A Celebration of British Luxury Brands in the city that never sleeps against a backdrop of world-class polo hosted by Chelsea Barracks, supported by VistaJet, and generously supported by Sam Ramirez and his family
In this, its 10th anniversary year, British Polo Day was excited to be back Stateside for the second New York event and the 74th British Polo Day. British Polo Day is an invitation-only global platform created to build relationships with some of the world’s most dynamic cultural and lifestyle leaders, through unforgettable experiences hosted in iconic destinations.
On the field, four teams played beautiful exhibition polo competing for the VistaJet NYC Polo Club cup and the Chelsea Barracks Haviland Hollow Plate. Over 250 top British and international players have played at British Polo Day since its inception, with well-known names from across the polo world such as the Duke of Sussex, the number one female player Nina Clarkin and her husband JP Clarkin, Captain of the New Zealand polo team, and the number one male polo player Adolfo Cambiaso. In New York we were delighted to welcome British Polo Day regular and former Captain of the England Polo Team Malcolm Borwick, the Captain of the Irish team and Earl of Tyrone, Richard La Poer, and tech mogul Date Chevy Beh, amongst others.
Good play by the University of Virginia (UVA) team against an uneven Haviland Hollow saw UVA gain a deserved victory and lift the VistaJet NYC Polo Club cup with a score of 7 goals to 5. In the second game which saw British Exiles played New York Polo Club, and with real talent on both sides this meant great play and an enthralling contest. A draw was recognition of a great match with 5 goals all round.
The Royal Salute Most Valuable Player was Richard Le Poer, the Earl of Tyrone, and the Chelsea Barracks Best Playing Pony was Bocha.
Photography Credit Sam Churchill
British Polo Day’s title sponsor, Chelsea Barracks sits in London’s esteemed enclave, Belgravia, one of the most sought after addresses in the world and delivers a new level of luxury and distinction to London. Richard Oakes, Executive Director of Chelsea Barracks, said: “We are delighted to be the title partner for British Polo Day as they return to New York for the second time. The collaboration has presented a great environment for Chelsea Barracks to forge diverse and lasting relationships across the world through a mutual love for this heritage sport.”
Team partner VistaJet is the first and only global aviation company, and on its fleet of silver and red business jets, they fly corporations, government individuals and private clients to 187 countries worldwide. Ian Moore, Chief Commercial Officer at VistaJet, added: “Our customers expect the most extraordinary experiences at the highest standards. Their passions become our passions and supporting them is a cornerstone of the VistaJet brand. In partnering on such opportunities with British Polo Day, we are able to continue to deliver second-to-none events to our community.”
To celebrate the occasion off the field, guests were treated to drams of Royal Salute 21-Year-Old whisky, toasting to the brand’s longstanding support of polo and the lifestyle it accompanies. Dating back more than a decade, Royal Salute’s involvement in polo continues to thrive today, featuring a truly global programme of events spanning four continents and an exquisite collection of polo-inspired ‘Sport of Kings’.