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Contents 10 Welcome from MINT 12 Welcome from City Events 14 Show Times 19 Event Map 20 MINT Polo In The Park - Polo for the People 24 History in the Making 26 The Hurlingham Club - The Heart & The Heritage 30 The Hurlingham Polo Association - Guardians of the Game 33 Rules of Polo - Old & New 36 A-Z of Polo 40 Meet the Teams 42 Profile - MINT Team London 44 Profile - IG Index Team Sydney 46 Profile - Otkritie Team Moscow 48 Profile - Camino Real Team Buenos Aires 50 Profile - Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London Team Abu Dhabi 52 Profile - City AM Team Delhi 55 Summer Events Calendar 59 English Rose 60 The Brit Brigade 62 Polo Fashion 68 A Bumper Year for Luxury British Brands 70 Audi A7 - Fast there & Fast back 72 Polo At The Palace 79 Shopping 82 Autographs page

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Welcome MINT would like to welcome you all to MINT Polo In The Park.

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E AT MINT are really proud to be sponsoring this premier event in the London social and sporting calendar for a third year and have been amazed at the success and growth it has achieved in such a short period. The team at MINT is known for their highly energised approach to business, as well as our reputation for dynamic solutions. For us to be able take up the rare opportunity to link with a fresh and innovative event in the heart of London and help it grow over the long term makes great sense and mirrors our approach to MINT’s own areas of business. The idea of taking a traditional sport such as polo back to its home of Hurlingham Park is exciting in itself, but the prospect of introducing a new format of spectator friendly, high octane ‘Twenty20’ polo is something not to miss. Thanks to all of the team at City Events, all those who have sponsored the event, and of course, a huge thanks to all of our clients, many of whom are here to watch MINT Polo In The Park. We hope that all of you who visit this event really enjoy the show... and keep an eye out for MINT Team London! Tim Bullman and Richard Barnett

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Welcome from City Events

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N BEHALF OF City Events and all our sponsors I am delighted to welcome you the 4th Annual MINT Polo In The Park. As ever, we would like to give a particular mention to our Title Sponsors at MINT. This year we are also particularly proud that we are able to host this event at the site where Great Britain won the 1908 Olympic Gold Medal for Polo. Having just enjoyed the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations I am reminded of her keen love of polo and the support the Royal Family has given to the sport over many. Whilst most media attention focuses on the younger Princes, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh remains President of Guards Polo club to this day, and was a highly accomplished player in his day, whilst HRH the Prince of Wales achieved a very solid 4 goals during his playing career, which is the same level as many of the professionals you will see this weekend. No mean feat! Our original aim was to try to introduce as many people as possible to the joys of watching polo, with the hope that many would be encouraged to take up the game. Many low goal players start late in life, having not really ridden a horse before. Ham Polo Club, Royal Ascot Polo Club and The Royal Berkshire Polo club all offer excellent introductory courses and are less than 45 mins from London. I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested to go and take a taster lesson. Like all the best things the basics can be mastered quickly leading to a lifetime in pursuit of improvement. Personally I have always thought that it is not until you have sat on a horse (even a wooden one!!) and attempted to hit a small ball with an odd shaped mallet that one gets to really appreciate the skill and finesse of the players that you will be watching this weekend. We had hoped to slowly build a landmark event in London and I was delighted when the everyone’s hard work was again rewarded with winning London Lifestyle Award for the London’s “Best Outdoor Event” for the second year running. 2012 will also see our inaugural event in the Middle East. “Polo at the Palace” will take place in the private gardens of the world renowned Emirates Place in Abu Dhabi in November. I hope this will be the first of many new and exciting polo tournaments around the world for City Events. Have a fantastic day! Yours truly

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Show Times Friday 8th June 12:00pm Hurlingham Park opens 2:45pm

Polo Match: Otkritie Team Moscow v Camino Real Team Buenos Aires

4:00pm

Devil’s Horsemen Cossack Display

5:00pm

Polo Match: City AM Team Delhi v Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London Team Abu Dhabi

6:00pm

Devil’s Horsemen Cossack Display

7:00pm

Polo Match: MINT Team London v IG Index Team Sydney

8:30pm

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9:00pm

Grounds Close

Veuve Clicquot at Hurlingham Polo Party – 8:00pm to 2:00am at The Hurlingham Club

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Saturday 9th June - Ladies Day 12:00pm Hurlingham Park opens 2:00pm

Polo Match (Teams TBC)

3:00pm

Devil’s Horsemen Cossack Display

4:00pm

Polo Match

5:00pm

Devil’s Horsemen Cossack Display

6:00pm

Polo Match

7:30pm

Last orders at all bars

8:00pm

Grounds Close

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Sunday 10th June - Finals Day 12:00pm Hurlingham Park opens 12:00pm Kids On-Field Activities 2:30pm

MINT Polo In The Park Plate Final

3:30pm

Devil’s Horsemen Cossack Display

5:00pm

MINT Polo In The Park Final

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Prize Giving

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Grounds Close

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THE LAST TIME POLO WAS PLAYED AS AN OLYMPIC SPORT AT THE BERLIN OLYMPICS

“Since I was born, my father was playing polo, so I’ve been brought up on the side of a polo field. It’s just brilliant to see this sport that has so many stigmas attached to it, with everyone saying it is just for toffs and posh people, being played in London. […] Jack and myself have been very adamant in trying to knock down those barriers and actually prove to people what an incredible sport it is”

012 is a special year for London and this year, more than ever, our city will be bursting with the world’s most high-profile personalities, from politicians and royals, to celebrities and sportsmen. As the capital gears up for a summer celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Wimbledon tennis tournament, Royal Ascot, the London Marathon, the Olympic Games, the London 2012 festival and of course, not forgetting the fourth annual MINT Polo In The Park, there’s no better time to promote the ‘sport of Kings’ and bring polo to the forefront of the 2012 festivities. For the fourth consecutive year, guests are anticipating a delightful three-day extravaganza of world-class polo, exquisite hospitality and glorious social atmosphere, as the hallowed and historical turf of Hurlingham Park in Fulham thunders with the hooves of polo ponies and their talented riders. Hot on the hooves of three wildly successful Mint Polo In The Park events, this year’s dates promises to be even better, with all the best bits from years gone by, alongside the addition of 2012 ‘extras’ including The Crown and Corgi pub, the Garden Bar, Pimm’s Bus and improved Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden. Guests may choose to attend on any of three distinct days; 8 June is ‘City Friday’ culminating with an exclusive Veuve Clicquot AfterParty at The Hurlingham Club; 9 June is Ladies Day (with a suitably glamorous dress code to match, don’t forget your hat); and 10 June is Finals Day, with additional attractions for family groups. In what is quickly becoming known as a quintessentially British summer pastime, Mint Polo In The Park is quickly being recognized as a firm favourite in the social calendar; in just three years the event has been named winner of the ‘London Sport Attraction of the Year’ at The London Lifestyle Awards (2010 & 2011) – and is widely considered to be one of the best outdoor lifestyle events in the capital, offering a winning combination of international standard sport, exclusive entertainment, luxurious VIP experiences, all round good fun and undeniable English charm.

Jodie Kidd Alongside the adrenaline fuelled polo matches, guests will be invited to wander through the luxury village which includes: The Harrods Food Court (for the second year running) bringing guests a taste of its world famous food hall alongside a dedicated Grandstand drinks services; The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden (London’s largest champagne garden) boasting first class service and the best picnic spot views of the polo; the enlarged pitch-side Polonesia Bar (back by popular demand); the Garden Bar chill-out zone; and Pimm’s Bus with its own picket fenced garden – delightful! “Last year was Chesterton Humberts’ first year as a major sponsor of MINT Polo In The Park and in my opinion, it was one of the most enjoyable events of the social calendar” commented Robert Bartlett, CEO of Chesterton Humberts (Property Sponsors of MINT Polo In The Park) in anticipation of this year’s games. “Not only was the quality of the polo very high, with top players such as Jamie Morrison and Oscar Mancini taking to the field, but there was a fantastic atmosphere on all three days of the event and the glorious sunshine on the Friday just added to it. “We are really looking forward to this year’s event and have no doubt that the organisers will pull all the stops out to make this even better than last year. I also know that a lot of effort has gone in to making the Sunday a real family day and, having seen the programme, I really can’t think of many better ways for parents to entertain the kids whilst enjoying a day out themselves.” And as if the initial response wasn’t enough, anticipation for Mint Polo In The Park has certainly been heightened since the press launch and team draw, which took place on 23 April. Former model and high-profile champion of the sport, Jodie Kidd, has been official event ambassador since 2009, and she made the team draw at the 21


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“MINT Polo In The Park will add to the wealth of sporting activities that Londoners can enjoy, and I hope that it will inspire people to take up this fast- paced and exhilarating sport.”

