The British Polo Day Charity Cup, presented by Land Rover, saw over 800 VIP guests and picnickers descend on the prestigious Black Bears private estate and polo ground in Henley-on-Thames. Marking the beginning of the English summer, the second British Polo Day Charity Cup was the home leg of its Global Series, and this year’s event was the return fixture for British Polo Day Singapore and the Atlantic Polo Team’s celebratory match, following their grueling Atlantic race.
One of the summer season’s most hotly-anticipated social and sporting events, British Polo Day guests and VIPs travelled with Abercrombie & Kent and arrived in chauffeur-driven Range Rovers to a Champagne Taittinger reception, and a thoroughly British game of Brompton bicycle polo. Guests not only enjoyed a day of top polo in the glorious sunshine but raised a staggering US $310,605 for charity – a record for British Polo Day!
In the first match of the day – the British Polo Day Charity Cup presented by Land Rover – the Royal Salute British Exiles Atlantic Polo Team put aside their oars and dusted off their mallets for a closely-fought battle with The InterContinental London Park Lane Commonwealth Team, which resulted in a 6 -3 victory to The Commonwealth. During the second match – the Hackett Trophy –the Oxford Group Holdings British Schools Polo Team and Hackett Team Singapore took to the pitch for an exhilarating match which saw the British Schools Team win 8 -6.
As the sun went down on Black Bears, the victorious teams look their place on the podium for the British Polo Day prize-giving. The coveted Charity Cup and Hackett Trophy were presented to the winners by His Highness Gaj Singh II The Maharaja of Marwar-Jodhpur, Duke of Argyll and Urs Schwarzenbach. The Holland & Holland Shot of the Day went to Max Gottschalk (of The Commonwealth Team), while Jo Chauveau set the style stakes off the pitch – winning Zaeem Jamal’s Best Dressed Lady – and the handsome ‘Que’ was deemed Best Playing Pony.
Marchioness Clare of Milford Haven revealed some of the strategy that the winning teams would have employed. “Time in a polo game is everything,” she told us. “Games can be won or lost in the dying seconds of the final chukka, so it is important for every player to be aware of how much time they have left.”
British Polo Day champions British luxury and heritage, showcasing over thirty top British luxury brands and acting as a conduit for championing craftsmanship and heritage in emerging markets. In countries all over the world, polo has a long history of raising significant funding for worthy causes. The British Polo Day team is entirely committed to bringing to bear the full weight of its partners, network and creative talent to this end. To date, British Polo Day has raised an impressive US $684,458 for extremely worthy causes across the world.
For more information on British Polo Day, please visit www.britishpoloday.com.