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QUEEN’S CUP 2021

GUARDS POLO CLUB


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CARTIER QUEEN ’S CUP 2021

CONTENTS FOREWORD 12 by Laurent Feniou, Managing Director Cartier UK THE BIG PICTURE 14 CARTIER PRESENTS STUDIO 7 16 Early preview of stylish, new London exhibition TREASURE HUNTING IN THE PARK 24 The stories behind some iconic landmarks CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP TEAMS 2021 33

THE STORY SO FAR 40 Action from the opening days of this year’s tournament THE A TO Z OF POLO 52 A bluffer’s guide to high-goal PUTTING ON A SHOW 62 Reflections on The Cartier Queen’s Cup 2020 HONOURS BOARD 71 Queen’s Cup Results 1960 - 2020

The Cartier Queen’s Cup Programme 2021 is published by Publications UK. T: +44 (0)20 8238 5023 | E: info@publicationsuk.co.uk | www.publicationsuk.co.uk EDITOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, PUBLICATIONS UK CREATIVE DIRECTOR PRODUCTION GUARDS POLO CLUB’S OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Diana Butler Stewart Lee David Hicks Angela Brown Tony Ramirez of Images of Polo

ON THE COVER: HM The Queen and Laurent Feniou of Cartier UK present the Cartier Queen’s Cup to winning patron David Paradice of Scone Polo in 2019. © Eva Espresso Whilst every care has been taken in compiling this publication, and the statements contained herein are believed to be correct, the publishers and the promoters will not accept responsibility for any inaccuracies. Reproduction of any part of this publication without permission is strictly forbidden. ©Publications UK Limited 2021. Guards Polo Club and the publishers make no recommendation in respect of any of the advertisers, and no recommendation may be implied by way of the presence of their advertisements.

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HM The Queen and Laurent Feniou make a presentation to Facundo Pieres in 2018 following La Indiana’s victory.

“The passion, drive and determination displayed by all the teams has delivered one of the most exciting Cartier Queen’s Cups in recent history” L AURENT FENIOU

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ith an incredible 15 teams entering this year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup tournament we have already been treated to some spectacular polo. The teams have been so evenly matched that it has been hard to call some games. The passion, drive and determination displayed by all of the teams, their grooms and the sport’s amazing ponies has, without doubt, delivered one of the most exciting Cartier Queen’s Cups in recent history. The resilience and talent of the players who have continued to deliver the essence and spirit of this great game in such exceptional circumstances should be applauded. With such fine sport on the field of play it is wonderful that Cartier can once again host its guests within the coveted Cartier Enclosure. Social distancing rules do mean that this year’s final is a more intimate event for us but, like the polo, it continues to be a memorable afternoon. This is our 10th year of sponsorship of the Cartier Queen’s Cup, although the brand has been a global sponsor of the game for almost four decades and legacy and heritage remain the foundation stones on which Cartier is built. Polo heritage is reflected here today too, with many players emulating their fathers by bidding for their own piece of Cartier Queen’s Cup glory. These polo dynasties’ commitment and loyalty to the sport is the perfect parallel for Cartier’s own loyalty to the sport of kings and princes. Of course there is no bigger polo dynasty than that of the British Royal Family. This very club was created by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1955 and he himself competed in this tournament in the 1960s. His Royal Highness reached the final twice and so what better way to honour him than by continuing the tradition of exceptional polo with the 2021 Cartier Queen’s Cup Final. Laurent Feniou Managing Director, Cartier UK

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THE BIG PICTURE

Location, location, location! The Castle Ground is a stunning field on which to host some Cartier Queen’s Cup play. Featured here is Monterosso versus Thai Polo in action in early June 2021. Photograph by Images of Polo.

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Yves Montand and Simone Signoret sitting on the beach at La Baule in 1959. The French actor is wearing a Tank wristwatch.