FAMILY FUN

If you’re thinking of bringing the kids along to join the fun, it’s a great idea. The 2012 event has designed a new Children’s Club with a carnival atmosphere, featuring a circus activity run, two themed bouncy castles, soft play, a fussball table, face painters and lots more. In addition, on the Sunday on-field entertainment will cater for all ages, making Mint Polo In The Park the ultimate family day out and the perfect way to introduce your little princes and princesses to the ‘game of Kings’.

Robert Bartlett, CEO of Chesterton Humberts launch. “Polo is one of the most exciting and competitive sports on the planet,” said Kidd, “And it’s truly international: at MINT Polo In The Park, there are teams from the Middle East, Russia, Australia, India, and Argentina.” During the Mint Polo In The Park 2012 launch, Kidd petitioned the International Olympic Committee to reinstate polo as an Olympic Sport – and notably, Team GB won gold in the last London Olympics polo tournament (1908), which was also played at The Hurlingham Club. “With the Olympics coming to London this summer, I am asking to the International Olympic Committee to reinstate polo as an Olympic sport, for the benefit of players and spectators alike” said Kidd. Polo was last played as an Olympic sport in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but was sadly not a sport in London 1948, due to economic and logistical challenges of what became known as The Austerity Games. “Playing Polo at The Hurlingham Club is such an honour,” he said, “And it means so much to be carrying the medals of my father, who played at the last Olympic Polo Event.” Dawnay enthusiastically echoes Kidd’s call for the status of the sport to reach Olympic level. “With polo being played at Hurlingham, the Olympics coming to London and my father handing his medals on to me, it is as if fate is telling us to make Polo once again an Olympic sport” he explains. “MINT Polo In The Park is the most exciting event in the Polo calendar, and is the perfect demonstration of why Polo should be at the Olympics.” Now in its fourth year, MINT Polo In The Park 2012 is expected to attract over 30,000 enthusiastic spectators from across the capital and beyond. “Once the preserve of kings and the aristocracy, MINT Polo In The Park has made polo accessible to virtually everyone living in London. As well as providing some top-quality games for

the seasoned polo fan, the event is also relaxed enough to serve as a great introduction to the sport and it is without doubt this laid-back yet adrenalin-charged atmosphere that keeps the fans coming back for more” said Bartlett. “The Hurlingham Club is the spiritual home of polo,” added Rory Heron, Managing Director of MINT Polo In The Park, “And it was the site of Team GB’s Olympic Polo triumph in 1908. For the past 4 years, we have brought Polo back here in the shape of MINT Polo In The Park and, with the Olympics coming to London this summer, polo has never been more popular.”

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History

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Despite being nicknamed ‘The Game of Kings’ polo is one of the only sports in the world to have spread with global appeal, regardless of geographical and political borders. From the first game in ancient Persia to the fourth annual Polo In The Park event, we look back at the sport’s distinguished history

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Silchar, west of Manipur, and other clubs soon followed. Today, the lthough twenty-first century polo conjures up oldest in the world is the Calcutta Polo Club, which was founded images of well-heeled, English society gatherings, immaculate whites, dashing Argentinean players, and in 1862 by two British soldiers, Captain Robert Stewart and Major General Joe Shearer. Malta followed in 1868, as soldiers and naval afternoon teas, the game actually originated in China officers stopped off there on their way home from India. and Persia more than 2,000 years ago. In 1869, Edward ‘Chicken’ Hartopp, of the 10th Hussars, A far cry from the carefully regulated and finely honed sport we read an account of the game in The Field magazine enjoy today, the first recorded game took place in 600BC while stationed at Aldershot, and planned a game on between the Turkomans and the Persians – and rather a hastily rolled Hounslow Heath, where ten rules than a sport, was at first devised as a training game were also quickly assembled. But it was John for cavalry units, particularly the King’s Guard. INTERESTING Watson (1856–1908) of the 13th Hussars, who Indeed, to the warlike tribesmen, who played FACT: formulated the first real rules of the game in India it with as many as 100 to a side (it’s almost The name ‘polo’ is said to in the 1870s. Over the years, various tweaks unimaginable) it was a miniature battle. have been derived from to the game have been made worldwide; the Over the years, the increasingly exciting and the Tibetan word ‘pulu’, nineteenth century saw the introduction of adrenaline-fuelled game of polo became an Iranian meaning ball handicaps, for example. national sport played by nobility, and Persian Now a worldwide sport, polo continues to literature and art offers a wealth of polo references. be played in more than 80 countries. It was Ferdowsi (the famed Iranian poet historian) gives a included as an Olympic Sport between 1900 and 1939 number of accounts of royal polo tournaments in his 9th and has recently been re-awarded this status by the International century epic, Shahnameh including King Sapoor II, who learned to Olympic Committee. play polo at just seven years old! BRITISH POLO / THE GAME OF ENGLISH KINGS / HOME GROUND The British are generally credited with spreading polo worldwide during the late nineteenth century after the 10th Hussars at Aldershot introduced polo to England in 1834. The establishment of polo clubs throughout England and Western Europe followed after the formal codification of rules; the UK governing body is the Hurlingham Polo Association, which drew up the first set of formal British rules in 1874.

GLOBAL APPEAL The world soon discovered the appeal of polo as it passed from Persia to other parts of Asia including Japan, where a polo ground of 300 yards long was built in the former capital, Ispahan. The Japanese history books detail a revival of the game in later centuries, and in the intervening period the game had been adopted on the Indian subcontinent, gaining the nickname “The Sport of Kings”. And so it was in India that British tea planters discovered polo in Manipur in the 1850s. They founded the world’s first polo club at 24


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THE FIRST RECORDED EVENT BETWEEN THE TURKOMANS AND THE PERSIANS

POLO: The Timeline

INTERESTING FACT:

Prince Charles played his first game in 1963 aged 15, in a team captained by The Duke of Edinburgh and he played his first game in public in April 1964

1868 Malta Polo Club was founded due mainly to army and naval officers stopping off there on their way home from India

1872 The polo club at Monmouthshire was founded by Capt. Francis ‘Tip’ Herbert (1845 - 1922), 7th Lancers, at his brother’s seat, Clytha Park, near Abergavenny. All Ireland Polo Club was also founded in 1872 by Horace Rochfort of Clogrenane, Co. Carlow 1874 Polo was established at Hurlingham

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1850s British tea planters discovered the game in Manipur (Munipoor) on the Burmese border with India 1862 The first polo club in the world was formed by British tea planters at Silchar, west of Manipur. Calcutta Polo Club, the oldest existing polo club, was founded

1869 Edward ‘Chicken’ Hartopp, 10th Hussars, read an account of the game in The Field, while stationed at Aldershot, and, with brother officers, organised the first game – known then as “hockey on horseback”.

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1888 Handicaps were introduced in America 1895 The height for polo ponies was raised from 14 hands to 14.2 hands

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2009 The inaugural MINT Polo In The Park tournament takes place in London

7th century AD Polo spreads from China to Japan

1875 The first official match in Argentina took place on 3 September, where the game had been taken by English and Irish engineers and ranchers

1876 Lt. Col. Thomas St. Quintin, 10th Hussars, introduced the game to Australia – he was the “Father of Australian Polo” and two of his brothers stayed on there as ranchers and helped the game to develop. In the same year, polo was introduced to the USA by James Gordon Bennett Jr, who had seen the game at Hurlingham while on a visit to England

1910 Handicaps were introduced in England and India

600BC The first recorded game took place between the Turkomans and Persians (the Turkomans won)

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16th century AD A polo ground (300 yards long and with goal posts 8 yards apart) was built at Ispahan, then the capital of Persia, by Shah Abbas the Great. The Moguls were largely responsible for taking the game from Persia to the east and by the sixteenth century the Emperor Babur had established it in India. Polo was revived in Japan by the 8th Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684-1751) and was played until early twentieth century. It was the favourite sport of the last Shogun who surrendered power to the Emperor in 1868

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4th century AD King Sapoor II of Persia learned to play polo, aged seven

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Prince Harry celebrated the conclusion of his 10-day tour of the Caribbean and Brazil in March this year by displaying his considerable skills on the polo field

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1919 Height restrictions on polo ponies were abolished Today, polo is played in 80 countries worldwide. It was an Olympic sport from 1900 to 1939 and has now been recognised again by the International Olympic Committee.

