Thursday 12th of December 2019
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Thousands expected at 49th Hurlingham Polo International Day

This Saturday (27th July) will see the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, home of England Polo, welcome thousands to the grounds as they host the 49th Hurlingham Polo International Day for the second consecutive year.

This year’s world-class day promises to be one of the standout social events of the year, with the Frasers England Polo Team playing against one of the all-time greats – Argentina, in a bid to win The Coronation Cup.

ⓒ Sarah Heseltine

The Hurlingham Polo International Day is the most anticipated annual polo spectacular and has always been one of the highest profile sporting events in the summer calendar.

We had a fantastic day last year, with the added bonus of cheering on my son and his Pony Club team as they played in the exhibition match before the main event. 

ⓒ Sarah Heseltine

This year, we are really looking forward to cheering on Frasers England and watching the Argentinian superstars in action. (I will also remember not to wear THAT Zara dress as think I counted 5 other ladies wearing it!)

Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Chairman and CEO, Jamie Morrison said;

“It is a real privilege for us to be hosting the Hurlingham Polo International at our Club. It’s set to be a thrilling day of top sport and entertainment and we look forward to welcoming all to enjoy this highlight of the summer season. As the oldest of equestrian sports, this year polo celebrates 150 years of being played as an official sport and to mark the occasion, a special polo ball will be presented in front of the Royal Pavilion.”

New for 2019 is a ‘Through the Levels Dressage Masterclass’ delivered by five times Olympic British dressage rider, Carl Hester, MBE which is a wonderful follow on from last year’s triple Olympic Gold Medalist, Charlotte Dujardin CBE.

ⓒ Sarah Heseltine

Hester will be giving a rare UK masterclass as he demonstrates the training techniques which earned him his place on the world stage in Dressage. This move is part of a long-term strategy by the Club’s Chairman and professional polo player, Jamie Morrison, to bring the equestrian disciplines closer together and to encourage new audiences to immerse themselves in Polo.

Pre-match entertainment will commence with a ‘Fluffy Chukka’ played by the Pony Club who celebrate their 90th anniversary this year. The days pomp and ceremony will then kick off with a spectacular performance from a renowned brass band who will be joined by a critically acclaimed choir to sing the national anthems from both respective countries, England and Argentina, ahead of the Coronation Cup match.

ⓒ Sarah Heseltine

For those wishing to continue celebrations post Polo, the famous after-party will be hosted by popular celebrity haunt, Mahiki Mayfair, renowned for its iconic guestlist. This is where high society and rock star royalty alike will enjoy the biggest party in polo within the tropical paradise enclosure!

Ticket Info

On the gate, Adult tickets cost £30 and Junior (5 – 12 years) tickets cost £10. General admission to Mahiki Enclosure during the day cost £10 and £25 for day and night access. After Party VIP wristbands cost £50 and a VIP table costs £300 – £500. General admission to Dressage Open Grandstand costs £45 and VIP ticket package with ringside seats are priced at £120.

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