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merica’s Polo Cup returned to Loudon County’s historic Morven Park in Leesburg Virginia 10 May 2008 with the top U.S. polo players to challenge and triumph over the superb Italian team, exciting the crowds by proving their remarkable athletic and equestrian skills in this fast-paced sport. The elegant event also combines the alluring and seductive worlds of wine, fashion, cuisine, and music – with proceeds benefitting the ‘Journey for the Cure Foundation’, a non-for-profit charity foundation supporting research grants for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Leukemia, and Lymphoma Society, and other education-related charities.

Dinner and dancing followed the polo match with a U.S. vs. Italy Culinary Competition, Virginia Wine Competition & International Fashion Show titled “Rockin’ the Runway” where models entered in Land Rover chauffeured vehicles, who then strutted down the catwalk dazzling the crowds with fashions from top Italian and American designers, taking the competition to the next level Leading chefs from both countries – including Chef Enzo of the acclaimed Washington D.C. restaurant, D’ Acqua – competed in the culinary challenge, after the spectacular half-time show.

Accented with a twilight ‘high-altitude’ jump by BlackWater’s Air Parachute Team and patriotic performances of both the Italian and American National Anthems, the renowned venue also included brilliant fireworks display, live concert performances by legendary Huey Lewis & the News, the Gipsy Kings family, and Italian sensation Vittorio Grigolo drew the event to a celebrated close. “With Land Rover as our title sponsor, America’s Polo Cup is striving for a more competitive challenge on the field,” said Tareq Salahi, Land Rover America’s Polo Cup founder and chairman. “With something to entertain people of all ages, no one should miss this annual sporting event that will continue to rise to new heights each year.” Land Rover North America established operations in the America in 1986, part of Ford Motor Company’s Premier Automotive Group with headquarters in Irvine, California with worldwide operations are wholly owned by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan.

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