In this, its 10th anniversary year, British Polo Day was delighted to return to Dubai, the place where it was founded in 2009 with the aim of creating an invitation-only global platform to build relationships with some of the world’s most dynamic cultural and lifestyle leaders, through unforgettable experiences hosted in iconic destinations. Dubai marked the 72nd global British Polo Day event.
On the field, four teams played beautiful exhibition polo competed for the La Pegasus Plate and the VistaJet Cup. The now highly-anticipated camel polo also garnered much attention with the Cavalry and Guards continuing their friendly annual rivalry. Over 250 top British and international players have played at British Polo Day since its inception, with well-known names from across the polo world such as number one female player Nina Clarkin and her husband JP Clarkin, Captain of the New Zealand polo team; and Mohammed Al Habtoor, Captain of Habtoor.
As the seconds were counted down by official British Polo Day timekeeper Jaeger-LeCoultre the Royal Salute British Exiles took on La Pegasus Gulf Team in an even match that saw the British Exiles excel with 6 goals to Gulf’s 4. The excitement of the day continued with Habtoor taking on VistaJet Oxbridge which was also a very close-run thing but saw Habtoor lift the plate with a game that ended 8-7.
The Royal Salute Most Valuable Player was Mohammed Habtoor, and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Best Playing Pony was Bochinche.
Co-founder Tom Hudson said, “In this Year of Tolerance in the UAE, we are delighted to once again bring together so many people from all around the World. Over the last decade, we are proud of what British Polo Day has become and are humbled by the continuous support of players, patrons and partners.”
Ian Moore, Chief Commercial Officer at VistaJet, added: “Our customers expect the most extraordinary experiences at the highest standards. Their passions become our passions and supporting them is a cornerstone of the VistaJet brand. In partnering on such opportunities with British Polo Day, we are able to continue to deliver second-to-none events to our community.”
British Polo Day was delighted to welcome back former England Polo Captain and Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador, Malcolm Borwick, to play at his lucky thirteenth British Polo Day event, captaining the Royal Salute British Exiles team and thrilling the guests with his expert horsemanship and charm.
To celebrate the occasion off the field, guests were treated to drams of Royal Salute 21-Year-Old, toasting to the brand’s longstanding support of polo and the lifestyle it accompanies. Dating back more than a decade, Royal Salute’s involvement in polo continues to thrive today, featuring a truly global programme of events spanning four continents and an exquisite collection of polo-inspired ‘Sport of Kings’.
British Polo Day 2019 Upcoming Events:
- USA East Coast (New York): 1st June
- China: 14th September
- Nihi (Sumba): 1st November
- Jaipur, India: 8th December
- Jodhpur, India: 11th & 12th December