TenGoal Magazine Spring 2022

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TENGOAL THE MAGAZINE OF GUARDS POLO CLUB

SPRING 2022

INSIDE

CHAIRMAN’S AWARDS

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CONTE NTS 10 Chairman’s Foreword

70 Liquid Gold – TenGoal’s guide to investing in wine

12 News – Club’s Ticket Office now open; update on the Grounds Development Plan; Coronation Cup returns to Smith’s Lawn

74 Retiring In Style – Behind-the scenes at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

20 Chairman’s Awards Dinner 2021 in pictures 32 A Toast to the Future - The Story of Laurent Perrier 36 Cartier Stars - Highlighting the top ponies on the high-goal stage 45 Electric Dreams - Horsepower of a different kind 54 Talacrest: Dealing In Dreams - With John Collins

79 Lights! Camera! Action! – The films which cast the Park as a star 84 Festive Treats! - Christmas Lunch at Mosimann’s at Guards 88 Return to the Ring - Polo Pony Championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show 94 Brim Full of Cash - At the Clubhouse Macmillan Coffee Morning 98 Home from Home - Reciprocal Polo Clubs around the World

66 Magic in the Mountains – History of snow polo

110 Guards Polo Club Fixtures 2022

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59 Seeking Splendour – Defining luxury on holiday

HM The Queen, accompanied by Mr Andrew Bentley and Mr Charlie Bruin, in conversation with the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup MVP 2021 Max Charlton

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CONTRIBUTORS

DIANA BUTLER An equestrian journalist for more than 30 years, across a range of equine sports, Diana is best known to the Club Members as the Editor of this publication and the annual Guards Polo Club Yearbook. She has travelled the world with polo, including hosting a polo masterclass in conjunction with Oli Hipwood to the luxury lifestyle media in Beijing, China.

ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD A published author with an unabashed passion for words, Adam’s unrivalled knowledge of language led him to work on the television panel game QI. This research even involved him reading an entire Albanian language dictionary! In this issue he delves into the history of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and its residents, the resplendently suited Chelsea Pensioners.

MAJOR JAMIE HAYWARD A polo polymath, Jamie is a Board Director, Player, Umpire, Club and livestream commentator at Guards Polo Club. In this issue he brings his knowledge of the sport to both his in-depth piece on the real stars of the show, the Cartier Queen’s Cup ponies, while sharing the thrills of competing at the prestigious Royal Windsor Horse Show.

CHARLEY LARCOMBE A passionate writer and experienced luxury lifestyle editor who has launched magazines across the globe. Here Charley returns to her first love, polo, and recalls the glamour and glitz that are the hallmarks of polo on snow. As a former Editor of The Polo Magazine Charley writes with authority on the drama that surrounds any snow-covered field of play.

TONY RAMIREZ Born in Spain, brought up in Brazil but UK based for the past 40 years, Tony has been at the heart of Guards Polo Club for a decade. The owner of Images of Polo, this photographer has been shooting polo around the world for even longer, on grass, snow or sand. Tony’s keen eye for an image and his understanding of the game ensures he can capture all those key moments.

GUY WOODWARD Guy brings his consummate knowledge of wine to the fore in this issue with an excellent piece on investing in the juice of the grape. His role as Editor of Club Oenologique gives him access to some of the world’s finest wines and he regularly combines this passion with an extensive knowledge of some of the world’s top restaurants.

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ON THE COVER Facundo Pieres and Fina Sandy, one of Jamie Hayward's picks for his Cartier Queen's Cup ponies feature (Photo: Images of Polo)

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HM The Queen, accompanied by Mr Brian Stein, Mr Andrew Bentley and Mr Charlie Bruin, walks out to the presentation arena for the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup Final 2021.

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More details will be published in our Members’ Newsletter in the coming weeks. A highlight of the Queen’s Cup tournament in any year is the incredible pony power and Jamie Hayward has written a brilliant tribute to the real stars of the show in this magazine. Siri Evjemo-Nysveen’s Vikings Polo Team was one of the high-goal teams that regularly competes in the Cartier Queen’s Cup. However a highlight for Siri last year was, without doubt, winning the Polo Pony Championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show with Riba Roja, whom Siri had made herself. We feature this glorious show, and the Vikings team’s success, at the UK’s largest outdoor horse show, in this edition of TenGoal. John Collins and his Talacrest brand of classic Ferraris also delivered an outstanding performance last summer – hosting the first edition of the Talacrest Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup. So we go behind the scenes at John’s Berkshire HQ to find out more about his remarkable story. Despite all the difficulties we encountered last year due to the pandemic it has been

wonderful to look back in the pages of TenGoal and see how many social events we were able to host in the latter months of last season. The Chairman’s Awards Night was particularly memorable and I am indebted to Nick Day at the Crown Estate for giving permission for the fireworks. It created a spectacular finale and gave a much needed sparkle to finish the season. We launch this season with a Members’ Welcome Reception on Saturday 9 April. I do hope that you can join me for a glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier to toast our 67th season. This is also the date for all Social Members to come and collect their 2022 badges and the annual Yearbook. So here’s to a great season.

BRIAN STEIN, CHAIRMAN

Image © Images of Polo

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s I write this Foreword for the spring edition of TenGoal I am looking at the 2022 fixtures list. I am delighted to say that we are in for a busy season of polo and hospitality at Smith’s Lawn. After two years of uncertainty and confusion we can look forward to a wonderful summer of great sport on our fabulous grounds. The Club has now started work on the penultimate phase of its grounds project, the redevelopment of Grounds Six and Eight. This will bring these two grounds up to international standard and introduce two more high-goal grounds at the Club. Careful match scheduling will ensure that the works will not impact on our season and enable us to host more top-level games at Smith’s Lawn in the future. The Cartier Queen’s Cup is particularly important this year as it will be played in HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year. The actual Jubilee Weekend (4-5 June) is also the date for the 22-goal tournament’s quarter-finals and so we are planning to create something special for such a prestigious anniversary.



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TICKETS ON SALE NOW

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embers and non-members can now start planning their summer by booking their seats for the key events at Guards Polo Club this summer. Members' badges are valid for the majority of polo at Smith's Lawn but the Membership team, led by Vanessa Cumming, will be delighted to help you plan the ultimate summer of sport and hospitality. Email Vanessa directly at ticket.office@guardspoloclub.com or call 01784 434 212. Once again Mosimann's at Guards will be managing the superb Clubhouse hospitality packages directly. Please email guardsevents@mosimann.com or call 0207 326 8336 or 07884 263 271. The 2022 hospitality brochure can also be downloaded at www.mosimann.com/book2022 12

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Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi-Finals – Wednesday 8 June Two thrilling, high-goal games plus a full Clubhouse hospitality menu from Mosimann’s including, for the first time at this event, a Laurent-Perrier Champagne Reception. The most important thing about this day is that lunch is planned around the matches so you won’t have to miss a moment of this top-level polo. Cartier Queen’s Cup Final – Sunday 12 June Historically played in the presence of HM The Queen, this competitive and fast-paced polo final is the culmination of one of the most famous polo tournaments in the world. With Cartier continuing to generously support this 22-goal tournament and a military band entertaining the spectators pre- and

post-match, finals day always delivers style and glamour in abundance. Mosimann’s, the official caterers to HRH The Prince of Wales, will create a bespoke menu for the VIP Clubhouse Enclosure that is fitting for such a significant, royal occasion. Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup Final – Sunday 19 June Pageantry, passion and power are the hallmarks of Guards Polo Club’s oldest tournament, the Royal Windsor Cup. Final’s day is a medley of equestrian speed and elegance as the day not only features two hotly contested finals – the Royal Windsor Cup and the Mountbatten Trophy – but we will also host the championship winners from the British Driving Society’s Summer Show. HM The Queen historically attends this day to present all the prizes – to the polo players and carriage drivers. Title sponsor Out-Sourcing Inc. brings a touch of Japanese style to the day adding another layer of elegance and charm to an already beautiful day.

Images © Images Of Polo

Guards Polo Club has opened its Box Office for the 2022 season, with plenty of fabulous polo and superb hospitality from Mosimann’s at Guards.


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relaxing at their table or by taking a seat in the Members’ Grandstand.

Archie David Cup Final – Sunday 26 June This is the UK’s leading eight-goal tournament and so finals day delivers an unrivalled mix of fast-paced polo and relaxing, Clubhouse hospitality. Three finals throughout the day – so plenty of polo to watch – plus a Clubhouse itinerary that includes sunset cocktails on the Terrace as the day unwinds. This ideal combination of great sport and good food has all the ingredients for a perfect, summer day out.

Talacrest Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup – Sunday 14 August T h e T a l a c r e s t P r i n c e o f W a l e s ’s Championship Cup returns for its thrilling second edition in 2022. Sponsored by John Collins’s Talacrest, the leading classic Ferrari dealer, finals day perfectly blends fast-paced, 22-goal polo with an array of sleek Thoroughbred horsepower styled in Italy. Mosimann’s will deliver a packed menu of Clubhouse delights that will only enhance an already stylish day. An added feature will come from the Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain who will be driving their own fabulous collection of Italian speedsters to the Lawn to further boost the already impressive horsepower on display on and off the field of play.

The HPA International Day for the Coronation Cup – Saturday 23 July The Hurlingham Polo Association’s (HPA) world-famous Coronation Cup makes a welcome return to Guards Polo Club in 2022. This wonderful day is traditionally the showcase event for the England Polo Team and this year is no exception. The home side will play a visiting team from Uruguay, captained by the high-goal star Pelon Stirling on one of the finest polo fields in the world. Mosimann’s will create the perfect menu to accompany such a prestigious day and all Clubhouse VIP guests have the option to watch this International Test Match either

Clé de Peau Beauté Guards Ladies Charity Polo Final – Saturday 27 August Our ladies’ polo sponsor, Clé de Peau Beauté, not only ensures that the top lady players in the game head home with some gorgeous prizes after a super-competitive final but all those attending finals day can have their own touch of Clé de Peau Beauté glamour. A pop-up skin-care treatment room in the luxury retail village and stand-out gifting to every guest in the Mosimann’s VIP Clubhouse Enclosure can be transformative. With a charitable fundraising theme running throughout the day this is beautiful polo at its absolute best. n

High-goal action from the first Talacrest Prince of Wales's Championship Cup at Guards Polo Club, delivering high octane sport and beautiful Ferraris

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Located on the edge of Windsor Great Park and within an hour of London, the hotel is surrounded by 40 acres of open green space featuring a tranquil lake. The hotel has been designed to reflect the site’s heritage while offering modern elegance. Boasting stunning guestrooms and lavish suites, a variety of dining options, luxurious spa and wellness facilities, including a superb cryotherapy chamber, perfect for post-match muscle rebuilding, and a wealth of activities within the grounds for you to make the most of the great outdoors. To find out more about this luxury hotel, perfectly located for Guards Polo Club, go to fairmont-windsorpark.com.

