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GUARDS POLO CLUB

OFFICIAL YEARBOOK 2021



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B OA R D & S TA F F

BOARD & STAFF

G UA R D S P O LO C LU B S TA F F

Mr James Neighbour ACMA, CGMA Chief Operating Officer

Mr Antony Fanshawe Director of Polo

Mrs Tara Bown Assistant Polo Manager

Mrs Tissy Sievwright Commercial Manager

VICE PRESIDENTS

Lieutenant Colonel Sean O’Dwyer CVO, DL Mr Jock Green-Armytage

Miss Pam Manku Accounts Assistant

Guards Polo Club Holdings Ltd CHAIRMAN

Mr Brian Stein

Mrs Diana Butler Communications Director

BOARD MEMBERS

Mr David Dickman

Lieutenant Colonel Tom Armitage

Head Steward

Military playing member (elect)

Mrs Mindi Byrne Representative of the amateur playing members

Mr Peter Svoboda Grounds Manager

Mr Will Emerson

Mr Robert Toal

Representative of professional playing members

Facilities Manager

Major Jamie Hayward Representative of life playing members (who no longer play)

G R O U N D S S TA F F

Representative of non-playing members

Pavel Antal, Pavel Barto, Michael Crawley, Andrius Dubauskas, Tomas Fedorkovic, Paulius Kuklinskas, Troy McDonald, Marek Verkin

Mr Spencer McCarthy

GUARDS POLO CLUB OFFICIAL S

Mr Freddie Huxtable

Representative of amateur playing members

Mr Jeremy Pemberton

Mr Howard Smith Chief Umpire and Field Captain

Representative of amateur playing members

Dr Graeme Robertson Mr Vivek Rawal

Medical Officer

Representative of amateur playing members

Mr Thilo Sautter Representative of amateur playing members

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Mr Simon Knapp LVO, MRCVS Veterinary/Welfare

Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz

Mr Graham Dennis

Representative of amateur playing members

Honorary Archivist

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CHAIRMAN'S FOREWORD

A VERY WARM WELCOME BACK TO GUARDS POLO CLUB

BRIAN STEIN, CHAIRM AN

GUARDS POLO CLUB was privileged to have the wise counsel of our Founder and President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, for some 66 years. His Royal Highness’s support to both me and my predecessors was invaluable, and he will be much missed by many in the polo community. I wrote on behalf of all the members of Guards Polo Club to Her Majesty expressing our deepest condolences and your Board of Directors is now looking at how best to create a permanent tribute to our President. We are fortunate that polo continues to be of significance to the Royal Family and over the last few months I have been in communication with The Prince of Wales’s office with regard to our new high-goal tournament. Much to the Club’s delight His Royal Highness has offered his personal support for this new 22-goal competition and suggested that we name it The Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup. This tournament, which the Prince of Wales himself recognises as an “important development” at Guards Polo Club, will be played from 1 – 22 August. Creating opportunities for players has allowed us to grow our playing membership. We welcomed 17 new Home Elected Players (HEPS) to the Club since the start of the 2020 season and incredibly eight of these are under 21. We also have 17 military players, the

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highest number since 2000, our first year as a civilian club. We saw strong entries across all tournaments last season and I understand from Antony Fanshawe, Director of Polo, that we are expecting healthy team entries again this year. So huge thanks to all the HEPs for their steadfast support of the Club at one of the most difficult times in our history. Our Social Members deserve equal thanks for generously supporting the Club through the Covid-19 pandemic by paying their 2020 subscriptions. Such financial support has enabled Guards Polo Club to come out of the pandemic in a stronger position than originally expected. We also received staunch support from our many sponsors and partners. Both Cartier and Out-Sourcing Inc. extended their generous tournament sponsorships to 2024, while Clé de Peau Beauté joins our sponsorship stable as the main supporter of the Guards Ladies Charity High-Goal Tournament. La Martina remains our official clothing and kit provider as well as maintaining its sponsorship of the Varsity Day. Hildon retains the title sponsorship of the competitive Archie David Cup tournament and although Access Bank cannot host its magnificent polo day due to international travel restrictions, they have generously renewed their corporate

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partnership. Laurent-Perrier Champagne, Mosimann’s and Martin Collins have also renewed their association with Guards Polo Club, ensuring we can continue to deliver excellence for all of our members and their guests. Earlier this year we held a successful Extra Ordinary General Meeting, asking the full membership to vote on some key changes to our constitution, including updating our Articles of Association. The result is a smaller, more dynamic Board that better reflects the ever-changing aspects of the sport going forward. The changes also ensure a shorter tenure for all directors, delivering greater fluidity across all membership categories. Incredibly we saw the highest level of engagement ever seen at a Club AGM or EGM, delivering a clear mandate for the Board to follow. I would also like to express my personal thanks to Clive Reid. As mentioned in more detail on page 46, Clive donated £10,000 to be the first person to stick and ball on the improved Princes’ Ground. He then generously doubled his donation so that the charities benefiting from his largesse – Wexham Park Hospital’s Emergency Assessment Centre and Dash, the domestic abuse charity – received £10,000 each. In addition, our Royal Windsor sponsor, Out-Sourcing Inc. gave the Club 14 high-spec microscopes to donate to charities of our choosing. We split the donation between the education team that manages the schooling of sick children at Wexham Park Hospital and a children’s charity, Dandelion Time, that specialises in working with vulnerable children and families. With polo now underway at the Club and members booking in with Mosimann’s at Guards there is a feeling of normality returning to the Club. So I look forward to seeing many of you this summer if all restrictions are lifted in June. ◆


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FEATURES

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Guards Polo Club Board & Staff

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Chairman’s Foreword by Brian Stein

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The Big Picture – View of the stunning Castle Ground

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HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – a tribute to our Founder and President

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Park Life – At home with high-goal patron Andrey Borodin

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Ready To Play - Up your skill set with the Guards Polo Academy

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Double The Festive Fun – Members’ Clubhouse Christmas Lunch by Mosimann’s

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Clé de Peau Beauté revealed

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Clive Doubles Up to Make Club History – Charity chukkas herald opening of Princes’ Ground

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The Beauty of Bespoke – Séan O’Connell shows how to add indulgence to your home

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Say Yes to La Martina – David Emanuel picks out his favourite pieces from the Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

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Behind The Scenes – our exclusive gallery featuring all those who helped make 2020 a success

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Guards Polo Club Gift Collection – Purchase the Club’s branded gifts

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Tribute to Lord Vestey by Diana Butler

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Duke of Cornwall Trophy

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Tribute to Eddy Arida by Marina Capello

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La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy

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Tribute to Anthony Crichton-Brown by Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz

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Committee Cup

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Indian Empire Shield

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Tribute to Galen Weston by Diana Butler

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Coworth Park Challenge

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Director of Polo’s Report by Antony Fanshawe

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Phoenician Cup

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Mid-Summer Tournament

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Duke of Wellington Trophy

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Social Cup Town & County Championship

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Stay Safe – Becky Simpson on La Martina’s latest polo helmets

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Cartier Queen’s Cup

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Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup

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Hildon Archie David Cup

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Teams and Patrons 2021

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Players’ Gallery

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Major General’s Cup

Results 2020 including Most Valuable Player and Best Playing Pony prizes

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Flemish Farm Trophy

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Autumn Nations Tournament

Players’ Handicaps 2021

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Autumn Amateur Trophy

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ON THE COVER: HM The Queen presents the Victoria Cup to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Guards Polo Club in 1961 © Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

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THE BIG PICTURE The stunning Castle Ground at Flemish Farm, with its unrivalled backdrop of Windsor Castle, makes every game memorable

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THE BIG PICTURE

02.08.20 // GUARDS POLO CLUB Monterosso Polo Team versus Park Place in a Cartier Queen's Cup league match in 2020. Image by Tony Ramirez of Images of Polo

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His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO 10 J U N E 192 1 – 9 A P R I L 202 1

We pay tribute to Guards Polo Club’s Founder and President, who successfully led the Club for more than six decades IMAGES: IMAGES OF POLO, MIKE ROBERTS, PA IMAGES

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TRIBUTE

“Hot, tired and frequently hurting, you make your way back to the pony lines, thank the grooms, pat the ponies which did well and make friends with the ponies who did not” HRH PRINCE PHILIP

HRH Prince Philip in action on the Club's number one ground

Left: HM The Queen presents the Royal Windsor Cup to our President, patron of the winning Windsor Park team, in June 1965

Above: HRH Prince Philip with his Gold Cup-winning team-mates: Lord Patrick Beresford, The Marquess of Waterford and Paul Withers. Our President won the Gold Cup three times - in 1957, '66 and '69.

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olo was first played at Guards Polo Club in 1955. Some Army officers were playing at Major Archie David’s home near Henley. One of those officers, Col David Smiley, asked HM The Queen whether she would consider allocating any space for polo in Windsor Great Park for these Household Cavalry players. HRH Prince Philip had also wanted to play closer to home – Windsor Castle – and so gave this idea his full support. It was HM The Queen who first suggested Smith’s Lawn, a flat area of land in the Park that had been used as a runway during the Second World War and from where His Royal Highness had completed part of his flying training. At the time of asking it was also the location for the 1954 European Three-Day Event Championships. With permissions duly given, these polo-playing officers soon got to work and polo began at the newly-named Household Brigade Club in June 1955. It was renamed the Guards Polo Club in 1969. That first tournament was The Royal Windsor Cup, recognised today as the UK’s leading 15-goal tournament. Ironically, the Club’s Founder and President did not play

In 1956, Prince Philip formed his own Windsor Park team, whose colours – dark green with red piping – were similar to the cassocks worn by the choristers of the Royal Chapel very much at the Club in that inaugural year. The late Lord Patrick Beresford revealed why in his Yearbook article of 2011. “Initially Prince Philip formed the team named The Mariners – so called because it contained two naval colleagues, Robert de Pass and Matt Maunder and the exRoyal Marine General Robert Neville. In the event Robert Neville had to drop out through injury and was replaced by... Col Alec Harper. “Being committed to this team, Prince Philip did not play at Windsor in 1955, apart from competing in the first Royal Windsor Cup and captaining the Welsh Guards in a challenge match versus the Royal Horse Guards. The following year, 1956, he formed his own Windsor Park team (based on pre-war international Humphrey Guinness) and whose colours – dark green with red piping – were similar to the cassocks worn by the choristers of the Royal Chapel.” Prince Philip captured that earlier era of polo when writing about the sport in his own collection of essays and speeches, Men, Machines and Sacred Cows, which was published in 1984: “Hot, tired and frequently hurting, you make your way back to the pony lines, thank the grooms, pat the ponies which did well and make friends with the ponies who did not. Then for a shower, a change and almost the best moment of all, a cooling and refreshing drink with friends and kindred spirits to whom polo is not just a game, but the greatest game of all.” Arthritis in his wrist forced the Prince to retire from 26

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Top: HM The Queen presents the Victoria Cup to HRH Prince Philip, captain of the Welsh Guards polo team, after a win over Silver Leys at Guards Polo Club in May 1959 Above: Our President with a Best Playing Pony at Smith's Lawn Below: HRH Prince Philip and HRH Prince Charles make their way to the pony lines at Guards Polo Club

polo in 1971 but not before he had added his name to a plethora of trophies, including the Gold Cup (British Open Championship) three times at Cowdray Park, the Warwickshire Cup, the Cowdray Park Challenge Cup, the Royal Windsor Cup and the Midhurst Town Plate. He also reached the final of the Queen’s Cup twice, losing by just half a goal on both occasions! Retirement did not diminish Prince Philip’s enthusiasm for polo. He maintained a keen interest in the game, watching games at Smith’s Lawn when time allowed and always speaking knowledgeably with players at trophy presentations. His Royal Highness continued to take an active interest in the operation and development of Guards Polo Club, most recently offering wise counsel on the redevelopment of the Princes’ Ground. In fact, it was the President himself that suggested re-routing Prince Consort Drive to give the Club more space to expand this playing field. Prince Philip’s loyalty and commitment to Guards Polo Club was always at the heart of our success and his guidance and invariably practical advice will be missed by us all. We send our deepest condolences to HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales and the wider Royal Family. ◆


TRIBUTE

POLO IN HIS OWN WORDS

Above: HM The Queen in coversation with HRH Prince Philip, wearing the shirt of a Welsh Guards team, at Smith's Lawn in the 1950s. Watching on are HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Anne

“AS THE TEAMS ride out to the field it all looks splendid; shining ponies glistening in the sun as they glide over the green turf; players doing their best to look unconcerned and as comfortable in their saddles as cowboys, while they make elaborately stylish practice swings. Meanwhile there is much exchanging of pleasantries for the last time with the opposition and umpires. The match then begins and all the previous anxiety and planning, organisation and practice is put to the test in 40 minutes of flashing sticks, galloping ponies, curses, bumps, shouts, hits to warm the heart and misses to chill the spine. Some can do it right away, but others require a moment or two before they settle down and remember to get into the right position, look for and cover their opposite number, check where their team mates have got to and move to anticipate the next development. There is time for a moment of satisfaction as things go your way and the game surges towards the opponent’s goal, disappointment as it goes over the back line or elation as it goes through the goal. ...There are moments of awful realisation. The ball is overrun by the rest of the players and there it sits, rolling gently to a standstill and all you have to do is to get your pony balanced and going in the right direction. You take a swing – and miss. Fortunately, the games go on and something else happens before you can think of a quick and easy way to commit suicide.”