*Source: Hurlingham Polo Association, www.hpa-polo.co.uk

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The heart &

the heritage Discover more about the unique history of the home of polo over the past 1,000 years

Hurlingham was the cradle and home of English polo and for sixty-five years, the game flourished there and made the name of the Club famous all over the polo-playing world. A favourite resort during the summer season, thousands flocked to Hurlingham to watch the more important matches.” This quote, taken from The Hurlingham Clubby Captain Taprell Dorling (1953) perfectly sums up the importance and relevance of The Hurlingham Club in the history of British polo; and in an interesting coincidence, it was our own ‘Team GB’ that won gold in the last London Olympic polo battle (1908), which was also played at The Hurlingham Club. Although it was widely considered to be the home of polo, the sport was not played at Club between 1939 and 2009, when MINT Polo In The Park finally brought the game back home. We find out more… THE HURLINGHAM CLUB From before 1066 the lands of the Hurlingham Club belonged to the Bishops of London, who had their summer residence at Fulham Palace. By the mid-eighteenth century the landscape was one of gardens and in 1760 Dr William Cadogan (a famous physician), leased nine acres for a ‘cottage’ – the core of the present Hurlingham House. 26


In 1797 the lease was re-granted to John Ellis who, in 1800, acquired the freehold with an additional eleven acres. Mr Ellis employed the architect George Byfield with landscape advice from Humphrey Repton to enlarge the ‘cottage’ into the neoclassic mansion as we see it today. In 1807 the estate was sold to the 3rd Earl of Egremont, a magnificent patron of the Arts and the Turf, who in 1820, sold it on to Mr John Horsley Palmer, who later became Governor of the Bank of England. He added a further sixteen acres.The last private owner of Hurlingham from 1860 was Richard Naylor, a great Victorian capitalist.

What’s in a name?

The origin of the name ‘Hurlingham’ is unknown; it’s permissible to speculate that around 1,500 years ago a boat full of ‘Hurlings’ (the family and clan of ‘Hurla’), landed on the Thames bank somewhere near the present Club and established a ‘ham’ (home or settlement).

THE CLUB In 1867 Mr Frank Heathcote obtained the leave of Mr. Naylor to promote pigeon shooting matches at Hurlingham. His next step was the formation of the Hurlingham Club “as an agreeable country resort”. The Club leased the estate from Mr.Naylor in 1869 and in 1874 acquired the freehold. Polo was brought to England in 1869. Owing largely to the initiative of one of the Club’s first Trustees, Lord De L’Isle and Dudley, the game was established at Hurlingham in 1874, five years after the first official game of polo in England between the 9th Lancers and the 10th Hussars on Hounslow Heath. The

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THE FIRST POLO MATCH PLAYED AT THE HURLINGHAM CLUB

name “Hurlingham” then became synonymous with polo and for 65 years The Hurlingham Club was the headquarters for polo for the British Empire. Hurlingham became the undisputed home of polo after having hosted the 1908 Olympics Polo final (when England won the gold medal), and the prestigious Westchester Cup between England and USA from 1910 to 1939. But with the outbreak of the Second World War, the polo grounds – that once attracted 10,000 spectators – were converted into allotments, and the last polo event took place at Hurlingham in 1939 between The Jaguars and The Milers. Notably, the name ofHurlingham lived on, lending its name to the Hurlingham Polo Association. Seventy years on, and over 80% of polo playing countries play under the rules of the HPA.

rebuilding of the conservatory on the original site of Byfield’s 1798 conservatory; new bars in the Clubhouse and a modern fitness centre with a half-size Olympic indoor pool and gymnasium. Work initiated in 2002-2003 introduced covered tennis courts and the reconstruction of the East Wing The younger members benefited in 2008 from an all-weather multi-use sports pitch and the same year, City Events Limited signed an exclusive deal to reinstate the grounds at Hurlingham Park and bring polo back to its British roots. It is with thanks to City Events that the magnificent game of polo, in whatever form, is being revived and lives on again at the real home of the sport, The Hurlingham Club – a very important year in polo history. As the club enjoys its fourth year as the reinstated home of polo and the Olympics come to London once again “It is as if fate is telling us to make Polo once again an Olympic sport” said Sebastian Dawnay, whose own father played polo in the 1936 Olympic Games. “MINT Polo In The Park is the most exciting event in the Polo calendar, and is the perfect demonstration of why Polo should be at the Olympics.” “The Hurlingham Club is the spiritual home of polo,” said Rory Heron, Managing Director of City Events, producers of MINT Polo In The Park, in reference to the club’s illustrious past and its connection to this year’s epic Games. “It was the site of Team GB’s Olympic Polo triumph in 1908. For the past 4 years, we have brought Polo back here in the shape of MINT Polo In The Park and, with the Olympics coming to London this summer, polo has never been more popular.”

WARS & SURVIVAL During the Great War of 1914-18, Yeomanry and an R.N.A.S. balloon detachment were based at the Club and in WWII, an anti-aircraft battery and balloon barrage unit were located in the same place.The main Polo ground was turned into allotments for growing vegetables. The estate withstood twenty-seven bombs and a landmine, with serious damage to the Clubhouse. After the war both the polo grounds were compulsorily purchased by the London County Council and became respectively a recreation ground – Hurlingham Park. The club was left with the residue of the estate (about 42 acres) as it is today. RESTORATION & IMPROVEMENTS A scheme of modernisation between 1989-1992 included the

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IN 2011, THERE WERE MORE THAN 3,000 MEMBERS REGISTERED WITH AND HANDICAPPED BY THE HPA

he Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) is the governing body for polo in the UK and Ireland. It has issued the rules and regulations by which the game of polo must be played since they made the first set of English grass polo rules way back in 1875 – the HPA is the ‘grandfather’ of modern polo. The first ever match played at Hurlingham grounds was in 1874 and it became the national headquarters of the sport. After 60 years of polo – encompassing the First World War – the grounds at Hurlingham were turned over for agricultural use. Then, following the outbreak of World War II, no polo was played again until 1952, when the HPA reclaimed the land and re-laid the pitches. The HPA, like most governing bodies, has a focus to promote public interest in the sport, as well as developing the sport from élite to grass roots levels. One of the key ways in which the HPA supports the growth of the game is through its Instructor and Coach qualifications. These allow polo enthusiasts to coach players of abilities from 0–3 goals and 3+ goals respectively, and are crucial to polo’s continued development. They are also responsible for the organising of fixtures lists and the handicapping of anyone playing within its jurisdiction. Grass roots polo starts in the Pony Club and Junior HPA. It comes as no surprise then, that the majority of the 50 best players in the UK have previously played Pony Club Polo, as did all the England team in the 2010 Coronation Cup, and there are many up-and- coming British players going through the ranks of the Pony Club and Junior HPA. Promoting play across the nation, the HPA gives grants to the Armed Forces, the Pony Club and schools and universities for the encouragement of polo, and to clubs for improvement of their grounds. A bursary scheme is also run by the HPA for players of varying standards and ages to play overseas. Individuals who are members of the clubs in UK or Ireland as full playing members are automatically associate members of the HPA. They are subject to the rules and regulations of the HPA as a player and horse-owner, and are allocated a handicap according to their abilities. An individual is unable to play at any affiliated club without being a member of the HPA. The HPA releases an annual yearbook, which contains clubs, their players and also future fixtures and tournaments. The arena handbook is available from any arena-playing club, and rules are available to download on the website. For those interested in finding out more about the what can sometimes be considered a confusing and complex sport, the HPA produces a quarterly publication called Hurlingham Polo Association Magazine. Featuring articles on who to watch, the latest news and gossip from the circuit, event calendars and player profiles, the title is widely considered essential reading for any polo enthusiast, whether you’re totally new to the game, an enthusiastic spectator, a budding amateur or a seasoned professional.

The HPA is currently made up of: 55 outdoor clubs in the UK 11 outdoor clubs in Ireland 28 arena clubs in the UK & Ireland 6 associations in the UK & Ireland 25 overseas clubs and associations

For more information, go to the HPA’s website at www.hpa-polo.co.uk

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The game of polo has been changing and improving century on century since it began over 2,000 years ago. In a new, exciting and more exhilarating update, The City Polo Series has re-written the traditional rulebook and created a new division of adrenaline-fuelled polo, showcased at MINT Polo in the Park THE ‘OLD’ RULES

It seems fitting that as a nation of polo enthusiasts, the earliest official rules of polo originate from the Hurlingham Polo Club, here in England, in 1876. Testament to the popularity of the game, it was just three years later that those of the Westchester Polo Club in Rhode Island, America, asked the British officers to write a definitive version of the Hurlingham Rules and corresponding club rules. These rules are still valid today. In addition, it was the Americans who devised the handicap system, which was adopted by Britain and India in 1910. Polo can be played on practically any level field of sufficient size and the official international dimensions of a polo field are 166 yards wide by 300 yards long. However, match organisers are increasingly allowing play on smaller fields, as it is easier for spectators to watch. The goal has uprights but no crossbar, and is 8 yards wide.