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HRH The Prince of Wales presents the Coronation Cup to James Beim after England's win over South America in 2015.

THE CORONATION CUP COMES HOME

The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) has confirmed that the international Coronation Cup match will be played in 2022 after an absence of two years.

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avid Wood, Chief Executive of the HPA, confirmed earlier this month that the England Polo Team will play Uruguay at Guards Polo Club on Saturday 23 June 2022. This will be the first time that Uruguay has played for this historic trophy which dates back to 1911. However the visiting team will be captained by a familiar face to British polo fans as high-goal star David “Pelon” Stirling will wear the captain’s armband on this prestigious day. The game is due to be played at 24 – 26 goals and the England team will be led by experienced, seven-goal international James Harper for the first time. “After two difficult years for the polo community it is wonderful that we can once again host this showcase event for the England polo team,” said Nick Wiles,

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Chairman of the HPA. “I am indebted to the Uruguayan Polo Association and His Excellency César Rodríguez Zavalla, the Uruguayan Ambassador, for their support of this day. It is also fitting that the event will return to its long-standing home of Guards Polo Club, ensuring a great venue and grounds for these leading players.” HE César Rodríguez Zavalla added: “It is a great honour for Uruguay to play for this historic trophy. Having just qualified for the 14 Goal World Championships, due to be played in America in October, this is a very exciting year for my country.” The Chairman of Guards Polo Club, Brian Stein, is equally delighted that this iconic trophy is returning to Smith’s Lawn. “The history of Guards Polo Club is so intertwined with the Coronation Cup that it is wonderful that we can host this magnificent trophy once again. We look forward to delivering another outstanding day of international polo on Saturday 23 July.” The plan for this international day of sport is to feature a morning game followed by the Coronation Cup match at 3.30pm. Tickets and a variety of hospitality packages, including Mosimann’s distinctive Clubhouse menu, is now on sale via the Club’s website. n

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GROUNDS PLAN EXPANDS AT SMITH’S LAWN Guards Polo Club has started work on the next phase of its innovative grounds’ development plan.

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uards Polo Club has started work on the next phase of its innovative g ro u n d s ’ d e ve l o p m e n t p l a n . Following on from the success of the redevelopment of The Princes’ Ground in 2019, plus some addition drainage works last autumn, the Board has given permission for the Club to focus on improving grounds six and eight. In fact, at the time of writing, the diggers are already in place on ground six. This particular project is stage four of Guards Polo Club’s Vision for the Future plan which was first published in 2005 and began with the creation of the new Clubhouse. The current works, managed by Chief Operating Officer James Neighbour and Director of Polo Antony Fanshawe, aims to create two further, full-size, laser-levelled grounds at the far corner of Smith’s Lawn. The Grounds Committee expects these works to be completed by the end of this year with a view to gently introducing the new grounds into the Club’s fixtures list from the 2023 season onwards. Antony Fanshawe, a committed advocate of the Club’s extensive grounds plan, is delighted that this next stage is already underway. “The Princes’ Ground has been successfully introduced into our grounds roster, generating plenty of positive comments from the players last season and so I am pleased that we are pushing ahead

The drainage works on The Princes' Ground over last winter.

with the penultimate phase of our grounds plan. At the risk of sounding like a broken record modern polo is played on flat, grass fields and grounds six and eight could never have been called flat! So to remain at the forefront of our sport it is essential that we can offer top-quality, well drained grounds all season.

“It is important to note that these grounds will not just attract the world’s top players but will improve the game of all of our Players regardless of their handicap. Social Members and spectators will also benefit hugely as the Club will be able to host the majority of its matches – at all handicap levels – at Smith’s Lawn.” n

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CLUB CLOSES BEST SEASON YET WITH A BANG A surprise fireworks display was an unexpected highlight of the Chairman’s Awards Dinner in the Clubhouse on the penultimate night of the season.

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uests were asked to head outside halfway through the dinner and were rewarded with a spectacular fireworks display. With Ebe Sievwright choreographing some amazing music this really was a spellbinding show and a brilliant way to bring a stand-out season to a close. Following dessert, Guards Polo Club’s Chairman Brian Stein reflected on the Club’s incredible season which had seen some 545 games played in 2021. This figure included 20

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all the matches for the Club’s new 22-goal tournament, the Talacrest Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup. Talacrest sponsor John Collins was at the dinner where he generously presented the Talacrest Young Player of the Year Award to Alfie Hyde. Alfie receives a year’s playing membership of Guards Polo Club in 2022 as his prize and joins an impressive roster of Talacrest Young Players including Jack Hyde (no relation), Tommy Beresford, Tom Brodie and Will Harper.

Platina Tong, Brian Stein and John Collins.


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Pieternal Kirman and Antonio Manzorro; Leon Allen and the vets from Emerson and Watson; Jenn, Joerg and Max Sponer and fellow guests; Nina and JohnPaul Clarkin; Prince Mangal Kapoor and June Howell Jones with a fellow guest at the awards night; Elodie Avarguez, Alexander Nix and Mr and Mrs Alejandro Penafiel Junior.

The other award winners on the night were: Best Team: Spencer McCarthy’s Emlor Polo Team, winners of the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup and the La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Centenary Trophy Best Professional: Richard Tyrone, who registered an impressive, 80%-win rate

Becky Simpson, Platina Tong, Holly Smith and Susannah Burston

Most Improved Player: Max Sponer. This young player has played 45 games at the Club this season, registering a 49%-win ratio. These victories include the Social Cup in which Max was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Copenhagen Cup with his school, Wellington College. He highlighted this winning form less than 24 hours later when playing for Shoreline and receiving the MVP prize in the President’s Trophy final. Best Handicapped Player: Emanuel Arber who has played 20 games at eight-, 10- and 12-goal level. Wins included the Hildon Archie David Cup where he was also named the Most Valuable Player. Most Useful Umpire: Major Jamie Hayward Greatest Contribution to Club Life: Fafe and Rosemary Mudzingwa G UA R D S P O L O C L U B

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John Collins with Philipp Mosimann; Howard and Sam Smith; Brian Stein with Major Jamie Hayward, the Most Useful Umpire of 2021; Best Professional Richard Tyrone; Most Improved Player Max Sponer; Simon Arber receives the Best Handicapped Player Award on behalf of his son Emanuel; Brian Stein presents the Greatest Contribution to the Club Award to Fafe and Rosemary Mudzingwa.

Far left: Chief Operating Officer James Neighbour with the Club's Chairman Brian Stein. Left: John Collins with the Talacrest Young Player of the Year Alfie Hyde.

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Above: Pam Manku and Vanessa Cumming; Left: Maddie Hebbourne, Alex Jacob, Tissy Sievwright, Tara Bown, Nicola Taylor; Far left: Romilla Arber and Philip Matias Ballesteros; Above left: Alan and Julia Fall with Brian Stein.

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Clockwise from above: Imi Hancock, Seb Hancock, Gustav Rausing and fellow guest pose for pre-dinner photographs; Simon and Romilla Arber; Lt Col Sean and Mary O’Dwyer; Liz and James Neighbour.

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Far left: Zita Nagy and Ed Judge; Sophie and Jonny Good; Rosemary and Fafe Mudzingwa; James Mann, Sophie Brogan, Phoebe Leake, Max Charlton; Olympia Paus and Alexander Nix; Melanie and Jonathan Hare; Tissy and Ebe Sievwright.

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“ This really was a spell-binding show and a brilliant way to bring a stand-out season to a close”

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A TOAST TO THE FUTURE Champagne Laurent-Perrier is the perfect toast to success in the Clubhouse at Guards Polo Club but people have been raising a glass with this most innovative of champagnes since 1812

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t the crossroads of the three main wine growing areas within the Marne Département, the Montagne de Reims, the House of Champagne LaurentPerrier has been continuously innovating since its origination in 1812. Internationally recognised as one of the foremost names in the region, its success can be attributed to the challenging of conventional techniques, honouring traditional values and its respect for nature and terroir above all. An unrivalled creator of style and emotion, Champagne Laurent-Perrier suits every occasion and offers a unique experience for all senses through its innovative and comprehensive range of eight champagnes. Leading the charge in Champagne innovation The de Nonancourt family took over the reins of the House in 1939, boldly challenging the conventions of an industry where innovation was 100 years behind it. First led by MarieLouise Lanson de Nonancourt, her son Bernard de Nonancourt took on the challenge following the Second World War. This was a time where the champagne industry was in decline and there had been no innovations in a century. However, Bernard had a modern vision of champagne’s potential and imagined a style that was cleaner on the palate and easier to drink; a style you

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could enjoy on its own at any time. To achieve his dreams, Bernard set about focusing on a style dedicated to one grape, the rich and most refined: Chardonnay. This grape today still injects such finesse and lightness into so many Laurent-Perrier champagnes. He also looked to fermentation, doing away with traditional wooden casks and turning towards stainless-steel tanks. These led to a fresher, purer taste – a champagne that was cleaner on the palate and always eminently drinkable. Bernard also tried fermenting at lower temperatures and discovered he could conserve very special, subtle flavours that were usually lost. Testing the notion that the top of the range champagnes, the “prestige cuvées”, had to be vintage, Bernard reasoned that no individual vintage could ever be complete, simply because you can never reasonably expect to find all the best characteristics of a champagne in a single year – however good that year might be. On the other hand, if one blended several great vintages, one had a chance to re-create the perfect year. This insight opened the door to a new generation of exquisitely elegant champagnes – the finest of all being Bernard’s most famous creation, Grand Siècle. “The best of the best with the best” as Bernard de Nonancourt described it, Grand Siècle is an extraordinary blend of wines from only the top vintage years made from the finest crus and grapes. A tour de force of the blender’s art that has few equals. The de Nonancourt legacy continues through the independence of this familyowned champagne house and its related values, taking the house from one of hundreds to its current position as one of the region’s leading houses. These same principles guide the current management team, who are led by a strong line of pioneering women dedicated


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Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt and Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt are the next generation of champagne makers at Laurent-Perrier (Photo © Francois Halard).

to the craft of champagne and proudly overseen by Marie Louise’s two granddaughters, Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt and Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt. Taking sustainability efforts one sip further As growers and producers of fine Champagne wines, Laurent-Perrier is committed to ending all practices or actions which may cause irreversible damage to the environment. This pledge lives and breathes daily at the House of Laurent-Perrier, showing a continual respect for the environment and the finite natural resources. Laurent-Perrier’s long-term policy in grape growing and wine elaboration is based entirely on sustainable methods, through the careful management of resources such as water and energy, the balanced use of terroirs and soils and the reduction of waste at the source through recycling and recovery efforts. Demonstrating the high value placed by the House on caring for nature, Laurent34

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Laurent-Perrier’s long-term policy in grape growing and wine elaboration is based entirely on sustainable methods Perrier recently announced the launch of its limited-edition Cuvée Rosé Butterfly Robe to celebrate the environment and the House’s efforts to protect it. The butterfly itself is emblematic of a preserved and protected natural environment, its presence an enduring testament to a vibrant and variedecosystem; the fragility of living beings – a cause close to the House’s heart. Taking its sustainability efforts further, Laurent-Perrier has partnered with like-minded UK wild plant conservation charity, Plantlife. The House has become a Corporate Patron and is supporting the charity’s great work in restoring the threatened native flowers, plants and fungi that are the life support to all wildlife. n