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Join Cartier on a photographic journey celebrating the Maison’s seven most iconic creations in a new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery this July

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Cartier presents Studio 7 at Saatchi Gallery in London, from Friday 23rd July to Sunday 8th August 2021. Studio 7 by Cartier is a portrait exhibition celebrating the Maison’s seven most iconic creations across watches and jewellery: Santos, Tank, Trinity, Love, Juste Un Clou, Panthère and Ballon Bleu. For the very first time, an incredible show of Cartier stories are told through a photographic journey, from the past to the present. Located on the ground floor of the Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition runs across four galleries, with Gallery 1 exhibiting a series of legendary portraits featuring Cartier creations. Gallery 2 introduces a new dimension of portraiture, bringing to life modern day friends of the Maison wearing Cartier creations from all seven collections, with a personal meaning close to their heart. Gallery 3 is home to the Cartier Studio, a custom-built photography studio within the exhibition inviting Cartier lovers to share their very own story and to be photographed wearing their favourite Cartier creations. Photographers were chosen amongst emerging talent and mentored by Mary McCartney. Finally, Gallery 4 is a dynamic exhibition space where stories shared and portraits taken in the Cartier Studio come to life, awakening untold stories from the past.

Left: Alberto Santos-Dumont photographed by Albert Harlingue, circa 1907-1908. He is leaning on the structure of the Demoiselle.

ALBERTO SANTOS DUMONT © Albert Harlingue Roger-Viollet

Opposite: Jean Cocteau photographed by Luc Fournol in the early 1960s. He is wearing his Trinity rings.

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“I have always been fascinated by all the wonderful memories evoked by Cartier creations and shared not only by our friends of the Maison but also by our loyal clients. Whether passed down from generation to generation or a symbolic marker of a precious moment, we are thrilled to pay tribute to these unique stories in such an iconic London establishment that is the Saatchi Gallery.”

JEAN COCTEAU © Luc Fournol

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This page: Andy Warhol photographed at his studio by Arnold Newman in February 1973. He is wearing a Tank wristwatch.

ANDY WARHOL © Arnold Newman Properties Getty Images. Used with permission from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc

Opposite: Gary Cooper photographed by Eugene Robert Richee in 1931. He is wearing a Trinity ring.

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GARY COOPER © Photo by Eugene Robert Richee/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images

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The world-famous Long Walk which offers a stunning view of the Castle

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Diana Butler reveals some of the gems that are just a walk away from the polo fields of Smith’s Lawn

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Windsor Great Park has been home to Guards Polo Club for more than six decades. However our 10 polo fields at Smith’s Lawn take up only a small fraction of space in this historic parkland. In fact today you are standing in a landscape that boasts a Royal history spanning more than 1000 years. William The Conqueror was the first to build a fortress at Windsor in 1070, using the surrounding forest as a hunting area. Although there is a tree in the Park that is even older. Offa’s Oak is believed to date back to 710AD. Fast forward somewhat and visitors to the Park in 1680 would have been the first people to view what has become one of the most famous landmarks in Windsor, The Long Walk. This sweeping vista, which is lined by an elegant avenue of trees, offers an uninterrupted view of the Castle. The first avenue was planted by King Charles ll in 1680 and remains an iconic view to this day. Another elegant avenue of trees, made up of elm and lime, is popular with equestrian riders in the Park. This was originally named The Queen’s Ride as Queen Anne apparently loved to drive her carriage in this part of the Park. It was renamed Queen Anne’s Ride a century later. One of the most popular areas of the Park is the outstanding Savill Garden. Created in the 1930s, it continues to equally inspire dedicated horticulturalists and the many visitors who just appreciate this natural 26

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Left: There are 500 red deer roaming free in Windsor Great Park. Here a few are photographed crossing The Long Walk. Below, left: The breathtaking Virginia Water. When it was built it was the largest manmade lake in Britain. The Savill Garden is one of the most popular areas of the Park and is home to the impressive Visitor Centre.

