Preview: Polo in the Park

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Preview: Polo in the Park

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Polo players from around the world, photo courtesy of Captive Minds Communications
With summer comes the arrival of some of England’s most glamourous sporting events: Wimbledon, Ascot, and Henley to name a few. This year, the World Polo Association is spicing things up by reintroducing the horse powered sport to London with Polo in the Park . Once upon a time, polo and the well-to-do members of English society seemed to go hoof and hand. However, the advent of World War II brought with it a need for more space, meaning that the polo grounds at Hurlingham Park were transformed into allotments. The game failed to make a strong reappearance in England after the war but has continued to thrive in other countries, such as Argentina.

Polo in the Park aims to not only launch the inaugural World Polo Series, but also to bring polo to a wider audience. Although we have had our doubts about whether Daniel Fox-Davies, Chairman of the World Polo Association, will be successful in his plight to make the world’s most expensive sport appeal to anyone, we believe the event should be good fun. Polo is incredibly fast-paced and beautiful to watch. If anything, you may wish to take advantage of this opportunity, just in case polo gallops off the map again. It’s surprisingly affordable with ticket prices ranging from £15-£35 for adults and £7.50-£26.25 for under 15s. The event will also feature jousting, military displays, and Argentine Asados.

Polo in the Park happens this Friday and Saturday, 5th and 6th June at Hurlingham Park, Fulham from 11:00-20:00. Tickets from £15.

Last Updated 03 June 2009