An extract from the Polo chapter in Men, Machines, & Sacred Cows by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Hamish Hamilton, 1984)

Top, left: Our President in conversation with two members of the Brazilian Polo Team at polo in 2011 Middle, left: HRH Prince Philip in conversation with his former team-mate Lord Patrick Beresford at a Guards Polo Club reception at Windsor Castle Below, left: HRH Prince Philip prepares to umpire a polo match at Smith's Lawn, in July 1961, just two weeks after breaking his ankle playing polo Right: HRH Prince Philip heads out to play for the Welsh Guards at Guards Polo Club - then the Household Brigade Polo Club - in the summer of 1959

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“My plan is to play the full 22-goal season – The Prince of Wales, The Cartier Queen’s Cup, the Gold Cup and the new 22-goal tournament that Guards is hosting in August” ANDREY BORODIN

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ANDREY BORODIN

Park Life On the eve of the 2021 high-goal season we catch up with Andrey Borodin, patron of the impressive Park Place team, to not only find out more about his plans for the coming season but the challenges the team faced last year How did you first get into polo? “My wife, Tatiana, and my daughter, Varvara, had a polo lesson and after seeing how much they enjoyed themselves, I decided to give it a try. I had ridden before – I had owned a few show jumpers – but to be honest I had very little riding experience before I started to play polo.” Your daughter also plays – do you hope to play together competitively in the future? “Potentially yes – we have played a few practices together – but we have not discussed playing anything competitive just yet. To be honest, her focus right now is show jumping and her ladies’ polo team rather than doing anything with her Dad!” You ran two high-goal teams in 2020 which was such a great way to support UK polo. What are your thoughts on last season and how difficult was it to plan and schedule around all the covid legislation? “It was a particularly challenging year for many people and I was glad I could support British polo with a second team with two young British players (Will Harper and Zac Beim) and two players who have been with Park Place since we first started playing high-goal (Hilario Ulloa and Juan Britos). “I didn’t particularly like the rule changes which were brought in and how they impacted the game and it wasn’t the same to play without spectators, especially not even being able to have your immediate family present at your games. I understood the rationale behind having fewer people attend games, but I didn’t agree with the limitations on the number of horses each team could play on as it didn’t appear to me to have any relevance to the Covid-19 pandemic.” What are your polo plans for 2021 here in the UK? “My plan is to play the full 22-goal season – The Prince of Wales, The Cartier Queen’s Cup, the Gold Cup [at Cowdray]

and the new 22 goal tournament that Guards is hosting in August. My daughter Varvara will play the ladies 18goal series too.” Do you have any plans for playing overseas once travel restrictions are lifted? “I am currently in Florida playing with our team (Juan Britos, Hilario Ulloa, Matt Coppola) in the Gauntlet of Polo Series – the CV Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup and the US Open Polo Championship – which finishes on 18 April. Thankfully, we were able to compete here this year and my plan would be to return again next year for the 2022 season.” How does the UK season compare to your experiences in the USA? “My experiences are similar. I have played slightly more in England, but I do enjoy the Florida high-goal season. It’s a competitive level with many of the world’s best players participating and it’s good to have the opportunity to play competitively outside of the English high-goal. I particularly like the way in which game filming is done in the USA with the drone and I think the concept of challenges during the games works well.” [Ed: Any team which consecutively sweeps all three tournaments in the Gauntlet series receives a $500,000 bonus.] Do you have a polo set up in Argentina or is this something you are thinking of? “Although I don’t have a polo set up in Argentina like I do in the USA and here in the UK, I do buy some horses from there every year.” Park Place horsepower is impressive – who advises G UA R D S P O L O C L U B O F F I C I A L Y E A R B O O K 2 0 2 1

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you on your string? “The pros who work closely with the team have helped to build our strings in both the UK and US. Facundo Pieres, Hilario Ulloa and Juan Britos have been very involved with developing our horsepower in a relatively short period of time, along with Francisco Lanusse who assists me with the training of my own string. We have a strong relationship with Ellerstina and have many top horses from their breeding operation. We are fortunate to have a number of good horses from other players and organisations too.”

“ Facundo Pieres, Hilario Ulloa and Juan Britos have been very involved with developing our horsepower in a relatively short period of time” ANDREY BORODIN

Do you have other horses at home as well as the polo ponies? “My daughter Varvara is very passionate about show jumping too so she has a couple of showjumpers that she trains on. We have a few smaller ponies for my youngest children, Sasha and Leo, as well.” Do you have a favourite pony and if so, why does he/she stand out? “It is hard to pick favourites but Latia Repetida (Open Sunset x Open Entrometida) is probably my personal favourite. I bought her from Hilario in 2017 and play her in England. However, I bought a mare from Facundo in England last year, Open Carismatica (Open Sobretodo x Simpatica) and she was definitely counted at the top of my string.” How do you keep fit in the winter in readiness for a summer of high-goal? “I like to keep fit in the gym throughout the year and I usually have some horses in work at home to play arena practices during the winter months. I go to Palm Beach for the season there at the beginning of February, so when I arrive back in England at the end of April, I am fit and ready to start the UK season!” Do you play any other sports? “My main sport is polo, but I also enjoy motor racing. Both sports give you a similar adrenaline rush.” How involved are you in Tatiana’s clothing brand? Do you think that could expand into polo kit? “Vaara is very much Tatiana’s project, I don’t have much involvement at all but at the moment I wouldn’t foresee her expanding into polo kit!” ◆

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Above: Above: Andrey with his daughter Varvara, who was competing in the Guards La Aguada Youth Tournament in 2017 at Coworth Park. Below: HM The Queen presents the Royal Windsor Cup to Andrey after Park Place's victory in 2017.


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GUARDS P OLO AC ADEMY

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Guards Polo Academy’s Ebe Sievwright is preparing for a packed summer full of chukkas, stick & ball sessions and learn to play dates, all wrapped up with an abundance of fun “THE PURPOSE OF LIFE is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience” Eleanor Roosevelt As the season approaches, we look forward to another full summer of polo lessons, chukkas, practices and matches at glorious Coworth Park as well as at the sensational grounds of Guards itself in Windsor Great Park. There has been a lot of pent-up enthusiasm from our long-standing clients and we are already receiving a barrage of enquiries; people of all ages who either already have some experience in the equestrian world or newbies that have never been in the saddle before! Either way, Guards Polo Academy has the perfect setting, ponies and instructors for all categories of beginner, of any age. The Academy teaches individuals, or groups up to six, for sessions of one hour, three hours (Half Day Experience) or six hours (Full Day Experience). I generally like to start with Riding for Polo, which is the perfect introduction to the polo pony and the very individual way in which we like to coach. It can be

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a significant contrast for normal riders, but surprisingly easy to adapt to and nonriders can enjoy their first introduction to polo, safe in the knowledge that our instructors have vast coaching experience and our ponies are patient and equally experienced. Our lesson schedule is daily – apart from Mondays which is always the polo pony’s day off! The Academy is at its busiest at the weekend when most of our instructional chukkas, or practices for the more advanced clients, take place. We have a roster of friendly professionals that can speed up or slow down according to every player’s needs and always with one goal in mind – to help our clients have fun and fulfil their potential. The Academy’s famous practice field is not only unique in that it was the practice field for the entire high-goal Heguy clan back in the 1990s, but is probably the only academy field that you can book

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into to stick & ball or play chukkas on that is maintained to the same high-goal turf level as the neighbouring number one ground at Coworth Park. Peter Svoboda and his unrivalled Guards Polo Club grounds team have not paused throughout the past lockdown in their total dedication to the upkeep of the most beautiful fields in the world. This year the Academy will be stepping up a notch with its Corporate Experiences. With a surprising amount of group bookings already in the diary, we relish the opportunity to re-start these events, which we can unabashedly say are best-in-class. This is an opportunity for work teams that may have been dispersed because of furlough and lockdown, to re-engage and reunite in small groups of between 10 and 20 people, outside in a safe environment, to enjoy learning new skills and trying something new and exciting. Whether it is team-building, a treat for employees or client entertainment, there is no better day out than a group polo experience. All of our packages can include spectating a professional game with lunch or dinner afterwards – either on-site at Coworth Park itself, or a five-minute drive through the idyllic Windsor Great Park. This year Guards Polo Club has another high goal tournament to add to its already impressive calendar which adds to the plethora of incredibly competitive fixtures, delivering endless opportunities for hospitality and corporate functions. We work closely with Coworth Park and its Michelin star restaurants and the royal caterers Mosimann’s, to entertain all of our visitors and ensure that their experience is complete. ◆ guardspoloclub.com/academy


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beard! – there was a wonderfully warm, festive feel at the Club throughout this December weekend. A fabulous menu, plenty of Laurent-Perrier champagne, festive decorations – the Guards team had decorated a tree – all combined perfectly to create a much-needed vibe of good cheer and good will to all. Club Chairman Brian Stein, accompanied by Platina Tong, attended on the Sunday, as did Park Place patron Andrey Borodin. He was dining with his daughter Varvara, who regularly turns out to play with the family’s ladies’ team. Paul Sedgwick, Deputy Ranger of the Park, also dined on the Sunday with his wife Lisa. Other polo patrons included Mad Dogs’ Alan Fall and Previse Polo’s Stefan Sund. Social members too made the most of this dining opportunity, bringing their families to enjoy some time at their favourite polo club. ◆ 38

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AFB polo team patron, Clive Reid, not only delivered the top bid in the Club’s Princes Ground charity auction but then doubled his money so two charities headed home with £10,000 each

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live Reid had already secured his place in Guards Polo Club history when he placed the top bid in the Princes’ Ground charity auction in May last year. The AFB polo team patron’s £10,000 bid ensured that he would be the first player to stick & ball on the new, high-goal Princes’ Ground. However, on arriving at the Club to begin this historic practice session Clive unexpectedly, and incredibly generously, doubled his bid to £20,000. This enabled the two charities benefitting from this one-off charity auction, Wexham Park Hospital’s newly opened Emergency Assessment Centre (EAC) and a local domestic abuse organisation, The Dash Charity, to head home with a cheque for £10,000 each. Despite awarding such generous sums, Clive was very matter-of-fact about his donations. “I just wanted to thank the NHS for what it has done over the past few months, it has been amazing. “It is so hard for all charities at this time so why not donate if you can.” Representatives from both organisations were at Smith’s Lawn, adhering to the Club’s strict social distancing rules, to watch Clive and other members of the AFB team stick and ball on the new polo field before receiving their cheques from this most generous of patrons. For both charities it was a first visit to Guards Polo Club, but we hope that they will all return later in 2021 when the Club hosts its first NHS Day. Both organisations also received a large quantity of face masks which had been donated to the Club by Out-Sourcing Inc. Sue Veltri, Head Nurse at Wexham Park Hospital’s Emergency Assessment Centre said after receiving one of the cheques: “We would like to thank Clive Reid and Guards Polo Club for their donation. The money will go towards an outside terrace on the third floor of the unit

Above: Clive Reid with the cheque that he then doubled on the day, giving both Dash and Wexham Park Hospital £10,000 each. Above left: Wexham Park Hospital's Head Nurse Sue Veltri with Clive Reid and Director of Polo Antony Fanshawe Below: Clive Reid making Guards Polo Club history by being the first player to stick and ball on the newly created Princes Ground

“I am honoured to have been the first person to stick & ball on this ground. It was absolutely amazing, a great experience. Polo is played at such a speed that the quality of the grounds is so important for the health of the horses. Guards Polo Club has invested in its grounds and the Princes’ Ground is now one of the best grounds in England” CLIVE REID

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“We at The Dash Charity cannot thank Clive and The Guards Polo Club enough for this fantastic donation. We are a small, local charity providing critical support to the residents of the Royal Borough (of Windsor and Maidenhead) and have never been busier in our 42-year history” ALISON BOURNE

so that all the staff can enjoy their breaks in a comfortable setting, out in the fresh air. Words cannot express how grateful we are.” Alison Bourne, Chief Executive of The Dash Charity, explained what Clive’s generosity meant to them: “We at The Dash Charity cannot thank Clive and The Guards Polo Club enough for this fantastic donation. We are a small, local charity providing critical support to the residents of the Royal Borough [of Windsor and Maidenhead] and have never been busier in our 42-year history. Donations like this enable us to provide support to more women, men and children in the Borough and we look forward to a great partnership with the Club in the future. Thank you!” Following the stick & ball session Clive reported back, saying: “I am honoured to have been the first person to stick and ball on this ground. It was absolutely amazing, a great experience. Polo is played at such a speed that the quality of the grounds is so important for the health of the horses. Guards Polo Club has invested in its grounds and the Princes’ Ground is now one of the best grounds in England.” ◆ For more information or to support either of these charities please go to: frimleyhealthcharity.org/donate/wexhampark-hospital/ and thedashcharity.org.uk/

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Top: Alison Bourne and the team from The Dash Charity Above: Clive Reid and his son Luke with Chino Leiva and Pete Webb on the newly created Princes Ground Left: Clive Reid stick and balling in front of the bronze statue of Albert, Prince Consort, which stands at the head of the newly developed Princes Ground


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BEAUTY OF BESPOKE Staying at home is the new going out, so why not create a home that is personalised to meet your needs and allows you to indulge yourself a little? Seán O’Connell says perhaps it is time to spoil yourself and go bespoke

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“If you can afford it, going bespoke is the fast-track to home health and happiness. Why? Because when our homes are custom-fitted, coloured, furnished and finished to fit the way we authentically live, the level of sustenance and support we can receive from them is immeasurably enhanced, and its restorative power is super-charged” MICHELLE OGUNDEHIN, WRITER AND TV PRESENTER

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According to Jo Hamilton, the founder and creative director of design studio Jo Hamilton Interiors, choosing bespoke makes more sense than ever. “Everybody knows they want a beautiful home, but what sometimes goes under the radar is that home is a multi-functional space as well. The kitchen is probably the best traditional example, where joinery should at once be both elegant and act as a storage facility; while worktops have to stand up to the rigours of pans, knives, spices and the like, all the while texturally complementing the kitchen aesthetic.” A kitchen maker that is now a British institution and for

“Our team of experts’ vision is to create innovative, distinctive and individual designs, tailored to the needs and specifications of the client” TOMMASO IOTTI, LINLEY

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whom the word “aesthetic” could have been invented is LINLEY, which creates beautiful, inspiring and unique spaces, and unbelievable attention to detail. LINLEY’s Head of Fitted Cabinetry, Tommaso Iotti says: “Every design is one of a kind and discerningly stylish. Our team of experts’ vision is to create innovative, distinctive and individual designs, tailored to the needs and specifications of the client.” The overused phrase “hub of the home” nevertheless accurately describes the area where we socialise, both with family and friends, and which is the room that creates the biggest impression. It is also the space that has the most potential for personalising, with main considerations being lighting, flooring, furnishings and the area that is more than a shade important – the paintwork. Choosing colours is not a job for the faint-hearted but not easy to get handson advice in these self-isolating times, which is why Farrow & Ball came up with their Virtual Colour Consultancy. By chatting with you over a video call, F&B’s experts will help you put together a custom-made colour scheme. THE MATERIAL WORLD

Where décor is concerned, fabrics play an essential role in creating a certain atmosphere. Whether you prefer minimalistic or opulent, textiles bring innumerable qualities that can improve the sense of well-being in your home. When it comes to pattern, one of the leading trends for 2021 is the abundance of colourful blooms in the form of small-scale contemporary florals, and this is reflected in a new collection by iconic London store Liberty, which 52