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haven of elegant gardens and leafy woodland. The Garden, named after Sir Eric Savill, a former Deputy Ranger and a Director of Gardens here in the Park, is comprised 35 acres of interconnected gardens. These include the Hidden Gardens, The New Zealand Garden and the Summer Wood. It is also home to the Savill Garden Kitchen, part of the Garden’s impressive Visitor Centre. King George ll’s son, the Duke of Cumberland – sadly best known for putting down the Jacobite Rebellion at the Battle of Culloden in 1745 – was also responsible for creating the magnificent Virginia Water. In 1753 this was the largest man-made lake in Britain and continues to be a highlight of any visit to the Park. The Cumberland Obelisk, situated in the Obelisk Lawn, was erected by the Duke’s father as a tribute to Cumberland’s military successes, although Queen Victoria tactfully had the words Culloden removed some years later. The Duke of Cumberland’s nephew, King George lll enlarged Virginia Water and added the Cascade waterfall, star of many a movie including the Harry Potter films. In the same side of the Park as the Cascade are the Leptis Magna Ruins, which can be seen from Blacknest Road. The stone does come from an ancient, Carthaginian city in present-day Libya but has been created here to make a folly. In 1816 Army officer, Hanmer Warrington, maybe inspired by the Earl of Elgin of the Marbles fame, visited the Leptis Magna ruins and was allowed by the local governor to ship a substantial amount of stone back to the UK! Unfortunately for Warrington the British Government was underwhelmed with the treasure and so the stones were placed in the forecourt of the British Museum. They languished there for eight years until they 28

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were given to King George lV’s architect, Sir Jeffry Wyatville. He built the folly that we can see today, using the stones from Leptis Magna, but renaming it The Temple of Augustus, probably as a tribute to his monarch. Another popular structure that has always attracted much interest in the Park is a little more modern, the Totem Pole. This was gifted to the Queen in 1958 by the government of British Columbia, in Canada. It stands 100 feet high on the banks of the Wick Pond, through the Valley Gardens, and is always a point of conversation. There are many more treasures to explore in the Park, but this article would not be complete without a mention of the statue that stands so proudly at one end of The Princes’ Ground here at Smith’s Lawn. This is a statue of Prince Albert, commissioned by his wife Queen Victoria in 1888, 27 years after his death. According to the plinth it was paid for by the daughters of the Empire. One feels he probably would approve of the polo being played below him. To find out more about the Park and its history go to windsorgreatpark.co.uk 30

Top: Prince Albert overlooks the Club’s Princes’ Ground. Above and Right: The Totem Polo which has been a striking feature in Windsor Great Park since 1958.

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CARTIER QUEEN ’S CUP TEAMS 2021

Q U E E N’S CU P T E A M S 2021

Fifteen fantastic teams have been battling for the past three weeks in a bid to reach today’s final. There have been some epic games, including one that went to eight chukkas and widened goals. Nobody can remember that ever happening in a Queen’s Cup before. The level of play was so close that the league stages of this year’s tournament ended with a penalty shoot-out. Three teams took part in a hunt to secure the final two quarter-final qualifying spots. Some sharp shooting from Alfredo Capella won the contest for UAE Polo Team ll. White Crane and Great Oaks then went head-to-head in a sudden death scenario which Nico Pieres won for White Crane. This is high-goal polo at its very best and both teams - and their amazing ponies - will have to deliver their very best to secure the 2021 Cartier Queen’s Cup. –– C A RT I E R Q U E E N ’ S C U P 2 0 2 1 ––

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Murus Sanctus La Magdeleine Alexandre Garese (0) Facundo Sola (8) Guillermo “Sapo” Caset (9) Matt Perry (5)

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HH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (0) / Cata Lavinia (0) Tomas Panelo (6) Polito Pieres (9) Tomas Beresford (7)

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Schockemöhle Patrick Maleitzke (5) Clement Delfosse (5) Santiago Tanoira (5) Jack Richardson (7)

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Alessandro Bazzoni (1) Mackenzie Weisz (4) David Stirling (9) Ignacio “Cubi” Toccalino (8)

Scone Polo David Paradice (0) Adolfo “Poroto” Cambiaso Jnr (6) Isidro Strada (6) Adolfo Cambiaso Snr (10)

