A record number of spectators enjoyed a spectacular display of equine entertainment last weekend at Watergate Bay’s Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach. Now in its eighth year, the award-winning event hosted by Watergate Bay Hotel delivered an expanded programme of three polo matches and more entertainment than ever before. Headline sponsor Veuve Clicquot brought their Airstream and Champagne Bar to Watergate Bay alongside delicious food and drink from The Beach Hut barbecue.
Following an action packed day which included riding displays from the Stampede Stunt Company, First Great Western earned a narrow victory over rivals Joules in the flagship high goal polo match on Saturday evening.
The opening game of the event showcased the UK’s first professional all-ladies beach polo match with teams from South West Polo and Veuve Clicquot starring a line-up of rising female players from across the UK. Former Miss Wales and TV Gladiator Amy Guy captained Veuve Clicquot, joined by team mates Emma Boers and Charlotte Sweeney, who both hold a two-goal handicap. Rosie Ross, playing with a three goal handicap, captained Team South West Polo with Georgia Sweeney and Phillipa Fitz-Henry.
The match consisted of four closely-fought seven minute chukkas with competitive play from both teams. At half time, Veuve Clicquot held a narrow lead of half a goal, but in the fourth and final chukka South West Polo fought back, led by Phillipa Fitz-Henry, who harried the opposition to secure the seventh and winning goal for her team. Rosie Ross completed a lap of victory in the arena, waving the flag of St Piran to mark South West Polo’s victory of 7 goals to 5.5.
It was hard work out there today. The adrenaline was pumping and it was very competitive, but so much fun. We were incredibly lucky to play in such a perfect setting.Phillipa Fitz-Henry, who was awarded the most valuable player trophy
Following supercharged displays from the ladies teams, the high goal Watergate Bay Trophy match between teams from First Great Western and Joules got underway. Representing First Great Western was Caspar West (+3), Andrew Blake Thomas (+5), and captain Jamie Le Hardy (+7). Tim Vaux (+4) returned to the sand as captain of Joules with team mates Daniel Loe (+3) and Richard Blake Thomas (+5).
Read the full story at http://www.polo-magazin.de/en/veuve-clicquot-polo-beach-2014-record-number-spectators-33953/ including a nice collection of photos from the day.