Cowdray Park Polo Club opens its 2019 season on 27th April with over 400 thrilling matches taking place before the season ends on 22nd September.
An early highlight is the Trippetts Challenge for the James Wentworth Stanley Cup played as the first fixture of the UK ‘high goal’ season. As the name implies, ‘high goal’ is the highest level of polo and spectators will get their first view of the leading international players in action when the Trippetts Challenge opens on 9th May leading to the Final on 19th May.
The King Power Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship, Europe’s leading tournament, opens on 25th June with nine different trophies being presented during four weeks of full-on action. One of the trophies to be played for is the Midhurst Town Cup on Sunday 30th June, when brilliant polo and a family day out are offered to local spectators for a special price. Admission is just £5 per adult, under 12s free, and a selection of entertainments, stalls, food and bars make for a great introduction to the sport. Newcomers to polo can expect a warm welcome and a fun, informal day.
Gold Cup action ramps up through the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup on 7th July, Quarter Finals, including the Hungarian Ambassadors Cup and the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Cup, over the weekend of 13th/14th July, Semi Finals on 17th July and the high octane Final on Sunday 21st July. Finals day is a gala occasion when you can expect to find a fabulous shopping village, carousels, food outlets and bars as well as pre-match entertainment. Picnics and fizz are very much the order of the day! The all-important British Ladies Polo Championship also reaches its conclusion on Saturday 20th July.
The season continues with hard-fought matches over the weekend of 3rd/4th August when three Finals and six subsidiary finals in the Harrison, Holden White and Cowdray Challenge Cups are played. And don’t miss Friday night polo on 7th June and 16th August when you can watch an exciting match at 5.30 pm, access to the Members Bar and food stalls and fantastic live music with Brando and The Tommy Guns respectively,. Admission at the gate for non-members is £5 on the night.
Polo continues every weekend right up to the season’s close so why not take a picnic and enjoy everything that the thrilling sport and the club’s amazing location have to offer? For a complete list of tournaments and further information visit www.cowdraypolo.co.uk.
Picture caption: El Remanso win the 2018 King Power Gold Cup, photo by Clive Bennett, www.polopictures.co.uk