunei, Sainte Mesme, Santa Quiteria and Seven Sevens today face a penalty shootout to determine who will take the two remaining slots in Wednesday’s Semi Finals.
In the high goal, Dubai have made a comeback after losing out on a place in the Silver Cup Final, with three consecutive wins, securing them a place in the Semi Finals of the Cartier Gold Cup. However, Silver Cup champions Brunei demonstrated the horsepower and teamwork which secured them their Silver Cup success and defeated Dubai, which means they will also join Dubai and Lechuza Caracas in the Semi Finals. There is now just one place left in the Semi Finals, so the competition is on between Ayala and Dos Lunas – A&G Banca Privada. Who will be victorious? The Semi Finalist will be decided following the matches on Wednesday 24 August: Ayala vs Brunei and Lechuza Caracas vs Dos Lunas – A&G Banca Privada.
If you missed out on the Silver and Bronze Cup action, then fear not! The September issue of Polo Times, which is being mailed to subscribers this week, features a Sotogrande update with all you need to know to stay in the know. Not a subscriber? Click here to subscribe today!
Photograph: Dubai, Brunei and Lechuza Caracas have reached the Cartier Gold Cup Semi Finals. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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