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Volume 17 • Issue 6 • July 2012 • £6.50

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Plenty to smile about This photograph of 2012 Queen’s Cup winner Adolfo Cambiaso was taken at Dubai Polo’s Berkshire headquarters in June 2010, where the world number one was giving four aspiring young players a lesson. “I took this as they rode back to the stables after playing an impromptu chukka,” says photographer Vanessa Taylor, who captured the moment with a Nikon D3 and a 200-400 lens. “I love it because it’s such a relaxed shot of him. It sums up what was a pretty perfect day, which also included Adolfo playing football with his son Adolfito and a delicious asado provided by Ali Albwardy.” ◗ Read about Adolfo Cambiaso’s Queen’s Cup heroics in full on page 46 ◗ You can see more of Vanessa’s work at www.vanessataylorphotography.co.uk or on pages 32-37 of this issue, where she has shot our exclusive interview with James Beim and Blake. She’s available for commissions and interested parties can contact her directly at vjtphoto@me.com

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Interview – Beimy and Blake in harmony

England’s finest Audi Most Outstanding British Professional James Beim talks targets, Test Matches, and training – and gives Brit-winning boy band Blake a lesson before they explain why they’ve targeted polo as their perfect match

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Interview – Beimy and Blake in harmony

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illiam Blake coined the phrase “England’s green and pleasant land” in the preface to his epic poem Milton in the early 19th century, now best known as the hymn Jerusalem – a favourite anthem for football fans in Poland and the Ukraine over the last few weeks. So what better venue for our shoot with the band that goes by the same name than the pleasant pastures of rural Buckinghamshire, home to the private polo field owned by Clark Betz, director of Atkins Polo Academy. Why are we shooting them at all? Because the photogenic vocal harmony quartet – comprising Stephen Bowman, Humphrey Berney, Jules Knight and Ollie Baines – have started to learn polo and are hoping to form a team to play in tournaments later this season. They explain the attraction later in this feature but, to help them along their way, we arranged for England International James Beim to give the group a lesson. A mainstay of the national side, Beim has become seemingly indispensable for all England’s biggest games at home and abroad, and his popularity was echoed when the 32-year-old seven-goaler won Best British Professional for the second consecutive year at the Audi Polo Awards in May. Not wishing to miss the chance to interview him as well, we spoke to Beimy first:

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been known to take the odd lesson. I had a few with Memo Gracida a couple of years ago, and John Horswell always gives good advice. Your high-goal side Salkeld made the Queen’s Cup quarter-finals. How often do you get to train together? We practise pretty much every other day. I knew what to expect with Nick, having played the Gold Cup together last season, and this year he’s really gone for it. He’s a great guy and is putting a lot into his polo, which means he’s always available to get to the stables. The team is also a good one for me to play in, because I’ve played so much with Luke [Tomlinson] for England and with José [Donoso] in the high-goal before. We work well as a group and make our tactical decisions collectively. You’re playing at three for Salkeld, with Luke at back, as you did in the Cowdray Test Match. How do you like this position? Well, I’ve become used to playing number one for England, but it all depends on how the team is formed. A lot of the other players in the England squad have plenty of experience playing in the number three role, so it was easier for me to make number one my position. But, with the lower-handicapped Test Matches, we’re trying to give some of the younger players a chance in that position [number one], and I’ve enjoyed playing further back and attacking from midfield.

Is giving lessons something you do a lot? I suppose I give pointers to my patron Nick [Clarke] but lessons aren’t something I really We’ll talk about England shortly but, aside do at all actually, though I’ve tended to enjoy from the Coronation Cup, the last major it when I do. From what I’ve seen, the Blake English high-goal trophy you won was the guys are all at different stages in terms of their Queen’s Cup in 1999. What would it mean polo, but Humphrey impressed me given how to win the Gold Cup this month? little riding he’s done. He’s already come a Yeah, that Ellerston team won the Queen’s in long way and so it struck me that, with miles 1999. I played with Cambiaso, Gonzalo Pieres in the saddle, he could be very good. Ollie and Tristan Wade, and we’d also lifted the is at the other end of the double [Queen’s and Gold] scale in terms of riding the previous year playing experience, but he needs to with Australian Jeff Fisher take it down a notch and [in place of Wade]. However, work a little on his style back then, I wasn’t on my – James Beim before he tries to smash horses and wasn’t fully set up every ball in sight! as a pro. Of course, I’ve won the Warwickshire since then and have reached the Gold Cup As a pro, do you ever still take lessons yourself? semi-finals in the last two seasons, but to win Subconsciously, you’re always sucking in again now would be something special. information from the players you play with and against. But, if I really feel there is How are you balancing being a father now something I can learn from someone, I have with the demands of a busy season? Things are obviously a lot busier now than Blake’s Stephen Bowman, Humphrey Berney, Jules they were. I’m not spending as much time Knight and Ollie Baines flank England International in the stables as I used to but, luckily there u James Beim (seated, centre) for our shoot in Marlow