Teams

Each team consists of four players. Number 3 is the captain, who commands the team. Number 4 (also known as ‘back’) is responsible for defence, while Number 1 and Number 2 are attackers.

each lasting 7.5 minutes. The last chukka of the game lasts 7 minutes. A pony can be played in no more than two chukkas and not in consecutive chukkas. At half-time there is a 5-10 minute break, during which the public are asked to ‘tread in’ the divots of turf created by the ponies’ hooves.

Handicap

Depending on aptitude, each polo player has a handicap ranging from -2 to +10. While the entry level of -2 denotes a beginner, around 90% of all polo players have handicaps in the range 0 to +2. The national polo associations review and assign players’ handicap annually, according to success in the tournaments. When a team is put together, the handicaps of the four individual players are combined to give the team figure. Tournaments are advertised in various classes of play (low-, medium- or high-goal), and the team handicaps of the competitors must correspond.

Direction of Play

Whenever a goal is scored, the direction of play switches. This is to avoid match conditions putting one team at a disadvantage.

Line of the ball

The fundamental rule of polo is known as ‘Right of Way’ (ROW). Whenever the ball is in play, a right of way is deemed to be held by the player who is established on, or at the closest angle to, the Line of the Ball (LOB = the extended path along which the ball has travelled, or is travelling). No other player may enter or cross this ROW.

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Rewriting the Rule Book cont. The Pitch and the ‘D’ Ring

The player with ROW can lose this by being ‘ridden off’ or ‘hooked’. ‘Hooking’ means using the stick to prevent the other player from retrieving or striking the ball. This is done by blocking the opponent’s stick during a swing or while the other player is dribbling the ball. It is forbidden to hook over the body of the opponent’s pony. ‘Riding Off’ means trying to force an opponent off course using a kind of body check, so that the player can no longer hit the ball. This is allowed, provided it takes place parallel, and not at an angle, to the player who has ROW.

At Polo in the Park, the pitch isn’t made from four sides anymore! It’s octagonal. The eight-sided pitch is a shorter length, 250 yards, and it is the narrower width of 120 yards. The corners have also been cropped in order to keep the ball in play for longer. The goal posts remain 8 yards apart and there is still a centre line with a starting marker in the middle of it. The difference here is that the penalty line markers have been removed and replaced with a ‘D’ ring, as one might find in hockey. A goal scored inside the ‘D’ ring is rewarded with 1 goal and a goal scored outside is awarded 2 goals.

Tapping techniques

In principle the ball is tapped on the right side of the pony, known as the ‘offside’. Tapping takes place in a forward or backward direction. For a ‘nearside’ play, which takes place on the pony’s left side, the player has to twist in the saddle and, holding the stick in his right hand, bring it to the other side of the pony. Nearside forehand and nearside backhand are the corresponding forward and backward plays. ‘Under the neck’ refers to strokes performed in front of the pony. Among the trickiest manoeuvres are ‘round-thetail’ strokes, performed to the rear of the horse.

Penalties

Instead of the penalty lines, which are traditionally used according to the severity of the penalty, a new ‘Yellow Card’ system is used in combination with a ‘Sin Bin’ box besides the pitch. A penalty is given to any player causing a ‘Foul’. A single or two yellow cards during the game will result in the player being sent to the ‘Sin Bin’ where the player has to dismount for a 60 second period of play before being allowed rejoin the game.

The Polo Pony

The present-day polo pony (height 14.5-16 hands, or 155-160cm) far exceeds pony height. It traces its pedigree back to the crossing of the original Himalayan mountain ponies, the Manipuris of Assam, with English or American thoroughbreds, Arabians and others, especially South American stud horses. The Argentinian polo breed still dominates. These horses are masters of the sudden burst of speed. Brave and pugnacious, their agility and alertness are unrivalled.

The Equipment

Helmets, face guards, mallets, knee-pads and other equipment which is in direct contact with the polo pony remains much the same. For the player, the traditional white polo breeches have been replaced with colour co-ordinating polo jeans. The polo ball has changed colour from white to orange.

Changing Ends

Equipment and Tack

The complicated rule of changing ends every time a goal is scored has been replaced with the new rule of changing ends after each half of the game.

Each player carries a mallet around 52 inches long. The mallet is usually made from a bamboo cane, with a tapered ‘cigar’ head, commonly of Tipuana Blanca wood. The handle is fitted with a fabric sling, which is wrapped round the hand for stability during tapping. All players must wear a helmet, preferably with face guard. Leather knee guards are also required. The legs of the ponies themselves are protected from blows and flying balls by soft bandages or wraps. Their tails are tied to prevent entanglement with the mallet. Light saddles without knee rolls are used and tack consists of a double rein. The breast girth and standing martingale prevent the saddle from slipping and guarantee support for the rider.

Umpires

Usually the game is monitored by 1-2 mounted umpires alongside a single sideline umpire, but the new rules boast more advanced judgement techniques. With the backup use of television playback, umpires will have access to comprehensive close-ups of the play.

Spectator Vision

Spectators watching the game ‘live’ will be able to view detail and slow motion playback, on a huge television screen.

THE ‘NEW’ RULES

Goal hit outs

Changes have been made to the game in order to create a much more spectator friendly game for those watching at the side of the polo ground, as well as for those spectators around the globe, who are viewing the event via television. These new rules have proven popular with both players and spectators during the last three MINT Polo in the Park events and mark the beginning of a new era in polo.

Players will hit out after a goal when the umpires call play.

Ball out of play

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The A-Z of Polo

Absorb yourself in the game of kings, and follow the match to the last detail with our ultimate polo glossary

AD A D bC f H g E play. The angle of contact must be no more than 45 degrees; the faster the pony travels, the smaller the angle must be. C

Check & Turn

Equipment

Slowing a pony down, to turn safely

Hard helmet for players are compulsory. Face-guards, knee pads, whips and spurs are optional.

Chukka

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Appealing

Bandages

Claims by players for a foul, commonly expressed by the raising of sticks above their heads

Bandages or leg wraps used on ponies for support and protection

B

Located off the side of the field and rung by the timekeeper to inform umpires when 7 minutes of play in chukka have lapsed

Back

The number 4 in a polo team is invariably referred to as the ‘Back’ rather than by his number

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Divots

Turf kicked up by ponies’ hooves E

Ends

The back lines of the polo pitch.

Bowl-in

A backhand swing, changing the direction of play

When the umpire starts or resumes play by rolling the ball down the centre of a line-up of players

Ball

Bump

White and made of plastic or wood, weighing 4.5 oz and is 3.5 inches in diameter

A player is permitted to ride off another to spoil his shot or to remove him away from the

Backshot

There are six Chukkas (periods) in high handicap matches, each lasting 7 minutes plus up to 30 seconds of overtime. If during the extra 30 seconds, the ball hits the sideboards or goes out of bounds, or if the umpire blows his whistle for a foul, the chukka is over. There is no overtime at the end of the final chukka unless the score is tied.

Bell or Hooter

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Teams change ends, i.e. switch the halves they defend, each time a goal is scored in order to equalise wind and turf conditions.

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Field

A full size polo field is 300 yards by 160 yards. The goal posts, which collapse on severe impact, are set 8 yards apart. G

Goal

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Goal Judge An unofficial goal observer appointed to signal a goal (flag over head) or no-goal (flag under waist) H

Handicap All players are rated on a scale of -2 to 10 (the higher the better) and this refers to their overall playing ability. A player’s horsemanship, range of strokes, speed of play, game and sense are the factors considered in determining his or her handicap. The team handicap is the sum of its players’ handicaps. In handicap matches of six chukkas, the team with the lower handicap is awarded the difference in goals at the start of the game.

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Ij L much more important and who guide and advise members while at the club. I

Teams with a total handicap of 8-12 goals

High Goal

Intervals

Teams with a total handicap from 17-24 goals. It is the highest level of official tournament polo played in the United Kingdom.

3-minute long rest periods between chukkas. Half-time is 5 minutes.

Hired Assasin

Goal judges are positioned behind each goal to signal when a goal has been scored. Hard hats are worn for protection.

A professional player

Hook The move whereby a player uses their mallet to block or interfere with an opponent’s swing by hooking the mallet of the other player with their own mallet. A player may only hook if he/she is on the side where the swing is being made or directly in front or behind an opponent.

HPA (The Hurlingham Polo Association) This is the governing body of the game in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Its governing officials are called stewards. They should not be confused with club stewards who are

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Judges

ball went over (equivalent to a goal kick in football). L

N

‘Crossing the line’ is the most frequent foul in polo. The line of the ball, namely the imaginary line along which the ball travels, represents a right of way for the player following nearest that line. There are strict rules governing opponents’ entry in to the right of way in the interest of safety.

