The British Polo Day 2014 series, presented by Land Rover, kicked off in style at Abu Dhabi’s Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club.
His Highness Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan al Nahyan and Ambassador to the UAE Dominic Jermey joined the who’s who of Abu Dhabi society in an evening of fast-paced polo, fine dining and philanthropy.
British Polo Day Abu Dhabi once again proved to be quite the glamorous affair, with world-class polo players entertaining a crowd of noted VIPs, including the Marchioness of Milford Haven, top British artist Sacha Jafri and Help for Heroes Founder Bryn Parry.
The evening began with the Hackett Camel Polo Cup, featuring members of the elite Cavalry & Guards regiments of the British Army. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Cavalry team clinched a close victory over the Guards with a 3 – 1 win, with the final two goals scored by British Polo Day Co-Founder Tom Hudson.
Moving from camel to horseback, The British Exiles and Ghantoot Polo Team upped the pace with the high-scoring match in which the home team, Ghantoot, won 8 - 6.
As part of the closing prizegiving, his Highness Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan al Nahyan - himself a famed show jumper - presented the Ghantoot Polo Team with the Thesiger Trophy. With an impressive line-up of players, Ghantoot also clinched the Holland & Holland Shot of the Day – a new prize for 2014 – and the Jaeger-LeCoultre Best Playing Pony.
This year’s event was in support of WAHA (Women and Health Alliance) and Help for Heroes. The evening’s loud auction included lots such as a stunning gown by Zaeem Jamal, two Virgin Upperclass flights, a week in one of 3RD HOME’s luxury residences and a four-night stay at Royal Mansour. We’re delighted to say that we raised an impressive US$27,500, meaning British Polo Day has raised $684,458USD from a standing start in 2011.
Following a delicious Argentinian style dinner by Gaucho – paired with a wonderful selection of wines from Justerini & Brooks – everyone left feeling suitably excited about the next stage of the 2014 British Polo Day Series. Next stop, Dubai!
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