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With the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup now underway, we look at a selection of the top polo ponies that will be under various players in the tournament, bringing you the bare facts and their ratings out of 10 Georgie May reports from around the south-east of England

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eing well mounted has always been absolutely key to polo, and the horsepower a player possesses can mean the difference between his team winning and losing. With the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup now in full swing, and the quarter-finals set for Saturday 7 July, each player will be fielding their best ponies in order to help their respective team get one step closer to lifting the coveted trophy on Sunday 15 July. This year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup winners Dubai will be aiming for the double and, with the horsepower of 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso – who proved unstoppable at Guards last month – on the team, it certainly won’t be out of reach. The Argentine will be playing two of his favourite ponies. Mambo, a 15-year-old gelding who is officially owned by the Dubai polo team, was influential in the team’s win in the 2012 Queen’s Cup, with Cambiaso scoring once and helping set up two further goals on him in the fourth chukka, as the side raced into a 9-6 lead. Ellerston, who lost to Dubai in the Queen’s Cup final (playing as “Ayala”), have a large number of Ellerston-bred ponies as part of their string, including Gonzalito Pieres’s favourite mare Twiggy. However, they are not the only side to be mounted by ponies with Ellerston bloodlines. El Remanso’s Charlie Hanbury regularly buys ponies from the breeders in Australia. “I bought four horses from Ellerston this year, after trying 18,” Hanbury told Polo Times. “Ellerston produce great horses; they’ve mastered breeding. I’m great friends with Jim Gilmore [Ellerston’s polo manager] and James Beim, who often see the ponies playing in tournaments and I trust them and their judgement. “Samara, who I brought over from Australia this year, is my best horse at the moment.

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She is out of Night Opera – a stallion that Ellerston leased for a season – and is unbelievably powerful. She’s only seven-yearsold so I think she’ll be even better next year.” La Aguada’s Eduardo Novillo Astrada, who lines up for EFG Bank Aravali this season, is delighted with the success of the bloodline that has produced his best pony – Pinturita. By River Stanley (USA) and out of Pinta (New Zealand), the mare has previously played in the Argentine Open. “The breeding combination is one of the best,” said Miguel Novillo Astrada, Eduardo’s brother. “All their progeny play the high-goal and Pinturita’s two full sisters have played the Open and will again this year. The great thing about the breed is that all the offspring can be played by a professional or a patron – another full sister is played by EFG Bank Aravali’s patron Karan Tharpar.” Facundo Pieres brought one of his best ponies, Open Pimienta, over to the UK this season as he wanted a good horse for the team. Like Pinturita, the mare has also previously played in the Open – once with Facundo in 2011 and twice with brother Gonzalito in 2009 and 2010. Current Gold Cup titleholders Zacara failed to make it past the league stages of the

“My brothers and I have created a breed that can be played by a pro or by a patron” – Miguel Novillo Astrada Queen’s Cup but, with it likely that some teams’ ponies are yet to hit top form and others will begin to waver as the season wears on, Zacara have two ponies up their sleeve that last year proved to have endless fuel in the tank. These were Lyndon Lea’s Samurai and Grace, who were doubled in two chukkas in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Gold Cup in 2011. ◗ On the following three editorial pages, we profile 18 of the top ponies that will be playing in Cowdray Park’s high-goal tournament this month, so read on... ◗ Discover exactly how Dubai won last month’s Queen’s Cup on page 46 Polo Times, July 2012

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Cambiaso is the King of Queen’s once again The Argentine 10-goaler won a record-breaking eighth Queen’s Cup title as he guided Dubai to a thrilling final win over Ayala at Guards Polo Club

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to their fifth Queen’s Cup title in 10 years. The 37-year-old proved he is still the best player in the world by scoring seven goals, including the winning penalty with the last play of the game, as Dubai saw off Inigo Zobel’s talented Ayala side by a single goal in a thrilling final. Cambiaso, who first won the Queen’s Cup title in 1998 with Ellerston White, scored a string of remarkable individual goals and held his nerve in the final chukka while others felt the pressure as he became the first player to win the historic tournament eight times. “I have been told that I have broken the record for the most Queen’s Cup wins, so I am very happy about that,” revealed Cambiaso after his match-winning display. “It was my own record that I

broke, so that makes it even better!” With Her Majesty the Queen watching from the Royal Box as Cartier celebrated its first year of sponsorship of the tournament, the packed grandstands at Guards were treated to an absorbing final in which all eight players on the field played a significant part. For Dubai, former 10-goaler Nachi Heguy brilliantly broke up play, while the work-rate of Aussie high-goal newcomer Alec White, 22, and patron Rashid Albwardy allowed Cambiaso to shine. Ayala’s 53-year-old patron Inigo Zobel was playing in the Queen’s Cup for the first time, but he showed a skill-set of a far more experienced highgoal player. Playing alongside him, Gonzalito Pieres showed his 10-goal quality by scoring eight goals to keep Ayala in the game, while eight-goaler JP Clarkin and three-goaler Tomas

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How did they perform at the Cartier Queen’s Cup? We mark the finalists out of 10, based on their effectiveness in terms of handicap

Dubai (22): Rashid Albwardy (2) The ever-improving patron certainly played his part in Dubai’s victory with some impressive defensive work. His only goal came at the end of the fourth chukka when he gave Dubai a three-goal lead. Nachi Heguy (8) The former 10-goaler did not have his best day in front of goal and his two penalty misses in the fifth chukka could have proved costly. However, he did a lot of work for the team and he brilliantly rode off Clarkin in the final chukka.

Alec White, Nachi Heguy, Ali Albwardy, Rashid Albwardy and Adolfo Cambiaso hold aloft the Cartier Queen’s Cup

Garbarini once again proved to be good value for their handicap. The first three chukkas were very entertaining and with very little between the two sides. Three goals full of power and flair from Cambiaso helped to put Dubai 6-5 in front at half time, while Pieres and Clarkin also delighted the crowd with stunning goals of their own. Two quick goals for Dubai early in the fourth chukka opened up a three-goal lead, but two penalty misses by Heguy coupled with four goals by Pieres in the fifth chukka allowed Ayala to level the scores at 10-10 heading into the final chukka, setting up a grandstand finish. Pieres missed a crucial 40-yard penalty, while Clarkin for Ayala and Heguy for Dubai also spurned chances to win the final for their sides in the closing minutes as nerves certainly

“I did not play well in the final, but Adolfo did. This was the Adolfo Cambiaso final” – Nachi Heguy came in to play. But cometh the hour, cometh the man and Cambiaso was the one player to keep his cool. With less than 30 seconds left to play he used his experience to draw a penalty from Garbarini and, having taken over the penalty-taking duties after Heguy’s earlier indiscretions, he slotted the ball through the posts to win Dubai another Queen’s Cup title. Heguy, who won his first title in this – his www.polotimes.co.uk

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third – final appearance, paid tribute to his imperious teammate’s telling contribution. He said: “It is amazing to win the Queen’s Cup. I did not play well in the final, but Adolfo did. This was the Adolfo Cambiaso final.” The latter stages of the Queen’s Cup this year also witnessed a significant step forward for UK polo as, for the first time, the semifinals and the final of the tournament were shown live on the internet by Pololine. Over 6,000 people tuned in on finals day as former England coach John Horswell and six-goaler Chris Hyde gave their expert views alongside impressively-shot video footage of the match. u