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Louis Hine (2) Ned Hine (4) Juan Gris Zavaleta (7) Gonzalo Pieres (9)

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previously known as Almenara, it is set to be the final jewel in the crown of the stunning enclave. The hotel itself will feature 151 stylish rooms, including 24 gorgeous suites. Extensive landscaped gardens, breath-taking vistas over the Mediterranean Sea, fabulous gastronomy, and unrivalled exclusivity make SO/SOTOGRANDE the epitome of luxury. Residence in Sotogrande is in higher demand than ever before - in the month of May, El Mirador, a group of six contemporary villas located along the 13th hole of the La Reserva Club golf course, sold its final property. All of the gated communities within Sotogrande are masterpieces of individuality, most notably The Seven, comprised of seven one-hectare plots, each boasting a property that has been designed by a different, globally renowned architect. These communities offer an utterly exquisite quality of life for residents, with incomparable peace and privacy year-round. Many residents and guests are attracted to Sotogrande because of its plethora of sports facilities. Just a stone’s throw from SO/ SOTOGRANDE, is the Santa Maria Polo Club. Considered one of the world’s greatest clubs, and the pinnacle of polo in continental Europe, Santa Maria Polo Club has a rich history, dating back to the 1960s. The opening of the hotel will form a new avenue from which to explore Sotogrande, have a taste of the residents’ lifestyle and what makes Sotogrande such a desirable place to reside, and will also surely better reflect the level of amenities and general excellence on offer to all. Of all the amenities in town, perhaps Sotogrande is most synonymous with Polo. The sporting and hospitality facilities at the Santa Maria Polo Club are revered around the 50

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globe, and to this day the club plays host to several high-profile tournaments - most notably the Grand-Slam International Polo Tournament, which attracts the world’s best teams and players. The tournament this year celebrates its 50th anniversary and is a must-watch for tourists and avid polo fans. The Santa Maria Polo Club is, like every single facet of Sotogrande, the epitome of class and luxury. Typical of Spain’s regal nature, Santa Maria is considered the pinnacle of


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continental Europe, Sotogrande boasts five world-class golf courses, including Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, one of the top-ranked courses in Spain, Real Club Valderrama, considered one of continental Europe’s golfing phenomenon, and the picturesque modern masterpiece that is La Reserva Club. Finally, for those wanting to get a taste for the privacy, proximity to nature, and the services residents experience on a daily basis, Sotogrande offers the Discovery Package. –– C A RT I E R Q U E E N ’ S C U P 2 0 2 1 ––

Guests are treated to two nights at Sotogrande, a round of golf at La Reserva Club, a private tour of the gated communities, and an exquisite meal at one of the fabulous restaurants. This experience gives Discovery Package guests a clear window into life as a Sotogrande resident, along with the fabulous amenities and experiences on offer within its boundaries. Sotogrande SA, the developer of its namesake destination, is once more committed to building on Sotogrande’s legacy through innovation. Its Chairman, Marc Topiol, believes that SO/SOTOGRANDE is the final step towards realising this goal: “We are thrilled that Accor has placed its trust in Sotogrande as a destination and the hotel will be a new milestone for us. The concept of Sotogrande is to create memorable experiences for our residents and guests, by delivering on the things that really matter to them; family, security, safety, privacy, and access to desirable amenities. The hotel will enable more people to have a small dose of what life can offer them here,” said Topiol. Reinventing traditional ideas of hospitality, SO/SOTOGRANDE is surely one of Europe’s most exclusive and peaceful destinations and is destined to become a primary haunt for the luxury traveller for years to come.

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THE A – Z OF POLO

Adolfo The world’s greatest polo player who this year can be found in action for Scone Polo. Adolfo Cambiaso has been at the top of this game for more than 25 years and continues to inspire his fellow players and amaze spectators. Keep an eye out for his distinctive helmet featuring the flag of his home country Argentina.

