First senior international polo match

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COWDRAY Park Polo Club will host the first senior international of the UK polo season this Saturday, May when 19, England take on the USA in a test match to be played for The St. Regis International Cup. Earlier in the day Young England will face Young South Africa in the John Cowdray trophy making for a full day’s international sporting action.

The Audi sponsored England squad, from which the team will be selected, includes 7 goal players James Beim and Luke Tomlinson, as well as Henry Brett, Malcolm Borwick, Satnam Dhillon, Nacho Gonzales, James Harper, Ollie Hipwood, Chris Hyde and Mark Tomlinson, all 6 goal players.

The USA team will be led by Marc Ganzi (2 goals) and is likely to include Nick Roldan (7 goals) and Geoff Hall (7 goals).

St. Regis’ commitment to the international sport of polo dates back to the early 20th century when St. Regis and polo became part of the New York social scene. The Astor family, who founded The St. Regis hotel in New York in 1904, used to host afternoon teas and suppers at and after polo matches on Governors Island in New York. In recent years St. Regis has supported polo around the world, in addition to hosting the international test matches at Cowdray Park for the last four years. “Polo has long been a fixture in the calendars of the worldly and well-lived, and we are looking forward to offering St. Regis guests and spectators the opportunity to experience this exhilarating sport at the 5th annual St. Regis International Cup,” says Paul James, Global Brand Leader for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.

The ticket price is £15 per person, under 12s free, and includes parking. Prime pitchside picnic spots are available at £150 which include tickets for 8 adults and guarantee the perfect position for viewing the high-octane action. A shopping village, funfair, food and bars add to the attractions.

To book tickets online please visit the website www.cowdraypolo.co.uk or call the Polo Office on 01730 813257.

For more equestrian news see West Sussex Gazette May 9 2012