Cambiaso’s Queen’s Cup roll of honour: 1998: Ellerston White 1999: Ellerston White 2000: Geebung 2003: Dubai 2005: Dubai 2006: Dubai 2010: Dubai 2012: Dubai To see Adolfo Cambiaso in a more relaxed setting turn to page 20

Alec White (2) What a first season in high-goal it has already been for the 22-year-old from Australia. Started the final like a train and drew a penalty from Gonzalito Pieres for the opening goal. His composure and presence around the field suggest he won’t be at two-goals for long. Adolfo Cambiaso (10) He seemed to score at will at times and his seven goals propelled Dubai to victory. Crucially held his nerve in the final chukka as others did not

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Gonzalito Pieres (10) Showed his 10-goal quality as he almost single-handedly got Ayala back into the game with four goals in the fifth chukka. However, he inexplicably missed a 40-yard penalty when the scores were level in the final chukka, which cost his side dearly. Was ironically kicked by Cambiaso’s pony during a change, which delayed the game for several minutes.

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Tomas Garbarini (3) Had an excellent tournament in his first high-goal appearance since winning the Gold Cup with La Bamba in 2009. Was not afraid to go toe-to-toe with Cambiaso and Heguy in the ride-off and showed off a remarkable range of shots.

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Discover the Wright polo Equestrian art – Melanie Wright’s polo portraits Cotswolds-based artist Melanie Wright is well known for her portrayal of equine and landscape subjects. Trained at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in London, her talent for capturing atmosphere, speed and light, together with her strong drawing skills and her keen eye for true representation, bring a highly individual vision to her work. Inspired by equestrian events, including polo, racing and dressage, Melanie is often seen sketching at polo clubs, including Cirencester Park and the Beaufort. Her polo works possess a lively, yet informed, style that successfully captures the speed, skill and athleticism of the

sport. “The thrill of polo, is the dynamic spectacle of equestrian theatre played out in front of the spectators,” she said. “The energy of horses and riders, contained for a set period of time on the field, gives an opportunity for true observation, within a highly atmospheric setting.” Working in oils, charcoal, pastel and watercolour, Melanie also paints equine and human portraits to commission. Her work is shown in galleries throughout the UK. For details of her forthcoming solo exhibition in July, see page 90. For more information about her work see www.melaniewrightartist.co.uk or call 07792 580788. From £500-£3,500

Equestrian accessories – The Polo Gear/Nic Roldan Elite Saddle

Perfume – Maserati Men’s Eau de Toilette by La Martina

Florida-based polo accessory retailers Polo Gear have joined forces with top US high-goal player Nic Roldan (8) to produce what they are claiming to be the best polo saddle ever made. The Elite saddle, which was used by Roldan during this year’s US high-goal season, pictured right, aims to reduce strain on your horse’s back by making it completely adjustable. The saddle tree comes with a lifetime guarantee, while the remainder of the saddle has a five year warranty. Roldan believes the saddle has improved his string. “With this saddle, some of my horses have gone from good horses to great horses and they keep getting better,” he said. For more information about the saddle see www.pologearusa.com

Argentine luxury polo brand La Martina and elegant Italian supercar manufacturers Maserati have unveiled their own perfume for men. Maserati Men’s Eau de Toilette by La Martina is described as: “A strong, decisive and selective perfume, energy-packed, wild and indomitable, with a unique characteristic generated by a blend of carefully mixed notes.” This is not the first collaboration between Maserati and La Martina. Last year they joined forces to produce a limited-edition Team Maserati polo shirt. The new fragrance is available in the La Martina shop at Guards Polo Club and at the Maserati online store.

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Those in the polo world could be forgiven for thinking that the recent Queen’s Cup has been the headline sponsor Cartier’s main focus over the last month. In fact, the luxury French jeweller has been busy away from the polo field, releasing its Spring Collection for 2012. This includes the Panthere de Cartier pendant, pictured above, which is made of platinum, sapphire, onyx and diamonds. Prices are available on request.