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invites customers to bring their own mood boards and paint charts in store so expert staff can advise on creating a look that is unique to them and their home. Drawn from its legendary archive, the Liberty Fabrics Modern Collector range is organised into three design stories Floribunda, Art Nouveau and Tree of Life. While the colour, texture and pattern you handpick for your furnishings can elevate a room to new heights, there’s another area of the room with even loftier ambitions – the walls. Discerning designers are turning to wallpapers for the richness and depth they can bring to a room, and the more personalised the better, according to Jo Hamilton: “For me, a room never feels fully dressed until it’s been papered,” she says. “It adds texture and warmth as well as softening and cushioning the visual flatness of the plaster.” Hand-painted silk wallpapers, such as the amazing creations of de Gournay, the ultimate in the luxury market, have the most glorious effect on any space. The texture of the silk, complemented with the soft, organic movement in the hand-painted designs are unbeatably serene and elegant. Indeed, the effect of being surrounded by de Gournay’s rich, exotic designs is often described as

Below, left: Gilt-edged glamour of de Gournay Below: Louis de Poortere turns rugs into an art form Bottom: Hand-painted Irises wallpaper by de Gournay

“For me, a room never feels fully dressed until it’s been papered” JO HAMILTON

‘intoxicating’ and that effect doesn’t come easily. As codirector Rachel Cecil Gurney points out: “The background is typically painted in gouache, and then the design is meticulously painted on using watercolour. Every detail and element of the design is first outlined in pencil – so if you look closely at any of de Gournay’s wallpapers, you’ll even see the pencil lines.” TAKING THE FLOOR

Personalising the items you have in your home does not necessarily mean they have to be made to your design or specifications – it is about using them in a way that gives you most satisfaction and reflects your lifestyle. Those who claim that rugs are only for floors clearly haven’t seen the Gallery collection from Louis de Poortere. Featuring designs inspired by the great modern artists, such as Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, each one is a work of art in its own right and worthy of a place on anyone’s wall. Where flooring is concerned, rugs aren’t the only scene stealers. Whatever size or style of home, wooden flooring is matchless for its warmth, durability and sheer beauty. If you are looking for a unique style to match your interiors, Higherground can provide a bespoke parquet floor. This could be matched with planks, or by using the stunning mansion weave to create areas of interest and focus within the home. In manufacturing its bespoke parquet floors, Piccardi Living calls on craftsmen with age-old skills, producing beautiful flooring “developed on the basis of intuition, tastes, character and personality of the customer”. Staircases too can be given a touch of panache with flatwoven stair runners by Roger Oates or Fleetwood Fox, both of which can be customised to the clients' exact specification. G UA R D S P O L O C L U B O F F I C I A L Y E A R B O O K 2 0 2 1

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If you’re looking to do a refresh without making wholesale changes, you could do worse than introduce a statement piece to bring energy and fun into the home. Most importantly, this piece should represent you and your home – it may be a showstopper for when guests come around, but it is an item that you will see every day. The good news is that your statement piece can be a standalone and different in style to what surrounds it – for example, if your sitting room is lacking in lustre, imagine the impact of a chest of drawers inspired by Louis XVI, and built by master furniture makers Salda. Or it could simply be a decorative accessory, such as the distinctive crystal glassware from Baccarat. Meanwhile, if you're going to make a statement in the bedroom, do it with style and, even more importantly, do it with substance. British company Savoir are renowned as makers of the finest super-luxe beds that money can buy and produce distinctive beds that are more than just good for the soul – they are good for the body. Every Savoir bed is tailormade to fit its owner perfectly, the result being not only a wonderfully comfortable bed but a magnificent piece of furniture that is the height of style and design. Literally the stuff dreams are made of. However, statement pieces can also have a function with an emphasis on fun. Whether or not you’re a musical household, a piano from Cambridge company Edelweiss is the ultimate object of desire. Personalised to look as outlandish as you dare, these instruments are not just for playing manually but have state-of-the-art electronics that allows them to play themselves, providing remoteAbove: Unsurpassed gilt-edged glamour by Salda. Below: Edelweiss’s pianos are off the scale for style

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“I love how colour and print have the potency to change your mood and the way you feel, and I wondered how this would relate to your body and mind at night – the peace and mood it brings.” ZANDRA RHODES

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controlled live music and entertainment. “We design and build each customer’s piano with their specific requirements at the centre of everything we do, and cater for any age and style,” says sales director Ross Norman. THE GREEN ROOM

Among the many lessons we have learnt over the past year of lockdown is that, for many of us, working from home is the new reality. Where the emphasis has traditionally been on the home as a place to relax and escape from the workplace, that very same workplace is now likely to be in your home. But to be effective – even pleasurable – your workspace needs to be a dedicated environment. As Jo Hamilton points out: “Getting it right now that work and home are more intertwined than ever, is as good a reason as any to create the bespoke home that best suits you and your family. That applies to how you work, just as much as how you relax.” For many of us, the most desirable place to work is in an outside space – a choice that has numerous advantages, according to Jo van Riemsdijk of Modulr Space, designers of bespoke outdoor home offices. “Having a workspace in your garden means that your work life is separate to your home life – this creation of a ‘destination’ produces a boundary between the two,” she explains. And the benefits can be tangible as van Riemsdijk points 56

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“The rise of the home office over the last year means that more thought than ever must be given to its design and style” JO HAMILTON

out: “A number of estate agents who have contacted us have said that house buyers are looking for a dedicated home office in the garden as long as it is good quality and stands the test of time.” Modulr’s home offices certainly fit the bill, with lightfilled, contemporary structures that are architect-designed with sustainability, longevity and energy efficiency in mind. THE POWER OF PLANTS

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L A M A R T I N A FA S H I O N

Say Yes to La Martina Fashion designer David Emanuel is best known as the co-creator of Diana, the Princess of Wales’s spectacular wedding dress. In the subsequent decades David has dressed some of the most famous women in the world, including Catherine Zeta Jones, Shirley Bassey, Elizabeth Taylor, Lesley Garrett and Jane Seymour. In recent years he has become a good friend of La Martina’s, and can often be seen enjoying the polo at Smith’s Lawn, so who better to select their favourite pieces from the La Martina Spring/ Summer 2021 Collection – beautifully designed and manufactured in glorious fabrics – than David Emanuel? As he says himself: “It has been a real pleasure selecting several pieces for you to enjoy and whet your designer appetite for the coming season. Happy shopping!”

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Fashion Forward

La Martina meets Les Miserable!

I like the cutting-edge look of the printed cotton jersey shirt. Easy and casual as well as sophisticated. You must get the hat to complete the look!

Simply love this military look with braid, metal buttons and embroidery! Utterly versatile as is but men could wear this for a black-tie event. While ladies could slip this over the shoulders of their ballgown. Happy wearing!

A military inspired style This silk blend shirt you can wear with jeans or a skirt.

A must-have for the season ahead! Classic styled, striped cotton and linen mixed blazer that can take you lierally anywhere. Guards Polo Club, Wimbledon or even Henley. An essential piece for any styleconscious man to have in his wardrobe!

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Day to night Easy, relaxed classic style cotton sweatshirt with the bold La Martina logo. Wear it everywhere… even to bed!

If you’re a true polo fan these are more must-haves! Embroidered cotton jersey polo shirts in a range of colours. I love and want the bright blue one please!

An almost après-polo look This silk blend shirt and pants combination in a beautifully vibrant print could take you from the match to the Clubhouse!

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Every woman loves and needs a bag… a La Martina bag! This classic hand or shoulder bag in beautifult, tan, Italian leather. I very much like the brass/metal jewellery and hand-made rustic lacing/hand binding.

Another great find from the new La Martina collection! A casual jacket with suede trim and horn buttons layered over a cotton shirt and polo jeans. A polo Out of Africa look!

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I love this look! A jacket full of details. Buttons. Braided and embroidered. With fabulous summer shorts this would be perfect for town or country


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BEHIND THE SCENES ON THE LAWN The 2020 season may have been like no other in the Club's history but by masking up and keeping to the rule of six we delivered a packed season

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Clockwise from top, left: Platina Tong and Brian Stein; Polocam TV films between the flags; Mosimann's Joe Evans; Polocam TV's Shene Powell; Col Stuart Cowen; June Howell Jones, Jasper and Meriel Garnham, Diana Furlonger and Mr and Mrs Douglas follow the rule of six for Clubhouse lunch

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Above: Professional umpires Jason Dixon and Roddy Matthews on a deserted Queen's Ground; Above, right: Pony lines steward Bonnie Leheup

Clockwise from above, left: David Emmanuel and fellow Members on the Clubhouse Terrace; the third man, Tim Bown, finds the perfect spot to watch a game; Mosimann's creates a bespoke dessert for the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Windsor Cup Final; an impressive bronze statue of Albert Prince Consort overlooking the Princes Ground; Paul Hemmings and his wife; Bernadette Fitzpatrick, Miles Matthews and Kay Knowlton make a welcome return to the Clubhouse.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Clockwise from left: Professional umpire Tim Bown; Our Polo Office Administrator Nicola Taylor who juggled chukkas, paperwork and covid regs all season with ease; Guards Polo Club Chairman Brian Stein with Platina Tong, General Sir Redmond Watt and Lady Suzie Watt

Clockwise from below, left: Royal Box stewards Di Flatt and Di James; The HPA's Chief Umpire Pete Wright; Sean, Mary and Michael O'Dwyer with Jock and Susie Green-Armytage; best dresses for Clubhouse Sunday lunch; Head Groundsman Peter Svoboda; the Polaris ambulance team played a key role in 2020, checking temperatures before play as well as mending players during play

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Clockwise from above, left: James Simpson and Gemma Clapton with Justin and Brooke Cars; Segavas groom and pony watch a game; Dr Karuna and Mrs Karuna and friends; Groundsman Paulius Kuklinskas; Princes Ground pony lines; Rob Grandison, Philpp Mosimann and David Dickman in Out-Sourcing Inc. happi coats; Jacquie and Theodore Bell; Richard Laughlin and Jane Broadbent enjoying lunch on the Terrace.

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Clockwise from above, left: Pony lines steward Lou Thomas; timekeeper Rosie Hall; Shene Powell and Jamie Hayward interview Facundo Pieres for Guards TV; post match lunch on the Clubhouse Lawn; Park Place's Ash Price with the Royal Windsor Horse Show Cup; Chief Umpire and Field Captain Howard Smith; Castle Ground pony lines.

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Official Gift List 2021 TO PLACE AN ORDER, PLEASE CONTACT CUSTOMER SERVICES: Telephone: + 44 (0) 1784 221 097 Email: accounts@guardspoloclub.com

WINE BOTTLE STOP £25.00

GUARDS POLO PEN Rollerball £10.00/ Biro £5.00

Elegant wine or champagne bottle stops featuring the Guards Polo Club emblem. Perfect to enhance any table setting.

The Guards Polo Club-branded pen delivers a flourish whenever it is used. Available as a Biro or as a rollerball.

BONE CHINA MUGS £10.00 each

Smart, fine bone china mugs featuring the distinctive Guards Polo Club logo.

PHOTO FRAME £25.00

Stunning silver-effect photo frame emblazoned with the Guards Polo Club emblem. Brings a hint of the most royal of polo clubs to your home. Size: 13cm (w) x 18cm (h).

FLEECE BLANKET £48.00/£58.00

A warm, fleece blanket featuring the world-famous Guards Polo Club badge. Available in the Club’s preferred colours of blue or maroon. Can be personalised (maximum of three letters) at the higher price.

GUARDS POLO KEYRING £10.00

A striking keyring that catches the eye but is secure enough to keep your keys safe.

PANAMA HAT £50.00

The perfect accompaniment to polo. These striking Panama Hats, featuring the Club’s distinctive blue and maroon ribbon, make an immediate impression.

ENAMEL CUFF LINKS £45.00

Eye-catching, enamel cuff links featuring the Guards Polo Club badge on one side and the colours of the Household Division of the British Army on the reverse.

NOTEBOOKS £15.00

Stylish A5 notebooks that will enhance your home or impress in a meeting. The faux leather cover is available in the Club’s colours of blue or maroon. White, lined paper inside.

OFFICIAL GUARDS POLO CLUB TIE £39.00

Cut a dash with an elegant Guards Polo Club tie. Features the world-renowned Club emblem.

PICNIC BLANKET £70.00

This quintessentially English picnic blanket delivers style and practicality in equal measure and is a must for any al fresco dining occasion.

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GUARDS POLO CLUB UMBRELLA £45.00

Stand out in the rain with Guards Polo Club’s bespoke, full-size umbrella in the Club’s distinctive maroon and blue colours.


