Last night British Polo Day – Abu Dhabi 2015 was launched as part of British Polo Day’s first event of the global series. Hosted at Abu Dhabi’s Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club the opulent event kicked off in supreme style. Gentessential were fortunate to be part of the two hundred strong guests that included the minister of foreign trade for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), members of the ruling royal family of Abu Dhabi and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the UAE Philip Parham CMG.
With the guests arriving in black-tie attire Gentessential, chauffeured by Land Rover, were welcomed on to the red carpet by the iconic Harrods ‘green man’.
Meandering through the crowds flutes of Taittinger champagne were ever present as the sun set on the idyllic location for the evening’s polo.
Press and photographers busily set about capturing the evening’s events as camel polo and Brompton Bicycle Polo took place on the pristine greens in front of the Harrods garden party setting.
Hackett, sponsors of the Camel Polo Trophy, were first to tear up the turf in a comedic showing of sporting prowess. Members of the British Army’s elite Cavalry and Guards regiments went camel-to-camel as the salivating animals bumped and rocked about the pitch. With the camels grunting with excitement and the crowds even more so, the match concluded with a rather humorous and bewildering draw.
Brompton bicycles polo was the next evening’s entertainment with the British Exiles and Rest of the World teams taking to the pitch for an amusing and quintessentially British game of cycle polo. With pedal power now the winning formula, the British Exiles team claimed their first scalp of the evening with a closely fought 3-2 win over the Rest of the World team.
As the guests took to their seats for the showcase British Polo Day Plate, the British Exiles and Ghantoot Polo Team, flanked by Land Rovers, lined up for the hotly anticipated polo match. Photo call and introductions concluded the sound of the hooter signaled an electric start.
Under the watchful eyes of HH Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi and HE Saeed Bin Houfan Al Mansouri, the VIPs were treated to an enthralling game of powerful and athletic polo.
With the bulbs of the floodlights hotting up the horses galloped into gear with the Exiles taking the early advantage. Sadly, to the dismay of the English contingent, the Exiles couldn’t keep the Ghantoot team at bay and their trusty steads took them into the lead and on for a 9-6 ½ victory; worthy winners of the bespoke British Silverware trophy.
Suitably lubricated and exhausted from all the polite clapping and knowing nods, Gentessential joined the rest of the guests for a Gaucho three-course meal accompanied by a tipple or two of fine wine from Justerini & Brooks.
As the evening proceedings passed in a networking haze the, guests sauntered off to their respective abodes having celebrated the start of another impressive British Polo Day global series. Next stop Dubai…