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SALUTING THE STARS OF THE SHOW Polo commentator Jamie Hayward delves into his pony lists, recollections and anecdotes to reflect on some of the memorable ponies of the 2021 Cartier Queen’s Cup competition P H OTO G R A P H S BY I M AG E S O F P O LO

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ast season was a vintage year for polo ponies, raising the bar still higher for the sheer brilliance of these equines at all levels. Focusing on the Cartier Queen’s Cup alone it is humbling to note that around 700 different ponies played across the three weeks of the tournament and picking out only the absolute best in this feature would be both divisive and demeaning as they all deserve a mention. So I have focused on those horses with a story to tell so that the reader may remember them and/or look out for them in 2022. That said it was no easy task to choose from such an impressive cast. N o t h i n g i s m o re rewa rd i n g fo r a commentator than old favourites appearing year after year and Biscuit is a neat fit. Having raced four times as an Irish Thoroughbred under the name Les Soeurs, she was bought, aged 2, by Matt Perry’s mother in 2005. Renamed Biscuit, she first appeared in the high-goal in 2011 when Matt was just 19, playing for La Bamba de Areco. A lynchpin of improving his game Matt played her in both the 2013 and ‘14 Queen’s Cup finals when winning with Zacara. Roll on to the 2021 season and Biscuit, now aged 18, was Matt’s first chukka pony for Murus Sanctus – and appropriately claimed the 2021 Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Champion crown. The good news is that Biscuit is due back in action this summer and as Matt says himself: “She is the horse of a lifetime, taking me from minus two to six goals at my peak.” Right: Adolfo Cambiaso in action on the Lapa clone CO7 in last year's Cartier Queen's Cup competition. Far Right: The Lapa clones (CO5, CO3, CO7) having a break from play in the English countryside (Image © Faye Tuthill).

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Many other older horses played with King Power, usually playing Above: Matt Perry and Biscuit. in the 2021 Cartier Queen’s Cup twice each match as a spare for but special mention must be made 10-goaler Hilario Ulloa. of Open Sarmiento, foaled in November Sarmiento winters in Oxfordshire with 2004, now 17. He is easy to recognise with Faye Tuthill along with the Lapa clones CO3, his big white nose. Sarmiento first came to CO5 and CO7, who all featured strongly with UK when Marcos di Paola bought him as a Adolfo Cambiaso for Scone Polo. This trio, five-year-old from Ellerstina. He has since now aged 10, can be distinguished by differing crossed the Atlantic at least three times to combinations of white feet although Adolfo play with Hilario Ulloa and Facundo Pieres would admit to CO7 being his favourite in English high-goal and the Argentine playing pony in 2021. She went on to win the Open. Last season he was again prominent Best Playing Pony (BPP) prize in the Hubert Perodo Trophy semi-final match and was then played by Adolfo in the first and sixth chukkas of last year’s Queen’s Cup Final. A number of Adolfo’s ponies have a cloning background. The distinctive eight-year-old, white faced, chestnut mare Antonella is out of A3, a clone of Raptor owned by American player Owen Rinehart. Meanwhile the striking, five-year-old chestnut Dolfina All Nippon, with four white feet, is out of the

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“Open Sarmiento has crossed the Atlantic at least three times to play with Hilario Ulloa and Facundo Pieres in English high-goal and the Argentine Open”

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original dam Lapa and sired by clone Cura, whom Adolfo was able to clone several years after the original Cura sadly broke a leg. Such are the wonders of modern science. Interestingly, the seven-year-old, chestnut stallion Dona Sofia Tsunami, who was usually played by Poroto Cambiaso in the third chukka for Scone Polo, is out of Showme the first polo pony clone; whilst his sire Valet is a brother to the renowned Cuatetera. The bloodlines of Cuatetera run deep and Alessandro Bazzoni’s brilliant pony Machitos Lithuania, an 11-year-old dark bay mare who regularly turns out in the sixth chukka for Monterosso, is a half-sister to Cuatetera. One of the interesting features of last year’s Queen’s Cup tournament was that at least 12 stallions played, including one of my favourites, the 12-year-old, dark bay Open Tulipan with Juan Britos and Challo Angelo, aged 8, for Bartolme Castagnola of Great Oaks/Les Lions who

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was the BPP of the 2020 Queen’s Cup. Management of stallions during both the playing and off seasons is challenging, so it is encouraging to see increasing numbers remaining entire, thus contributing to future polo pony bloodlines. Of course it would be invidious not to mention some other Best Playing Ponies and

“ Alberta Juniper was the standout pony of the season for me – combining excellence with resilience and stamina”

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the 11-year-old chestnut mare JB Bleach, bred and formerly owned by James Beim, was appropriately crowned the Best Pony on finals day last year after an outstanding performance in the first and sixth chukkas. In that match she was played by Polito Pieres, a member of the victorious UAE Polo Team. Meanwhile, the top pony in the 2019 Queen’s and Coronation Cups, Twitter (played that year by James Harper) was outstanding throughout the 2021 Queen’s Cup for Facundo Pieres and Park Place, while the 2017 US Open BPP Dolfina Gayta, now 14, played with distinction for Scone Polo’s Cambiaso duo. Easily recognisable horses always catch the eye so the 11-year-old New Zealand grey mare Peaches, formerly played by James Harper, attracted much attention when out on the field with Dillon Bacon for Great Oaks LL. Similarly, the eye-catching, Australian, eight-year-old, steel-grey mare Desiree owned by David Paradice and played by Adolfo Cambiaso was very impressive. Perhaps the most memorable grey though was the workhorse of the tournament – Alberta Juniper. Aged nine, this mare was played two or three times a match by the UAE Polo Team’s Tomas Panelo, no doubt helping Tomas to progress from six to eight goals on handicap and be named the Most Valuable Player in the Cartier final. Juniper was the standout pony of the season for me – combining excellence with resilience and stamina. A horse in good spirits is always a favourite so Hugo Taylor’s black mare, the 11-year-old Dolfina Milla, normally in action in the third chukka for the UAE Polo Team II, was


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an eye-catcher as she bucked and flicked her tail until settling down. Her inclusion has added poignancy as her eight-year-old daughter Dona Sofia Milesima was usually played by Hugo in the first chukka. Another pony with much character is the 11-year-old black gelding Kenya for Tommy Beresford, sired by the renowned stallion Clark, who was outstanding throughout the tournament, faithfully turning out for Tommy in the first and last chukkas.

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another nine-year-old mare of note playing, a distinctive Argentine roan with four white feet – the brilliant Lourdes. She is certainly one to keep an eye on in 2022. The modern game of polo initially imposed a height restriction on polo ponies at 14.2 hands but this was abolished in 1919, resulting in ponies and horses of all sizes being played today. However pocket rockets are still formidable weapons, so watching Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (Top) break clear on the pint-sized Los Cocos Picarona to confidently score for King Power was evidence enough. At this level of course many other ponies stood out among the 15 high-goal teams that entered but Tinta, played by Ignacio Toccalino for Monterosso, deserves a particular mention. A beautiful, 12-year-old chestnut with distinctive three white feet and face, originally bred by Luke Tomlinson, Tinta reliably turned out twice a match to provide Ignacio with the perfect hitting platform for his impressive 60-yard conversions. Of course sometimes it is a horse’s catchy name that stays in the mind, such as two tremendous nine-year-olds of Pelon Stirling

– the dark bay mare Maserati and the chestnut gelding appropriately named Tiger. Few though can have a more aristocratic moniker than the 2013 Westchester Cup BPP Don Urbano Rolinga, another stallion and frequent flyer across the Atlantic. Last season he was played by both HH Sheikha Maitha and Polito Pieres in the UAE Polo Team. Although my own personal award for an unforgettable name has to be BP Polo’s Alejandro Muzzio’s great bay mare Evil Woman! So which ponies are likely to shine this season? One yet to be mentioned is the 10-year-old, plain chestnut Fina Sandy owned by Andrey Borodin and starring on the front cover of this magazine. She was played by Facundo Pieres with great success in the latter high-goal tournaments of 2021, having previously played in the Argentine Open. I suspect we will see plenty more of Fina Sandy this season, alongside Andrey’s sevenyear-old, dark bay mare Open Sintetica, another star of the latter 2021 tournaments. Polo is brilliant at cutting across the generations and genders – but it is always those four equine feet which make it tick. So raise a glass to our pony maestros! n


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the Nevera also offers practicality, supplying a range of some 340 miles. In addition it can take less than 20 minutes to restore 80% capacity to the battery when hooked up to a 500KW charger. The result is a stunning, all-electric, two-door coupe with a production run of just 150. With these ingredients the Nevera is guaranteed to stand out, be it on a racetrack or a highway.

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Rimac Nevera This Croatian superstar, co-owned by Porsche, may come with a £2million price tag but its beautifully green credentials ensures that it could be ideal for London life. No congestion charge and no ULEZ (ultra-low emission zone) fee, although it might not be happy about the 20mph speed restrictions. This hyperbeast holds genuine claims to deliver a top speed of 258mph. Surprisingly for such a supercar,

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Automobili Pininfarina Battista The Pininfarina badge has always represented elegance, style and sophistication since its foundation in 1930. This electric version, the most modern of cars in the Pininfarina stable and known by the name of Battista, is no exception. A cousin of the Rimac Nevera – they share a powertrain – the Battista delivers everything expected from a Pininfarina marque plus so much more. An eye-catching hypercar which offers a top speed of around 217mph and a range of 300 miles. So a stylish run from London to Paris on a single charge really is no problem thanks to a powerful, 120kWH battery. So every Battista owner can drive with confidence knowing that they not only look good but are doing their bit for the planet as they drive, ensuring everything is beautiful, today and in the future.

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Lotus Evija When Colin Chapman founded Lotus in 1952, he used his knowledge of aeronautical techniques to deliver sports cars that weighed less than their peers and put the emphasis on delivering superb handling. Colin’s mantra was: “Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.” This philosophy remains at the core of this British brand today and is

Lotus Evija This electric beauty aims to claim the accolade of the lightest EV (electric vehicle) hypercar ever to enter in production

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highlighted in the stunning Lotus Evija. So it will not be a surprise to learn that this electric beauty, not quite yet on the market, aims to claim the accolade of the lightest EV (electric vehicle) hypercar ever to enter in production. Add in a target top speed of more than 200mph and a predicted range of 215 miles and this latest model can only add to Lotus’s already rich motorsport heritage.