LORD VES TE Y

Sam Vestey, in the uniform of Master of the Horse, at the Annual Inspection of the Light Cavalry at Smith's Lawn

OBITUARY

SAMUEL GEORGE ARMSTRONG VESTEY

GCVO, DL

19 M A R C H 1941 – 4 FEB R UA R Y 202 1

Gloucestershire man through and through – it was the location of his home, his polo club and his preferred racecourse. However, Sam Vestey deserves this tribute in the Guards Polo Club Yearbook as he played a huge part in the Club’s tournament history in the 1970s and 80s. Sam Vestey was the patron of the Stowell Park polo team – named after his home in Gloucestershire – and one of the most significant and successful teams in the history of British polo. Alongside his younger brother, Mark, they dominated the high-goal during this period. Stowell Park put its name to the Gold Cup at Cowdray Park five times, winning in 1973, ’74, ’76, ’78 and ‘80. In addition, they won the

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‘ Despite his title and great wealth, Sam Vestey will be remembered as a goodnatured man with a clear lack of pomposity’

Queen’s Cup here at Guards Polo Club four times (1971, ‘73, ‘78, ‘80). In fact, 1973 was a stand-out year for Stowell Park, as the Vestey brothers, alongside Eduardo Moore and Hector Barrantes, captured a rare triple – the Gold, Queen’s and Warwickshire Cups. In the 50th anniversary programme of the Queen’s Cup tournament, Mark Vestey recalled playing for Stowell Park: “Eduardo Moore played unconventional polo for the time – he invented tapping and turning – while Hector was a much more traditional player who would back Eddie up. Eddie would play three ponies – two chukkas each – while Sam and I would play our best four. Throughout the season we tried to have 10 ponies each – eight older ones and two new ones every year.” Stowell Park’s success went against them though as Mark revealed in 2005: “Our handicaps went up to four, so we had too many goals and decided to take it in turns G UA R D S P O L O C L U B O F F I C I A L Y E A R B O O K 2 0 2 1

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‘ Sam Vestey was patron of the Stowell Park polo team... one of the most successful teams in the history of British polo’ to play. As both Eddie and Hector were rather better than us, we thought it better if we sacked one of us instead! So, I started the Foxcote team, and we took it in turns to play with Eddie and Hector.” Sam Vestey retired from polo in the early 1980s but came out of retirement to play in his brother’s Foxcote team in the 1984 Queen’s Cup tournament. Mark had broken his back in a hunting fall earlier in the year and so Sam got himself fit to play one last high-goal tournament. It paid off as Foxcote won the final – with Mark being allowed out of Stoke Mandeville Hospital to watch the game and then receive the Cup from HM The Queen. In addition to polo, Sam Vestey was a passionate racegoer with horses in training, with much success, with both his sister-in-law Henrietta Knight and James Fanshawe. This included his home-bred Karshi winning the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 1997 and Macadamia taking the Royal Hunt Cup in 2003. Sam Vestey also played a key role at this racecourse, holding the post of Chairman from 1990 to 2011. During his tenure, the racetrack implemented a successful expansion scheme which resulted in the number of visitors to the renowned Festival increasing by some 73,000. He was also a steward of the Jockey Club and at one time chairman of its disciplinary committee. Some years before his chairmanship at Cheltenham, Sam Vestey took on the role of Chairman of Cirencester Park Polo Club, holding that important post from 1975 – 1985. Not surprisingly he did much to encourage high-goal polo at the Gloucestershire club during this time. HM The Queen appointed Sam Vestey Master of the Horse in 1999, a post he held for the next 19 years, and he could be regularly seen riding in ceremonies such as the Trooping the Colour, wearing the eye-catching uniform of the Master of the 72

Top: The Stowell Park high-goal polo team with a collection of its trophies - Sam Vestey, Eduardo Moore, Hector Barrantes, Mark Vestey. Above: Action from the 1972 Queen's Cup at Guards Polo Club featuring Stowell Park v Cowdray Park

Horse. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2009 Birthday Honours and Her Majesty then promoted him to Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victoria Order (GCVO) in December 2018. He was appointed a permanent Lord-in-Waiting to Her Majesty the following year. Despite his title and great wealth, it is clear from all the tributes that have been published since his death in February that Sam Vestey will be remembered as a good-natured man with a clear lack of pomposity. A racing colleague, quoted in

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The Daily Telegraph obituary, summed him up perfectly: “He was the sort of man who never looked over your shoulder to see if there was someone more important”. Sam Vestey is survived by his five children: his daughters Saffron and Flora from his first marriage to Kathryn Eccles and his two sons and daughter, William, Arthur and Mary, from his marriage to Celia (CeCe) Knight. Sadly, CeCe died unexpectedly just nine weeks before Sam and so we send our deepest condolences to all the family. ◆



ED DY A RIDA

TRIBUTE

REMEMBERING EDDY ARIDA

23 D EC E M B ER 1933 - 15 M A R C H 202 1

EDDY FOUND A WAY of ageing by the calendar without ever growing old. Of that we have Royal Assent. Learning to play polo at age 42? Waste of time, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh remarked to him at Guards Polo Club before walking away. Prince Philip sadly did not return in time to watch our Eddy make it to a handicap of one. Youthful as he always was in his dapper way, Eddy was always old-world grand. Born in Lebanon, Eddy did Britain proud. His family put British soldiers in their uniform in World War II and used profit there to fund a Spitfire. Eddy didn’t serve Britain alone; he built refugee camps in Jordan and was honoured by King Hussein for it. Eddy was decorated by the

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Swedish Red Cross too. Business and the service it resulted from, was by-the-by. Eddy’s heart was always in sports. He was the England water-skiing champion at age 20, he won other skiing competitions, he was a sharp fencer. His passion for polo led him to create the Phoenician Cup 12-goal tournament in 1982. He played well into his 70s, despite losing an eye in a shooting accident. Eddy studied at Cambridge, and went to Victoria College in Egypt, that king of

Eddy played polo well into his 70s, despite losing an eye in a shooting accident

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colleges, and certainly a college for kings. So, it is right that Eddy should count kings among his friends. He was himself naturally regal - remarkably independent and wonderfully gregarious. He was an expansive host; he’d cook himself for scores of people at his parties at his home adjacent to the Club. His salads, I recall, were as delicious as they were meticulous and served with, yes, upside down rice. His was the world of The Great Gatsby. Eddy died peacefully at his home in Lebanon on March 13 after a short but dignified fight with cancer. He is survived by his wife Liliane, his children Joumana and Johnny and his four grandchildren. He shall be missed. ◆ Marina Capello


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Right: Eddy with Marina Capello, author of this tribute. Below: Eddy and his granddaughter Diala in conversation with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at a Guards Polo Club reception at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. Opposite page: Eddy at Smith's Lawn with his wife Liliane and their granddaughter Diala

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TRIBUTE

ANTHONY CRICHTON-BROWN J U LY 1 9 4 3 – J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 1

in 1991, at my first Players’ Meeting at Guards Polo Club. I did not know anybody there and no one seemed to take much notice of me. Then a smiling, friendly man came over and Anthony introduced himself. When I commented to him that the members did not seem particularly friendly, he laughed and said: “Don’t worry, the first year I was here the only person that would talk to me was my wife!” Anthony’s easy going, open manner was one of his defining characteristics. He liked people and in particular he liked meeting new people, making friends young and old across generations. With his down-to-earth Australian manner he was equally open and approachable to players, staff and social members at the Club, and to friends and work colleagues outside it. He had come to polo with a great sporting background. Anthony’s first love had been sailing. He was a crew member on his father’s yacht, Balandra, which won the Admiral’s Cup in 1967, one of the most

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‘ Anthony’s easy going, open manner was one of his defining characteristics. He liked people and in particular he liked meeting new people, making friends young and old across generations’ prestigious sailing trophies in the world. He also competed nine times in the notoriously dangerous Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and won it in 1970. Anthony’s first introduction to polo was at the Windsor Club outside Sydney in 1975. Thereafter polo became his lasting passion. He joined Guards Polo Club in 1987 after moving to England from Australia with his first wife Edwina, his daughters Samantha and Georgina and son Matthew. It was only natural that he joined Guards as his father was at the time Chairman of Rothmans International who then were one of the Club’s main sponsors.

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He played first in the Bethungra Park team with his friends and Australian teammates Peter Haydon and Chris Murphy. One of his best moments in polo came when he reached the final of the Archie David in 1988 with the Prince of Wales’s Windsor Park team. Although they lost to Polo Plus in the final, he was very proud of this achievement especially since in that year there were more than 50 entries in the tournament. Later he formed his own team which he called Nutcrackers playing in their distinctive blue and white colours. He was a very competitive player who got stuck in, which often ended up with him on the ground, earning him the epithet “Autumn Leaves”. He was particularly proud to play with both his son Matthew, also a long- time member of Guards, and his son-in-law Angus Campbell, a three-goal professional married to his daughter Georgina. Anthony loved his ponies and became well known on the field for his spotty


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‘Anthony loved his ponies and became well known on the field for his spotty Appaloosa pony Jamaica, but his all-time favourite pony was actually a little bay mare called Madam, which he played well into her 20s’

Appaloosa pony Jamaica, but his all-time favorite pony was actually a little bay mare called Madam, which he played well into her 20s. During all this time he was always open to playing with and supporting other teams at whatever level. When I first entered my Porto Ronco team in the two-goal Spring Amateur tournament, my first call was to him and he accepted immediately with great enthusiasm. Besides his active polo playing career, Anthony also became involved in the administration of the Club. He was a Board Member for 11 years and later Vice Chairman of the Club. His business and financial experience as the CEO and later Chairman of insurance company Edward Lumley Holdings, made him a natural candidate to be Chairman of the Finance Committee, which he ran with great attention to detail and a firm and fair hand. When I succeeded him as Chairman of that Committee, he proved a great source of wise counsel, especially during the foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001 when the Club had to close for a year. Anthony was meticulous in his affairs. When he moved back to Australia in 2006 with his second wife Nicola and their daughter Antonia to pursue an equally successful second career as a pastoralist, he asked me if I wanted to buy his truck. He named a price which I immediately accepted. He asked me with some surprise: “Don’t you want to check the price?” I replied: “No because I know that you will have already done it for me, and it will be fair”. This was the mark of the man, always honorable in all his dealings. Anthony enjoyed his life and loved his family and friends. He liked company wherever he was and whatever he was doing and in turn was very popular. His friends saw him as charismatic, full of fun and energy and always with a twinkle in his eyes. He was a very hospitable host at his beautifully kept properties in England at Hazel Hall and later at Eatons and in Australia at Deltroit Station in New South Wales. He will be greatly missed by everyone at the Guards Polo Club. ◆ Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz G UA R D S P O L O C L U B O F F I C I A L Y E A R B O O K 2 0 2 1

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WILLARD GORDON GALEN WESTON

OC CVO OONT

29 O C TO B ER 1940 – 12 A P R I L 202 1

of the Maple Leafs polo team, was a life playing member of Guards Polo Club. He dominated the Club’s key tournaments in the 1980s and ‘90s as our Clubhouse tournament boards testify. His distinctive red shirts featuring a white Maple Leaf, reflecting his Canadian roots, won the following trophies over an 12-year period:

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1981 1982 1983 1989 1990 1991 1993 1993 1993

Day matches. Playing for Canada, Galen was joined by Steve Dalton and David and Todd Offen. They defeated HRH’s team (HRH The Prince of Wales, Cody Forsyth, Andrew Hine, James Lucas) 7-5. This win might have been a bit awkward for Galen as His Royal Highness would often play for Maple Leafs! Other Maple Leaf regulars were Julian and Howard Hipwood, Memo Gracida and Tony Devcich. In addition to these successes at Smith’s Lawn, Galen’s Maple Leafs were also victorious further afield. This included victory in the Gold Cup at Cowdray Park in 1985 and the high-goal Prince of Wales Trophy at the Royal County of Berkshire in 1993. Galen first played polo though in Phoenix Park, Dublin, where he would turn out for his own Roundwood Park team. This team was equally

Committee Cup Archie David Cup Caterham Cup Mountbatten Trophy Caterham Cup The Queen’s Cup Subsidiary Final The Queen’s Cup Subsidiary Final The Royal Windsor Cup The 15-goal Spring Tournament (later renamed The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy

Galen also received the Silver Jubilee Cup from HM The Queen in 1993, which was played as part of the Cartier International

It is thanks to Galen Weston that we have polo fields at Coworth Park. He leased the Fort Belvedere estate... creating not only the polo fields but the stabling and village area

successful, registering victories in several tournaments such as the Warwickshire Cup, Jaipur Trophy, Horse & Hound Cup and the Rothmans Cup. The team took its name from Galen’s 17th century home south of Dublin. Although after a failed kidnap attempt by the Provisional IRA in 1983 – Galen was actually playing polo at Guards Polo Club at the time – the Westons left Ireland for good. It is thanks to Galen Weston that we have polo fields at Coworth Park. He leased the Fort Belvedere estate, which included the house and grounds at Coworth, from the Crown Estate in the 1980s, creating not only the polo fields that we play on today, but also the stabling and village area for the grooms’ accommodation. Although Dorchester Collection took over the running of Coworth Park, converting it into a luxury, country house hotel in 2010, Galen and his wife Hilary, whom he married in 1966, remained at Fort Belvedere and continued to regularly attend polo events at Guards Polo Club. Away from polo, Galen headed up his family’s extensive retail businesses, including Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason here in London. He was also heavily involved in the Weston Family Foundation in Canada, a charitable organisation which contributes towards education, land conservation and environmental projects in the north of the country. Galen Weston died in Canada last month at the age of 80 after a long illness. We send our deepest condolences to Hilary and their children, Alannah, Chair of the Selfridges Group, and Galen Junior, Chair and Chief Executive of the family’s operations in Canada. ◆ Diana Butler HM The Queen presents the Silver Jubilee Trophy to Galen Weston after he led Canada to victory on Cartier International Day 1993 at Guards Polo Club Image copyright: Mike Roberts

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You managed to play almost 400 games last season – how did you achieve that in such a difficult year?

“Without doubt it was thanks to the great team behind me at Guards Polo Club; Nicola and Tara in the Polo Office, Peter Svoboda and his amazing grounds staff and everyone – accounts team, goal judges, pony lines stewards, umpires etc – who all went above and beyond to deliver the 2020 season. Those that know me will not be surprised to learn that I think some bloody mindedness on my part helped a bit too! I should also mention the positivity from the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and Nick Wiles’s exceptional work maintaining regular contact with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which kept polo on the Department’s agenda. There was also some excellent work achieved by the HPA’s covid steering group. The ability to listen to all the Clubs across the UK, is key to running polo well. Also Josh Tuthill, the Polo Manager of Kirtlington, deserves a special mention. His legwork on the covid regulations and risk assessments was invaluable to all of us in the polo community.” What was the toughest hurdle to overcome in 2020?

“The sheer scale of having to start from scratch – from two to three people only allowed to stick & ball to the final of the Cartier Queen’s Cup in a week of pouring rain. But we did it!”

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What surprised you most about last year and what was your highlight?

“What surprised me the most was actually people’s love of polo and the kind of desire that gets things done. Before 2020 I was beginning to think that there were not many people left who loved this sport! A personal highlight has to be getting a thank you off a truck driver at the first stick & ball session because it was the first job he’d had in 10 weeks. That really rammed home the duty we always have to open the Club as there were thousands of people who make their living when we are in business – grooms, players, farriers, vets, waiters, truck drivers, groundsmen etc – and all the people who supply them. We were told by the Prime Minister to get back to work and that’s what we did! 80

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A Club highlight has to be the incredible generosity of Clive Reid doubling his donation to be the first to stick & ball on The Princes’ Ground. Not only was that a fantastic and generous gesture, but it also launched the idea of hosting an NHS Day at the Club – date to be confirmed soon – and reminded us all of the terrible impact covid was having on so many lives.”

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You have been appointed Director of Polo at Guards Polo Club – the first time someone has held that post. What does this role entail that is different to your previous role as Polo Manager?

“It is different. Previously I would come to the Club and start managing polo in April. Now I’m much more involved with the Board at all levels and it’s a much more encompassing, full-time role. It also


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means that once the pandemic is over, Guards Polo Club can expand its work supporting and advising clubs around the world. I believe that at my age I can now see pretty much the whole picture of what the sport is about. I know the top players, the best groundsmen, the best places to buy horses etc. Guards Polo Club can offer beginner lessons to delivering the greatest polo tournament in Europe – we really can do it all. We used to regularly share our knowledge with an array of clubs worldwide and it will be good to be back sharing our expertise in the off season at Smith’s Lawn.” The Princes’ Ground came into your ground roster last season. How did this new ground play and how did that help your ground scheduling? What was the feedback from the players?

