The first British Polo Day, presented by Land Rover, in the USA was a huge success. Hosted by the President of the Will Rogers Polo Club, Andrew Bossom and British Polo Day’s USA Representative, Lord Frederick Windsor – and his wife, the actress and writer Sophie Winkleman – the day saw over 400 guests and VIPs descend on the world-famous Will Rogers State Historic Park for the inaugural event.
The day’s polo got off to an exhilarating start with the opening Hackett Trophy. The Hackett Eton College and Royal Salute Will Rogers Polo Club teams took to the field for a closely-fought encounter. The match saw Eton College take an early lead and maintain a narrow advantage throughout, to clinch a close victory over the home team with a 6,5-4 win.
In the day’s second match, the Oxford Group Holdings Oxbridge team took on The London’s Southern California Polo Team for the Land Rover Cup. This was a thrilling match and, despite some serious pressure and very fine play from both sides, Southern California were just too strong and claimed a 6-4 victory as the whistle blew at the end of the final chukka.
As the sun set over the stunning Will Rogers Historic Park, proceedings drew to a close with the British Polo Day USA prize giving ceremony. Spectators joined Royal Salute Brand Ambassador, The Duke of Argyll in a Royal Salute Scotch Whisky toast to the victorious teams – a perfect culmination to the day’s event.
With the crowds gathered, Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor then presented the coveted trophies and prizes to the expectant winners. First up were the winners of the Hackett Trophy – Eton College – whose Captain, Tristan Phillimore stepped forward to receive the trophy on behalf of his team. Up next to claim the prestigious Land Rover Cup was Captain of The London’s Southern California Polo Team, Domingo Questel.
The Holland & Holland ‘Shot of the Day’ was awarded to Max Kirchhoff of the Oxford Group Holdings Oxbridge team for a terrific effort that very nearly resulted in a goal. Meanwhile, The London’s ‘Best Playing Pony’ was awarded to the handsome Darius. Top British designer Zaeem Jamal then took to the stage to present the eagerly-anticipated ‘Best Dressed’ prize to glamorous guest, Kitty Galsworthy.
Guests including The Duke of Argyll, David Walton, Elon Musk, Talulah Riley, Olivier de Givenchy, Cassian Elwes and Paul McKenna, not only enjoyed a superb day of polo but also helped to raise US$54,250 for the benefit of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Homeboy Industries.
British Polo Day’s USA Representative and Host, Lord Frederick Windsor: “Today was the perfect confluence of the glamour and entrepreneurial spirit of California, meeting the heritage and dynamism of British Polo Day’s global vision. There is no doubt in my mind that this invitation-only gathering will quickly establish itself as one of the hot tickets in town in future years. My wife Sophie and I are so excited not only to have been at the center of this year’s inaugural event in Los Angeles but also to be a part of this worldwide British success story.”
The Duke of Argyll, Brand Ambassador for Royal Salute: “I am delighted to have supported the inaugural British Polo Day here in the US, and it was fantastic to salute the game by paying tribute to both players and horses. Since Royal Salute Scotch Whisky is an important supporter of the sport of polo around the world, it was an honour to bring the brand’s very special form of celebration to LA.”
Kim McCullough, Land Rover’s North America Brand Vice President: “We feel that Land Rover is a leader in British automotive design and technology and we are thrilled to bring our great heritage to such a celebratory event.”
The event was partnered with Land Rover, Royal Salute, Oxford Group Holdings, Hackett London, Protection Group International, Holland & Holland, Charles Russell, Billionaire.com, Charles & Company, Global Partnership Family Offices, Justerini & Brooks, Abercrombie & Kent, Ettinger London, 3rd Home, Taittinger, Nihiwatu, D.R Harris & Co, The Grosvenor Stationary Company, The London, Malibu Farm, One Gun Ranch, Jax Coco, Homeboy Industries, Great Ormond Street Hospital, East Imperial Superior Beverages, Redburn Events, Hooray Henry’s, Shore Bar, Charbonnel et Walker, The Cavalry & Guards Club, Pendragon Productions, Walpole and Brompton Bikes.
Next stop of British Polo Day is the UK event on Saturday 28th June at River Field at Black Bears Polo.