The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club hosted the highly successful and popular 'International Day', attended by polo and equestrian fans, celebrity guests and royalty alike.
The world-class day incorporated the prestigious Westchester Cup. Created by Tiffany’s in 1876 and the iconic trophy is always played for by teams from the USA and England and has only been played for four times since the Second World War. 2018 saw a win for the Flannels England team. Former World and European Eventing Champion and grand-daughter to Queen Elizabeth II, Zara Tindall MBE presented to the Cup to the victorious side in a star studded event.
The day commenced with a new addition, a Dressage Masterclass by three times Olympic Gold Medalist, European and World Champion Charlotte Dujardin CBE. Dujardin gave a rare UK masterclass as she demonstrated the training techniques that catapulted her onto the world stage, with a range of different horses. Much to the crowd's delight this included her record breaking partner, Valegro, who relished the opportunity to perform in front of a rapturous audience once again. This move was part of a long-term strategy by the Club’s Chairman and former England Captain, Jamie Morrison, to bring the equestrian disciplines closer together and to encourage new audiences to immerse themselves in Polo. The 3-times Olympic gold medal winning horse also made a special appearance to award the prize of Best Performing Pony.
Renowned luxury retailer and official sponsor of the England Polo team, FLANNELS, hosted a VIP event for the Westchester Cup polo match. VIP attendance included talent from the worlds of music, fashion and modelling, with key guests including Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian, models Amber Le Bon, Abbey Clancy, Tali Lennox, Sam Rollinson, Ashton Gohil, Betty Bachz, Max Evans and Eliza Cummings, and influencers Doina Ciobanu and Sarah Mikaela.
The finale to the International Day was marked with a spectacular display of one million purple poppies being dropped from the sky over the Polo ground – launching the Warhorse Memorial Charity’sfirst national appeal to remember the service and sacrifice of horses during the First World War.
The International Day took place just two days after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the club to host the annual Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup.