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‘Polo on the Beach’ returns to Cornwall

23rd June 2010 Print
Polo on the Beach - Cornwall

Organisers have confirmed the return of an award-winning beach polo event to Cornwall’s Watergate Bay in September.

The fourth edition of Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach will see two teams play an exhibition match of arena polo - a fast-paced and exciting form of the sport - on the evening of Thursday 16th September.

Traditionally the preserve of the wealthy and privileged, polo has been garnering more mainstream interest in recent years, led in part by free events such as this where spectators are able to watch the action in a relaxed, informal environment.

Romain Herbelot of title sponsors Veuve Clicquot said that polo’s boom in popularity is not surprising: “Last year a record number of people on the beach at Watergate Bay were treated to a thrilling match starring players of the highest calibre. Polo can seem intimidating but this event is the exact opposite, it’s great to see as many people as possible discovering how exciting and entertaining the sport can be.”

The teams, sponsored by clothing brand Joules and Midas Construction, will feature players drawn from the ranks of top professionals.

Last year the 3,000 plus spectators saw appearances from brothers Richard and Andrew Blake Thomas (both former England internationals), while the match was umpired by one of England’s best high goal arena players, Jamie le Hardy. All are keen to take part again this year.

Tom Joule, Managing Director of team sponsors Joules, said: “With a record of attracting talented players Polo on the Beach has been generating a real buzz in the equestrian world and we’re really thrilled to be team sponsors of such an exciting event. Watergate Bay offers an event that’s different to anything else out there and the relaxed beach atmosphere is a big reason why so many new and avid polo fans want to come and take part in the day.”

More than 20 ponies will be required for the match which will be played over four chukkas (periods of play each lasting seven and a half minutes). The playing area is much smaller than grass polo - approximately 100 by 50 metres - requiring speed and agility from the players while making the game easy to follow for spectators.

Expert commentators will explain the rules and strategy of the game during the match, while summarising the action for the spectators.

Murdo Mace, Executive Director from team sponsors Midas Construction said: “Midas is delighted to be supporting this unique event for a second year. Our staff and guests who attended last year really enjoyed the evening hospitality and the match was highly entertaining to watch.”

Again, Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach is free to attend for spectators. A public champagne bar and beach barbeque will be open from 5.00pm, with the teams riding out to start the first chukka at 6.30pm.

A limited number of hospitality packages, costing £75, are also available, starting at 5.30pm with a champagne and canapé reception and live band at the hotel, private access to viewing terraces, and entry to the post polo party in The Beach Hut with a buffet and band.

A £50 ticket is also available including all of the above except the party at The Beach Hut. Hospitality tickets are available from Claire Davies (

More information about the event can be found at or by following the official Twitter feed at @PoloOnTheBeach.

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Polo on the Beach - Cornwall