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Shalimar shine in Archie David Cup Final

Some great teamwork from Shalimar resulted in them winning the Hildon Archie David Cup at Guards Polo Club, defeating Snake Bite 8-5 in a thrilling final. Patron Kassem Shafi received the UK’s leading 8-goal championship trophy from Hildon’s James Burston and Samantha Greatbanks. Played as a tribute to Hildon founder Christian Heppe, a life playing member of Guards Polo Club who died last year, this sponsorship is the next chapter of Hildon’s long-standing relationship with Guards Polo Club. Hildon also requested that finals day was a fundraiser for the Nicolls Spinal Injury Foundation (nsif). An auction over lunch raised some £7,000, while the day’s raffle was still being totted up at the time of writing. Vieri Antinori showed Shalimar’s intent from the first minute, firing through a goal...

Park Place won the Windsor Cup

Park Place confirmed their status as the leading 15-goal team in the UK after winning the Bentley Motors Royal Windsor Cup. In a thrilling game on The Queen’s Ground, Andrey Borodin’s team defeated Charlie Wooldridge’s Twelve Oaks 8-7. There had not been much air between Park Place and Twelve Oaks throughout these five chukkas, played in the presence of HM The Queen, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and Dr Andreas Offermann, the member of the Bentley board for sales and marketing. Strong defensive play from both sides stopped either team running away with this game and ensuring a fast and competitive match for the many spectators. South African international Chris Mackenzie, later named the Bentley Motors Most Valuable Player, gave Park Place a 6-4 lead at half-time and when team-mate Juan Britos...

El Remanso and Murus Sanctus to the Semifinals

First up was El Remanso v King Power Foxes at the Gottschalks’ Les Lions ground. King Power, after their surprise defeat to Murus Sanctus last Wednesday, were fielding James Fewster in place of Charles Cooney and Hugo Taylor. The change of line up did not improve things for the 2015 winners and they were 6-4 down to El Remanso (rec 1) at the end of the second. Charlie Hanbury’s team put on a strong performance, often out riding and out playing their higher-handicapped rivals. Ollie Cudmore won several horse races against Gonzalito Pieres and James Harper was always in the right place to pick up loose balls. If anyone had been worried about the state of English polo before the start of the season, this game did a wonderful job in allaying any fears. Unfortunately for King Power, their patro...

Twelve Oaks snatch last gasp win in Archie David Cup

Ed Horswell and Charlie Wooldridge’s Sladmore/Twelve Oaks produced an incredible comeback in the final chukka to win the prestigious Archie David Cup – the UK’s leading 8-goal tournament. Chris Hyde, later named The Polo Magazine’s Most Valuable Player, was inspired in this chukka, levelling the score to 6-6 in the first three minutes. He was then in the right place to pick up a loose ball to fire through the winning goal. It had all looked such a different story in the first three chukkas. Limitless/Silvertown, featuring Olivia Hutchinson, daughter of the Chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association. had dominated this match. They were 4-1 up at half-time – with Matias Amaya on particularly good form on some particularly fast ponies. Meanwhile, Sladmore/Twelve Oaks strugg...

Four Quarters Orange won the Royal Windsor Cup

Four Quarters Orange kept their nerve to win the Bentley Motors Royal Windsor Cup Final at Guards Polo Club this afternoon. Patron Simon Arber was wining this leading 15-goal trophy for the second year – his team added its name to Guards Polo Club’s oldest trophy in 2014 – a rare achievement that only a handful of teams have ever managed to achieve. Simon received this important silverware from HM The Queen and Kevin Rose, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing. Four Quarters Orange’s opponents, Poulton Balvanera put up a strong fight throughout the five chukkas, even though Ludo Ephson’s team failed to score at all in the first chukka. In fact, this match became so tight that extra time seemed likely, until Mark Tomlinson fired through the last goal of the game with just mi...

HRH The Duke of Cambridge plays for Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy

On Saturday, 18 June 2016, the UK leg of Maserati’s International Polo Tour saw a thrilling match at the Gloucestershire-based Beaufort Polo Club. Playing in the UK match at the iconic ground was a very special guest; HRH The Duke of Cambridge who played on the Maserati team. His Royal Highness took part in the game in aid of the Princes’ chosen charities England and Wales Mountain Rescue, Household Cavalry Foundation and Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust. Since 2007 the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have been playing polo in support of their charities. This summer’s matches will see the total they have raised pass the £10 million mark. Joining the Princes in the action were England Internationals and La Martina ambassadors, Malcolm Borwick, and George Meyrick. 2016 is the third year Maser...

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