Polo Times Magazine Subscribe to Polo Times Home
HomeNewsTournamentsClassifiedsAbout usSubscribeContact
 
 
 
 

Mon 6th Jul 2015

A Golden Weekend

Updates from The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup

 Two weeks into the tournament stages of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup, the stars of the game are rapidly making themselves known. Most teams have, by now, played three out of four of their set matches of this stage of the tournament. So far the strongest line-ups look to be Dubai, who have played and won all four of their matches already, King Power Foxes, who have won their first three matches and will face Salkeld on Tuesday 7 July, and UAE Polo Team, another three-win triumph, who face Thai Polo on Wednesday.

 The weekend saw Apes Hill Club win 10-9 against La Indiana on Friday 3 July in an extra chukka. Michael Bickford's La Indiana side, contesting their first Gold Cup, have yet to win a match but have played strongly, having met competitive teams King Power Foxes and El Remanso in their previous matches, losing 11-10 and 12-7 respectively.

The King Power Foxes vs Talandracas game promised great things and didn't disappoint. A 13-8 win for the Foxes against this well-established side highlights just how influential King Power and King Power Foxes will be in this Gold Cup. King Power Foxes will now play Salkeld on Tuesday 7 July, while Talandracas face El Remanso, the young but experienced team, which unites George and Charlie Hanbury with Ollie Cudmore and 10 goaler Pelon Stirling.

There was only one game on Saturday 4 July, which saw the UAE Polo Team dominate over King Power, 15-6. Sheikha Maitha's team must be making their patron very proud with their performance this tournament; they are yet to win a match by a margin of less than eight goals.

Sunday 5 July saw RH Polo lose to Dubai 8-6. RH Polo have had a mixed tournament so far; having lost out to the UAE Polo Team 14-6 in the very first game of the tournament, they then rallied to beat HB Polo 13-10. The results of this match, however, come as a surprise to many, who were expecting stronger play from Dubai.

In the last match on Sunday, HB Polo won against Thai Polo 10-7. The Pailloncy brothers were visibly delighted to be presented with the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup in front of a large crowd who had been guests of the Ambassador during the afternoon, sampling the best food, drink and products from Argentina in a super-chic reception in blazing sunshine. Harald Link was philosophical after the defeat that signalled the end of his Thai Polo Team’s Gold Cup hopes, honestly stating to Polo Times, “We should have played better.”

For full teams, times and tournaments, click here.

 

Photograph: The winners of the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup HB Polo pictured with The Ambassador of Argentina Alicia Castro, The Hon. Lila Pearson and the Thai Polo team. Courtesy of the Argentine Embassy Press Office


Mon 6th Jul 2015

RoR Racing to Polo Challenge

RoR will be holding its Racing to Polo Challenge at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on Monday 7 September

After last year’s successful competition in which Roddy Matthews, Ben Eeley, Ben Turner and Alan Kent all picked up prizes, RoR are returning to The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club this September.
There will be five classes in total, with the following restrictions on eligibility:

In the four main classes, all horses must have raced in Great Britain and be registered with RoR under their registered racing name.
A new class will be held for horses that are unraced, but have been registered in-training within Great Britain.

Passports must accompany ponies to the competition for inspection and verification by microchip scanning.
Riders must be 2 goals and above, unless approved by the panel, riding their own pony or for the stable they are attached to, and dressed for polo in whites and a polo shirt.
On arrival at the competition, ponies will be subject to a vet check. Any pony that fails the vet check will not be allowed to compete.

The judges will be from a panel of leading polo players, polo pony producers and representatives from RoR and The HPA. Judges may ask to ride ponies in the six-year-olds and upwards section. A doctor or paramedic and vet will be on duty throughout the competition and tea and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

 

The Competition

The competition will be divided into four classes in the following age groups: three-year-olds, four-year-olds, five-year-olds, six-year-olds and upwards. In the six-year-olds and upwards age group, any previous winners of the RoR Racing to Polo Challenge will not be eligible to enter the competition again. A new class for three-year-old and four-year-old registered thoroughbreds, named officially on their Weatherbys passport and Stud Book record is for horses that have not raced.

– In all classes ponies will be judged on conformation, a mark for this will be awarded. Movement, responsiveness and willingness will also be marked. Each rider will have one and a half minutes of freestyle display. There will also be a mark for turnout. 