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Ferrari 296 GTB The world-famous Italian marque has successfully combined its new, 120-degree, V6 engine with a plug-in electric motor to deliver a fabulous Ferrari that also boasts excellent green credentials. The ultimate of hybrids will be launched later this year and will feature the prancing horse’s first six-cylinder engine since 1974. The Ferrari 296 GTB boasts a top speed of 205mph thanks to its superlight chassis (1,470 kilos) and an awesome 0 – 62mph in 2.9 seconds. The electric power on its own is pretty decent too, with a range of 16 miles and speeds of up to 84mph thanks to a 7.45kWh battery. Not surprisingly – this is Ferrari after all – there is no compromise on style inside and out and those lucky enough to have already taken this car for a spin say that the V6 engine can still deliver that distinctive, much heralded, Ferrari engine note.


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Aspark Owl The head-turning Owl is the ultimate in electric hypercars. It boasts a mind-blowing top speed of 249 miles per hour (mph) and delivers 0-60 in a blinking 1.69 seconds. The price is equally staggering - £2.5 million – but it is a limited edition so prospective owners can be confident their Owl will be the only one in the street. Power is derived from four electric motors and a compact 64kWh battery. The creators of this stylish beast, the Japanese manufacturers Aspark, also claim a range of 280 miles.



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DEALING IN DREAMS John Collins, founder of Talacrest and sponsor of the Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup, has turned his remarkable life story into the perfect charitable fundraiser. Purchase your copy today P H OTO G R A P H S BY I M AG E S O F P O LO

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John Collins with the Talacrest Prince of Wales's Championship Cup Most Valuable Player Juan Britos. Bottom: Bardon, winners of the sub final of the 22-goal final.

hile his playing days may be over, after incredible success with a variety of teams, John Collins remains a key figure at Guards Polo Club. His generosity and support of the Club now includes the title sponsorship of the high-goal Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup. Those who attended the inaugural event in August 2021 will already know that John’s passion and commitment to the sport made for an extremely memorable day in 2021. John started Talacrest more than 30 years ago and is widely acknowledged in the classic Ferrari market to be at the absolute top of the tree, having sold more than $1 billion of Ferraris worldwide. Not a bad result for a boy who left school aged 15 with not a qualification to his name. John’s story is one of hard graft. A photo journalistic career which saw him achieve remarkable success in the UK and USA that most can only dream of dramatically changed when financial tragedy struck in the Stock Market Crash of the 1980s. This forced John to sell his beloved Ferrari. However, on selling it to a dealer, John was horrified to discover that it was advertised for what can only be described as an astonishingly high mark-up. So, in typical John fashion, he thought if he could do the same, he most certainly would! The rest, as they say, is history. A few years later John, a renowned raconteur, was persuaded to write a coffee-table book detailing his many adventures and deals. The result, Dealing In Dreams, is an extraordinary guide to classic Ferraris, the fascinating world of memorabilia, plus a look back at John’s former life as a photojournalist and, of course, his passion for polo. Dealing in Dreams, now in its second edition, is not only a book that any car enthusiast should have in their collection but also delivers a thoroughly entertaining read for all. The first edition of this book saw John donate a staggering £175,000 to 10 different charities. n To order your own copy of Dealing In Dreams go to www.talacrest.com/book to order. All proceeds of this current edition will go to charity. 56

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John is widely acknowledged in the classic Ferrari market to be at the absolute top of the tree, having sold more than $1 billion of Ferraris worldwide. Not a bad result for a boy who left school aged 15 without a qualification to his name

Top: John and Brian Stein with the finalists in the first edition of the 22-goal final, Park Place and Monterosso. Above: John brought an array of classic Ferraris to bring the players onto the field at the start of the match.

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Smith and Small Luxury Hotels of the World – offer boutique glamour from England to New Zealand and every tiny island in-between. There is no need to compromise on style as the boutique hotel still boasts the same impeccable service and the wonderful ability to conjure up the guest’s every wish at a moment’s notice. Today sustainability is very much on the traveller’s mind regardless of their travel budget and the hotel industry has responded with remarkable initiatives that do not impact on the level of luxury. The stunning Soneva Kiri hotel in Thailand for example

is completely self-sufficient in terms of its water supply, delivering all of its guests’ needs from rainwater and underground wells alone. Meanwhile James Goldsmith’s former paradise, Cuixmala, in Western Mexico, does not just boast fully staffed luxury villas but a biodiversity farm and a sea turtle foundation too. Hotels are only too happy to share their green credentials so never hesitate to find out more when sourcing a greener vacation. If fine dining is the key to success when travelling Michelin stars will help guide the way. The ultimate hotels need to be at the top of their game as many of their guests have the

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or decades five stars was the internationally recognised sign of excellence in hotels – delivering impeccable service and stand-out facilities. In short, the guest knew in advance what to expect from their stay and was confident that all of their demands, however unusual, would be met. Today the picture is not so straightforward. We live in a world of seven-star hotels, boutique resorts, ultimate luxury Air B&Bs – the choice is wonderfully endless. Luxury is also a deeply personal choice. What makes an ultimate stay for one person would be run-of-the-mill for another. Incredible spa facilities or fine dining might be top of the list or access to an incredible concierge who can deliver sold-out tickets at the click of the fingers is what is needed. So with the world opening up once again let TenGoal be your luxury concierge, unearthing deeply kept secrets of luxury travel which will upgrade your five-star stay into a bespoke, seven-star experience. The first choice – and probably the hardest - is the type and style of hotel. If opulence and tradition is your forte then consider one of the many magnificent Grande Dames that can be found throughout Europe. Maybe a Gothic stunner such as the Gritti Palace in Venice – once home to Somerset Maugham and Ernest Hemingway – with its unrivalled views across the Grand Canal or the majestic Hotel de Crillon in Paris, commissioned by King Louis XV and still fit for a princess today. Wherever the Grande Dame resides her guests will be sure of a stay wrapped in a perfect blend of glamour, dignity and an impeccable pedigree. Small can be equally grand but on a more intimate scale within a luxurious setting. These can range from elegant hill-side villas that overlook the Aegean Sea in Greece to bespoke, thatched roof, traditional villas on tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean. Most luxury travel companies – think Mr and Mrs


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The Dorchester, London option that many would list as an essential – a packing and unpacking service! If skiing is a passion, then combining this sport with luxury is easy to achieve. Some of the best ski resorts in the world are also home to some of the most spectacular holiday accommodation on offer. From Courcheval in the French Alps to Vail in Colorado and every ski destination in-between can combine substantial snow with the finest luxury expected by the most discerning traveller. Perhaps the breath-taking mountain settings demand that hotels and private ski chalets up their game to compete with their majestic surroundings. The home of snow polo – St Moritz is no exception. Take the five-star, superior Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski for example, a perfect place for exclusivity and intimacy, offering a home-from-home within a sumptuous Alpine Suite. Designed in the contemporary chalet style, the Kempinski can be rented for short or long-term visits, but every guest is assured of the exclusive Kempinski services and amenities to ensure an unforgettable vacation.

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luxury of a private chef at home and so this “home-from-home” needs to be as good if not better. Alain Ducasse, the owner of three Michelin stars since 2010, holds sway at The Dorchester in London while Le Bristol in Paris, another of the city’s Grande dames, claims three stars under the guidance of Eric Frechon. In fact there are 100 restaurants across 25 countries that can claim a Michelin accolade so one need never comprise on food in searching for the ultimate luxurious trip. Having a private chef in your bespoke villa is now a popular option and removes a large chunk of stress when travelling with a young family. Everyone can have their favourite food without any drama. In fact a private chef is usually just one member of a retinue of staff that is exclusively devoted to the guest’s care from morning to night. Take the vast suites in the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. They come with a full butler service and separate entrances for guests and staff. The Burj also offers an


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It is the attention to detail that lifts a residence from good to outstanding. For example the Fairmont Windsor Park, which opened earlier this year, offers a private spa area which can be accessed via a private lift from the Signature Royal Suite. The Melia Desert Palm hotel in Dubai is not only a perfect location for some winter polo but also offers stylish one- or two-bed villas with their own private pools. Guests at Coworth Park, Dorchester Collections country house hotel and home of the Guards Polo Academy, can book the historic Dower House, an idyllic, Listed retreat with its own private garden – and perfect for Guards Polo Club! So the room may be perfect but the hotel concierge can make or break a trip. These amazing people are not just there to book theatre tickets or arrange a sight-seeing tour, although they will have the city at their fingertips. A good hotel concierge can turn their hand to almost anything. This could be creating a last-minute party for 150 people or Fed Exing some much loved food to another country. The concierges at The Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the ultimate hideaway for Hollywood royalty for decades, are a great example. One was asked to create a Broadway-theatre style make-up mirror in the shape of a butterfly and have it installed in the guest’s suite while another had to deliver $1m of watches to a guest. Ultimate luxury really can be sampled anywhere in the world. The biggest difficulty will be choosing where to stay! n


Chianti living Be. Inspired. Hotel Le Fontanelle, an ancient 13th-century Tuscan estate in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, is a property of enduring charm exclusively designed in traditional style, where every single detail was chosen to preserve the refined and elegant atmosphere. This magnificent 5-star boutique resort offers modern conveniences and stunning gardens with wonderful views. Guests will enjoy a taste of authentic Italian cuisine while gazing at the rolling Chianti hills from the Belvedere Terrace or take advantage of the Health Club with its dedicated facilities such as the outdoor and indoor swimming pools, the sauna, steam bath, fitness center and Jacuzzi. Hotel Le Fontanelle, the sanctuary of the authentic Tuscan beauty. HOTEL LE FONTANELLE SP. 408 – km 14,7 | Loc. Pianella 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena - ITALY) www.hotelfontanelle.com


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here’s a thunder of hooves and a flurry of diamond-like flakes catch the sunlight as they chip and rise from a frozen lake. Spectators wrapped in vintage mink watch a game of titans play out in the basin below the Engadin mountains, cerulean skies overhead, a Swiss chocolate box of chalet roofs behind. Champagne chills, international accents ebb and flow, and a fleet of sleek ponies and bold players race after the ball, sticks held aloft. Welcome to Snow Polo World Cup St Moritz. “Snow Polo World Cup St Moritz is a cocktail of senses,” says hotelier, founder, and organiser, Reto Gaudenzi. “Polo, the sexiest sport on earth, is played in this beautiful natural arena in front of an international crowd. It’s a bit of a cliché, but it [the event] has one hell of an atmosphere.” The Swiss town of St Moritz is known for

its sporting innovations and often madcap ideas. It is home to the oldest bobsleigh track in the world, and the infamous Cresta Run where individuals career headfirst down a luge on toboggans at speeds of 80mph. The alpine playground presents White Turf where jockeys gallop thoroughbreds around the frozen lake and promotes skijoring where “riders” ski behind their horses in heartstopping fashion. Then, of course, there are the world-class slopes which have hosted two Winter Olympics. So in the early 1980s, when the idea for snow polo was raised by Reto Gaudenzi, it was met with great interest. St Moritz’s tourism director, Hanspeter Danuser, in particular, recognised the potential and started beating the advertising drum for the project – and Gaudenzi and his team set to work on logistics. Players from Germany

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Charley Larcombe delves into the history of the wonderful world of snow polo, where a heady cocktail of sport and style blends together in a breathtaking backdrop of mountains and deep snow


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and Switzerland were encouraged to swap the arenas and Palm Beach pitches more usually associated with polo in January for the icy surface of the lake. Visionary sponsors such as Cartier shared Gaudenzi’s enthusiasm for such a spectacle. The ponies were brought in by trucks driven through the mountain passes and temperaturecontrolled, 5m x 5m stables were built – which, considering the eye-watering price of real estate in the Engadin, were positively palatial – while a local blacksmith fashioned special horseshoes for added grip. A crowd gathered for the inaugural event in 1985 – only to be met with heavy snowfall and minimal visibility. “You could not see a thing,” remembers Gaudenzi. “But then the next morning we woke to the blue skies you only find in St Moritz… and the day had an incredible ambience.” That date marked the premiere of an event that now welcomes 15,000 guests, sponsors, media and polo players from around the globe. There is caviar-laden, VIP lake-side hospitality and a carnival of cocktail parties

capped with a gala at the legendary Badrutt’s Palace. The pitch itself now measures 200m x 90m, five times its original size, created only when the frozen lake’s ice measures over 50cm thick. Some of the most renowned polo dynasties have appeared on the tournament’s team lists including Donoso and Novillo Astrada, whilst players often seen on the pitches of Guards Polo Club such as Guy Schwarzenbach, Richard Tyrone, Nacho Gonzalez, and Max Charlton have enjoyed success in the snow, with Chris Hyde in particular winning time and time again. With its mix of high-octane sport and high-end charm, it is no surprise that such a spectacle sparked interest around the world.

