Yesterday the Sentebale Polo Cup presented by Royal Salute World Polo was held at Ghantoot Polo & Racing Club in Abu Dhabi. Royal Salute Polo Ambassador and former England Captain Malcolm Borwick played for the third time alongside Prince Harry, who was awarded as the Most Valuable Player. The Sentebale Huntsman team took home the trophy, which was presented by English actress and former model Sienna Guillory, with a victory of 5-4 over the St Regis Team.
This year’s Sentebale Polo Cup again drew a high profile crowd who travelled from all over the world. Distinguished guests who gathered at the renowned Ghantoot Polo & Racing Club to watch exhibition polo at its finest included; Royal Salute representative His Grace Torquhil Ian Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll, former Downtown Abbey actor Dan Stevens and English actress and former model Sienna Guillory. Other guests also attending included Sir Jackie Stewart, newly engaged couple Geri Halliwell and Christian Horner, Lina and Bassam Samman, former Miss Australia Jessica Kahawaty.
Now in its fourth year, Royal Salute continues to proudly partner with Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in memory of their mothers. Sentebale and Royal Salute have together hosted three extremely successful polo events across the four corners of the globe; in the UK in 2011, Brazil in 2012 followed most recently in Greenwich, USA in 2013. Today, Sentebale, which means ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho, works with local grassroots organisations to provide healthcare and education to some of Lesotho’s most vulnerable children so they get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives.
Speaking of his work for Sentebale, during the dinner speech Prince Harry said: “The money raised this evening will go towards teaching many more HIV-positive young people how to live with the virus. Work on the Mamohato Children’s Centre in Thaba Basu, Lesotho, is well underway. The centre is due to be complete next year and will enable us to reach four times as many children than we are currently able to.”
Malcolm Borwick, Captain of the Sentebale Huntsman Team and Royal Salute Ambassador commented: “It is a privilege to play polo in support of Sentebale; a charity who is helping the lives of the children of Lesotho. It has been a great honour to play at the renowned Ghantoot Polo & Raching Club in Abu Dhabi, alongside many friends of mine. Royal Salute have continued to support polo on a global scale through the Royal Salute World Polo Series and special events alongside great causes like this. It is great to see what the brand is doing to raise the profile of the sport.”
Neil Macdonald, Brand Director, Royal Salute commented: “Royal Salute is honoured to be partnering with Sentebale for the fourth year, and to see Sentebale Huntsman take the title. Royal Salute is a leading international supporter of polo through its Royal Salute World Polo platform, hosting prestigious events across Asia, the Americas and Europe, featuring some of the world’s best polo players. We are thrilled to be in Abu Dhabi supporting such a noble charity.”