The left-hand side of the pony

Knock-in

Nearside Neckshot A ball which is hit under the pony’s neck O

Offside The right-hand side of the pony

o Low Goal

Teams with a total handicap of 4-8 goals M

Mallet/Stick

n Mp K

Millionnaire’s Shot A shot at the ball by an inexpert player, when the ball is very close to the legs of the pony or under the belly of the pony. So called because a high degree of skill and timing is required for both shots, if the legs of the pony are to avoid being struck and in turn injured. It is assumed that only millionaires with lots of ponies can afford to have a pony out of play due to injury.

Line of the ball

Intermediate

Medium Goal Teams with a total handicap of 12-15 goals

The shaft is made from bamboo cane or graphite composite and the head from a hard wood. Polo sticks range in length according to the height of the pony played and extended from 48-54 inches.

Should a team hit the ball over the opponent’s back line during an attack, the defending team resumes the game with a free hit from the back line where the

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Patron A financially unchallenged amateur player who pays to put a team together, which is usually made up of at least two professionals and is normally named after the patron’s house or company.

Penalty A free hit is awarded when a foul is committed. The hit is taken from a set distance, dependent on the severity of the offence. Penalties and distance are as follows: Penalty 1: Automatic goal Penalty 2: from 30 yards to an open goal Penalty 3: from 40 yards to an open goal


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r T Qu Penalty 4: from 60 yards to a defended goal Penalty 5: from anywhere on the ground Penalty 5B: from the centre of the ground programme

Ponies Although termed ‘ponies’ they are in fact horses and above 14.2 hands. Most are of the Argentine Criollo breed, or pure or cross thoroughbreds. Their main qualities are speed and stamina, and temperaments that are amenable to the rigours of the game. There is no height limit for the ponies, although most are between 15 and 15.3 hands. The pony can account for as much as 80 percent of overall performance.

Positions Each of the four team members plays a different position. Since polo is such a fluid game, players momentarily change positions, but will try to return to their original assignment. No.1: essentially a goal striker No. 2: also a forward, but plays harder, especially on defence No. 3: the pivotal player between offence and defence who tries to turn all plays to offence. He is usually the highest rated player on the team

No 4: is the most defensive player whose primary responsibility is to protect the goal area R

Ringer A player or pony who performs well above expectation S

Safety Also known as a Penalty 6, a safety is awarded when a defending player hits the ball over his own backline. The free shot is taken 60 yards out from the backline, opposite the point at which the ball went over. It is equivalent to a corner in football. No defender can be nearer than 30 yards from the ball when it is played.

Sideboard These are 9-11 inch high (optional) vertical boards along the sidelines only

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VIP

Hitting the ball behind and under the pony’s rump

The team patron W

Take Him Out

Wellingtons

An exhortation to a team-mate to ride off an opponent to take him away from the play

Rubber boots ideal for treadingin the divots during wet weather! X

Thirdman

Xtra Time

The referee sitting at the sidelines who will arbitrate, if the two mounted umpires on the field are unable to agree a foul

Time-out Called by an umpire when a foul is committed, an accident occurs, or at his discretion. A player may call time-out if he has broken a key piece of tack or is injured. Time-out is not permitted for changing ponies or for replacing a broken stick, although a player may do so at any time.

Ride-off Two riders may make contact and push each other off the line to prevent the other from striking the ball. It is primarily intended for the ponies to do the pushing, but a player is allowed to use his body, but not his elbows.

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Tailshot

In the event of a tied score at the end of the final chukka, there will be a 5 minute break to allow players to rest and change to a fresh pony before beginning a sudden death chukka. The first team to score wins. In extra time, the goal posts move an extra 8 yards apart. Y

Your Line Words often heard shouted by players to a team-mate indicating that he has, rather than an opponent, the principal right of way to the ball

y W Treading in

The replacement, at half-time, of divots of turf by the spectators U

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Zone (Safety)

The area around the pitch, out of bounds for spectators during play

Umpires

Two mounted umpires (one for each side of the field)

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Meet the Teams MINT Team London Great Britain

Camino Real Team Buenos Aires

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Team Abu Dhabi

Argentina

United Arab Emirates

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Otkritie Team Moscow Russia

City AM Team Delhi India

IG Index Team Sydney Australia

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Team London With all eyes on London this summer and sporting excitement reaching fever pitch, the quintessentially British MINT Polo In The Park channels both the patriotism and athletic prowess of the Jubilee and Olympic year and promises to be yet another thrilling instalment in the Capital’s sporting calendar. With the home field advantage on their side, the MINT Team London will have everything to play for...

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George Meyrick

LONDON

Londoner George Meyrick (24) holds a handicap of five, and started playing polo at just 7 years old. Meyrick is a member at The Guards Polo Club (where he plays during the summer months), and keeps thirty ponies in England and twenty ponies in Argentina, including his favourite, Acorn. His career highlights include winning the Queen’s Cup playing for Dubai. During winter, Meyrick plays in India and Argentina – and he names Sotogrande and Argentina as the best locations he has played in.

Max Charlton (21) holds a handicap of five and has played for Altamira in the 18-goal as well as representing England numerous times, most recently in the snow polo in China. Charlton plays at The Guards Polo Club in the summer months, and keeps seventeen ponies including his favourite, Peachy. His career highlights include winning the John Cowdray Trophy, playing for the Prince of Wales Team on Cartier International Day, winning The Nations 10 Goal Arena and representing England in The FIP Snow Polo in Beijing, China. During winter, Charlton plays in China, Italy, Dubai, Thailand and Barbados.

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Jamie Morrison

LONDON

Jamie Morrison (35), nicknamed ‘Morro’, holds a handicap of four – he has played on both the London and New York teams at past PITP events. Morrison plays at his local club, The Royal County Berkshire, and keeps twelve ponies including his favourite, Louisa. His career highlights include the Prince of Wales High-Goal tournament, winning the Gold Cup four times and winning the Eduardo Moore tournament whilst playing on the same team as his Dad. During winter, Morrison plays in Berkshire and Argentina, and in the snow polo at St. Moritz. He names Palermo in Argentina and Brazil Campinas Polomo as the best locations he has played in.

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Max Charlton

LONDON


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Team Sydney Sydney boasts 12 polo venues. With a polo history that stretches back before the country became a federation, Centennial Park’s Polo in the City hosts the cream of the country’s players, including Glen Gilmore. Powerful strikes and daring moves are the hallmarks of boisterous Australian polo.

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Glen Gilmore

SYDNEY

Professional polo player and Australian polo ambassador, holds a handicap of seven. He has played professionally since the age of 21 (having started playing polo at the age of 10), and has captained the Australian team for more than 10 years. Gilmore keeps forty ponies in Australia including his favourite, Rouge. His career highlights include winning the Coronation Cup twice, The Warwickshire cup three times and the Melbourne Cup. During the summer months, Gilmore plays in England and in winter, he plays in Queensland, Australia. He names Ellerston in Australia as the best location he has played in.

Nicknamed ‘Cowboy Kel’ on the polo pitch, plays with a handicap of 4 at his local club, Cirencester, and keeps ten ponies, including his favourite, Twiggy. He was practically “born and raised” on horseback and started his polo career in 1998 at the late age of 25, after years of representative Polocrosse and “the odd rodeo”. His career highlights include playing in the Warwickshire tournament, where he scored 22 goals. During the winter months Johnson plays in Australia and names Ellerston as the best location he has played in.

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Jasper White

SYDNEY

Having started playing polo aged 12; he now holds a handicap of two, and he is well known for playing on the Ellerston team in Australia. His career highlights include winning a number of medium-goal tournaments with Ellerston. During the summer months, White plays in England and in winter, he plays in Australia. He names his homeground of Ellerston as the best location he has played in. White keeps a number of ponies with his brother, including his favourite, Melissa.

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Kelvin Johnson

SYDNEY


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Team Moscow The game was introduced to Russia in 1870, but fell out of favour post the 1917 Revolution, however there are now five fields in and around Russia’s capital. If polo on snow is your thing, Moscow hosts this variation on the sport in February. Fast play and hardy stamina necessary in the cold climate will prove invaluable on the Hurlingham field.

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Jack Richardson

MOSCOW

Plays with a handicap of four at his local club, Knepp Castle, and keeps twelve ponies including his favourite, a thoroughbred named Magic. His past teams have included Four Quarters, Cowdray and Altimira and amongst his career highlights so far is a win at the Archie David tournament at Guards last year and being voted for as best low-goal player. During winter, Richardson plays in Wellington, Florida and Pilar, Argentina but he names Palermo in Argentina as the best location he has ever played in. Interestingly, Richardson was the youngest player to ever play on the Queen’s ground at Guards Polo Club at 10 years old.

