1. A celebration of polo, beauty, heritage and lifestyle. British Polo Day Germany, presented by Land Rover started with the launch party in the Hackett boutique in Munich, a very fitting and very British start for the event. Guests then headed into the lush Bavarian countryside where British Polo Day Germany unfolded under an open blue skies at The Wallerstein Polo Club. Home to Prince Carl-Eugen zu Oettingen-Wallerstein and his polo playing family, Wallerstein Castle has been the ancestral seat of the Princely House of Oettingen-Wallerstein since the 13th Century and the family has been intimately involved in equestrianism ever since. Activities commenced on Saturday 6th July with a Bavarian brunch and a thrilling Land Rover Experience through challenging terrain in the forest close to Wallerstein. After brunch guests arrived back to a the castle grounds for a Taittinger champagne reception to mark the start of the polo. The two matches of the day involved a “Girls Only” and British Exiles team facing off against two Wallerstein Polo teams. Both home sides were made up of predominantly local players, with BPD Mexico’s hosts Imelda de Alba and her younger brother JJ – a 17-year old rising 2-goal talent – having flown in for the occasion. The Prize Giving back on The Castle Lawns was announced by a band of local trumpeters and Tristan Phillimore was selected by Charlie Hanbury, who had been forced out of his Gold Cup team due to a broken ankle in the early qualifiers, as Most Valuable Player. The FT How to Spend It Best Playing Pony was chosen by Nina Clarkin as Prince Carl’s forth chukka ex-high-goal mare Candela. Final Scores – Wallerstein Polo 3 vs. Girls Only 3 1/2, British Exiles 5 vs. Wallerstein Polo II 7. After two needle matches, played in the most glorious sunshine, British Polo Day Germany was brought to a fitting close with a black tie dinner in the lofty heights of The Baldern Castle Ballroom, with wines selected by Justerini & Brooks. Under the candlelight of a banqueting table that spanned the room, Prince Carl spoke some kind words on the Anglo-German bonds of friendship as well as the power of the horse to connect on a global footing. The British Exiles Captain Bobby Dundas spoke for everyone when he was overheard saying to Prince Carl around the embers of the fire pits in the courtyard, “Adjectives fail me”. We would like to offer a big thank our hosts, friends and partners for another fantastic event.

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  2. Wallerstein Castle, home to Prince Carl-Eugen zu Oettingen Wallerstein and his polo playing family, welcomed the inaugural British Polo Day Germany, sponsored by Audi, on the 7th July 2012. Set in the rural heart of Bavaria, Wallerstein Castle has been the ancestral seat of the Princely House of Oettingen Wallerstein since the 17th Century. Prince Carl and his wife Princess Anna invited international British Polo Day guests from India, Thailand and the UK to their spectacular home for an exclusive ‘family’ weekend of polo. The deserved winners of the tournament were the hosts BPD Germany followed by BPD India, BPD Thailand and BPD UK. The most Valuable Player was awarded to Comanche Gallardo. There was one final dinner before the guests and players were transported back to reality, away from the beautiful Bavarian Castle and the unending hospitality of Prince Carl and his wife Princess Anna. The day was made possible thanks to the generosity and support of Audi, Burlington, Taittinger, Intercontinental Park Lane, Tanqueray and Glenmorangie.

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  3. A look back at 100 years of army training at the Grafenwoehr Training Area (Bavaria, Germany).

    Currently home to the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command, the GTA provides realistic and relevant training to U.S., NATO and partner nation forces from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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  4. Take a look at how it all began.

    Christian Marquardt explains.

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  5. Imagine growing up in a small town that your parents, grandparents and generations of your family has called home. Now imagine if one day someone told you to leave and never come back. It happened in the Grafenwoehr Training Area. JMTC's Christian Marquardt explains.

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