Other European destinations soon followed, with notable events in Cortina, Italy, Courchevel, France, and Kitzbühel, Austria. The latter is today run by Gaudenzi’s son, Tito who has grown Kitzbühel Polo from a four-team, weekend tournament to a three-day extravaganza with players competing in the snowy arena while DJs play through the evening. In 2011, on the other side of the world, a short bullet train ride from Beijing, the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club hosted its first snow polo tournament. Adverse weather conditions meant the newlyformed, Chinese club invested millions of dollars in crafting snow to create and carpet the pitches, but by the following year the

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Federation of International Polo (FIP) had endorsed the event and teams from the UK to Australia battled to claim the invitational trophy. A couple of years later and snow polo arrived in Aspen, USA. Much like St Moritz, this Colorado mountain town easily attracts superstars and super-skiers with luxury stores and grand hotels lining the avenues and pristine pistes beckoning heli-skiers and snowboarders. Now organised by high-goal patrons Melissa and Marc Ganzi and their team at Aspen Valley Polo Club, this tournament has undoubtedly taken inspiration from the Engadin original while creating a vision all of its own. The most recent edition of Aspen’s World Snow Polo Championship, which occurred just ahead of Christmas 2021, paired Hollywood glamour with polo played in the shadow of Mount Sopris. While the likes of Nacho Figueras and Guards Polo Club

“ With its mix of high-octane sport and high-end charm, it is no surprise that such a spectacle sparked interest around the world” regulars Pablo MacDonough and Nic Roldan took to the arena, the VIP lounge hosted actresses Kate Hudson and Anna Kendrick. Like its fellow snow polo tournaments, the Aspen edition strives to create not only an impressive sporting spectacle, but a celebration of its surroundings. “Aspen is definitely one of my favourites places to play,” comments 2018 Cartier Queen’s Cup winner, Nic Roldan. “I don’t know if snow polo requires different skills [to grass], but it’s more about being fearless, playing with a lot of grit, and perhaps some Dutch Courage! “It’s a special time of year as the holidays are around the corner, there are plenty of fun dinners and lots of skiing which makes the event so fun. Plus there’s some unique experiences. This year we were taken to a wonderful evening dining experience up the mountain by snow cat!” Such extraordinary backdrops undeniably 68

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make for extraordinary memories in a sport as riveting as it is ritzy. But of course, it comes with its challenges. Naturally COVID-19 has impacted the tournaments in recent times, snowfall and cloud cover have put paid to many a match over the years, and even too warm weather has called for cancellations, like in 2012 when insufficient ice quality meant a year sans snow polo in St Moritz. “There have been challenges,” says Gaudenzi. “But us mountain boys are good at adapting!” In only St Moritz's second year, impenetrable snowfall blocked the Bernina, Julier and Maloja road passes to the lake. While guests could fly their private jets into Samedan Airport (at 5,600 feet above sea level, it is the highest airliner airport in Europe), the horses needed to be brought in by train. Gaudenzi describes the journey as he rattled along in the carriages, he and the grooms trying to keep the horses calm as the train snaked its way through the mountain, before making

it to St Moritz just as dusk was falling. “I remember we were leading the ponies off the train down into this deep, deep snow. Many of them had never seen it before and were pawing the ground before one by one, they all laid down and rolled. It was one of the most memorable moments for me, with the backdrop of the mountains... it was magical.” Amongst the glitz and the glamour, the pomp and the ceremony, the champagne and the Cresta, snow polo is exactly that: magical. n



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It is time to celebrate as the wine market now regularly outperforms the more sober FTSE 100 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. However Guy Woodward suggests that we don’t hunt for the corkscrew but lay the foundations for a financially sound cellar

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n terms of the accoutrements of a luxury lifestyle – Ferrari, third home, membership of a prestigious polo club – the wine cellar is a worthy aspiration. Who isn’t seduced by the idea of popping downstairs to scan the dusty racks, each filled with bottles of classed growth claret and grand cru Burgundy, ready for the cork to be pulled for the evening’s dinner? For all the romance of such a scene, however, there is also a more hard-nosed imperative to collecting wine. Profit. For while it might seem an unorthodox – eccentric even – investment path compared to the stock market or currency trading, wine can be equally, if not more, rewarding. And that’s without considering the secondary benefits. Over the past year, based on a portfolio of the top 100 most tradeable wines, the wine market has outperformed the FTSE 100, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the price of gold, delivering a gradual return of 20%. Such a performance is outflanked only by the price rise of crude oil, which, it should be noted, is somewhat less easy to store in your basement! According to global fine wine marketplace Liv-ex, records originally set in 2020 were surpassed in 2021, which was the most successful year ever for the secondary fine wine market. “Fine wine trading continually broke new ground in terms of the value of wine traded and the sheer breadth of wines now active in the market”, it stated in its latest Fine Wine Report. “The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index [which tracks the price performance of the 100 most-traded wines on the secondary market] reclaimed and then exceeded its decade-old former peak, while the Liv-ex Fine Wine 1000 index rose for 18 consecutive months.” Such indices are a more than useful benchmark. Like the FTSE, they represent the blue-chip wines that are the most reliable investments.

Unlike the stock market though, the wine market doesn’t tend to throw up boomers that come from nowhere and deliver astronomical returns in a short period of time. You are not going to unearth an unheralded £15 Chilean Syrah that suddenly receives rave reviews from the cognoscenti and becomes a hot property overnight. Instead, expect slow, gradual, but generally reliable increments from wines with a proven track record. The plus side is that wine is arguably a safer bet than the volatility of more traditional trading markets, open as they are to events that are often impossible to predict. For the most part that means looking to the classic names of Bordeaux and, increasingly, Burgundy. The former has the benefit of being widely available and proven on the market, with estates ranked neatly in an established classification, which is largely reflected by prices and demand, making for easy navigation. The latter is less uniform and has tended to see more stratospheric prices rises in recent times, though the flipside is that the wines are produced in much smaller quantities and can be exceedingly difficult to get hold of for newcomers. To access the most covetable wines, you will need to get on the books of reputable merchants, who receive allocations of the most vaunted wines and, in turn, offer first refusal on such wines to their most loyal customers. Get an account, get on mailing lists and forge individual relationships with

Over the past year, based on a portfolio of the top 100 most tradeable wines, the wine market has outperformed the FTSE 100, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the price of gold

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“Equally important as the provenance is how the wine has been stored.”

California's Napa Valley wine region arguably produces some of the best wine in the world.

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some wines reaching tens of thousands at auction, there have been several examples of counterfeits –more Château Lafleur 1947 has been sold than were ever made – while the notorious Rudi Kurniawan was only caught (and jailed) when he tried to sell a vintage of Burgundy’s Domaine Ponsot dating back to before the wine was made! Equally important as the provenance is how the wine has been stored. Bottles that have changed hands numerous times, moving across the world and potentially sitting in a container on the Hong Kong dock, or being stored under the stairs in a London flat, risk losing condition and will fetch lower prices than bottles than have lain undisturbed in dark, cool conditions for their whole life. If you don’t have a stable, temperaturecontrolled cellar at home, look to store your wines in a bonded warehouse, where their life cycle can be traced. And if all else fails, of course, it is time to pull that cork… n

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sales staff so that they come to you when wines are first released. If it takes a while to do so, or you want a bit more variety in your portfolio, look towards the easier-to-get-hold-of but increasingly traded wines from Italy, California (by which we really mean Napa Valley) and Champagne, all of which are slowly gaining more traction. Again, the same rules apply – look for the established, coveted names. In California, this is largely the usual suspects – Harlan, Screaming Eagle, Colgin – which start high and go even higher. There’s more room for manoeuvre in Italy and Champagne, which are more fluid and less dominated by the big names, but again, consider those cuvées made in more limited quantities – you are not going to get rich by holding onto a case of Moët & Chandon for 10 years. Arguably as important as selecting the right wines, however, is purchasing from a reputable source. When it comes to selling wines on the secondary market, whether at auction or through the increasing number of broker channels, provenance is key. With

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Adam Jacot de Boinod looks at the history of the Royal Hospital, home to the Chelsea Pensioners, who are known throughout the world for their striking red uniforms

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ust south of London’s King’s Road and just north of the Thames is the impressive Royal Hospital, home to the Chelsea Pensioners for more than 300 years – King Charles II founded the hospital in 1682 for "the relief and succour" of his veteran soldiers. Sir Christopher Wren designed the building using the Hotel des Invalides in Paris as a model and the result is an impressive example of the symmetry and grace that characterises all of his buildings. Wren arranged the housing of 412 veterans around a central quadrangle called Figure Court with a statue of Charles ll in the middle. Further courts were added, including wings on the East and West sides for the Long Wards to act as the Pensioners’ living quarters. The Great Hall dining room, with its glorious black-andwhite floor tiles, was originally not connected to the kitchens but this inconvenience has now been rectified, along with the restoration of a large mural depicting Charles ll, which is displayed on the back wall and dates to around 1690. By the end of the 18th century, the Pensioners started


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Right: Marjorie Cole, middle, one of few female Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital. Middle: A group of Chelsea Pensioners disputing in the Great Hall at the Royal Hospital. Colour lithograph by E.R. White. Bottom: An illustration that depicts two Chelsea Pensioners in the Hospital garden.