Hailing from the Home Counties, Oliver Hipwood (37), nicknamed ‘Oli’ or ‘OJ’, holds a handicap of six. He has played for a number of teams, including Clarita and Black Eagles, this year. Hipwood plays at The Guards Polo Club, and keeps fifteen ponies including his favourite, Silk. His career highlights include the Gold Cup in 1995 and the Queen’s Cup in 1993. He has won numerous tournaments playing at 8/12/15 goal level. During winter, Hipwood used to play in Australia but now favours England to be close to his family. He names St. Moritz, playing on a frozen lake in the mountains as the best location he has ever played in.

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Lanto Sheridan

MOSCOW

From East Sussex holds a handicap of four and currently plays for the Cowdray Park polo team. Based at Cowdray in the summer months, Sheridan keeps four ponies including his favourite, Evita. His career highlights include winning several tournaments at 6 and 8 goal level. During winter, Sheridan plays in New Zealand at the Kihkih Polo Club but he names Lawns 2 at Cowdray as the best location he has played in. Sheridan will soon undertake a degree course to study Law at Oxford University.

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Oliver Hipwood

MOSCOW


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Team Buenos Aire The Argentinian capital hosted the first polo world championship in 1987, and fiercely keeps up to its polo heritage. Deriving skills and stud ponies from the gaucho cattle herders on the pampas, Argentinian play is noted for its passion and agility. If you are looking for the ultimate polo experience, look no further than Camino Real Polo & Country Club.

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Oscar Mancini

BUENOS AIRES

Plays with a handicap of four at his local club, The Royal County Berkshire, and keeps around forty ponies in the UK and forty in Argentina, including his old favourite, Sol, and Patience, a new ex-racehorse he has retrained and loves. His career highlights include winning major snow tournaments in St. Moritz and Klosters, winning the Gold Cup and re-training racehorses that have not made it on the track into successful polo ponies. During winter, Mancini plays on his farm in Argentina where he offers polo holidays, and he names Palermo in Argentina as the best location he has played in.

Started playing polo professionally at 16 years old, playing in Argentina and the USA – and he now holds a handicap of four. Machado played in the USA for five years, in all the levels up to 22-goals in Florida. In 2007 he moved to England and Dubai, working for Dubai polo team. Machado does not have any ponies of his own as he continues to work for the Dubai polo team and uses their ponies. His favourite place to play polo is Argentina, but England comes a very close second.

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Tomas Ruiz Guinazu

BUENOS AIRES

Nicknamed ‘Tomy’ on the polo pitch, holds a handicap of six, after starting to play the game at just 9 years old. He has played for La Golondrina and this year also plays for the Golden Falcons. Guinazu plays the summer months in England, and keeps ten ponies including his favourite, Roncola. His career highlights include winning the John Prestwich trophy at RCBPC last year. During the winter months Guinazu plays in Argentina and he names Palermo in Argentina as the best location he has ever played in. In addition to polo, he enjoys reading, tennis and golf.

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Team Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE is one of the world’s fastest growing and most exciting cities. Polo has been keenly contested in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi in recent years, where celebrities rub shoulders with royalty at the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club. In November 2012, Emirates Palace will create the most exciting new polo venue in the world in its private gardens, hosting Coutts Polo at the Palace, where you can see some of the teams competing today in action!

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Mohammed Al Habtoor

ABU DHABI

Established horse rider Mohammed Al Habtoor began playing polo in 1999, having attended the Desert Palm Polo Club and being drawn to the sport. A natural player, Al Habtoor has been trained by English professional Peter Webb. Despite being a latecomer to polo, Mohammed Al Habtoor has competed against top players such as Santiago Chevanne, Marcos Heguy and Lolo Castagonla, and always held his own.

From Lobos in Argentina, plays with a handicap of 6 at his local club, Cowdray, and keeps around nine ponies, including his favourite, Indica. He has played for numerous teams including Vampire Bats, Clarits and Enigma. His career highlights include winning the Challenge Cup and playing at the Open in Argentina. During winter Vianini plays in Argentina, and remains in England in the summer months as these are his two favourite polo destinations.

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Alejandro (Piki) Diaz Alberi ABU DHABI

Argentinian-born Alejandro Diaz Alberi (42), nicknamed ‘Piki’ on the polo pitch, plays with a handicap of eight. His career highlights include playing in the Ellerstina Gold Cup in 2009, the Queen’s Cup in 2006, and the British Open, Queen’s Cup, Cartier World Cup on Snow in 2005. Throughout the year, he plays in Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

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Andrea Vianini ABU DHABI


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Team Delhi

CITY AM Team Delhi is a very experienced team that has consistently dominated all the major trophies in India, but as CITY AM Team Delhi make their debut appearance at Hurlingham they will have everything to prove. This team of India’s best polo players could be the dark horse of MINT Polo In The Park 2012.

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Satnam Dhillon

DELHI

Holds a handicap of six – he started ‘stick & balling’ and practices at 7 years old, before playing his first tournament at 12 years. Dhillon plays at Cirencester Park, Guards and Cowdray polo clubs, and keeps between fifteen and thirty ponies including his favourite, Milly. His career highlights include winning the snow polo in St. Moritz (twice), winning the Prince of Wales High-Goal tournament, and getting his handicap up to seven, last year. During winter, Dhillon plays in India and Argentina and he names Buenos Aires in Argentina as the best location he has played in.

Holds a handicap of four – he hails from a family of avid polo players and began playing at 16, under the supervision of his father Col Raj Kalaan (a former 5-goaler himself). Kalaan has played for the Indian national team on numerous occasions, and also captained the Indian World Cup team. Along with his brother Uday, Angad runs the Haryana Polo Club, a polo club founded by his family at their farm outside Delhi. His career highlights include winning the Indian National Championships (20-goal) three times and the Northern India Polo Championship (20-goal) six times in as many years.

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Abhimanyu Pathak

DELHI

Nicknamed ‘Abby’ on the polo pitch, holds a handicap of three and has been playing polo for just six years. He has played polo in various locations around the world, including Australia, New Zealand , South Africa, England, Pakistan and Kenya. Pathak has played at an international level representing India, and has also represented his country in the Polo World Cup in 2007. Pathak has won the Indian opens twice, alongside a number of other prestigious tournaments in India.

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MINT POLO IN THE PARK 2012

EVENTS CALENDAR JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2012 While the Olympic agenda gets set to take over the gaming schedule this summer, traditional, seasonal sporting occasions shouldn’t be forgotten. From Goodwood to Wimbledon and Ascot to MINT Polo in the Park, Kari Rosenberg has compiled a thorough calendar of events not to be missed, from June through to September

JUNE 2012 8-10

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Wimbledon draw announced on 100th anniversary of the opening of the SW19 venue

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Three Peaks Yacht Race begins today MINT Polo In The Park, Hurlingham Park The Prince of Wales Trophy Final, Royal Country of Berkshire Polo Club 8 June - 4 July Euro 2012

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The Cartier Queen's Cup Final, Guards Polo Club MotoGP British Grand Prix, Silverstone

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11-17 June Queen's Club tennis tournament begins today

Qualifying begins ahead of the 2012 Wimbledon Tennis Championships

13 Race For Life takes place in Battersea Park

24 The Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup Final, Guards Polo Club

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29 June - 1 July Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world's largest car event, with annual Bonhams auction including collection of seven motor cars and two motorcycles owned by watchmaker George Daniels expected to make in excess of £8 million. Lots led by a 1929-32 Bentley 4 1/2-Litre Supercharged Single-Seater previously owned by Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin, one of the ‘Bentley Boys’, an Itala 100hp Grand Prix Car from 1908 and a 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

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Guards Polo Club; the HPA’s International Day for the Coronation Cup

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4 5 The Grand Prix Ball, The Hurlingham Club European Tour Golf; Barclays Scottish Open begins, in one of the last tournaments ahead of the British Open

13 13 July - 12 September Olympic Village opens for around 17,000 athletes and officials ahead of the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, with residential apartments for the athletes and team officials, as well as shops, restaurants, leisure facilities and large open spaces. The area continues as a Paralympic Village until 12 September before being transformed into permanent public housing, accomodating around 2,800 apartments

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White jacket, £375, trousers, £130 navy and white stretch cotton polo shirt, £70 navy leather belt, £65 All Hackett, 10 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf


Black and white GG printed popeline skinny shirt, £280 dover techno tricotine riding pant with contrast tape, £460 benzine leather belt, £180 leather sole moccasin with horsebit, £450 All Gucci, www.gucci.com


Yellow polo shirt, ÂŁ95, yellow print silk tie, ÂŁ85 Both Dunhill, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf


Blue jacket, £600, trousers, £200, stripe shirt, £125 pastel stripe bowtie, £55, silk pocket square, £65 All Gieves & Hawkes, www.gievesandhawkes.com Transocean Chronograph Unitime watch, £8,060 Breitling, 020 7637 5167


Blue linen trousers (part of suit), £832, shirt, £174 silk blend tie, £150, brown leather loafers, £3,038 All Tom Ford, www.tomford.com Arceau Chronograph watch, £4,350 Hermès, 020 7499 8856