Bicycle polo Probably the cheapest version of the sport – all you need is a helmet, a short polo mallet – you don’t want your stick stuck in your spokes – and a helmet. Bicycle polo started when military players were short on horses and wanted to improve their polo skills. Other variations include quad polo and penny farthing polo, while some of the younger players today are rather nifty with their mallets on their electric uni-boards! –– C A RT I E R Q U E E N ’ S C U P 2 0 2 1 ––

Cartier Synonymous with elegance and style, Cartier has been making its standout timepieces and exquisite jewellery since 1847. In the world of polo Cartier has been creating the benchmark for luxurious, field-side hospitality that others aim to emulate for more than three decades.

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Extra time If the scores are level at the end of the game the teams will have a chance to gather their breath and grab some water before riding out for an additional chukka. It is a sudden-death scenario – the first team to then score is the winner. If both teams fail to score the goals are widened for the next chukka! It’s already happened in the league stages so it could happen again today as these teams are so evenly matched.

Divots

Polo is probably the only sport that allows the spectators to invade the field of play! Treading in – or divot stomping – at half-time is a brilliant way to get the polo field back in shape for three more thrilling chukkas.

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Fouls The rules of polo have been created to ensure the safety of both players and ponies. So you will hear the odd whistle or two this afternoon from the umpires because a player has infringed the safety code. It’s easily done in the heat of the moment but with two umpires on the field, plus a third man watching from the stands, every misdemeanour is picked up. –– C A RT I E R Q U E E N ’ S C U P 2 0 2 1 ––


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Golden Goal

Instruction

The winning goal that is scored in extra time is known as a golden goal. It was such a goal that secured victory for Les Lions Great Oaks in this final in 2020.

Guards Polo Club has its own polo academy where the professionals can head to brush up on their skills, while beginners can learn to play. Guards Polo Academy students invariably head home after their very first coaching session with a successful stick & ball session under their belts. No previous riding experience needed. Find out more at guardspoloclub.com/academy

Handicaps Every player has a polo handicap but unlike golf, the higher the number the better the player. The best in the world are 10 goals, while those starting out on their polo adventure are given a -2 handicap. The Cartier Queen’s Cup is played as a high-goal tournament, with the total handicaps of each team having a minimum of 20 goals to a maximum of 22 goals. So to make it as fair as possible, if a 20-goal team plays a 22-goal team the lower handicapped team gets 2 goals on the scoreboard before the match starts. At lower levels this is reduced to ½ goal per goal difference. –– C A RT I E R Q U E E N ’ S C U P 2 0 2 1 ––

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Jewel in the Crown Winning the Cartier Queen’s Cup is a career highlight for all players. To receive this prestigious trophy from HM The Queen remains in the memory long after a player has hung up his mallets and retired his ponies.

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Kit You don’t just need a few ponies and mallets. Players must have a helmet with a current safety kite mark, kneepads and boots. Goggles and / or visor, plus elbow pads are recommended too. If you are just starting out and not sure what you need head to the La Martina Store at Smith’s Lawn as they can kit you and your pony out all at the same time.

Ladies Polo is the only team sport where men and women compete alongside or against each other on a level playing field. This is thanks to the handicap system. However the ladies-only game is increasing in popularity and those playing regularly in those tournaments have separate ladies’ handicaps for those matches.

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Mallet Traditionally made from bamboo but these days are also made from a more modern composite. When in the hands of a top professional the mallet appears to be as light as a ribbon. They come in different sizes, ranging from 49in – 54in, depending on the height of the pony. So keep an eye out when players change ponies – the groom will often pass them a new mallet.

Neck shot Olympics Polo used to be an Olympic sport and was featured on five occasions – 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, 1936. Although it appears those first games in Paris were not taken terribly seriously, with players swapping teams and nationalities! Argentina won gold the last time it was played, in Berlin in 1936, with Great Britain taking silver and Mexico bronze.

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This shot is so named when a player has to hit the ball underneath their horse’s neck. Although there are both off-side and near-side versions it is never an easy shot to master. So watch the top players this afternoon– the higher the handicapped player, the more likely he is to make this play.

