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Thursday, 14 June 2012

The What, Where, When: The Polo Edition

Written by Melonie Clarke
The beautiful dress has been bought. The show grounds have stocked up on bubbly and the horses have been groomed. With Polo season upon us, The Lady have sifted through the best games to bring you the best in show...

What: Audi Polo International Series: Beaufort Polo Club Country Fair The Beaufort Polo Club is the premier location in the Cotswolds for Polo events. Home of the Tomlinson polo dynasty, you can be sure of a thrilling match featuring the most elite players. The first Audi Polo International Series is set to be an event not to be missed.

Where: Beaufort Polo Club, Tetbury, GL8 8QW www.beaufortpoloclub.co.uk 01666 880 510

When: 16 June

What: The Cartier Queen's Cup Final: This year is the first year Cartier will sponsor the Queen's Cup Polo. Traditionally attended by The Queen, this event is ranked one of the top five polo events in the world. The best international players attend.

Where: Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, Egham, TW20 0HP www.guardspoloclub.com 01784 434212

When: 17 June

What: Laureus Polo Cup: Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the sporting summer which also raises funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in Argentina. The event is normally attended by Laureus World Sports Academy members including Boris Becker, Sean Fitzpatrick and Daley Thompson.

Where: Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, Egham, TW20 0HP www.laureus.com/foundation 020 7514 2797

When: 23 June

What: South Downs Polo Day: With its long and illustrious history, Cowdray Park is truly the home of British Polo. The 16,000 acre estate in the South Downs has been hosting polo games for 100 years and today approximately 450 matches are played each season.

Where: Cowdray Park Polo Club, Midhurst, GU29 0BB www.cowdraypolo.co.uk 01730 813 257

When: 24 June

What: Al Habtoor Royal Windsor & Mountbatten Cup Final: Previous winners of this tournament include the Prince of Wales, which this is one of the country's largest polo tournaments on the calendar. After the game, horse drown carriages will parade on The Queen's ground and will be presented with rosettes from The Queen

Where: Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, Egham, TW20 0HP www.guardspoloclub.com 01784 434212

When: 24 June

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What: International Polo in Suffolk: Sponsored by the recently restored Bruisyard Hall, this is a new event for the polo calendar organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association. It is sure to be a popular addition to Suffolk's social calendar.

Where: Trinity Park, Ipswich, IP3 8UH www.internationalpolo.co.uk www.bruisyardhall.co.uk 01473 707 110

When: 30 June

What: The Queen Mother Trophy:Bring a picnic and enjoy this major polo event. Bask in the heat of the competition and (fingers crossed)the warmth of the summer sun!

Where: Cirencester Park Polo Club, Cirencester, GL7 1UR www.cirencesterpolo.co.uk 01285 653225

When: 02 to 08 July

What: British Beach Polo Championships: Seasoned polo players come together for a thrilling tournament on the pretty Sandbanks Beach.

Where: Sandbanks Beach, Poole, BH15 1BW www.sandpolo.com 07812 191215

When: 06 July to 07 July

What: The Julian and Howard Hipwood Trophy: This low goal tournament features some of the best teams around the country.

Where: Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, Windsor, SL4 4TH www.rcbpoloclub.com 01344 890 060

When: 07 to 21 July

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What: The Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final: Top international polo stars come together for the most prestigious event in the European Polo Calendar.

Where: Cowdray Park Polo Club, Midhurst, GU29 0BB www.cowdraypolo.co.uk 01730 813 257

When: 15 July

What: Duke of Essex Polo Trophy: This event sees England take on South America in one of the biggest polo events on the European calendar.

Where: Gaynes Park, Epping, CM16 7RJ www.dukeofessexpolocup.com 020 3225 5200

When: 12 July to 14 July

What: Polo for Heroes: This fundraising event takes place each year at St Albans and has previously raised more than £18,000 for Help for Heroes. Enjoy a thrilling action and superb cuisine at this charity event.

Where: St Albans Polo Club, St Albans, AL2 3NS www.poloforheroes.co.uk 07793 360103

When: 21 July

What: The Sebago Prince of Wales Cup Final: Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Cotswolds, this cup final will be a thrilling day and one of the biggest events of the social calendar.

Where: Beaufort Polo Club, Tetbury, GL8 8QW www.beaufortpoloclub.co.uk 01666 880 510

When: 21 July

What: The Warwickshire Cup polo tournament: Teams battle it out to try and win Cirencester's famous High Goal Trophy which was first presented to The Rugby Polo Club by Leamington Spa in 1894.

Where:Cirencester Park Polo Club, Cirencester, GL7 1UR www.cirencesterpolo.co.uk 01285 653225

When: 23 July to 12 August

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What: The Polo Festival: A goal tournament including all levels of players from low to intermediate. This event will run over two weeks at one of the country's leading polo clubs.

Where: Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, Windsor, SL4 4TH www.rcbpoloclub.com 01344 890 060

When: 30 July to 12 August

What: The Westbury Shield: A tournament held in aid of Prince William's charities, Tusk Trust and The Child Bereavement Charity, this boutique polo event has previously raised more than £60,000.

Where: Watership Down Polo Club, Newbury, RG20 9AE www.polofix.com 078316 11196

When: July 2012

What: The Duke of Wellington Tournament: Set in the grounds of Windsor Great Park this tournament is named after the current Duke of Wellington who founded the club in 1955

Where: Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park, Egham, TW20 0HP www.guardspoloclub.com 01784 434 212

When: 01 August

What: The Valerie Halford Memorial: Set in the stunning grounds of Coworth Park, the Valerie Halford memorial game is a competitive 12 goal competition in memory of the eponymous polo photographer and writer.

Where: Coworth Park Polo Club, Ascot, United Kingdom www.coworthpark.com www.thepolocentre.com 

01344 875155

When: 07 to 27 August

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What: The County Cup League: Enjoy this event as you take in the beautiful scenery. The estate is set in 3,000 acres of parkland and woodland.

Where: Cirencester Park Polo Club, Cirencester, GL7 1UR www.cirencesterpolo.co.uk 01285 653225

When: 13 to 26 August

What: The 8-12 Goal Championship: A highlight of the social and polo season. This tournament features some of the best polo players

Where: Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, Windsor, SL4 4TH 01344 890 060 www.rcbpoloclub.com

When: 20 to 26 August

What: The 12-15 Goal Open Championship: a prominent feature of the polo and social calendar, this high goal event should prove to be a thrilling day

Where: Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, Windsor, SL4 4TH 01344 890 060 www.rcbpoloclub.com

When: 25 to 02 September

What: Cheltenham Cup: Prestigious polo event features prominently on the English social calendar.

Where: Cirencester Park Polo Club, Cirencester, GL7 1UR 01285 653 225 www.cirencesterpolo.co.uk

When: 27 to 09 September



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