3rd April 2020
Following the HPA’s most recent statement (dated 2.4.2020) regarding COVID-19 and the implications for polo clubs and their members, we would like to provide an update on our current position. The HPA’s statement can be viewed here.
As of yesterday (2.4.2020), the HPA have advised that the earliest tournament polo can start will now be mid-May, rather than 1st May as previously hoped. Consequently, we will be reviewing our current Fixtures List and we will revise as appropriate. As stated on 20th March, we will still need to respond to restrictions on spectators and supporters. We remain fully committed to working within all guidance so that the season can commence, whilst protecting the health and well-being of all participants, visitors and the CPPC team. For the time-being, most polo ponies continue with their pre-season fitness and the grounds are being prepared for when the season starts.
As for all sporting industries, the situation remains uncertain and although we are hoping to start in mid-May, the HPA’s plan is to review the situation after Easter, once the government has set out its conditions. As such, we anticipate being able to provide another CPPC update after Easter following this review.
Once again, we extend our thanks to our members, visitors and stake holders for their support and patience during this time.
26th March 2020
The HPA have issued a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ sheet providing guidelines for players and yard managers. Click here to view.
20th March 2020
Following the HPA’s statement regarding COVID-19 issued on 19th March 2020, we want to inform you of the current position and our intentions at Cowdray Park Polo Club. The HPA’s statement can be viewed here.
The HPA’s position is that all polo clubs have been asked to postpone or cancel tournaments until 1st May. Whilst the position is fluid and we will respond to Government advice and subsequent HPA guidance, we are keen to reiterate that CPPC is committed to delivering a full season from this date. The position mirrors other equine sports such as racing and eventing.
The delayed start will have obvious implications on the fixtures and we will need to respond to restrictions on spectators and supporters. However, we are committed to working within all guidance so that the season can continue.
The health and wellbeing of all participants, visitors and our team is paramount. We will not put this at risk. However, we acknowledge the importance of the sport to the polo community and therefore we want to give reassurance that whilst not compromising safety, we hope to find a way to start the season.
We thank our members, players, sponsors and visitors for their support and patience at this time and we look forward to opening the season at Cowdray Park Polo Club very soon.
The Cowdray Park Polo Club Team