– Judges will look for three-year-olds to show balanced transitions through steady paces, rating, some lateral movements and early stages of polo moves, checking and turning, optional change of lead canter, optional introduction of mallet (foot mallet acceptable). Marking – performance 75%, conformation 20%, turnout 5%.

– Judges will look for four-year-olds and five-year-olds to rate smoothly, move laterally at canter, check and turn and accept the mallet. Use of a foot mallet is acceptable. Marking – performance 80%, conformation 15%, turnout 5%.

– For six-year-olds and upwards, judges will mark a freestyle display of the rider’s choice, expecting to see complete polo moves. Higher marks will be awarded for more comprehensive moves including mallet. Marking – performance 85%, conformation 10%, turnout 5%.

 

Prizes

Prize money will be given down to sixth place in each class. Classes will be balloted if necessary. The prizes for each of the four classes will be £1,000 to the winner, £500 for the second placed pony, £300 for third, £200 for fourth, £100 for fifth, and £100 for sixth place. Grooms’ prizes will be given for the Best Turned Out in each section and a special prize given to the groom of the Overall Best Turned Out Pony.

The first two ponies placed in each section of the main classes will be asked to come forward for prize-giving. The Overall Champion will be judged from the five-year-olds and six-year-old and upwards sections, and will receive The Balding Trophy and an additional prize of £500. The Overall Champion will also be nominated for a bonus award of £1,000. Should they win the overall award, the owner or a representative will be asked to attend the RoR Awards ceremony in November at Newmarket.

To enter the competition, download the entry form by clicking here, or to contact RoR for further information click here. Entry forms should be returned by either emailing them to info@ror.org.uk or be posted to: Racing to Polo Entry, Retraining of Racehorses, Ash Cottage, Back Street, East Garston, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 7EX.

 

Photograph: Roddy Matthews with Tiny Tittle, winner of the 2014 five-year-old class and Overall Champion. Courtesy of RoR

 


Mon 6th Jul 2015

The Pony Club and British Junior Polo Championships set to start

Dates and venues for this year's Youth tournaments

Looking forward, we are eagerly anticipating the start of the Pony Club tournaments that pave the way to the Championships in early August. These games form a vital part in the education and training of the next generation of polo players, as well as being good fun for all. In fact, the current England team can boast that they all played Pony Club polo when they were younger!

Pony club tournament dates for July:

Vaux Park: 13 July
Taunton: 14 July
Frampton: 16 July
Rugby: 17 July
Suffolk: 18 July
Epsom: 19 July
Kirtlington: 21 July
Ascot: 22 July
Hurtwood: 23 July
Cirencester (Qualifying Pony Club Tournament): 27 – 28 July
Longdole (Qualifying Pony Club Tournament): 29 – 30 July
Tidworth (Qualifying Pony Club Tournament): 3 – 4 August
Jorrocks Championships at Hurtwood: 5 August
Pony Club Championships Cowdray: 7 – 9 August

Additionally, tomorrow, Tuesday 7 July, sees the first Buckmaster match of the British Junior Polo Championships played at Guards Polo Club, followed by games at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club on Thursday 9 July, and Cirencester Park Polo Club on Monday 13 July. The Buckmaster section is open to players under the age of 18, in teams of -2 to 1 goals.

Games for the Hipwood division (for players under 15, in teams of -8 to -5 goals, with no players of 0 goals or above) starts on Wednesday 8 July at Kirtlington Park Polo Club, followed by play at a private ground at Trewsbury, near Cirencester, on Saturday 11 July. Further games will be taking place at Beaufort Polo Club on Friday 17 July, and Black Bears Polo Grounds, Shiplake, on Monday 20 July.

The Finals of both tournaments will be played at Cowdray Park Polo Club on Thursday 6 August for the Hipwood, and Friday 7 August for the Buckmaster. 

Polo Times wishes everyone involved the best of luck!