“With the usual, new ground teething troubles, the new ground gave us approximately 40 games last season. When it was good it was really good, but like all new grounds it will take time to settle and establish its natural form. However, it is a laser-levelled, full-sized field and it really is amazing when it plays well.” What are the plans for the future grounds’ development at Guards Polo Club?

“Over the winter we fixed the drainage on the new ground, but the Club’s grounds development plan is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Hopefully, teams will continue to support our plans and we can turn grounds six and eight into the fully-drained and flat pitches that they should be as soon possible. It is in the Club’s DNA to look to continually improve itself and if you want to play good polo you need good fields.”

The HPA introduced new rules in 2020 to reduce contact and help keep everyone safe on the field. Which, if any of those new rules remain this year?

“Polo has resumed to the 2019, prepandemic rules, although we can adjust them if the pandemic becomes worse or if the sport is at all viewed as dangerous. One of the things that was highlighted last season was that we can easily adjust the sport to keep ourselves safe. In fact, all sport has proved to be quite adaptable. The most important thing is to keep everyone as safe as possible.” The Club has launched a new 22-goal tournament in 2021, The Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup. What was the reasoning behind this competition?

“With the growth of private fields and a lack of any high-goal polo in the UK in August it means that these top fields are not being used during one of our most beautiful months. There are so many fields in the Windsor area that don’t get used in August. This is an incredibly bad use of resources. So, with some teams

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pushing for more polo at this time at the 22-goal level and Guards Polo Club believing that we need to try and keep the best polo in the world here, it made sense to create a new, 22-goal competition later in the season.” The high-goal season is moving back two weeks, meaning the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final will be played on 27 June. What are the logistics behind this move?

“Our hand was forced somewhat as the lockdown is not looking likely to end before 21 June. We need to try and help as many people as possible by getting back to business and a massive part of our business is the final of the Cartier Queen’s Cup. The season was earlier than usual anyway due to the way the calendar fell but the delay also suited some of the high-goal teams who were experiencing difficulties getting their horses into the country. However, I would like to thank the team at Cirencester Park Polo Club for working with us on our date changes; their support made the rollout of our revised fixtures so much easier.” Your son Oli is playing some of his polo at Guards Polo Club when studies allow. What advice would you give to him that you wish someone had told you at the age of 21?

“Stick & ball as much as you can and play polo with your friends.” ◆

The 2021 season started on time with all the tournaments scheduled, including the return of the Varsity, the Inter Regimental and the Copenhagen. How difficult has that been to put in place?

“It has been quite difficult believing that is what we are doing but we have started on time and with obvious care, caution and respect towards the pandemic, we are expecting to play a packed season across all levels of polo.”

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and each bear a quality mark which is a sign of regular batch testing and certification by an approved body: La Martina Windsor Polo Helmet – cloth covered for a more traditional look, meets PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014 and has the BSI kitemark. Can be purchased off the shelf in six different colourways. Armis Polo Helmet - PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014 has the BSI kitemark plus an internal MIPS system. Can be purchased off-the-shelf in a range of basic colourways or you can customdesign your own helmet online. Although both helmets conform to the same excellent safety standards, the Armis helmet also boasts the added feature of an internal MIPS

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Clockwise from top left: Park Place patron Andrey Borodin; Cuervos Negros featuring Ed Morris-Lowe, Max Sponer, Julian Drake and Adolfo Casabal; Tissy and Ebe Sievwright; Tomy Beresford with the Indian Empire Shield; Adebayo Karim; Louise Jebson with the Caterham Cup; Kildare patron Andrew Dechet; Major Jamie Hayward with Chloe, a former winner of the overall polo pony championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

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THE PLAYERS GALLERY Clockwise from top left: Tom Brodie; Charles Cooney; Thilo Sautter; Olympia Paus, patron of the Quixote team; Ojo Caliente's Ana Escobedo; Adolfo Cambiaso Senior & Junior; Umpire Julian Appleby; Mindi and Hugh Byrne and family; Juan Britos; Park Place ladies' team patron Varvara Borodina; Nick Beitner v Julian Drake

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Clockwise from top left: Stefan Sund swaps ponies; Hilali Noordeen; Polo Performance: Nacho Gonzalez; Max Charlton; Federico Boudou, Jonathan Hare; Green Gates patron Noor Khadra

Clockwise from above left: The Quatervois/Leander team: Simon Franc, Nick Beitner, Henry Porter, Hissam Ali Hyder; Vivek Rawal - patron of the Tashan Polo team; Emma Boers for MT Vikings; Emlor patron Spencer McCarthy

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THE PLAYERS GALLERY Clockwise from above: La Ruleta's Alicia Woods; Talacrest Young Player of the Year 2019 Will Harper; Porto Ronco patron Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz; Segavas's Luke Wiles v Monterosso's Guillermo Terrera in a Cartier Queen's Cup league match; Louis Heard; The Castagnola family with the Queen's Cup: Barto, Camila, Lola, Jeta, Beni and Lolo; Garcha Hotels patron Satinder Garcha; Jeronimo del Carril goes to goal for Monterosso

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Clockwise from top left: Bridge House of Twyford's Mo Sheikh; Holly Butler; Richard Tyrone; Hugo Taylor; Siri Evjemo-Nysveen and Alessandro Bazzoni; Thai Polo Team with the Richard Watt Cup, played for as a league match in the Cartier Queen's Cup: Ned Hine, Michel del Carril, Jack Richardson, Tomy Beresford; The Oxford Blues team - winners of the curtailed Chairman's Cup: Jamie Hayward, Hilali Noordeen, Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz, Charles Cooney

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Clockwise from top left: Terence Lent; Ignacio Negri rides towards the big screen during The Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup Final; Alexander Nix of Libertine; Les Lions/Great Oaks Dillon Bacon v Next Generation's Poroto Cambiaso; 9 Stitches patron Eclair Chen; Alex Webb; The Hine family with the Hildon Archie David Cup Andrew, Ned, Robyn, Indi, Louis and Milly; Clarita's patron Chris Mathias; Cubi Toccalino making certain of a goal for Monterosso

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Ten high-goal teams had entered the 2020 Cartier Queen’s Cup tournament, with Les Lions/Great Oaks securing their place in this coveted final thanks to some impressive four-man style of polo. This included a narrow semi-final victory over Thai Polo for the Hubert Perrodo Trophy earlier in the week. Meanwhile, Park Place – playing in their third successive Cartier Queen’s Cup Final – had earned their ticket by defeating David Paradice’s Scone Polo in the second semi-final for the Kerry Packer Trophy. Surprisingly, Park Place struggled to shine in the first half of the 2020 Cartier Queen’s Cup Final. Les Lions/Great

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Oaks had done their homework and were effective in stopping Facundo Pieres from making his trademark, fast runs to goal. Strong play from Les Lions/Great Oaks put them 8-5 ahead going into the final chukka, with Barto Castagnola making the most of any space he was given and younger brother Jeta firing through penalties with ease. Park Place never gave up hope though. Everyone – players on the field and all those watching via the livestream – knew that Andrey’s team had the horsepower and the experience. So, when Will Harper put through the equalizer (8-8) in the final moments of the sixth chukka, it was clear there was still all to play for. Both teams then had opportunities in this sudden death scenario until Jeta closed the match with a shot on target. A fitting finale for one of the world’s top polo tournaments. Dillon paid tribute to his team, saying: “The strong thing about our team is we have four players who are all pushing, and that system worked against Park Place – the strongest polo organisation in the UK today. This season everything has

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come together. The team, the horses, the teamwork – the chemistry most importantly. We have had our ups and downs – we made it to two other finals – so today we had one last thing to prove.” There were more honours for Les Lions/ Great Oaks with the presentation of the Cartier Best Playing Pony prize. This was awarded to the stallion Chalo Angelo, bred by Lolo Castagnola, who won the Queen’s Cup himself in 2003, and was played by his sons in this final - Barto in the second and fifth chukkas and Jeta during extra time. Ironically, one of the best Queen’s Cup finals of recent years had to be played behind closed doors, with none of the usual Cartier panache due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cartier has sponsored this tournament for the past eight years and once again ensured all the players headed home with some wonderful prizes, including Cartier Tank watches to the winners. Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK, could not attend but sent a message to all the finalists. “It has been 102

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incredible to see such powerful games played by some of the very best polo players in the world, during this year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo, despite the unprecedented turn of events this year. I am truly inspired by the resilience and talent of these wonderful players capturing the true essence and spirit of the sport.” Earlier in the day Brian Stein, Chairman of Guards Polo Club, had presented the Monterosso Polo Team with the Cartier Trophy. This was another close game played over six chukkas with Monterosso just stealing a 6-5 win in the final chukka. ◆

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Thomas, Tom Brodie and James Harper. However, Four Quarters fought back in the fourth chukka, putting themselves back in contention and then forcing this match into extra time. It was disappointing that such a thrilling final was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Out-Sourcing generously funded a live TV production of this match, enabling polo fans around the world to watch this thrilling final for free. The covid restrictions did not prevent Out-Sourcing from awarding every player on the field of play on finals day with some spectacular

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Played at Flemish Farm with its magnificent backdrop of Windsor Castle, Mad Dogs had a comfortable win over Casa La Vista Ibiza prizes, many featuring traditional, Japanese craft skills. This included the young Englishman Jack Hyde, who had been outstanding throughout the tournament for Four Quarters Orange. He was named the Out-Sourcing Inc. Most Valuable Player and received a stunning kabuto helmet from Andrew Bentley, who represented the sponsors. Meanwhile, the creator of the golden goal, Ignacio Negri received a stunning trophy for the nine-year-old gelding Forestero, who was named the Out-Sourcing Inc. Best Playing Pony. Ignacio had played this pony in the game-changing fourth chukka, scoring two great goals. Eleven teams had entered this year’s tournament and so the sub final match for the Mountbatten Trophy was also 108

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Four Quarters Orange: Jack Hyde (4); Ignacio Negri (6); Felipe Dabas (5); Simon Arber (0). White Crane: Jasmine Calvert-Ansari (0); Tom Brodie (4); Andrew Blake Thomas (4); James Harper (7). Mad Dogs: Alan Fall (1); William Harper (3); Juan Ambroggio (6); Will Emerson (5). Casa La Vista Ibiza: Louis Hine (2); Hilali Noordeen (0); Joaquin Pittaluga (7); John Paul Clarkin (6).



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larita added their name to the prestigious Hildon Archie David Cup in early July. They dominated the final of the UK’s leading 8-goal tournament, beating Clive Reid’s AFB 9-4. Louis Hine, a rising talent in the Hine polo dynasty, was outstanding for Clarita. Not surprisingly his efforts saw him head home with the Hildon Most Valuable Player prize. Chris Mathias’s team were in command of this final, which has been sponsored by Hildon for the past four years, from the first whistle and had built up a commanding, 5-1 lead at half-time. AFB battled to get back into the game in the second half, with Pete Webb producing some good runs up The Queen’s Ground. Unfortunately for Clive, who had won this trophy with his AFB team a decade earlier, the damage had been inflicted earlier in

the match, enabling Clarita to add their name to one of sport’s most coveted polo trophies for the first time. Louis Hine’s team-mate Jack Hyde, who has been playing well throughout this tournament, also headed home with a prize. He received the Hildon Best Playing Pony rug for Molly. Fifteen teams had entered the 2020 edition of this tournament, which is played as part of the Hurlingham Polo Association’s eight-goal Victor Ludorum series. It is always a competitive tournament, this particular year being no exception and so the subsidiary Caterham Cup delivered some strong sport too. Honours here went to Louise Jebson’s team Cani. They narrowly beat Justin Taylor's Cuatro Estrellas 7-6 on The Duke’s Ground.

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The Guards teams that are knocked out of the Hildon Archie David after the league stages have one further chance of glory as they can compete for the Claude Pert Cup. It is named after a former military player who was Polo Manger at Guards Polo Club from 1957 - 1975. The 2020 winners were Christian Oberschneider and Ana Escobedo’s Ojo Caliente/La Golondrina. They beat Nick Beitner’s Pink Power 8-4. ◆

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MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020

GUARDS LADIES CHARITY POLO TOURNAMENT TEAMS MT VIKINGS, PARK PLACE, TEX8N LADIES, TARANTULA

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iri Evjemo-Nysveen's MT Vikings validated their dominance in ladies’ polo by securing the Guards Ladies Charity Polo Final for the Lord Patrick Beresford Trophy, 4½ - 4, on the last day of August. This was their third ladies’ title in 2020, after victories at the Royal Berkshire and Cowdray Park. MT Vikings (rec ½ goal on handicap) had to work hard for this win though. They narrowly defeated Varvara Borodina’s Park Place by their handicap advantage, 4½ - 4, in a fabulous nip-andtuck game on The Queen’s Ground. Park Place were 2 - ½ up at half-time, with Lia Salvo making the most of any space that she was given. Then some great team-work from Kayley Smith and Hazel Jackson-Gaona put MT Vikings back into this game in the third, while Milly Hine continued to work hard to ensure that Park Place retained their lead. With the score reading 3 - 2½ to Park Place at the start of the fourth chukka

Some great team-work from Kayley Smith and Hazel JacksonGaona put MT Vikings back into this game there was still all to play for. Hazel converted a penalty to put MT Vikings into the lead and team-mate Emma Boers, who had a strong game and was later named the Most Valuable Player, followed up with a fabulous goal to give MT Vikings some air on the scoreboard for the first time. Lia converted a penalty in the final moments of this match for Park Place but time was against them. Siri received the trophy from Sarah Burns MBE, Chairman of Smart Works Reading. Every player also received some gorgeous prizes, generously donated by Clé de Peau Beauté. It had been announced during the presentations that Clé de Peau Beauté would be the 116

new sponsor of the Club’s ladies’ 18-goal tournament from 2021 and offered prizes to all the players on finals day in 2020 to highlight this exciting new partnership. Clé de Peau Beauté is Japan’s number one luxury skincare and beauty brand whose philosophy is to unlock the power of a woman’s radiance by innovative skincare technology and harnessing makeup from around the world. Clé de Peau Beauté is the perfect partner for Guards Polo Club’s ladies’ polo and is available exclusively in Harrods. Earlier in the day Mindi Byrne’s Tex8n Ladies had claimed the subsidiary final,

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which was played at Coworth Park. They beat Celina Lawrence’s Tarantula 5-4 in another exciting match that perfectly highlights the increasingly popularity of the ladies’ game. ◆

MT Vikings: Siri Evjemo-Nysveen (2); Kayley Smith (2); Emma Boers (5); Hazel JacksonGaona (9). Park Place: Varvara Borodina (1); Catalina Lavinia (3); Milly Hine (6); Lia Salvo (8). Tex8n Ladies: Mindi Byrne (2); Beanie Bradley (3); Emma Wood (6); Tamara Fox (7). Tarantula: Holly Gadsby (1); Alice Servaes (5); Heloise Wilson Smith (6); Rosie Ross (6).