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collecting their food from the kitchen and dining in the Wards, freeing up the Great Hall for court martials, Army entrance exams and, most famously, the laying-in-state of the Duke of Wellington's body in 1852. His coffin rested on a table that is still there, just by the entrance. In 1955, the Hall was restored to its original purpose though instead of the oak benches the Pensioners use chairs. The Royal Hospital is always worth a visit. The Council Chamber in the State Apartments was designed as the dining room for visiting royalty, while the quadrangle in Light Horse Court was added by Wren for James II in 1687. Meanwhile the Wren Chapel holds a service every Sunday at 11am to which everyone is welcome and a Coffee Shop is in the grounds – a hidden gem with lovely views of the beautiful Ranelagh Gardens.

All Chelsea Pensioners have served as ordinary soldiers in the Armed Forces and today ex serviceman over 65 and looking to face their advanced years alone can apply for residency. Interestingly, from 1692 until 1955 all Army pensions were administered and paid out of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, which is why all Army pensioners were known as Chelsea Pensioners. There are two categories of Chelsea Pensioner: the In-Pensioner who has surrendered their Army Pension to be admitted as a resident at the Royal Hospital and the Out-Pensioner who is not a resident and has held on to their pension. When first applying to be an In-Pensioner, the applicant stays for four days on trial. The next stage depends on a vacancy as there are typically more applications than berths available. If all goes well, the prospective Pensioner is measured for their uniforms and given their own room, called a berth, in a ward. Many elements remain essentially unchanged in their grandeur for the modern Chelsea Pensioner, though there are modifications. The original berths, as designed by Wren, measured six feet by six but these have been recently upgraded to include a study area and en-suite bathroom facilities. G UA R D S P O L O C L U B

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By the end of the 18th century, the Pensioners started collecting their food from the kitchen and dining in the Wards, freeing up the Great Hall for court martials, Army entrance exams and, most famously, the laying in state of the Duke of Wellington's body in 1852

King’s Road, often on a mile-long pilgrimage to Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club whose matches they regularly attend and for whom they form a guard of honour on the pitch whenever Chelsea wins a trophy. Surely the smartest football mascot ever? n Adam Jacot de Boinod worked on the first series of the BBC panel game QI for Stephen Fry. He is a British author having written three books with Penguin Press

The Royal Hospital, Chelsea: people attending the lying-in-state of the Duke of Wellington. Wood engraving by Sir Christopher Wren, 1852.

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When inside the Hospital, veterans wear a blue uniform. Their distinctive scarlet coats are only worn outside. However, as a result of a fundraising initiative, these distinctive coats will now be made with a lighter fabric as the Pensioners, who range between 67 to more than 100 years old, find that wearing these heavy coats beyond the confines of the hospital is hard work and has caused many to suffer in warm temperatures. To top it off, the Pensioners typically wear a peaked hat called a “shako” which they swap at ceremonial events for a tricorne hat. Currently, there are some 300 army veterans are in residence, comprising those who served in World War II, Korea, Cyprus, the Falklands and Northern Ireland. A major change to life at the Chelsea Hospital occurred in 2009 when women were admitted as In-Pensioners for the first time, although they are still outnumbered by men. In that same year Margaret Thatcher created and opened an infirmary to offer a modern, quality care provision for the residents. She was held in high esteem by the Pensioners and used to live in nearby Flood Street before she entered Downing Street. Indeed, to mark the strength of this allegiance, her ashes are interred next to those of her husband Denis in the grounds of the Royal Hospital. In our modern world a Chelsea Pensioner can still be regularly seen walking down the


Clockwise from top: A view along Franklin’s Row towards the south west at the Royal Hospital Chelsea; Royal Hospital Road street sign; The Royal Hospital, Chelsea: View of the north elevation. Coloured aquatint by T. Malton; The familiar Chelsea Pensioners's black cap; Many Chelsea Pensioners are multiple medalwinners from their time in service; The front elevation of the Hospital; Several Chelsea Pensioners gathered around, one of whom is reading from a copy of Shurey's illustrated paper. Colour lithograph by S. Lewin.

Currently some 300 army veterans are in residence, comprising those who served in World War II, Korea, Cyprus, the Falklands and Northern Ireland

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James Corden and Emily Blunt in Rob Marshall’s musical fantasy Into The Woods (2014), some of which was filmed in Windsor Great Park.

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Some of the biggest film franchises in the world have started life in the heart of Windsor Great Park or nearby Swinley Forest. TENGOAL goes behind the scenes in the directors’ favourite location

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Becky Simpson, the manager of the La Martina Store at Guards Polo Club had a shock one quiet midweek morning when Russell Crowe cycled up from Coworth Park to do a spot of shopping! In just 24 hours the renowned director’s art department had swiftly turned our traditional English sporting clubhouse into an all-American club dining room. It even had its own, bespoke menus on every table. I can recall having to call our head groundsman to ask him to stop mowing on ground six because the continuity advisor had spotted that we were not using an American make of tractor and that movie goers would notice. Their attention to detail was impressive! However Ridley Scott was already very familiar with all that Windsor Great Park had to offer. A couple of years earlier he had been in the Park with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett filming Robin Hood. Becky Simpson, the manager of the La Martina Store at Guards Polo Club had a shock one

Top: Russell Crowe in Robin Hood (2015); Middle: Anna Kendrick and Emily Blunt in Into The Woods (2014); Left: A scene from Netflix hit Bridgerton; Bottom: Multiple Harry Potter scenes have been filmed in Surrey. In The Goblet of Fire, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), can be seen sitting by a lake - this scene was actually filmed at Virginia Water.

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D I D YO U S P O T W I N D S O R G R E AT PA R K I N T H E S E M OV I E S ? Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Black Mirror Bridgerton Series One Bridget Jones' Baby Christopher Robin Cinderella Goodbye Christopher Robin Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part One and Part Two Into The Woods King Arthur: Legend of the Sword King of Thieves Maleficent Midsomer Murders Miss Marple Robin Hood Snow White and The Huntsman The Counsellor The Huntsman: Winter’s War The Wrong Mans World War Z

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quiet midweek morning when Russell Crowe cycled up from Coworth Park to do a spot of shopping! In 2015 Sir Kenneth Branagh directed Lily James and Richard Madden in the film version of Cinderella. Later, when interviewed for the I Love Filming In. . . series, Sir Kenneth recalled that “in the scenes in the movie like the meeting of the Prince and Cinderella on horseback in the forest we shot in Windsor Great Park. It was great in a scene of magical atmosphere to tell the actors that the trees are older than Shakespeare. That bit of English heritage is so wonderful to capture on film.” Into The Woods director Rob Marshall is 82

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equally generous in his compliments about the Park. “I love Windsor Great Park, there is nothing like it,” said the director in an I Love Filming In. . . interview. “These enormous trees and that waterfall that we found for that wonderful number called Agony, which was really magic.” Actor Anna Kendrick agreed with her Into The Woods director. “We were very lucky as we got to film in Windsor Park [sic] and felt very spoiled by that. It was just gorgeous, some of the most gorgeous location work in the film.” In fact there is usually some part of the Park that is being transformed into a magical or futuristic world. n

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Windsor Great Park was transformed into a winter wonderland

FESTIVE TREATS! Guards Polo Club teamed up with Mosimann’s, the Royal Chapel and the Crown Estate to offer members a memorable day full of delights at the close of 2021. P H OTO G R A P H S BY I M AG E S O F P O LO

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he annual Members’ Clubhouse Christmas Lunch delivered a packed menu, including some delicious Christmas food. However, to ensure that all the guests were feeling festive, diners were first entertained by the choir of the Royal Chapel of All Saints, the tiny church located in the heart of Windsor Great Park. Song sheets were at the ready for those diners young and old who wished to join in with the Choir’s lilting voices. Every guest also received a free ticket to the stunning Windsor Great Park Illuminated. With the evening drawing in, this wonderful light trail guided our Members and their guests on a magical journey as the Park came alive with dazzling lights, dancing stars and breath-taking projections. This was a Christmas event to remember and we look forward to recreating the magic in 2022. n 84

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James, Liz, William and Edward Neighbour with Sarah Tammadge-Wall;. Right: Rev Canon Martin Poll and Major Jamie Hayward


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With the evening drawing in, this wonderful light trail guided our Members and their guests on a magical journey as the Park came alive with dazzling lights, dancing stars and breath-taking projections

Clockwise from top right: Fafe and Rosemary Mudzingwa and family; Antony Fanshawe and Freddie Huxtable; the Mosimann's at Guards team; Anne Irving, Victoria, Colin and Samantha Rayner; Anthony Donovan, Maisie Jensen, Louisa Donovan and Rosemary Jensen; Tissy Sievwright, Antony Fanshawe, John Collins and Lucy Chu; Organist Richard Furstenheim, and some of the choir from All Saints, Windsor Great Park.

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t was wonderful to be able to return to the Frogmore Arena at the Royal Windsor Horse Show to compete in the Guards Polo Club-sponsored polo pony classes last July. The covid pandemic had forced the UK’s largest outdoor show to move to a virtual platform in 2020 and although the polo ponies had been included, it was not the same as competing in the shadow of Windsor Castle at one of the world’s leading horse shows. Although live, the 2021 polo pony competition was a more intimate affair than previous years – the change of date to early July meant that polo clubs were already at full-speed with polo tournaments and so players were short on time. That said, seven quality ponies competed jointly for the Colonel Sir John Aird Championship Cup. Pre-pandemic, the competition had been divided into two individual classes: HH The Maharajah of Jaipur Challenge Cup (Polo Pony) and the General Sir Rodney Moore Challenge Cup (Retraining of Racehorse (RoR) Thoroughbred) before each winner going head-to-head for the Championship. However, in 2021 the organisers combined both classes under the judging eyes of Guards Polo Club Director of Polo Antony Fanshawe and Lord Charles Beresford. It was particularly appropriate that Lord Charles judged these classes as his uncle, Lord Patrick Beresford, had founded this polo pony competition back in 1959 and went on to win the Championship several times. Lord Patrick died in March 2020 but these prestigious polo pony showing classes remain the ideal legacy for such a consummate horseman. After a clean sweep of the first three places in the 2019 Jaipur class and her Luciana 88

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Top: Top: Siri Evjemo-Nysveen and Riba Roja, winner of the Colonel Sir John Aird Championship Cup, with judges Antony Fanshawe and Lord Charles Beresford. Below: The author's much-loved veteran Chloe (Image © Andrea Roberts).

going on to be named overall Champion, Siri Evjemo-Nysveen returned in 2021 with her Vikings team again fielding a strong line-up of four outstanding ponies. As part of this team we were privileged to have Sebastian Merlos, a former 10-goaler and one of the global polo greats for the past three decades, join us in the ring. Every rider was attired as if for polo – the four Vikings’ competitors looking particularly smart in their white team colours – the only difference this year being that polo sticks were not carried. Jaime Roberts came out first on Machitos Fiorella, an 11-year-old bay mare who competed in the 2019 class. The duo delivered a swift, impressive display; not surprising given that this mare had played solidly with


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Windsor Castle makes an imposing backdrop for one of the world's biggest horse shows.