Polo Times was present at the international launch of the new Audi A3 in Mallorca early last month, the first significant relaunch of the premium compact family favourite by the German car giants since 2003. More than 2.8 million have been sold worldwide since the first A3 hit the market in 1996, making it among Audi’s most popular models. Just as with the first and second generation A3, five-door models and a cabriolet version will follow later, but the quintessential three-door hatchback will be on sale first in September. Initial options will be a 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre TFSI petrol engine, and a 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI. It’s considerably lighter than its previous incarnations, laying the foundations for more efficient fuel economy. Yet it

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This month’s watch – Richard Mille RM 053 Tourbillon Swiss watchmaker turned high-goal polo sponsor Richard Mille has released a limited edition version of their famous polo watch. The RM 053, made in conjunction with Argentine 10-goaler Pablo MacDonough, who is playing for the Richard Mille team in the Gold Cup this month, has been given a sleek and functional new look. The impressive watch is created to withstand the effects of high-speed polo collisions and, as a result, is made of grade five titanium. Only 15 new RM 053s have been made so they don’t come cheap, but no doubt will catch the eye of many serious watch collectors around the world. From £385,000 www.polotimes.co.uk

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maintains the car’s sporty image and is also the safest A3 yet. The larger wheelbase, new gearbox and re-conformed customised chassis all make it more sturdy on the road, and the driving experience is further enhanced by the packed spec list of “bundled technology” – its drivetrain, mobile infotainment and driver assistance systems (such as the adaptive cruise control from Audi’s luxury models). There’s also a set of very funky climate control nozzles with which the designers we met seemed particularly proud. For those who also want everyone else to know that you’re driving the first of the third-generation Audi A3 at a glance, there’s a mean-looking large, singleframe hexagonal front radiator grill that instantly distinguishes this motor from its predecessors. Full LED headlights will follow later, as will the quattro all-wheel drive and, most excitingly of all, a saloon version. From £17,000 Polo Times, July 2012

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Clare and George Milford Haven

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Cartier Queen’s Cup final and semi-finals Guards Polo Club; 17 June 2012

Luxury and style For the first time since 2006, luxury jewellers Cartier sponsored the Queen’s Cup at Guards on 17 June. VIP guests, including comedian Jack Whitehall, singer Katie Melua and actor Sir Kenneth Branagh, mixed with invited members of the polo crowd to dine in the Cartier hospitality tent, before settling down to watch the final between Dubai and Ayala.

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El Remanso: David Stirling, Guillermo Terrera, George Hanbury and Charlie Hanbury

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Martín Valent and Eduardo “Ruso” Heguy HM The Queen and Arnaud Bamberger

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Vanessa Kirby and Ophelia Lovibond

Charlie Sisted Memorial Shoot; Ockwells Manor and Guards Polo Club; 30 May 2012

In memory of Charlie Brian Stein hosted the inaugural Charlie Stisted Memorial Shoot at Ockwells Manor, Berkshire, in May. Run by the Royal Berkshire Shooting School, 15 teams took part, with Eyes Wide Shut taking home the Asprey Charlie Stisted Memorial Trophy. A lunch followed in the clubhouse at Guards, where an auction also took place, raising £40,000 for SOS Children. Dell Park team: Malcolm Borwick, Richard Blake Thomas, Bettina Bahlsen and Andrew Blake Thomas

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Ockholt team: Freddie Stisted, Platina Tong, Brian Stein and Simon Holland

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Winners Eyes Wide Shut : Alan Dalton, Russell Howell, Gary Short and John Gunn

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Silk scarves, leather bags, and belts were modelled

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La Martina Fashion Show Guards Polo Club – Surrey; 20 May

Height of fashion Elliot Tittensor and Kaya Scodelario

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Following the La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Cenentary final, which was won by Spencer McCarthy’s Emlor (see page 63), La Martina hosted a fashion show in the Guards clubhouse. A selection of models graced the catwalk, showcasing the luxury clothing line’s latest collections, which included polo clothing and casual wear.

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Model Dominique showcased the spring/ summer casual wear

Arnaud Bamberger and Lady Frederick Windsor

Jack Whitehall and Gemma Chan Six-year-old Joey Lucas

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Mr and Mrs Edouardo Novillo Astrada

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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic; Liberty State Park – USA; 2 June 2012

Something new The fifth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic was held in New Jersey this year – a 10 minute ferry ride across the Hudson River from New York. The event, attended by various celebrities, marks the start of the season in the New York area.

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Bash Kazi and Kris Kampsen

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