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Queen Her Majesty personally donated the Queen’s Cup to Guards Polo Club in 1960. Not only does she regularly attend polo at the Club which was founded by her late husband, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, but Her Majesty has also bred polo ponies for her husband, her son, The Prince of Wales and her grandsons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

Ride Off This is when two riders come together – invariably at speed at this level of polo – and attempt to push their rival off the line of the ball. The ponies are supposed to do the pushing but in the heat of a match – the Cartier Queen’s Cup is at stake after all – players will use their bodies too.

Ten-Goal

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The national language of polo as the majority of the world’s top players are from Argentina. Although you may well hear some words on the field of play today that are definitely not on the Spanish GCSE vocabulary list!

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The highest handicap possible in polo is 10 goals. Currently there are four players holding that honour and they have all been competing in this year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup – Adolfo Cambiaso (Scone Polo), Juan Martin Nero (BP Polo), Facundo Pieres (Park Place), Hilario Ulloa (King Power).


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Umpires

Winners

Two mounted umpires on the field keep every game in check. At this level of polo the umpires are former players who work as professional umpires. There is also a third umpire, referred to as the “third man” who watches the game from the grandstand. If the two umpires on the field cannot agree about an infringement, they turn to the third man whose decision is final.

Today’s winners will head home with their heads held high and wearing a fabulous Cartier watch. There is rarely prize-money in UK polo so the players really appreciate Cartier’s generosity in giving such wonderful prizes. There are also prizes for the Most Valuable Player and the Best Playing Pony. Who would you chose today?

Victor Ludorum This is Latin for “Winner of the Games”. The UK governing body of polo, the Hurlingham Polo Association, awards trophies for the overall season winners in all handicap levels. So the winner of today’s final will be in with a strong change of winning the 22-goal Victor Ludorum in 2021. –– C A RT I E R Q U E E N ’ S C U P 2 0 2 1 ––

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Zero

The lowest handicap allowed at this level of polo. High-goal polo is not for the faint-hearted – it is fast, furious and sometimes dangerous – and so not for the faint-hearted as you will see this afternoon on The Queen’s Ground. X-Factor

The Cartier Queen’s Cup really does have it all. Historically attended by HM The Queen and featuring polo’s top players and their amazing ponies, Cartier’s always eclectic VIP guest list plus the fantastic backdrop of Windsor Great Park, home to Guards Polo Club for more than six decades. This is the ultimate day in English polo. 60

Yellow Card Like football, polo players can be shown a yellow card by the umpires. This could be for dangerous play, or too much backchat. Receive two in the same match and the player is maybe then shown a red card and has to leave the field for two minutes. That is a long time in polo – especially at this level!

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P U T T I N G O N A S H OW Highlights from the 2020 Cartier Queen’s Cup Final

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CARTIER QUEEN ’S CUP FINAL 2020

Last year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup Final might have been played behind closed doors – with only the grooms as spectators – but that did not stop the finalists from delivering one of the greatest games ever played for this coveted cup. Dillon Bacon’s Les Lions Great Oaks won the day, defeating Andrey Borodin’s Park Place 9-8 but not until a sudden-death, seventh chukka. A rising star of the game, the 17-year-old Camilo Castagnola – known to all in the polo world as Jeta – fired through the winning shot. This win saw him follow in his father Lolo’s shoes, a former 10-goaler himself, who added his own name to the Cup in 2003 when playing for Dubai. The Great Oaks patron, Dillon Bacon, was named the Cartier Most Valuable Player after a strong personal performance, although he was quick to praise his team. “The strong thing about our team is that we have four players who are all pushing. This [2020] season everything came together. The team, the horses, the teamwork – the chemistry most importantly.” The winning team also won the Cartier Best Playing Pony prize too. This was awarded to Chalo Angelo, bred by Lolo Castagnola and played by his eldest son Barto Castagnola – Jeta’s older brother – in the second and fifth chukkas and by Jeta himself in the extra time. Earlier in the day Monterosso had won the subsidiary final, beating the MT Vikings.