Grooming: Paula Mann at Models1 Creative using Clinique and Kiehls Shot on location at The Hurlingham Club, www.hurlinghamclub.org.uk


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A Bumper Year for Luxury British Brands A new Walpole study highlights the importance of 2012 to the UK’s luxury goods industry, as well as the expectations and issues facing leading luxury brands, reports Richard Brown

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n the yearear that Walpole has identified the opportunity to position Britain as the luxury destination of the world, the company has published a report suggesting the UK luxury sector will grow by 8.5 per cent this year. Now in its third installment, the Walpole and Ledbury UK Benchmark Study is one of the most comprehensive analyses of the UK’s luxury industry and the 2012 report predicts the industry to achieve forecasts of £9.1 billion within the next three years. Formed in 1990 as a not-for-profit organisation to further the interests of the British luxury sector, Walpole could hardly have

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72 expected the remarkable rise in the popularity of our home-grown goods, particularly among the swelling middle classes of the Far East. The growth of countries, China in particular, and their appetite for made-in-Britain goods has certainly made Walpole’s job a lot easier; many UK-based brands are already expecting 2012 to be a bumper year for international sales. The report goes on to highlight how British luxury remains popular with the international consumer; whether via tourism to the UK or British brands overseas, 72 per cent of UK luxury brands have a presence outside the country. Breaking its findings down further, the report notes that 37 per cent of these are already present in China, with a further 27 per cent having made plans to enter the market in the future. This interest is not just in the major (Tier 1) cities like Beijing and Shanghai; 67 per cent of those looking at the country are investigating Tier 3 cities, those with populations under 500,000. While the fact that brands are looking to expand into the fastgrowing markets of East Asia and Africa may be old news, the report also suggested that despite the interest in the British luxury industry in China, the UK is falling behind its European peers in attracting the Chinese shopper. The biggest Chinese shopping windows, such as Chinese New Year and Golden Week (two annual seven-day national holidays implemented in China in 2000), have no impact on sales for 71 per cent of the sector. Outside of London, and consistent with last year, Edinburgh and Manchester are closely tied as the next most important luxury hubs in the UK, although the impact of the internet means that the number of in-store sales may be set to decline in years to come. 50 per cent of UK luxury brands are seeing more onlineonly clients – reaffirming the importance of this sales channel as an opportunity for global expansion for companies of all sizes, and good news for those without the capital to fund boutiques in places like Bond Street and Knightsbridge. Having already highlighted the potential of 2012 as a year to showcase the best of British, Walpole’s report confirms the importance of the coming months for many companies; 63 per cent of British luxury brands believe the 2012 Olympics Games will positively impact their sales, with 20 per cent of respondents anticipating a double-digit rise in sales as a direct consequence. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations that will take place in June is something that 58 per cent of high-end brands believe will also bring a noticeable increase in sales. “With the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, 2012 puts the UK firmly in the global spotlight at a time when British brands are already

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enjoying a resurgence of popularity around the world,” says Guy Salter, Deputy Chairman of Walpole. “British luxury brands are optimistic about the impact of these events. The results of the study underline the positive outlook for the future of the British luxury industry as a whole.” Despite the upbeat nature of the report, Walpole has warned the UK Government, and the industry as a whole, that it needs to support British luxury brands or risk losing out on the potential benefits of the London 2012 Olympics. Given that Great Britain is home to many of the world’s most iconic and internationally renowned luxury brands, tourist destinations and cultural attractions, the organisation believes that this year is the time to cement the country’s reputation as the leading destination within the global luxury goods industry. While Britain’s luxury industry is currently very strong, with the likes of Burberry and Mulberry planning on opening new stores around the world, it cannot afford to get complacent. According to the report, the critical challenge facing the British luxury industry is reaching the next generation of consumers, whether that be at home or overseas, and, thanks to the increasing number of sales made over the internet, effective e-business. Nevertheless, the overriding tone of the report is positive and underlines above all the importance of the international market to the UK industry. “Despite an uncertain economic picture in the short term, British luxury brands are upbeat about 2012, not only due to planned domestic celebrations, but also because of the brands’ growing international footprint,” says James Lawson, Director at Ledbury Research whose findings were based on interviews with high net worth individuals and luxury consumers from around the world. “The report shows it’s no longer a case of concentrating on China, but looking across Asia, be it Korea, Vietnam or Indonesia, as well as the Middle East, Latin America and Africa too.”

The Walpole Ledbury Research UK Luxury Benchmark study involves the participation of 84 senior luxury executives and is powered by an analysis of more than 1,600 financial statements of companies operating in the UK luxury market.

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the low 30s, but used sensibly you should be able to get 40+mpg. It’s n my opinion, saloons are boring. That’s why the Germans helped by a standard stop/start system which automatically kills the (and it’s the Germans who dominate this sector of the market) engine when stationary at lights or junctions. Comfort and handling have created a whole bunch of alternatives, from the frankly are assisted by standard adaptive chassis dynamics which allow the weird BMW 5-series Gran Turismo to the swoopy Mercedes driver to set various parameters for the suspension, steering weight CLS. Thankfully it was the Merc rather than the Bee-Em that and throttle response. In Dynamic mode the A7 feels more alert than inspired what’s the best of the lot: the Audi A7. The Audi is what the is usual in a big Audi while the Comfort setting manufacturers like to call a five-door coupé (and does just what it says on the tin. never mind that that’s a contradiction in terms). Where the A7 really excels is inside the cabin. What they really mean is that it has a rather The ambience is just right; a clever mix of more svelte profile than a typical ‘three-box’ Car: minimalist luxury and cool technology. Granted, saloon (one box for the engine, one for the Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI much of the latter comes only after an expensive passengers and one for their luggage). Audi calls quattro SE S tronic visit to the options list but some of the things it a Sportback and that’s a pretty fair description Price: the A7 can do really do raise the bar: I mean, as far as I can see. Unlike the four-door Merc, £49,010 it’s possible to turn the interior into a mobile which retains a separate boot, the Audi is a Wi-Fi hotspot if you so desire. Standard features hatchback, offering five-door practicality with Engine: include a DAB radio, heated and electrically sporting looks. It’s a niche design concept 2,967cc, V6-cylinder diesel adjusted front seats, Bluetooth, cruise control and which, in Audi terms, started with the A5 Power: keyless go. Sportback but which has been further refined in 245 hp The test car had £10,000 worth of extra – the A7. Ignoring the R8 supercar, I reckon the A7 Drive: comparatively modest for an Audi Press car – of is the best Audi on offer. Four-wheel drive, sevenspeed which I’d happily pay £2,050 for the technology And that’s odd. For underneath the stylish double clutch package, which provides an excellent head-up fastback body, the A7 is essentially the same as automated manual display and upgrades the sat nav to a touch the equivalent A6 saloon. Yet it feels livelier, more Performance: screen system. I’d probably pay £1,750 for the luxurious and all round the better car. 155 mph max, 0-62 mph comfort package, with memory seats and a Needless to say there are a number of different in 6.3 seconds rear view parking camera, though I might baulk engine options, petrol and diesel, and two and at price tag for a sun roof. Equally, I personally quattro four-wheel drive. The latest generation wouldn’t bother with a grand for fancy alloys: the of VW Group direct injection petrol engines – standard ones are perfectly fine. Thankfully, the TFSI in Audi-speak – are smooth, refined and test car was to SE rather than S line specification impressive but for high mileage drivers there’s – Audi, along with BMW and M-B, are guilty of nothing to beat the top-of-the-range 245bhp thinking sports suspension, the major feature of S 3.0-litre TDI diesel. line spec, improves the car when all it does is ruin Top speed is governed to 155 mph, which is the ride. no hardship in the real word, while its sprinting Since the A7 Sportback went on sale a little ability is impressive for a car of this bulk – it’ll hit over a year ago, there’s only been one significant 60mph from rest in under 6.3 seconds. change to the car. The early examples were Even better is the effortless way that power fourseaters only but it’s now possible to get a is delivered. The quattro version has S tronic fiveseat version at no extra cost, though it could (VW calls it DSG), a seven- speed automated be a little snug with three adults in the rear. Unlike manual transmission as standard (you can either the M-B CLS, which has a comparatively small change gear yourself using the steering wheel boot and an awkwardly small opening, the full mounted paddles or leave it to its own devices) size tailgate of the Audi makes loading luggage which takes full advantage of the engine’s huge dead easy and the rear seats fold to increase load reserves of pulling power to whisk you past space if required. This is a seriously practical car. slower traffic. So the A7 really does offer a genuine alternative to the more Add four-wheel drive to the mix and what you have is a fast, predictable saloon. It also proves there’s nothing new under the sun. comfortable and, above all, secure grand tourer. Plus this is an Audi Those with long memories might recall the Rover SD1, an upmarket which has more than a hint of sporty handling. It uses the latest hatchback equally beloved by company directors and by the police. generation of quattro technology with a 40:60 bias to the rear wheels Now if only Rover, when under BMW ownership, had recreated that and an advanced differential which can vary the torque distribution concept rather than dish up the staid 75 saloon, the company might between front and rear axles more widely. still be with us today. It’s economical, too. Use it hard and fuel consumption will dip into

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Polo At The Palace Polo At The Palace is the next leg of the City Polo Series, following on from MINT Polo In The Park.