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WINNING WITH STYLE Another big winner on this day was Smart Works Reading, the official charity of the Guards Ladies’ Polo Tournament. As the polo had to be played behind closed doors Smart Works Reading was unable to host its popular fundraising day at Smith’s Lawn. So the charity teamed up with Guards Polo Club to host a fabulous online auction and raffle that was live throughout the tournament. Thanks to some frantic bidding and generous donations, the day raised more than £6,000 for Smart Works Reading. For more information on the work of this amazing charity which does so much to support underprivileged women to get back to work go to: https://smartworks. org.uk/reading-smart-works/

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BRAVO MONTEROSSO!

SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2020

DUKE OF CORNWALL TROPHY TEAMS MONTEROSSO POLO TEAM, OJO CALIENTE, POLO PERFORMANCE, BHC

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lessandro Bazzoni’s Monterosso Polo Team produced a strong game to win the 16-goal Duke of Cornwall Trophy for the first time. They created a virtuoso performance on the Club’s number one ground to win this coveted cup 10-4½. Their opponents, Ana Escobedo’s Ojo Caliente (received half a goal on handicap), were also looking to add their name to this trophy for the first time but struggled to find their usual form – and any answers to Monterosso’s excellent team-work. The young Santos Merlos was particularly strong for the winners, while team-mate Jeronimo del Carril did a great job of not only keeping Monterosso’s back door firmly shut but making the most of

any space he found. He was later named The Polo Magazine’s Most Valuable Player. Monterosso fired through four goals in the second chukka to give them a comfortable 5-3½ lead at half-time. There was still all to play for though as this was a 16-goal tournament and fortunes can change in a moment. This was not the case for Ojo Caliente though. They failed to score at all in the third while Monterosso added a couple more to give them a convincing 7-3½ lead going into the final chukka. The goal scoring continued in the fourth, with Monterosso firing through three more goals to put them into double figures. Not surprisingly, with such impressive horsepower on display here, one of the winning team’s string Machitos Illusa was later named The Polo Times Best Playing Pony. It should be noted here though that Ojo Caliente never gave up hope, battling until the final whistle. They had already impressed us in 2020, their first season

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Monterosso’s Machitos Illusa was named The Polo Times Best Playing Pony at Guards Polo Club, but on this Sunday in September they had no answer to Monterosso’s dominance. Twelve teams had entered the 2020 Duke of Cornwall Trophy tournament, delivering plenty of high-goal sport long after the Club would, in more “normal” times, be shut for the winter. The sub final, between Jonathan Hare’s Polo Performance and Mo Sheikh’s BHC started out as a closer affair, with Polo Performance just 3-2 ahead at half-time. Then Polo Performance upped the pace in the second half, firing through five goals to only one in return from BHC, to guarantee Polo Performance’s victory. ◆ 120

Monterosso: Alessandro Bazzoni (1); Santos Merlos (3); Ollie Cudmore (6); Jeronimo del Carril (6). Ojo Caliente: Ana Escobedo (0); Jonny Good (4); John Paul Clarkin (6); Richard Tyrone (5). Polo Performance: Jonathan Hare (0); Max Charlton (6); Federico Boudou (5); Nacho Gonzalez (5). BHC: Mo Sheikh (0); Eugenio Imaz (4); Pedro Harrison (5); Jack Richardson (7).

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LA MARTINA QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’S CENTENARY TROPHY

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EMLOR RED SECURE FIRST 15-GOAL OF THE SEASON SUNDAY 28 JUNE

LA MARTINA QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’S CENTENARY TROPHY TEAMS EMLOR RED, WHITE CRANE MAD DOGS, SNAKEBITE

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lub Director Spencer McCarthy and his Emlor Red team claimed victory in the La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Tournament in late June. They defeated Alexie Calvert-Ansari’s White Crane 9-3 in a fast-paced game on the Club’s number one ground. Ten teams had entered this year’s open tournament, which has been supported by La Martina for more than 10 years. Will Harper, who had been named the Talacrest Best Young Player of the Year at Guards Polo Club in 2019, continued his impressive form in this match. Strong play

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(HPA) strict new guidelines. This included some key rule changes such as only changing ends after every chukka and all players having to wear masks at all times. The sub final, which had been played earlier that day saw a win for another Club Director, Alan Fall. His Mad Dogs team defeated Maximilian Kirchhoff’s Snakebite 4-1. ◆

here on The Queen’s Ground saw Will rewarded with the Most Valuable Player prize, while one of his string, Vision, received the Polo Times Best Playing Pony blanket. This was the first 15-goal tournament of the Club’s 2020 season but due to the coronavirus pandemic it was played as a warm-up tournament behind closed doors, under the Hurlingham Polo Association’s

Emlor Red: Spencer McCarthy (2); Will Harper (3); Richard Tyrone (5); Max Charlton (6). White Crane: Alexie Calvert-Ansari (0); Tom Brodie (4); Andrew Blake Thomas (4); James Harper (7). Mad Dogs: Alan Fall (1); Tommy Severn (3); Will Emerson (5); Juan Ambroggio (6). Snakebite: Maximilian Kirchhoff (1); David Ashby (3); James Fewster (4); James Beim (7).

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COMMITTEE CUP

TEAMWORK DELIVERS SILVERWARE MONDAY 31 AUGUST 2020

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TEAMS KILNWOOD/QUATERVOIS, MAD DOGS

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hilo Sautter and Simon Franc joined forces to win the 2020 edition of the Committee Cup. Playing under the Kilnwood Park/ Quatervois banner, they delivered a strong performance to defeat Alan Fall’s Mad Dogs (rec ½ goal) 9-5½ in a final on The Duke’s Ground. In addition, Simon Franc headed home with the Most Valuable Player prize. This eight-goal final was originally scheduled to be played in mid-June but COVID-19 logistics and match scheduling had pushed it back to late August. The new date seemed to have little effect on Kilnwood Park/Quatervois.

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They were on top form from the opening moments of this match, firing through four goals in the first chukka alone. They were 5-3 up at half-time and just kept on scoring to confirm their victory. Mad Dogs, who had been beaten by Kilnwood Park/Quatervois in the league stages of this competition, again had no answer to the eventual winner’s show of strength on finals day. One of nine teams which had entered this eight-goal contest, Mad Dogs did score in every chukka but the damage that had was inflicted in that first chukka was insurmountable. ◆

Kilnwood Park/Quatervois: Simon Franc (-1); Thilo Sautter (1); Henry Porter (2); Hissam Ali Hyder (5). Mad Dogs: Will Drewitt (0); Alan Fall (1); Charles Cooney (2); Pedro Harrison (5).



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INDIAN EMPIRE SHIELD

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KILDARE TEAMWORK PROVES INVINCIBLE SATURDAY 18 JULY 2020

INDIAN EMPIRE SHIELD TEAMS KILDARE, EMLOR, MT VIKINGS, GARCHA HOTELS

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ndrew Dechet lifted the mighty Indian Empire Shield after Kildare won a fast-paced and competitive final on The Queen’s Ground. They defeated Spencer McCarthy’s Emlor 9-7 in five chukkas. This key, 18-goal tournament had produced some fabulous qualifying matches and the final was no exception. Kildare dominated the match and were 8-3 up going into the fifth chukka. The combination of Charlie Hanbury, Tommy Beresford and Jack Richardson delivered some impressive team-work.

‘ We were up the whole game and felt in control’

KILDARE'S JACK RICHARDSON

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This key, 18-goal tournament had produced some fabulous qualifying matches and the final was no exception Emlor did find their form but not until the last chukka, with the red shirts fighting until the final moments of the match. This included a goal off the stick of Max Charlton which unfortunately crossed the line after the final bell. Although this late comeback by Emlor had not worried Kildare captain Jack Richardson, who said after the match: “We were up the whole game and felt in control.” Kildare’s Charlie Hanbury received the Most Valuable Player prize while Emlor’s Juan Ambroggio collected the Images of Polo Best Playing Pony prize for Irenita Porfiada, whom he had played in the second and fifth chukkas. Played as part of the Hurlingham Polo Association’s 18-goal Victor Ludorum competition, seven teams had entered this year’s tournament. Siri Evjemo-Nysveen's 130

MT Vikings won the sub final - although Siri herself was unable to play due to injury and her place was taken by the young Will Drewitt. They beat Garcha Hotels 8-5 in another hard-fought game. ◆

Kildare: Andrew Dechet (1); Charlie Hanbury (4); Jack Richardson (7); Tomas Beresford (6). Emlor: Spencer McCarthy (1); Max Charlton (5); Richard Tyrone (6); Juan Ambroggio (6). MT Vikings: Will Drewitt (0); Jose Araya (4); George Meyrick (6); Sebastian Merlos (8). Garcha Hotels: Satinder Garcha (2); Michel del Carril (6); Hissam Ali Hyder (5); Felipe Dabas (5).

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FOUR QUARTERS REVEAL WINNING WAYS

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COWO RT H PA R K CH A L L EN G E T RO PH Y

SATURDAY 25 JULY 2020

COWORTH PARK CHALLENGE TROPHY TEAMS FOUR QUARTERS ORANGE, WHITE CRANE, GARCHA HOTELS, ROAM REAL ESTATE

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our Quarters Orange gave an early indication of what they had planned in the Club’s 15-goal tournaments with this victory in the Coworth Park Challenge Trophy. In what was to become almost a blueprint of the following month’s Royal Windsor Cup Final, Four Quarters Orange defeated Alexie Calvert-Ansari’s White Crane by just one goal to secure glory. Four Quarters Orange may have been without their usual patron – Simon Arber had been injured earlier in the season and his place on the team was ably taken by his wife Romilla – but they remained a serious force throughout this competition despite the change in personnel. In fact, both teams came to this final unbeaten and having knocked out some strong contenders on the way. So it was not surprising that the final itself was a display of fast-paced and evenly-matched

polo. Four Quarters won by just a single goal – 7-6 – but that is all that is needed to enter into the Club’s record books. Felipe Dabas was named the Most Valuable Player while his Four Quarters team-mate, Ignacio Negri, received the Images of Polo Best Playing Pony prize for Yerba. The sub final was a very different affair. Santinder Garcha and his Garcha Hotels team, a new quartet playing in the UK in 2020, defeated the Hon Charles Cadogan’s Roam Real Estate 10-3. ◆

Felipe Dabas was named the Most Valuable Player Four Quarters Orange: Romilla Arber (0); Jack Hyde (4); Felipe Dabas (5); Ignacio Negri (6). White Crane: Alexie Calvert-Ansari (0); Tom Brodie (4); Andrew Blake Thomas (4); James Harper (6). Garcha Hotels: Louis Hine (1); Satinder Garcha (2); Tommy Beresford (6); Michel del Carril (6). Roam Real Estate: Hon Charles Cadogan (2); Will Harper (3); Pedro Harrison (5); Will Emerson (5).

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OJO CALIENTE FIND THEIR FORM IN THE SUN SUNDAY 12 JULY 2020

PHOENICIAN CUP TEAMS OJO CALIENTE, MAD DOGS, BRIDGE HOUSE OF TWYFORD, KILNWOOD PARK

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jo Caliente added their name to the 12-goal Phoenician Cup for the first time in 2020. Ana Escobedo’s team defeated defending champions, Alan Fall’s Mad Dogs, 7-5 in a game played in glorious sunshine. The teams were evenly matched for most of the match, although Mad Dogs had a slight edge going into the final chukka (5-4). Ojo Caliente had been working well as a team throughout this final though and their consistency paid off in the fourth chukka. They fired through three further goals to only one in reply from their opponents. Such a strong performance

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was rewarded post-match when John Paul Clarkin was named Most Valuable Player and the lovely grey mare, Pollila – who is owned by Ana but was played by Jonny Good – received the Images of Polo Best Playing Pony prize. The sub final saw Mo Sheikh’s Bridge House of Twyford deliver a convincing victory over Thilo Sautter’s Kilnwood Park. Mo’s team won this game 8-1. ◆

Ojo Caliente: Ana Escobedo (0); Terence Lent (2); Jonny Good (4); John Paul Clarkin (6). Mad Dogs: Alan Fall (1); Tommy Severn (3); Will Harper (3); Will Emerson (5). Bridge House of Twyford: Mo Sheikh (0); Louis Hine (1); Juan Gris Zavaleta (7); Daniel Otamendi (4). Kilnwood Park: Thilo Sautter (1); Milly Hine (1); Nico Roberts (4); Hissam Ali Hyder (5).