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Polo pony class judge Antony Fanshawe puts a competitor through its paces.

Monterosso’s Mackenzie Weisz throughout the high-goal season, usually appearing in the third chukka, as she did in both the final of The Prince of Wales Trophy at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and right through the Cartier Queen’s Cup. Following on from Fiorella was the immaculately turned-out Elf, a 10-year-old, home-bred gelding of Oli Hipwood’s, ridden by Claire Campbell. They had been placed fourth in the 2018 class and on this, Elf’s third appearance, they put on an equally eye-catching display. Next up was the veteran of this class, the author’s own 25-year-old, striking, black, New Zealand mare Chloe. She was competing for the ninth time, having first performed 18 years earlier in 2003. She is a previous winner of the Lightweight Class in 2004 and 2008 and took the overall Sir John Aird Championship in 2008. Foot perfect as ever, Chloe put on a nimble display, much appreciating the light weight and touch of her rider Louise Saul, competing on her for the third successive year. Fourth into the ring was Pepe Araya, riding the versatile, nine-year-old chestnut mare

A relaxed, fluid display (from Riba Roja) put down a strong marker with the judges for a place on the podium

Machitos Vanessa. This mare’s adaptability was highlighted during last year’s high-goal season as she was played by Alessandro Bazzoni in the fifth chukka of the final of the Prince of Wales Trophy, before partnering with Mackenzie Weisz in the first chukka of the Cartier Queen’s Cup S e m i - Fi n a l a n d t h e n teaming up with Matt Perry in the first and fifth chukkas of the final of the Talacrest Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup. A remarkable demonstration of her versatility. After a brief display by the author on his 16-year-old Argentine mare, Novalgina, originally owned by high-goal professional Diego Cavanagh, it was the turn of Siri Evjemo-Nysveen riding her nine-year-old, retrained racehorse Riba Roja, who had competed in the 2019 class. A relaxed, fluid display put down a strong marker with the judges for a place on the podium before Seb

Merlos entered the ring on another pony from the breeding of Mariano Aguerre, the 11-year-old mare Machitos Barcelona. There followed a truly memorable display as this duo powered around the ring. In fact Seb was e n j oy i n g h i m s e l f s o much that we benefitted from a full, five-minute demonstration rather than the allocated three minutes. Given that the mare has played the Argentine Open and last year competed with both Mackenzie Weisz and Matt Perry in the high-goal it was no surprise that we were treated to such a sequence. The mark of a great polo pony is versatility, including being able to be ridden by all-comers so judge Antony Fanshawe, having ridden Riba Roja, Barcelona and Fiorella – and after consultation with fellow judge Lord Charles Beresford – awarded Riba Roja the overall Colonel Sir John Aird Championship G UA R D S P O L O C L U B

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Cup along with HH The Maharajah of Jaipur Challenge Cup. Meanwhile, the Windsor Polo Club of Australia Cup for the Reserve Champion went to Machitos Fiorella. The Towry Law Silver Jubilee Trophy for the Best Turn Out was appropriately awarded to Elf. A beaming Siri was exultant with her second successive clean sweep of the first three places but was particularly delighted with the performance of Riba Roja who, immaculately bred, has the Group One winner 92

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Sadler’s Wells as her grandsire. Siri brought Riba Roja as a two-year-old at the Ascot Sales and so this win was especially rewarding as Siri made the mare herself and has seen her develop over the succeeding years. Understandably Siri’s defining comment after receiving the trophy was: “As a great showcase for polo ponies I hope the polo pony class will grow again in future years, especially the return of the stand-alone, RoR class.” n

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This win was especially rewarding as Siri had made the mare herself and has seen Riba Roja develop over the succeeding years


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A Clubhouse takeover reaps rewards for Macmillan Cancer Care P H OTO G R A P H S BY I M AG E S O F P O LO

The last week in September is always a key week at the Club. There may not be any polo but it is the time of year when we host our annual coffee and cake event as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This year was particularly memorable as we raised a staggering £2,500 in just two hours. This was testament to the huge support that the Club received from all of its amazing members, their friends and the staff and stewards at Smith’s Lawn. Special mention must go to Lucia Reckovicova, the wife of our former Head Groundsman Peter Svoboda, for baking the delicious cake which was auctioned during the morning. Thanks to both Michelle Sedgemore for her generous bidding to secure the delicious magnum of Tyringham Hall English Sparkling Wine and to Julia Fall 94

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for her substantial bid to secure the Vorwerk Stoneware serving dishes and the Inkerman notebook and glass bowl. Special mentions to Sue Smith, who has helped the Club at every one of our Macmillan Coffee Mornings, and to our brilliant auctioneer, Major Jamie Hayward. He ensured everyone dug deep for a great cause. Of course we could not have hosted this event without so many generous donations of auction lots and raffle prizes. So a massive thank you to our wonderful donors: Mindi Byrne, Don Beni Restaurants, Heartlands Business Gifts Ltd, Inkerman Ltd, Mosimann’s, Tony Ramirez/Images of Polo, Paul Roberts, Vorwerk Ltd. n To find out more about the incredible work of Macmillan go to macmillan.org.uk

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“Thanks to our brilliant auctioneer, Major Jamie Hayward who ensured everyone dug deep for a great cause”

Hissam Ali Hyder, Alyzeh Rahim Shirazi and fellow coffee morning guests

Jamie Hayward and Michael Webster

Pippa Jewitt and Mary O'Dwyer

Maddie Hebbourne and Gerry Gibson

Clockwise from far left: Tea was served inside and out; Pam Manku encouraged everyone to dig deep for the raffle; Tara Bown and Susan Smith; Phil Curry, Lucas Smith and Luisa Maria Figueiredo; Trisha and Ron Stephen.

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Olga Ramirez, Pippa Jewitt and Richard Piller.

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“This year was particularly memorable as we raised a staggering £2,500 in just two hours”

Top: Kiran Nehira. Above: Mandy and Chris Lee. Left: Michael Webster presents Michael Sharpe with a bottle of Champagne Laurent-Perrier during the raffle.

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HOME FROM HOME

Members of Guards Polo Club don’t have to confine themselves to watching polo in the UK. Our extensive reciprocal scheme allows all of our Club Members to watch games and sample hospitality around the world at some of the sport’s most famous clubs. With worldwide travel once again opening up take the opportunity to discover some polo a little further afield in 2022

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When South Africa played England for the Coronation Cup in 2013 their young team – thought to be the youngest ever – impressed everyone. It’s easy to see why if you take a visit the Plett Polo Club just outside Plettenberg Bay. The Kurland Estate offers four full sized fields and hosts tournaments from December through to April, including the Kurland International Polo Test. In addition to some great polo Plettenberg Bay is also the exclusive beach 98

resort town on the Cape’s Western Cape. It is known for its blue flag beaches, hikes (Otto Trail, Natures Valley) and awardwinning vineyards such as Newstead – owned by polo players Doug and Sue Lund – producing outstanding French-method sparkling wine. With Plett enjoying a moderate climate, warm days and cooler evenings from the ocean breezes, it is an ideal location for some winter sport. www.plettpolo.co.za


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AUCKLAND POLO CLUB

CLEVEDON, NEW ZEALAND

This club was one of the first to be created in New Zealand. Now the home of the New Zealand Open (20 February 2022), Auckland Polo Club offers polo four times a week in its impressive location, set among the gum trees along the banks of the Wairoa River in Cleveland. Of course this Club’s location means that the biggest city in the North Island is never too far away for added attractions during a polo vacation. www.aucklandpolo.co.nz

CAMPO ARGENTINO DE POLO

BU E NOS AI RE S, ARGE NTI NA

Known as the “Cathedral of Polo”, these impressive grounds, flanked by skyscrapers, are at the heart of this great Argentine city. Campo Argentino de Polo has been home to the world’s great tournament – the 40-goal Argentine Open – since 1928 and the modern

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DESERT PALM

DUBAI

A true oasis of sporting excellence and style, created in the heart of Dubai. Ali Albwardy, patron of the Dubai high-goal team – winners of the Queen’s Cup some six times – and owner of this elegant club, ensures that a striking, equestrian theme runs through this boutique hotel, thanks to the perfect placement of stunning bronzes and eye-catching murals. If guests can tear themselves away from the Samãna Spa, infinity pool or the restaurants' impressive menus there are three full size polo fields and a stable of top-quality ponies. Guests can experience polo to match the location, regardless of their handicap. www.desertpalm.ae

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This may be one of the more modern clubs on this list – it was founded in 2001 – but this Nigerian polo and country club already offers great sport in familyorientated atmosphere. With the season running from late October to late June there is plenty of warm winter sport for Guards members. Guards Polo Club’s partnership with this Club is further enhanced through our association with Access Bank. This wonderfully vibrant day at Smith’s Lawn, regularly features players from Fifth Chukker, delivering a flavour of polo Nigerian style at Smith’s Lawn. www.fifthchukker.com 100

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GUARDS POLO ACADEMY

C OWO R T H PA R K

Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park offers a bespoke learning experience, unparalleled anywhere in Europe. The Guards Polo Academy, located in the glorious setting of Coworth Park, delivers a comprehensive range of lessons and training chukkas. For the more ambitious player, the Academy’s instructors, headed up by Ebe Sievwright, can create intensive polo courses, from a three-hour “Introduction to Polo” to an individually tailor-made full day. By way of introducing newcomers to our much-loved sport the Academy hosts corporate polo days or beginners’ masterclasses, offering a fun and adrenalin-fuelled, day for polo aficionados and novices alike. Great discounts for Club Members whatever your handicap! www.guardspoloacademy.com

RAJASTHAN

INDIA

Created in 1918, this club was originally known as Jaipur Polo Club. However the merger between Jaipur and Rajasthan States in 1957 resulted in a name change. The Rajasthan Polo Club maybe one of the newest members of the Guards Polo Club’s reciprocal scheme, but it boasts an impressive alumnus. Members have included HH Maharajah Sawai Man Singh ll of Jaipur and Rao Raja Hanut Singh, whose Ratanada team won the first Royal Windsor Cup at Guards Polo Club in 1955. www.rajasthanpoloclub.co.in 102

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SINGAPORE POLO CLUB

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HELVETIA POLO CLUB

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The leading polo destination in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil can offer 45 immaculate polo grounds and a warm welcome in some breath-

taking locations. So not surprisingly it was this club that Guards Polo Club turned to when creating its own Brazilian international event in 2014. With the amateur Brazilian players regularly playing off seven goals, the polo here is always impressive. Polo is played from March to October and guarantees great sport, but if you feel that your game needs a little boost, Helvetia also provides polo lessons at its own academy as well as other equestrian opportunities. www.helvetiapolo.com.br