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If you want to attend a polo tournament that blends society, high octane polo, fashion and the legendary Emirates Palace hospitality then do contact Rachel Roullier – rachel@cityevents.uk.com

olo At The Palace will take place at the iconic Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The polo field will be situated in the Palace’s private gardens, offering up one of the world’s most spectacular polo venues. The tournament will take place over two days (23rd and 24th of November 2012) and will play host to teams from Abu Dhabi, London, Milan and Buenos Aires. A maximum of one thousand guests will be invited to attend this polo tournament. Emirates Palace will proudly host the event, providing the ultimate hospitality and networking platform for some of the world’s finest brands as well as the toast of Emirati society. Not only will guests get to experience polo in the Palace’s grounds, but they will also be invited to a very special fashion show by Stella McCartney on the opening evening. 72


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Chesterton Humberts is the proud property sponsor of MINT Polo in the Park hurlingham – 8th to 10th june 2012

Hornton Street Kensington W8

An imposing double fronted house situated on this sought-after road in the heart of Kensington. The accommodation comprises a drawing room, dining room & an impressive entrance hall. Situated on the upper floors is a fantastic master bedroom suite & 5 further bedrooms, 1 with access to a roof terrace. A large kitchen is located on the lower ground floor with other recreational rooms, staff bedroom, laundry & a large garage. There is off street parking for 1-2 cars to the front & a garden to the rear.

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A modern ecological take on a traditional country house in the middle of its own land with amazing views. Reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study/guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom, lower ground cinema room, 4 en-suite bedrooms. 2 bedroom cottage, gardens & grounds, stables, paddocks, flood-lit sand school & tennis court. In all about 19.9 acres.

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Ellerby Street Fulham SW6

A substantial 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom family house set over 3 floors & extending to approx. 2,368 sq ft with considerable potential to extend (STPP). The property benefits from outstanding entertaining space including a bright south facing double reception room, dining room & kitchen with side extended breakfast room opening on to a stunning 54ft lawned garden. Ellerby street is a highly sought-after tree lined street forming one of the popular Alphabet Streets in the Bishops Park area of Fulham, well located for the excellent amenities of Fulham Palace Road.

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A 4 bedroom family house that has been recently refurbished to an exacting standard offering internal accommodation of approx. 1,679 sq ft. This outstanding property offers fabulous entertaining space with a stunning full width reception room leading through to a fully extended kitchen/breakfast room in turn opening onto a secluded patio garden. The property is located at the favoured eastern end of this popular road running from “Munster Village” across Dawes Road offering easy access to Fulham Broadway, Parson Green & the open spaces of Normand Park & Bishops Park.

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An unforgettable day out for everyone

MINT Polo in the Park brings together a dazzling combination of international polo and family entertainment to form an unforgettable day out in the heart of the City. Features include the popular Veuve Clicquot Champagne Garden and Polo Garden Bar and new PIMMS Enclosure. For those of you with children, there is the Kids Zone where there will be face painting, bouncy castles and football shoot outs and a few more surprises!

Chesterton Humberts are proud property sponsors of

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Damien Hirst and Banksy prints, holidays in Argentina or even a villa in Turkey. Whatever it is you like, be sure to have a look round and see what’s on offer. Knowledgeable and friendly staff will be on hand to help you.

ake sure you browse the Luxury Shopping Village. Featuring over 40 exhibitors selling a wide range of quality products, this is a wonderful showcase of luxury products you might not find on the high street. Offering everything you could want for a fashionable summer, from hats to Argentine belts, one-piece suits to jewellery, our retailers are ready to welcome you. For those with truly refined tastes you could pick up limited edition

Almari Luxury handmade jewelley 07957 687 335 Argentine Embassy Argentine products and tourism 0207 318 1300 At Last Individual boutique style clothing for men and women 01264 335 444 Les Ateliers Creatifs High quality exclusive travel bags 0208 491 6032 Boing A new range of jewellery incorporating sailing and climbing ropes 01628 789 999 Brilliant Adventures The ingenious infinity candles created by inventor Nick Moore 0208 444 8556 Cuban Cigars Authentic Cuban Cigars from Robusto House 07850 303 403 Dogs & Horses Luxury goods for dogs and horses made with the finest saddlery leather 0208 964 3231

Shopping village marketing and management: Hodgson Events 01798 861 815 www.hodgsonevents.com polo@hodgsonevents.com

Equestrian Art Original contemporary polo and equestrian fine art 07754 386 891

Jessica Mary Design Art photography, jewellery, millinery 07950 026 305

Psantiago - Alpaca Designs Luxurious alpaca shawls and furnishings 01344 430 035

Estribos The real Argentine leather company 0208 398 2573

Lycia Properties Villas and property in Turkey 01282 446 030

The Soho Furrier Fur trimmed fashion 0845 528 1061

Winnie Magee Stylish linen rainwear 02891 871 778

St. Leonards-Mayfield School Independent boarding and day school for girls 01435 874 600

Gamaarte / Eleganza Stunning Vicuña and Alpaca wool works +511 4419 757

Mara Sculpture Beautiful contemporary stone sculpture from Zimbabwe for the home or garden. 07941 753 816

Dominic Guerrini Original prints by Damien Hirst, Banksy, David Hockney, Lucian Freud and others 0207 565 2333 Hammamas Clever cotton towels and sarongs 01580 714 714 Harlequins London’s only professional rugby club – come and meet the players! 0208 410 6000 Heyland and Whittle A beautiful selection of handmade soaps and gifts 01293 863 606

Nousha Photography Traditional family portraiture with a nod to the contemporary 0207 635 0887

Team Magnus Wetsuits, water rugby balls, bellyboards, waterslides and other cool children’s kit 01738 624 019

Onepiece – Jump In The original Onepiece jumpsuit 07880 555 418

thewatchroom.com Luxury watches 01403 788 401

Posh Totti Clothing Gorgeous summer clothing for mother and daughter 01548 858 881

Vintage Collectable Clothing Vintage clothing 07412 590 021

Powder Hill The new Powder Hill Collection of fine jewellery 07747 792 082

Kevingston Polo fashion from Argentina 07809 408 958

Quo Vadis 1 Jewellery Jewellery direct from Birmingham’s famous jewellery quarter 01216 939 270

J’tara Ladies’ handbags, beach bags, scarves, costume jewellery and throws 07557 378178

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Family time is precious… …enjoy it together at Harbour Club. You can have it all. Family time and well deserved ‘me’ time while your children have the time of their lives at Harbour Club. We welcome all our new members with a complimentary tennis assessment. We’ll also shape a personal exercise programme to your needs, goals and available time. There’s never been a better time to join, with exclusive joining offers available. After all, you deserve the quality time of your lives.

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Moyses Stevens proudly sponsors Mint Polo in the Park 2012 Moyses Stevens has a talented team of florists and gardeners creating exquisite bouquets – contract vases – event and wedding arrangements – landscape and gardening since 1876. A company glittering in history capable of awe inspiring designs for your home, event or work place

For more information please contact Spale Marcinko, Managing Director T: +44 20 8772 0094 | E: spale.marcinko@moysesflowers.co.uk | www.moysesstevens.com

City Events is an international event management and sports marketing agency. Founded in 2009 by a team of experienced sports marketing professionals, City Events now owns events and consults to companies and rights holders who require sponsorship, hospitality and event expertise. City Events currently consults to Prestige Ticketing, the official on-site hospitality sales team for London 2012 Olympics and is working alongside a number of Olympic sponsors to help them activate their London based Olympic activities. In addition to MINT Polo in the Park, City Events is proud to announce their latest event on the City Polo Series – Coutts Polo at the Palace. This polo tournament will take place at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi later in the year.

City Events Team Rory Heron Rachel Roullier Paul Vernon Richard Kirtley Antonia Laing Louisa Dawnay

Managing Director Commercial Director Event Director Operations Manager Hospitality Executive Polo Manager

With thanks to: Captive Minds PR AT Bone Garry Pascoe Rob Kendle Glenn Hunt Jem Kale (LBHF)

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Neil Manning (LBHF) Hurlingham District Residents Association Mark Jardine (Y&Y Online) Henry Brooke Charlotte Garczewska Eliza Boyd


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