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CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP SUB-FINAL Monterosso vs MT Vikings

Top left: Juan Martin Zubia for the Vikings v Guillermo Terrera of Monterosso. Top right: Monterosso, with the Cartier Trophy, the subsidiary final of the Cartier Queen’s Cup (from left): Jeronimo del Carril, Ignacio Toccalino, Alessandro Bazzoni, Guillermo Terrera.

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CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP FINAL Les Lions/Great Oaks vs Park Place

Above: Gonzalo Pieres and Will Harper for Park Place versus Jeta Castagnola of Les Lions/ Great Oaks Far left: Santiago Laborde v Facundo Pieres Left: Guards Polo Club Chairman Brian Stein with the 2020 runners-up Park Place (from left): Gonzalo Pieres, Facundo Pieres, Will Harper, Andrey Borodin.

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Cartier Best Playing Pony 2020: Chalo Angelo.

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CARTIER QUEEN ’S CUP FINAL 2020

‘I have dreamt of winning the Queen’s Cup since I first came to Guards with my father as a young kid’ Les Lions/Great Oaks’ Dillon Bacon

Above: Les Lions/Great Oaks, the Cartier Queen’s Cup winners in 2020 (from left): Santiago Laborde, Barto Castagnola, Dillon Bacon, Jeta Castagnola. Far left: Camila Cambiaso with her two sons, Barto and Jeta Castagnola. Left: A delighted Dillon Bacon with the Cartier Queen’s Cup.

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HONOURS 1960-2020

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BOA R D The Cartier Queen’s Cup Tournament is one of the most famous polo competitions in the world. The list of players who have won this trophy over the past six decades represents an in-depth history of the sport. There are many family names in this year’s list of 15 teams that have featured in previous decades, such as Pieres, Beresford, Cambiaso, Merlos, Harper, Castagnola, Monteverde and Hine. Such continuity highlights the many dynasties that have sprung up in polo and continue to remain devoted to this sport of kings and princes. HM The Queen personally presented the Cup to Guards Polo in 1960 when the Club was just five years old. Today we will celebrate 66 years of fast-paced polo on the world-famous, Queen’s Ground, here at Windsor Great Park. The Royal Family has always taken a keen interest in this competition. Our late President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, reached the final twice, losing by just half a goal on each occasion. HRH The Prince of Wales went a step further than his father, winning with the Les Diables Bleus team in 1986. So whoever lifts the Cup today will be in exalted company, joining an illustrious group of players. Adolfo Cambiaso, playing for Scone Polo in 2021 alongside his 15-year-old son, holds the record for the greatest number of wins. He has added his name 10 times, first winning in 1998 with Kerry Packer’s Ellerston White team aged 23. –– C A RT I E R Q U E E N ’ S C U P 2 0 2 1 ––

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1960 Centaurs 1961 Silver Leys 1962 Sao Silvestre 1963 Cowdray Park 1964 Centaurs 1965 Pimms 1966 Pimms 1967 Woolmers Park 1968 Woolmers Park 1969 Pimms

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Dr J Marin Moreno, J Lucas, G Gracida, E de Rothschild A Boyd Gibbons, H Pitman, Mahrajah Prem Singh, G Singh W Sionsen, J Adua, JJ Diaz Alberdi, A Mihanovich Lt Col A Harper, P Withers, S Hill, B Bethell Dr J Marin Moreno, J Lucas, D Goodman, E de Rothschild Earl Brecknock, Dr J Marin Moreno, J Lucas, D Gonzalez Earl Brecknock, Dr J Marin Moreno, J Lucas, C Garros Dr J Marin Moreno, E Sorilla, J Lucas, C Garros Dr J Marin Moreno, J Lucas, E de Rothschild, H Valenzuella Earl Brecknock, A Soldati, D Gonzalez, B Bethell