Located in lush, tropical grounds on Mount Pleasant Road, the historic Singapore Polo Club can offer polo for almost 12 months of the year. One of the oldest sporting and social clubs in this city-state, the club was founded in 1886 by the officers of the King’s Own Regiment, the 1st Battalion. Not surprisingly with these illustrious credentials, including strong links to the British Royal Family, Singapore Polo Club has a prestigious heritage and today continues to deliver excellent polo and superb facilities. www.singaporepoloclub.org

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Home to polo – be it with ponies, camels or elephants – Jaipur Riding and Polo Club offers a thrilling polo experience. This Club was founded by one of India’s best players, Col Garcha, a former coach of the Indian national team, and so offers top quality polo facilities and competitive matches in December. Guards Polo Club has an additional connection to this Club – and the wider region – as HH Padmanabah Singh, the Maharajah of Jaipur is a playing member at Smith’s Lawn. www.jaipurpolo.com 104

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APES HILL

BARBADOS

A popular winter and spring destination for polo lovers – be they players or spectators. Created by polo aficionado, the late Sir Charles “Cow” Williams, Apes Hill has a glorious location in the Caribbean island of Barbados, offering unrivalled views over both the Caribbean and Atlantic oceans. Not only does this popular club offer plenty of great sport, thanks to its 150-plus ponies, chukkas from early December through to mid-May and excellent tournament list, but Apes Hill can also provide some equally tough and competitive golf too on its par-72 championship course. An impressive country club completes the picture under always impressive Caribbean skies. www.apeshillclub.com

METROPOLITAN POLO CLUB

TIANJIN, CHINA

The Metropolitan Polo Club is located at one of Tianjin’s most desirable addresses – the Goldin Metropolitan Hotel. This Chinese polo club is set amidst a 222-acre private estate of rolling lawns, elegant gardens and sparkling fountains. Members of the Metropolitan Polo Club can access the elegant polo suite in an exclusive wing of the hotel, offering extensive views across the polo fields. The Club offers polo fixtures throughout the year, including a student tournament featuring teams from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. www.goldinmetropolitanhotel.com 106

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ST MORITZ

SWITZERLAND

Home to the spectacular, high-goal polo on snow – the Polo World Cup – St Moritz offers great sport – on grass and snow – in one of polo’s most breathtaking locations. The first polo field was laid out in the Engadin Valley in 1899 thanks to a group of British cavalry officers who were playing polo as part of their military training and St Moritz Polo Club was founded some 60 years later. Many of our own players have experienced the thrills of playing at top speed on the ice-covered lake here – the only high-goal snow polo tournament in the world - and with Cartier sponsoring a team in the tournament too, St Moritz really is a home from home for Club Members – with just a little more snow! www.polostmoritz.com

THAI POLO AND EQUESTRIAN CLUB

The beautiful, sultry setting of Pattaya, 150kms from Bangkok, is the impressive location for this outstanding polo club. Owned by Harald Link, patron of the high-goal Thai Polo Team, winners of the British Open in 2021, Thai Polo and Equestrian Club opened in 2003. Thanks to its impressive facilities the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club can take much of the credit in securing Thailand as a go-to destination for professional and amateur players who are seeking good sport and excellent hospitality in the winter months. This club is also home to a Rege Ludwig Polo School and boasts a La Martina Store on site too. www.thai-polo-club.com n 108

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La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Centenary Trophy

W H AT ' S O N

2022

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Archie David Cup

15 – 18 April

Spring Amateur Tournament (-2-2 goals)

20 April – 7 May

Valerie Halford Memorial Trophy (8-12 goals)

20 April – 8 May

Spring Tournament (2-6 goals)

29 April – 15 May

La Martina Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Centenary Trophy (12-15 goals)

7 – 22 May

Committee Cup (4-8 goals)

14 – 29 May

Labrador Trophy (0-4 goals)

17 May – 12 June

Cartier Queen’s Cup (17-22 goals)

31 May – 19 June

OUT-SOURCING Inc Royal Windsor Cup (12-15 goals)

1 – 26 June

Archie David, Caterham & Claude Pert Cups (4-8 goals)

4 – 5 June

Cartier Queen’s Cup Quarter-Finals (17-22 goals)

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Lots of action planned for this coming season. High-goal, military, ladies, an International and youth matches all scheduled for the Club’s 67th season. Save the dates today!

Spring Tournament

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the world’s oldest independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist

1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost H.J.Mulliner Style Balloon Car

1929 Bentley 6 ½ Litre Vanden Plas Open Tourer

1931 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Playboy Roadster by Brewster

1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Owen Sedanca Coupe by Gurney Nutting

1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Three Position Drophead Coupe by Veth & Zoon

1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Coupe by Hooper

1948 Bentley Cresta Coupe by Facel/Farina

1953 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback by H.J.Mulliner

1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback by H.J.Mulliner

1957 Bentley S1 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward

1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe by H.J.Mulliner

1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe by Mulliner/Park Ward

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HM The Queen, Mr Andrew Bentley and Mr Charlie Bruin with Emlor, winners of the Out-Sourcing Inc Royal Windsor Cup 2021

Saturday 4 June

La Martina Varsity Day (Oxford v Cambridge, Eton v Harrow)

Wednesday 8 June Cartier Queen’s Cup Semi-Finals (17-22 goals) Cartier Queen’s Cup Finals Day (17-22 goals)

Friday 17 June

The OUT-SOURCING Inc Royal Windsor Cup Semi-Finals (12-15 goals)

Saturday 18 June

Guards Youth Day (by invitation)

Sunday 19 June

The OUT-SOURCING Inc Royal Windsor Cup Finals (12-15 goals)

21 June – 3 July

Coworth Park Challenge Trophy (12-15 goals)

21 June – 10 July

Roberts Cup (0-4 goals)

23 June – 10 July

Phoenician Cup (8-12 goals)

Sunday 26 June

Archie David Cup Finals (4-8 goals)

28 June – 16 July

Indian Empire Shield (15 – 18 goals)

Sunday 10 July

Inter Regimental Final and Combined Services Trophy (Open)

12 - 24 July

Social Cup (8-10 goals)

12 – 31 July

Crawford Cup (0-4 goals)

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Cartier Queen's Cup

Indian Empire Shield Coworth Park Challenge Trophy

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Sunday 12 June


T E N G OA L A DV E RTO R I A L

Elmore Court with it’s glorious views over the Cotswolds and the River Severn

If you’re searching for the perfect wedding venue to host the party of a lifetime, Congratulations! You can do no better than Gloucestershire mansion Elmore Court.

REWILDING A 750-YEAROLD FAMILY SEAT

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ucked into a bend of the River Severn you and up to 200 guests can enjoy exclusive hire for a day and a night, or a whole weekend of delicious banquets, late night revelry, wild swimming and just about anything you’d like. With a stunning hall for civil ceremonies, and a pretty church a short stroll away, the icing on the wedding cake is the Team. Affectionately known as Team E, they are highly praised in glowing reviews, and have been touted by Tatler as ‘the best planners in the business’… Here lies the story behind the successful diversification of one of England’s oldest family homes… Elmore Court was a traditional country manor enjoyed by the Guise’s for 750 years, but evolution rumbles on, change eventually blows through, and Anselm Guise was the guy (se) to bring about those changes… Inheriting his estate came with the weighty responsibility of keeping 750 years of family

Elmore Court is a first class party venue

history alive, and it quickly became apparent the money needed to keep the old house from falling in on itself was not growing on any of the trees in the grounds. Coming at it from another world (Anselm was happily DJing and starting world renowned parties before this; Hence being dubbed the hedonistic heir) a vision was born for a sustainably run party venue, and a £1.5 million refurbishment ensued… As well as lovingly restoring the house and bedrooms for guest accommodation, a biomass boiler for entirely carbon neutral heating was installed, then once planning was secured in 2013 The Gillyflower rose-up; crafted from the very earth it stands on. Wi t h ( n o w R I BA a w a rd w i n n i n g ) soundproof reception venue complete, and happy couples’ and guests dining and partying till the wee hours, the next unfolding’s of sustainability could be realised… Since then Elmore Court has; • Fully revived the Victorian kitchen gardens to grow much of the ingredients for the 5 star wedding menus in-house. • Given 250 acres of the estate back to nature in rewilding project. • Introduced long horn cattle into the wilding land (who have just given birth to their first calves) • Calculated the carbon footprint of all travelling to and from the estate to offset this.

Elmore Court features a stunning hall for civil ceremonies

Soon you’ll not only be able to marry and party in style at Elmore Court, but also book romantic hideaways too… The most exciting development now underway is the building of treehouses in the rewilding land. These beautiful and luxurious lofty cabins will provide breathing space to retreat amongst the trees; to rewild yourself in totally natural surroundings… and the best bit? Treehouse stays will be available to all; wedding parties, the public, and to Elmore couples returning to celebrate anniversaries! Come and visit the house, grounds, and rewilding project yourselves as Elmore Court open their doors for ‘Another Wilder Fair’ on 27/3/2022. n For more information or to book a viewing visit elmorecourt.com.


T E N G OA L / FI X T U R E S 2022

W H AT ' S O N

2022 Clé de Peau Beauté Guards Ladies Charity Polo Tournament

Talacrest Prince of Wales's Championship Cup

Autumn Nations Tournament

Town & County Championship

President's Trophy

Friday 15 July

Guards Youth v Cowdray Youth (by Invitation)

19 July – 7 August

Town and County Championship (4-8 goals)

23 July

HPA Coronation Cup (England v Uruguay)

26 July – 14 August

Duke of Wellington Trophy (10-12 goals)

1 – 14 August 2021

Talacrest Prince of Wales’s Championship Cup

2 - 13 August

Cottington Cup (2-6 goals)

6 – 28 August

Duke of Cornwall Trophy (12-16 goals)

16 - 27 August

Clé de Peau Beauté Guards Ladies Charity Polo Tournament (12 – 18 goals)

16 – 29 August

Flemish Farm Trophy (2-6 goals)

Major General's Cup

23 August - 11 September Autumn Nations Tournament (10-12 goals) Clé de Peau Beauté Guards Ladies Charity Polo Tournament Final (12 – 18 goals)

31 August – 18 September President’s Trophy (8-10 goal) 2 - 4 September

Major-General’s Cup (0-2 goals)

13 - 18 September

The Chairman’s Tournament (0-4 goals)

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Saturday 27 August


Specialists selling and buying fine luxury 18th and 19th antique furniture,works of art, maritime paraphernalia and Meiji period objects.

A fine pair of 15 inch floor globes by J & G Cary, dated 1820 and 1833

The Thomas Lipton National Canadian Regatta Hydroplane Cup, 1929

A Lugger lifeboat model by Twyman for the International Exhibition, London 1862

An Indo-Portuguese rosewood, teak and ebony contador

King William IV cup for the Royal Yacht Squadron, 1835

A pair of walnut wing armchairs in the Queen Anne style

A large and imposing Regency nautical chair made for the Alliance Assurance company

A Regency specimen marble centre table

An exceptional late George II mahogany settee, made for Anne Basset, daughter of Edmund Prideaux, 5th Baronet of Netherton, attributed to William Hallett

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