Polo in Surrey – top clubs, chukkas and events 2012
Polo is one of the most exclusive, expensive and exciting equestrian disciplines, and a fantastic spectator sport, to boot. Top matches attract a glittering crowd of royalty, Hollywood names and the beautiful people.
Polo is one of the most exclusive, expensive and exciting equestrian disciplines, and a fantastic spectator sport, to boot. Top matches attract a glittering crowd of royalty, Hollywood names and the beautiful people. Super-glamorous, the polo scene is also relaxed and informal – where else can you rub shoulders with celebs while you tread in the divots between chukkas?
Guards Polo ClubSmith's Lawn, Windsor Great Park, Egham, Surrey TW20 0HPTel: 01784 434212Web: www.guardspoloclub.com
Guards Polo Club (pictured) was founded on January 25, 1955 with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as president. It is now the largest polo club in Europe in terms of membership and number of grounds. The premier official tournaments are the Queen's Cup (high goal), Royal Windsor (medium goal) and the Archie David (low goal), all of which take place in June. In July each year, the club host’s the Hurlingham Polo Association's International Day - the great showpiece polo occasion of the year.
Only eight miles from Hyde Park Corner, Ham Polo Club is the last remaining polo club in Greater London. Founded in 1926, it has an established and distinguished reputation at over 85 years old. Known for excellent playing and social facilities combined with a relaxed family atmosphere. Highlights of the year include the Ham House Tournament in May, Petersham Bowl in June and Dubai Trophy Finals in August.
A hidden gem at the foot of the Surrey Hills, Hurtwood Park is owned by Faces’ drummer Kenney Jones. While the clubhouse at its heart is certainly impressive, it actually started life as a twisted old barn in Ockley before Kenney picked it up and rebuilt it himself. Today, the club that grew out of his vision now plays host to the great and the good of polo, including Prince Charles and his sons. Highlights this year include the Itchycoo Park Festival in June and Polo Rocks in July.