 

Photograph: Play from the 2014 Pony Club Championships at Cowdray. By Michael Chevis


Follow Polotimes on Twitter
 

Other top stories


Fri 3rd Jul 2015
Close matches in The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup
Zacara and El Remanso win after exciting play

Thu 2nd Jul 2015
England Team announced for Royal Salute Coronation Cup
Final line up revealed ahead of International game against South America

Thu 2nd Jul 2015
Dubai Dominate
Latest updates from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup

Thu 2nd Jul 2015
Polo Abroad – updates from the Continent
Latest news from France, Germany and Switzerland

Wed 1st Jul 2015
Keep it cool
Polo Times’ top tips for hot horses

Tue 30th Jun 2015
The July issue of Polo Times is out now!
Hot off the press – our biggest issue ever

Mon 29th Jun 2015
Drama in Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup
Talandracas reduced to three-man team after umpire call

Mon 29th Jun 2015
Great Western Railway Polo On the Beach
Watergate Bay saw weekend of excitement

Fri 26th Jun 2015
What’s on this weekend?
Take your pick from Norfolk to Watergate Bay via Guards

Thu 25th Jun 2015
Last minute goal sees win for Apes Hill at Cowdray
Eduardo Novillo Astrada scores in nail biting finish

Wed 24th Jun 2015
Salkeld and UAE Polo triumphant
Results from the first two matches of The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup

Tue 23rd Jun 2015
England longlist announced for The Royal Salute Coronation Cup
Hurlingham Polo Association announces big names set to play

Mon 22nd Jun 2015
Clarita victorious in Bentley Royal Windsor Cup
Mathias' Team beat Bridge House of Twyford

Mon 22nd Jun 2015
La Aguada reign triumphant
La Aguada teams dominate in the La Aguada Youth Tournament

Mon 22nd Jun 2015
Serious talent at SUPA
Cheltenham take the Open National Senior Schools title

Fri 19th Jun 2015
Jeff Thomas Memorial Service at RCBPC 6pm Thursday 25 June


Fri 19th Jun 2015
The Guards La Aguada Youth Tournament
Young players tournament now in its third year

Fri 19th Jun 2015
The UK Kids Polo Tour draw announced
Famous names in miniature fill team list

Wed 17th Jun 2015
University Challenge
British Beach Polo Championships to feature Exeter and Bristol University

Wed 17th Jun 2015
Rock 'n' Horsepower at Hurtwood
Charity event in aid of Prostate Cancer sees rock legends gather for polo

Tue 16th Jun 2015
Sad news
Deaths of well-known polo personalities

Mon 15th Jun 2015
Gloucestershire Festival of Polo
England dominate at Beaufort Charity Weekend

Mon 15th Jun 2015
Double win for King Power teams in The Cartier Queen’s Cup
Finals end in dramatic seventh chukkas

Fri 12th Jun 2015
The Gloucestershire Festival Polo begins tomorrow
The Gigaset International will be England vs Ireland

Fri 12th Jun 2015
Polo returns to Richmond Park in London
Polo ponies set foot on the grounds after 20 years

Thu 11th Jun 2015
The Argentine Polo Association has released spring dates
The 122nd Argentine Open confirmed to start on 21 November

Thu 11th Jun 2015
Dubai face King Power Foxes in Final
Dramatic games in the Semi Finals of The Cartier Queen’s Cup

Tue 9th Jun 2015
Ferne Park take The Duke of Sutherland Cup
Cowdray Park Polo Club summer season in full swing

Tue 9th Jun 2015
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup draw announced
Old Bond Street London gathering sees teams drawn for 2015

Mon 8th Jun 2015
SUPA polo at Dallas Burston Polo Club
Over 200 university players participated in The National University Championships

Mon 8th Jun 2015
The Cartier Queen's Cup Quarter Finals 2015
Weekend matches see King Power Foxes, Dubai, UAE & Talandracas through to the next round

Mon 8th Jun 2015
Picture perfect Polo in the Park
Hong Kong victorious in sunny weekend tournament

See all news in:


End of Polo Times news page

Advertiser information Contact us Subscribe Work for us All information is subject to copyright 2015

Highlights

Latest Classified

Latest Classified

£1000ono 15:1hh bay argentine mare 18years Being played by -1 lady arena and grass....
 Get into Polo

Get started in polo

Information on how to get started in polo
 Destination of the Month

The global game

Holidays and breaks playing or following polo around the world
 Wallpapers

Online magazine

Login to read current and back issues of the magazine
 Find your nearest club

Club contacts

Find your nearest polo club
Cookies in Use