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975

Cowdray Park Stowell Park Cowdray Park Stowell Park San Flamingo Foxcote

Lt Col A Harper, J Hipwood, H Hipwood, Hon M Vestey Lord Vestey, Hon M Vestey, E Moore, H Barrantes W Linfoot, H Hipwood, Dr W Linfoot, Hon M Hare Lord Vestey, Hon M Vestey, E Moore, H Barrantes R Driver, H Hipwood, J Hipwood, W Ylvisaker Lt Col A Harper, Hon M Vestey, E Moore, S Mackenzie

1976 1977 1978 1979

San Flamingo Foxcote Stowell Park Los Locos

C Driver, H Hipwood, A Herrera, J Horswell P Palumbo, Hon M Vestey, E Moore, D Devrient JN Williams, Lord Vestey, E Moore, H Barrantes Mrs C Tomlinson, S Tomlinson, H Crotto, D Gemmell

1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

Stowell Park Cowdray Park Boehm Team Cowdray Park Foxcote Centaurs Les Diables Bleus Southfield NCP Broncos Hilditch & Key

Hon M Vestey, E Moore, H Barrantes, P Elliott Hon C Pearson, C Juraeguiz, P Withers, S Harper Lord Patrick Beresford, H Hipwood, S Mackenzie, Hon M Vestey Hon C Pearson, C Forsyth, P Withers, Churchward Lord Vestey, Lord Charles Beresford, S Novaes, P Elliott D Yeoman, A Kent, O Rinehart, D Jamison G Wildenstein, R Vial, G Gracida, HRH Prince of Wales J Yeoman, A Kent, O Rinehart, M Bown G Milford Haven, C Forsyth, G Donoso, M Glue A Hine, J Hipwood, R Walton, G Weston

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1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

Santa Fe Ellerston White Ellerston White Black Bears Black Bears Labegorce Ellerston White Isla Carroll Ellerston White Ellerston White

2000 Geebung 2001 2002 Emerging 2003 Dubai 2004 Labegorce 2005 Dubai 2006 Dubai 2007 Loro Piana 2008 Ellerston 2009 Apes Hill 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Bill Bond Elliott, A Hine, C Forsyth, H Crotto A Pieres, G Pieres, A Archibald, K Packer H Brett, B Heguy, A Heguy, A Archibald U Schwarzenbach, S Merlos, P Merlos, J Dixon U Scharzenbach, S Merlos, P Merlos, T Southwell H Perrodo, M Brown, P Heguy, M Fernandez-Araujo J Daniels, J Novillo Astrada, G Pieres, K Packer M Pannell, M Gracida, P Merlos, J Goodman J Beim, A Cambiaso, G Pieres, J Fisher J Beim, A Cambiaso, G Pieres, T Wade D Allen, A Cambiaso, B Heguy, R Stowe No match played due to foot and mouth outbreak in UK F Pictet, H Guerrero, M Fernandez Araujo, L Tomlinson A Albwardy, L Castagnola, A Cambiaso, M Lodder H Perrodo, F Mannix jnr, C Gracida, L Tomlinson A Albwardy, P Diaz Alberdi, A Cambiaso, R Pemble T Albwardy, P Diaz Alberdi, A Cambiaso, G Meyrick D Stirling, A Marchini, J M Nero, M Espain M Routledge, G Pieres jnr, F Pieres, J Packer C Hanbury, M Tomlinson, JG Zavaleta, L Tomlinson

Dubai Talandracas Dubai Zacara Zacara King Power Foxes Dubai RH Polo La Indiana Scone Polo Les Lions/Great Oaks

F Vizmara, R Albwardy, A Cambiaso, P MacDonough F Sola, L Monteverde, M Fernandez Araujo, E Carmignac R Albwardy, A White, A Cambiaso, I Heguy F Pieres, L Lea, R Andrada, M Perry F Pieres, L Lea, G Deltour, M Perry A Srivaddhanaprabha, H Lewis, G Pieres jnr, F Pieres K Hall, R Albwardy, A Cambiaso, JM Nero B Soleimani, T Beresford, A Cambiaso, R de Andrade M Bickford, A White, N Roldan, F Pieres D Paradice, J Beim, N Pieres, J Harper C Castagnola, D Bacon, B Catagnola Jnr, S Laborde

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