Sunday 22nd June saw the Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup 2014 take place at Beaufort Polo Club sponsored by Goldin Group and its Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club. The Piaget and Royal Salute teams battled it out on the famous field in Beaufort Polo Club, Tetbury, Gloucestershire which brought home a victory for Piaget with a close score of 7-5. Piaget was formed by Corinne Ricard (0), HRH Prince Henry of Wales (+1), Facundo Pieres (+10) and John Fisher (+4), Royal Salute consisted of Tommy Kato (-1), Luis Escobar (+7), Malcolm Borwick (+6) and HRH The Duke of Cambridge (+1).
The event was honoured to have had two very special guests – HRH Prince Henry of Wales playing for Piaget and HRH The Duke of Cambridge for Royal Salute. Both took part in the game in aid of their chosen charities Household Cavalry Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal Fund, RFU Injured Players Foundation and Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.
This display of sportsmanship drew a discerning crowd of over 2,000 and those in attendance were treated to sensational match played by the Princes and some of the best polo players in the world. The day culminated with the Piaget Team and world-class player, Facundo Pieres (of the Ellerstina Piaget and also a World Polo Ambassador for Royal Salute) leading his team, which also included female player Corinne Ricard, to a triumphant victory against the Royal Salute team and fellow Royal Salute World Polo Ambassador Malcolm Borwick (member of the England team for more than 10 years).
Lorenza Cavalli, UK Brand Director, Piaget – Official Team Sponsor said, “Piaget created the world’s first charity polo team and, on our 140th anniversary, we wanted to honour this occasion by taking part in such a worthy event as the Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup. We are delighted to be part of the Goldin Group Charity Polo Cup.”
Piaget, Swiss watchmaker and jeweller, and possesses a strong heritage with polo spanning more than three decades. Highlights include sponsoring The Piaget World Cup at West Palm Beach and creating the world’s first charity polo team, Chukkers for Charity, made up of movie stars, which made a horse-back appearance down New York’s 5th Avenue. In 1979, the iconic Piaget Polo watch was born – renowned for streamlined design and seamless integration of the case, bezel and bracelet, it is a harmony of aesthetics and comfort created for high performance.
Neil Macdonald, Global Brand Director of Royal Salute – Official Team Sponsor also commented, “Royal Salute Scotch Whisky is proud to celebrate its fourth year as sponsor of this iconic event, which is in aid of such worthy causes. The power and grace of the game of polo, the skill of the players, integrity and honour are values which are also inherent to Royal Salute whisky.”
Corinne Ricard (0)
HRH Prince Henry of Wales (+1)
Facundo Pieres (+10)
John Fisher (+4)
Royal Salute (+13)
Tommy Kato (-1)
Luis Escobar (+7)
Malcolm Borwick (+6)
HRH The Duke of Cambridge (+1)