3rd August marks the start of the new polo season at the Deauville Polo Club with the Deauville Polo Cup. Teams France-Deauville and Australia-Windsor will compete in the 12 Goal Test Match, which is a part of the event “24 Hours of the Horse” (“24 heures du cheval”). The event “24 Hours of the Horse” was created by key figures of the horse industry in Deauville and is taking place for the second time this year.
The highlight of the season is the Deauville Gold Cup. This prestigious tournament has been taking place since 1950 and regularly attracts the best polo players from all over the world. Five teams have already signed up to take part in this year’s 12 Goal games. Three French teams, a Spanish team and a team from Switzerland, which includes the outstanding Martin Aguerre Jr are taking part in the tournament. One of the French will be lead by Pierre-Henri N’Goumou, France’s number one player. Talandracas, captained by Edouard Carmignac, will once again play with the Argentinean Polito Pieres and 7 Goaler Dario Mussi will be playing for the Vicomte A team.
The final of the Marta & Lucien Barrière Gold Cup will be played on Sunday 31st August at 17:30pm (local time). The semi-finals for the Diane Barrière Desseigne Silver Cup will take place the day before.
Six teams will be competing for victory in the Bronze Cup (8 Goal): Douglas Polo team from Holland, Mungo from Austria, La Concepcion from Germany as well as three French teams: La Esperanza, Le Pommeray and the defending champions Red Falcon. The final will take place on Friday 29th August at 17:30pm (local time).
France is a particular focal point of international polo this summer. From 4th-14th September, the Polo Club de Chantilly will be hosting the European Polo Championships and on 6th September a demonstration polo match is taking place at the FEI AlltechTM 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. This is the first time that polo has been included as part of the World Equestrian Games, the largest equestrian event in the world. Taking part in the 18 Goal match are a French team and a team with players from all over the world, each of whom will represent one of the four main polo continents: North America, South America, Oceania and Europe.