Monday, 11 June 2012

Polo in the Park at Hurlingham 2012.


Friday and Sunday were spent at the Polo in the Park at Hurlingham Park, just behind the Hurlingham Club. I went with a few friends, and on Friday we also attended the Veuve Clicquot Launch Party

I got there around 6pm on the Friday, and managed to see the London V Sydney match, where London won. It was raining so we hung out in the Mahiki tent and watched from there whilst drinking cocktails in Coconuts and Pineapples, before heading to the Harrods food tent to get dinner.

We missed Saturday because we were at the Jack Wills' Varsity Polo, but Sunday was finals day at Polo in the Park so we went and saw London win against Buenos Aires! The final score was 8-7, so it was very very close. We also saw the prize-giving and had a photo with Jamie Morrison from the London team, before drinking the Veuve Clicquot Champagne from their Trophy! 

Now, if you want to know the basic rules for Polo...keep reading, but if you want to just look at the photos...scroll down now
So I'm not hugely knowledgeable when it comes to Polo, but from what I understand, there are three players in each team...each player is allowed three horses throughout the match, but each horse can only be used for two Chukka's so as not to tire it out. Chukka's are the sections of the match, and there are four Chukka's in each match...each one lasts 6 minutes 20 seconds (or was it 30 seconds...?), so each match (depending on extra time and the breaks in between each Chukka where the swap horses etc) should last around 30 minutes. That's basically all I know, so if you want to know more you'll have to look elsewhere :P Oh, and also, Polo originates from India, and was brought to England in the late 1800's, and Chukka is an Indian word. *nods* Also, please correct me in the comments if any of this is wrong!! :/

Enjoy the photos :)

Day One


Me with my Mahiki 'Coco Chukka'


The Pina Colada in the Pineapple!


Chris wearing his 'Day One' polo tie, by Hermes.

 Mahiki tent.

 Harrods food area

The delicious Harrods Burger and Wedges! This burger was actually incredible, the bun was toasted and tasted high quality, while the meat was succulent and the salad fresh. And a bargain at £9.50!


Cardigan - Ted Baker
Dress - H&M

Me with John and Asa and the Mint Polo sign.

Day Two

 London V Buenos Aires


The beautiful grey horse in the Buenos Aires team!



Chris wearing his 'Day Three' polo tie, by Hermes.

 An event would be incomplete without ice-cream! Despite the weather it was very tasty.

Me pouring the magnum bottle of champagne into Claire's mouth.
It was raining...hence the yucky frizzy nasty hair I've got going on.


For some reason my face looks really bloated compared to Friday and Saturday's photos...must have been that diet of burger, pizza and ice-cream over the entire weekend. Anywho...
Me: 'Oh hai, can we have a photo?'
Jamie Morrison: 'Of course!'


Me telling him that actually I just want to drink from his trophy...


Me running away with the trophy and giggling with glee at the fact it's filled with Veuve Clicquot champagne...




*Gulp gulp*

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11 comments

  1. The Harrods burger and wedges - WOW!

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    1. I knoww, it was amaze! So yummy!

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  2. Looks like you had a fab time! I've always wanted to go to a polo match, it always looks so glamorous! x

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    1. You should go to one, it was great fun! :)

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  3. The pics of the trophy were so worth the wait. Brilliant! x

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  4. Must be different rules for polo -- the polo I know of, the periods are called chukkers and there are 5 of them. Not to mention the teams each have like... oh, idk 5-8 players (I can't remember exactly how many)

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    1. I think it's different rules for different types of polo...I think the polo played at the Hurlingham was 'arena polo'? (I totally just googled the different types of polo and arena polo sounds the most similar to the one played at polo in the park :P lol!)

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    2. haha your guess is as good as mine!

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  5. Awesome post! :D
    love the 'fruit' drinks and that burger looks yummmy!!!
    Rosie xo
    A Pocketful of Rosie

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    1. The burger was amazing! The cocktails were yummy but sooo strong, hehe.

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