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MID-SUMMER TOURNAMENT

NEW DATE PROVES A HIT FOR QUATERVOIS SUNDAY 26 JULY 2020

MID-SUMMER TOURNAMENT TEAMS QUATERVOIS POLO, TCHOGAN, TEX8N POLO, 9 STITCHES

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uards Polo Club hosted a Mid-Summer Tournament for, it is believed, the first time in its 66-year history. Traditionally, this should have been the Spring Tournament but due to the delayed start due to the covid pandemic, this competition was pushed back until early July. The new date proved popular with the teams though, with some 12 squads taking part in 2020. Victory went to Simon Franc’s Quatervois Polo team. Playing in their first season at Guards Polo Club, they defeated Heiko Voelker’s Tchogan 5-4. Although when these two teams had met in the league stages the result was very different – Tchogan won that encounter 6-2. Hissam Ali Hyder, Quatervois’s number four and a Board Director here at Guards Polo Club received the Images of Polo Best Playing Pony prize for Jaguar, whom he later referred to on Instagram as “a legend for me for many years in England”. Meanwhile, Tchogan's Evan Power was named the Most Valuable Player. The sub final was equally close. This was won by Mindi Byrne’s Tex8n Polo. Her team defeated another Club team which is headed up by a lady player, Éclair Chen’s 9 Stitches. Mindi’s squad won this match 5-4. ◆

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KILDARE PUT ON SHOW OF STRENGTH

SUNDAY 9 AUGUST

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ildare claimed victory in the Duke of Wellington Trophy in early August 2020. Andrew Dechet’s team dominated this 12-goal final, beating Ana Escobedo’s Ojo Caliente 8-3 in a fast-paced game played at Coworth Park. Kildare had beaten last year’s victors, White Crane, in the semis and led from the first whistle in this thrilling final. Incredibly, they were 6-2 up at the end of the third chukka and Ojo Caliente, who had already won the Phoenician Cup before heading into this tournament, could not find an answer to this Kildare attack. As Kildare had won the sub final for the previous two years, Andrew was delighted to go one step further in 2020 and head home with the main prize. His team-mates also received awards as Charles Cooney was named The Polo Magazine’s Most Valuable Player, while

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Manuel Plaza accepted the Polo Times Best Playing Pony prize for Roger. Sixteen teams had entered this year’s tournament, which is played as part of the Hurlingham Polo Association’s Victor Ludorum 12-goal series. So the earlier sub-final, played on The Princes’ Ground, delivered plenty of fast-paced polo too. Honours here went to Shoreline, although they had to battle every step of the way for this win. They beat Max Sponer’s Amos team (rec ½ goal on handicap) 7-6½ but only after four tough chukkas. Shoreline were in the lead (2-1½) after the first but Amos fought back and were 3½ -2 ahead at half-time and maintained that advantage after the third (5½ – 4). It was only Shoreline’s three goals in the final chukka that secured them victory. ◆

Kildare: Andrew Dechet (1); Charles Cooney (2); Fabio Lavinia (3); Manuel Plaza (6). Ojo Caliente: Ana Escobedo (0); Terence Lent (2); Jonny Good (4); John Paul Clarkin (6). Shoreline: Marcus Cork (2); Adebayo Karim (0); Ed Banner-Eve (4); Santiago De Estrada (6). Amos: Max Sponer (0); Josh Cork (3); Edward Morris-Lowe (3); Matt Perry (6).

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STRONG START REAPS REWARDS

SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2020

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chogan/Libertine delivered a goal frenzy in the first half of the Social Cup Final to see them win the trophy 9-7. Seven goals from the maroon shirts to only two in reply from Mad Dogs gave this team, headed up by Heiko Voelker and Alexander Nix, a convincing lead at the break. Ironically, the roles were reversed in the second half, with Mad Dogs adding five goals to their tally with only two in reply from Tchogan/Libertine. The damage had been done though and Tchogan/Libertine remained ahead at the final bell. The sub final saw an even closer game with Harum Scarum/Tex8n Polo (rec ½ goal) win this match by a goal and a half. They defeated Quixote/Previse Polo 8½ - 7. As six teams had entered this tournament, Guards Polo Club also hosted a third match on finals day to ensure every team had a game. Playing for the Polo Manager’s Cup, Cuervos

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Negros had a convincing, 6-2½ win over Bridge House of Twyford (rec ½). This 10-goal tournament is usually supported by the social members but playing behind closed doors meant that was not possible. We hope to resurrect this scheme in 2021, with our generous members rewarded with an afternoon of polo from the Royal Box, accompanied by LaurentPerrier Champagne and a delicious, Mosimann’s afternoon tea. ◆

Tchogan/Libertine: Heiko Voelker (0); Alexander Nix (1); Tom Brodie (4); Will Emerson (5). Mad Dogs: Elodie Avarguez (0); Alan Fall (1); Nico Roberts (4); Pedro Harrison (5). Harum Scarum / Tex8n Polo: Mindi Byrne (0); Jonathan Hare (0); Federico Boudou (5); Nico San Roman (4). Quixote/ Previse Polo: Olympia Paus (0); Stefan Sund (0); Luke Wiles (3); Jack Richardson (7). Cuervos Negros: Alejandro Penafiel (0); Julian Drake (1); Adolfo Casabal (3); Santiago de Estrada (6). Bridge House of Twyford: Mo Sheikh (0); Nick Beitner (1); Eugenio Imaz (3); Daniel Otamendi (4).

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SATURDAY 29 AUGUST 2020

TOWN & COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS CLARITA, QUATERVOIS/LEANDER, TCHOGAN, AFB

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he Mathias family have been long standing supporters of Guards Polo Club and so their announcement that they were stepping back from the sport was greeted with dismay. Ironically, this team which has added several pieces of Club silverware to its trophy cupboard over the years, including the Royal Windsor Cup, appears to be leaving as they hit another winning streak. In early July Chris Mathias won the Hildon Archie David Cup for the first time and now weeks later, he was claiming the Town & County Championship. Clarita came out best of the 10 teams taking part in this popular, eight-goal tournament. They defeated Quatervois/ Leander 5-4 in a competitive game at Coworth Park. Jack Hyde, who like his patron was having a brilliant 2020, was named the Most Valuable Player. Chris himself stepped forward to receive the Images of Polo Best Playing pony prize for his Inocencia. The sub-final saw a win for Heiko Voelker’s Tchogan. They narrowly defeated Clive Reid’s AFB team, 7-6. Again, this match highlighted the competitive nature of this tournament, with players and ponies at the peak of fitness. ◆

Clarita: Chris Mathias (0); Louis Hine (1); Jack Hyde (4); Freddie Horne (3). Quatervois/Leander: Nick Beitner (1); Simon Franc (-1); Henry Porter (3); Hissam Ali Hyder (5). Tchogan: Heiko Voelker (0); Evan Power (1); Temur Nadeem (3); Ed Banner-Eve (4). AFB: Clive Reid (0); Alexander Nix (1); Terence Lent (2); Juan Jose Storni (5).

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EMLOR/TWELVE OAKS CONQUER ALL SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2020

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close final saw Emlor/Twelve Oaks win the 2020 edition of the Major General’s Cup. They won this trophy by their handicap advantage, defeating Libertine/ Pink Power 5½–5 and this victory ensured they retained their unbeaten status throughout this two-goal tournament. There was little air in the scores in the first half, with both teams adding a goal apiece. Libertine/Pink Power added three goals in the third to give them a narrow, 4–3½ lead going into the fourth chukka, but the advantage changed in the final chukka, with Emlor/Twelve Oaks putting away two goals to only one in reply from Libertine/Pink Power.

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This tournament is a reminder of the Club’s military roots and is open to both Club and military teams. Played over an early weekend in September, the sub final saw a win for Dad’s Army. They beat Porto Ronco (rec ½ goal) 6–4½. Both matches though were played on the newly improved Princes Ground, giving all these players the opportunity of playing on one of the Club’s top high-goal grounds. ◆

Emlor/Twelve Oaks: Rhett Wooldridge (-2); Major Jamie Hayward (0); Charlie Wooldridge (2); Spencer McCarthy (1). Libertine/Pink Power: Major Hugo Collis (-2); Nick Beitner (1); Oliver Powell (2); Alexander Nix (1). Dad’s Army: Alan Fall (1); Milo Manton (0); Kim Richardson (0); Edward Horswell (1). Porto Ronco: Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz (0); Adebayo Karim (0); Octavio Pinto (1); Emanuel Arber (1).

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BEST OF THREE SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2020

FLEMISH FARM TROPHY TEAMS CUERVOS NEGROS, TCHOGAN

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Cuervos Negros: Max Sponer (0); Julian Drake (1); Adolfo Casabal (3); Ed Morris-Lowe (3). Tchogan: Heiko Voelker (0); Adebayo Karim (0); Temur Nadeem (3); Henry Porter (3). G UA R D S P O L O C L U B O F F I C I A L Y E A R B O O K 2 0 2 1

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GREEN GATES FIND GOLD IN AUTUMN NATIONS DEBUT SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2020

AUTUMN NATIONS TOURNAMENT TEAMS GREEN GATES, MAD DOGS ROYAL SALUTE, LA RULETA

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oor Khadra’s Green Gates team won the 12-goal Autumn Nations Cup in late September, adding their name to this competitive trophy at their first attempt. In fact this was the team’s first tournament at Guards Polo Club! They defeated Alan Fall’s Mad Dogs 7-6 in a close and tight game that went into extra time. Mad Dogs had a one-goal advantage (3-2) at half-time but this game was always wide open, with all to play for throughout the four chukkas. So when Will Harper fired through the equaliser (6-6) in the sixth chukka for Mad Dogs, with only a couple of minutes left to play, extra time was now very much on the cards. Both sides continued searching for that elusive winner in the final moments of the chukka, desperate to avoid extra time. Not surprisingly the teams were equally committed in the additional, fifth chukka, only for Marcos Araya to make

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the most of being awarded a 30-yard penalty. His sharp shooting guaranteed victory for Green Gates and crowned a fabulous debut for Noor Khadra. Green Gates’ Charles Cooney received the Most Valuable Player Prize while team-mate Marcos Araya received the Polo Times Best Playing Pony rug for Locito. The rearrangement of the fixtures in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic saw this final being played much later in September than usual. The rescheduled dates were clearly popular with the players though as 14 teams took part. With some fast-paced play over the previous two weeks the sub final was equally thrilling. Honours here went to Royal Salute (rec ½ goal). They beat La Ruleta by their handicap advantage – 7½ -7 – in four tight chukkas. ◆

Green Gates: Noor Khadra (0); Charles Cooney (2); Jose Araya (4); Marcos Araya (6). Mad Dogs: Alan Fall (1); Will Emerson (5); Will Harper (3); Tommy Severn (3). Royal Salute: Marc Aberle (0); Ed Banner-Eve (4); Josh Cork (3); Malcolm Borwick (5). La Ruleta: Alicia Woods (0); Mackenzie Wiesz (4); Henry Porter (3); Antonio Menard (5).

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Both teams continued searching for that elusive winner in the final moments of the chukka

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AUTUMN AMATEUR TROPHY

STABLE COTTAGE FINISH SEASON ON A HIGH SUNDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2020

AUTUMN AMATEUR TROPHY TEAMS STABLE COTTAGE, MAD DOGS

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ajor Jamie Hayward’s Stable Cottage team won the rescheduled Autumn Amateur Trophy in 2020. Usually played as the opening tournament of the season, this amateur, low-goal contest was played on what became the final competitive weekend of the season. The following weekend’s play had to be abandoned due to bad weather. Only one match was played for this trophy; featuring the Stable Cottage squad and Alan Fall’s Mad Dogs team. Stable

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Cottage was the only team to score in the first chukka but both teams found the flags in the second, taking the score to 2-1 at half-time. Consistency paid off for Stable Cottage in the third, giving them a 3-1 advantage going into the final chukka. Mad Dogs upped their pace in the final chukka, firing through three goals but a double from Stable Cottage ensured they retained their lead and won the match. ◆

Stable Cottage: Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz (0); Ollie Heard (0); Oliver Powell (2); Major Jamie Hayward (0). Mad Dogs: Max Sponer (0); Major The Lord Milo Manton (0); Alan Fall (0); Nick Beitner (1).

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R E S U LT S 2020

VALERIE HALFORD MEMORIAL TROPHY FINAL Saturday 20 June

Four Quarters Orange: Emanuel Arber, Marcus Cork, Jack Hyde, Tom Morley VALERIE HALFORD MEMORIAL TROPHY SUB FINAL Saturday 20 June

Four Quarters Black: Romilla Arber, Henry Porter, Hugo Taylor, Benjamim Urquiza VALERIE HALFORD MEMORIAL TROPHY THE POLO MAGAZINE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

LA MARTINA QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’S CENTENARY TROPHY SUB FINAL

Jack Hyde

Sunday 28 June

Mad Dogs: Tommy Severn, Alan Fall, Juan Ambroggio, Will Emerson

VALERIE HALFORD MEMORIAL TROPHY POLO TIMES BEST PLAYING PONY

Florida

LA MARTINA QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’S CENTENARY TROPHY MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Will Harper

LA MARTINA QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’S CENTENARY TROPHY BEST PLAYING PONY

LA MARTINA QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’S CENTENARY TROPHY FINAL Sunday 28 June

Emlor Red: Spencer McCarthy, Will Harper, Max Charlton, Richard Tyrone

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HILDON ARCHIE DAVID CUP SUB FINAL – CATERHAM CUP Sunday 5 July

Cani: Celio Garcera, Sebastian Chialvo, Louise Jebson, Matias Amaya

PHOENICIAN CUP FINAL Sunday 12 July

Ojo Caliente: Ana Escobedo, Jonny Good, Terence Lent, John Paul Clarkin

HILDON ARCHIE DAVID CUP FINAL – HILDON MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Louis Hine PHOENICIAN CUP SUB FINAL Sunday 12 July

Bridge House of Twyford: Daniel Otamendi, Juan Gris Zavaleta, Mo Sheikh, Louis Hine

HILDON ARCHIE DAVID CUP FINAL Sunday 5 July

Clarita: Chris Mathias, Louis Hine, Jack Hyde, Freddie Horne

PHOENICIAN CUP FINAL – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

John Paul Clarkin HILDON ARCHIE DAVID CUP FINAL – HILDON BEST PLAYING PONY

Molly (Jack Hyde)

HILDON ARCHIE DAVID CUP SUB FINAL (GUARDS TEAMS ONLY) – CLAUDE PERT TROPHY Sunday 5 July

Ojo Caliente/La Goldondrina: Adolfo Casabal, Ana Escobedo, Christian Oberschneider, Jonny Good

PHOENICIAN CUP FINAL – IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

Pollila (played by Jonny Good, owned by Ana Escobedo)

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INDIAN EMPIRE SHIELD FINAL

INDIAN EMPIRE SHIELD – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Saturday 18 July

Kildare: Andrew Dechet, Charlie Hanbury, Jack Richardson, Tomas Beresford

Charlie Hanbury

INDIAN EMPIRE SHIELD SUB FINAL Saturday 18 July

MT Vikings: Sebastian Merlos, George Meyrick, Jose Araya, Will Drewitt

INDIAN EMPIRE SHIELD – IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

Irenita Porfiada (Juan Ambroggio)

COWORTH PARK CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL Saturday 25 July

Four Quarters Orange: Jack Hyde, Romilla Arber, Ignacio Negri, Felipe Dabas

COWORTH PARK CHALLENGE TROPHY SUB FINAL Saturday 25 July

Garcha Hotels: Tomas Beresford, Michel del Carril, Santinder Garcha, Louis Hine

MID-SUMMER TOURNAMENT Sunday 26 July

Quatervois Polo: Hissam Ali Hyder, Mat Lodder, Simon Franc, Oli Fanshawe

COWORTH PARK CHALLENGE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Felipe Dabas

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Sunday 26 July

Tex8n Polo: Nicolas San Roman, Fabio Lavinia, Mindi Byrne, Pierandrea Mueller


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ROBERTS CUP FINAL Saturday 8 August

9 Stitches: Éclair Chen, Adebayo Karim, Alex Webb, Hernan Muzzio ROBERTS CUP SUB FINAL Saturday 8 July

Tchogan/Quatervois: Simon Franc, Heiko Voelker, Temur Nadeem, Chino Leiva ROBERTS CUP MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Adebayo Karim MID-SUMMER TOURNAMENT – IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

MID-SUMMER TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Jaguar (Hissam Ali Hyder)

Evan Power

ROBERTS CUP IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

Lady Gaga (Hugo Taylor)

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP – ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW CUP Sunday 2 August

Park Place: Gonzalo Pieres, Andrey Borodin, Facundo Pieres, Will Harper

CARTIER QUEEN'S CUP - RICHARD WATT CUP Sunday 9 August

Thai Polo: Ned Hine, Michel del Carril, Jack Richardson, Tomy Beresford

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DUKE OF WELLINGTON TROPHY FINAL Sunday 9 August

Kildare: Manuel Plaza, Fabio Lavinia, Andrew Dechet, Charles Cooney

DUKE OF WELLINGTON TROPHY FINAL – THE POLO MAGAZINE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Charles Cooney

DUKE OF WELLINGTON TROPHY FINAL – POLO TIMES BEST PLAYING PONY

Roger (Manuel Plaza)

DUKE OF WELLINGTON TROPHY SUB FINAL Sunday 9 August

Shoreline: Santiago De Estrada, Marcus Cork, Adebayo Karim, Ed Banner-Eve

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP SEMI-FINAL – KERRY PACKER TROPHY Thursday 20 August

Park Place: Facundo Pieres, Gonzalo Pieres, Will Harper, Andrey Borodin

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP QUARTER-FINAL – GERARD LEIGH TROPHY

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP SEMI-FINAL – HUBERT PERRODO TROPHY

Sunday 16 August

Segavas: John Paul Clarkin, Joaquin Pittaluga, Mark Tomlinson, Luke Wiles

Thursday 20 August

Les Lions/Great Oaks: Camilo Castagnola, Dillon Bacon, Bartolome Castagnola, Santiago Laborde CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP SEMI-FINAL – KERRY PACKER TROPHY BEST PLAYING PONY

Mediterranea (Facundo Pieres)

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP SEMI-FINAL – KERRY PACKER TROPHY MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Will Harper

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP SEMI-FINAL – HUBERT PERRODO TROPHY BEST PLAYING PONY

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP SEMI-FINAL – HUBERT PERRODO TROPHY MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Clarita (Santiago Laborde)

Jack Richardson (Thai Polo)

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CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP FINAL – BEST PLAYING PONY

CRAWFORD CUP FINAL

Chalo Angelo (Bartolome and Camilo Castagnola)

Saturday 22 August

Porto Ronco: Josh Clover, Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz, Max Sponer, Ed Morris-Lowe

CRAWFORD CUP SUB FINAL Saturday 22 August

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP FINAL – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Dillon Bacon

Tashan Polo: Oliver Heard, Vivek Rawal, Stefan Sund, Daniel Otamendi

CRAWFORD CUP - MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Max Sponer

CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP FINAL Sunday 23 August

Les Lions/Great Oaks: Santiago Laborde, Bartolome Castagnola, Dillon Bacon, Camilo Castagnola

CRAWFORD CUP - IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

Inocencia (Chris Mathias) CARTIER QUEEN’S CUP SUB FINAL THE CARTIER TROPHY Sunday 23 August

Monterosso: Jereonimo del Carril, Ignacio Toccalino, Alessandro Bazzoni, Guillermo Terrera

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TOWN & COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL Saturday 29 August

Clarita: Louis Hine, Jack Hyde, Chris Mathias, Freddie Horne

OUT-SOURCING INC. ROYAL WINDSOR CUP SUB FINAL – MOUNTBATTEN CUP Sunday 30 August

Mad Dogs: Will Emerson, Alan Fall, Will Harper, Juan Ambroggio TOWN & COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP SUB FINAL Saturday 29 August

Tchogan: Ed Banner-Eve, Heiko Voelker, Evan Power, Temur Nadeem

OUT-SOURCING INC. ROYAL WINDSOR CUP FINAL – BEST PLAYING PONY

OUT-SOURCING INC. ROYAL WINDSOR CUP FINAL – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Forestero (Ignacio Negri)

Jack Hyde

TOWN & COUNTY - MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Jack Hyde

OUT-SOURCING INC. ROYAL WINDSOR CUP FINAL Sunday 30 August

Four Quarters Orange: Simon Arber, Felipe Dabas, Ignacio Negri, Jack Hyde

TOWN & COUNTY - IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

Inocencia (Chris Mathias)

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THE GUARDS LADIES’ CHARITY TOURNAMENT – LORD PATRICK BERESFORD TROPHY Monday 31 August

MT Vikings: Hazel Jackson-Gaona, Emma Boers, Kayley Smith, Siri Evjemo-Nysveen

THE GUARDS LADIES’ CHARITY TOURNAMENT – LORD PATRICK BERESFORD TROPHY SUB FINAL Monday 31 August

Tex8n Ladies: Emma Wood, Tamara Fox, Beanie Bradley, Mindi Byrne

THE GUARDS LADIES’ CHARITY TOURNAMENT – LORD PATRICK BERESFORD TROPHY – IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

THE GUARDS LADIES’ CHARITY TOURNAMENT – LORD PATRICK BERESFORD TROPHY – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Injusta (Played by Hazel Jackson-Gaona, owned by Santiago Toccalino)

Emma Boers

Monday 31 August

COMMITEE CUP MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Kilnwood Park/Quatervois: Hissam Ali Hyder, Henry Porter, Thilo Sautter, Simon Franc

Simon Franc

COMMITTEE CUP

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COTTINGTON CUP FINAL

MAJOR GENERAL’S CUP FINAL

Saturday 12 September

Sunday 6 September

Emlor/Twelve Oaks: Charlie Wooldridge, Rhett Wooldridge, Spencer McCarthy, Jamie Hayward

Quixote: Olympia Paus, Will Drewitt, Alfie Hyde, Will Emerson

COTTINGTON CUP – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

MAJOR GENERAL’S CUP SUB FINAL

COTTINGTON CUP SUB FINAL

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Sunday 6 September

Dad’s Army: Edward Horswell, Milo Manton, Alan Fall, Kim Richardson

Saturday 12 September

Cuervos Negros: Max Sponer, Julian Drake, Ed Morris-Lowe, Adolfo Casabal

Olympia Paus

Milla (Hugo Taylor)

SOCIAL CUP MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Heiko Voelker

MAJOR-GENERAL’S CUP FINAL – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Oliver Powell

SOCIAL CUP FINAL Sunday 13 September

Tchogan/Libertine: Will Emerson, Alexander Nix, Heiko Voelker, Tom Brodie

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SOCIAL CUP SUB FINAL

Bucky (Nick Beitner)

Harum Scarum/Tex8n Polo: Mindi Byrne, Jonathan Hare, Federico Boudou, Nicolas San Roman

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THE DUKE OF CORNWALL – THE POLO MAGAZINE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Jeronimo del Carril

SOCIAL CUP IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL SUB FINAL Sunday 20 September

Lotus (Will Emerson)

Polo Performance: Nacho Gonzalez, Federico Boudou, Jonathan Hare, Max Charlton

SOCIAL CUP SUB FINAL FOR THE POLO MANAGER’S TROPHY Sunday 13 September

Cuervos Negros: Adolfo Casabal, Julian Drake, Alejandro Penafiel, Santiago de Estrada

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL – POLO TIMES BEST PLAYING PONY

Machitos Illusa (Alessandro Bazzoni)

THE DUKE OF CORNWALL TROPHY Sunday 20 September

Monterosso: Alessandro Bazzoni, Santos Merlos, Ollie Cudmore, Jeronimo del Carril

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FLEMISH FARM TROPHY FINAL Saturday 26 September

Cuervos Negros: Adolfo Casabal, Julian Drake, Max Sponer, Ed Morris-Lowe

AUTUMN AMATEUR TOURNAMENT FINAL Sunday 20 September

Stable Cottage: Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz, Oliver Heard, Oliver Powell, Jamie Hayward

FLEMISH FARM TROPHY FINAL – IMAGES OF POLO BEST PLAYING PONY

FLEMISH FARM TROPHY FINAL – MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Alaska (Julian Drake)

Max Sponer

AUTUMN NATIONS TROPHY FINAL Sunday 27 September

Green Gates: Marcos Araya, Jose Araya, Charles Cooney, Noor Khadra

AUTUMN NATIONS TROPHY SUB FINAL Sunday 27 September

Royal Salute: Marc Aberle, Josh Cork, Ed Banner-Eve, Malcolm Borwick

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AUTUMN NATIONS TROPHY FINAL – THE POLO MAGAZINE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

AUTUMN NATIONS TROPHY FINAL – POLO TIMES BEST PLAYING PONY

Charles Cooney

Locito (Marcos Araya)

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PLAYERS’ HANDICAPS 2021 All of our players’ handicaps are listed here for the 2021 season. The majority of our lady players have a ladies’ handicap and we list those here too, in square brackets after their name

10-GOAL HANDICAP

Adolfo Cambiaso Pablo MacDonough Juan Martin Nero Facundo Pieres Hilario Ulloa 9-GOAL HANDICAP

Bartolome Castagnola Jnr Gonzalo Pieres David Stirling 8-GOAL HANDICAP

Juan Britos Camilo Castagnola Diego Cavanagh Rodrigo de Andrade Agustin Merlos Sebastian Merlos Alejandro Muzzio Ignacio Toccalino Juan Martin Zubia 7-GOAL HANDICAP

Tomas Beresford Bartolome Castagnola Snr Jeronimo del Carril Joaquin Pittaluga Jack Richardson Guillermo Terrera Juan Gris Zavaleta 6-GOAL HANDICAP

Adolfo Cambiaso Jnr Max Charlton John Paul Clarkin Jacinto Crotto Oliver Cudmore Santiago de Estrada Michel del Carril Gonzalo Garcia del Rio Jaime Garcia Huidobro Santiago Laborde Chris Mackenzie Lucas Monteverde Snr Benjamin Panelo Tomas Panelo Isidro Strada Mark Tomlinson 5-GOAL HANDICAP

Hissam Ali Hyder

Vieri Antinori Ed Banner-Eve Federico Boudou William Emerson Gonzalo Ferrari Pedro Harrison Jack Hyde Patrick Maleitzke George Meyrick Lucas Monteverde Jnr Matt Perry Juan Jose Storni Luke Tomlinson Earl of Tyrone 4-GOAL HANDICAP

Ross Ainsley Jose Araya Miguel Ayala Andrew Blake Thomas Tom Brodie Nacho Gonzalez Jonny Good Charlie Harper Will Harper Ned Hine Oliver Hipwood Freddie Horne Eugenio Imaz Espinar Tomas Marin Moreno Daniel Otamendi Nick Pepper Henry Porter Nico Roberts Nicolas San Roman Tommy Severn Pete Webb Mackenzie Weisz Luke Wiles

Hernan Muzzio Temur Nadeem Hugo Taylor Roddy Williams 2-GOAL HANDICAP

HH Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur Rashid Albwardy Adamu Atta Dillon Bacon Hon Charles Cadogan Joshua Clover Marcus Cork Victoria Day Pedro De Lamare Mark Emerson Ludo Ephson Nick Evans Antony Fanshawe James Grayson Hazel Jackson-Gaona [10] Louis Hine Milly Hine [7] Alfie Hyde Juan (Chino) Leiva James Mann James McCarthy Pierandrea Mueller Capt Oliver Powell Evan Power Marcelo Puga Prada Max Rumsey Guy Schwarzenbach Howard Smith Ed Walker Alex Webb Heloise Wilson-Smith [6] Charlie Wooldridge Luca Zindel

3-GOAL HANDICAP

Adolfo Casabal Charles Cooney Segundo Darritchon James Emlyn Ivan Gaona Kian Hall Fabio Lavinia Terence Lent Hamza Mawaz Edward Morris-Lowe Harry Muddle

1-GOAL HANDICAP

HRH The Duke of Cambridge HRH The Duke of Sussex HM Al-Sultan Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah Emanuel Arber Alessandro Bazzoni Nick Beitner Joaquin Bossignon Toby Bradshaw

Alex Brodie Capt Giles Bromley-Martin Martin Brown Sayyu Dantata Andrew Dechet Julian Drake Will Drewitt Capt James Drummond-Moray Patrick Ephson Alan Fall Oli Fanshawe Max Gottschalk Louis Heard Edward Horswell Adebayo Karim Tunde Karim Maximilian Kirchhoff Adrian Kirby Chris Mathias Spencer McCarthy Alexander Nix Col Michael O’Dwyer Jeremy Pemberton Octavio Pinto Gustav Rausing Thilo Sautter David Sievwright Fred Thame David Woodd 0-GOAL HANDICAP

HRH Prince Rashid El Hassan HH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum [4] Adriano Agosti Tariq Albwardy Yolanda Arber [2] Elodie Avarguez [2] Lt Frederick Benyon Andrey Borodin Chris Bruckner Mindi Byrne [2] 2nd Lt Hon George Cadogan Alexie Calvert-Ansari Jasmine Calvert-Ansari [2] Alecia de Menezes Seidler Damian Duncan Ana Escobedo [3] Siri Evjemo-Nysveen [2]

Simon Franc Joachim Gottschalk Jock Green-Armytage Capt Matthew Green-Armytage Capt Maurice Hamilton Jonathan Hare Melanie Hare [1] Mark Hayden-Kellard Major Jamie Hayward Oliver Heard Major Peter Hunter Kola Karim Noor Khadra Muhammadu Dikko Ladan Larry Lim Major Lord Milo Manton Ricardo Massu Luca Natella Hilali Noordeen Olympia Paus [1] Alejandro Penafiel Vivek Rawal Clive Reid Jayne Rumsey [2] Kaveh Shakib Momin Sheikh Raphael Singh Max Sponer Stefan Sund Georgia Sweeney [2] Justin Taylor Marcos Vivian Heiko Voelker Max Voelker Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz Mark Wadhwa -1 GOAL HANDICAP

Lt Col Tom Armitage Éclair Chen Oliver Drewitt Lt Col Howard Flood Mo Ladan Enrico Meneghetti Rhett Wooldridge -2 GOAL HANDICAP

Lt Col Henry Llewelyn-Usher

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