Sandbanks beach takes centre stage 7-8 July to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Link Homes British Beach Polo Championships. With up to 5,000 people in attendance, making it possibly the biggest beach polo event in the world.
In September 2007, the Hurlingham Polo Association and Poole Council took a leap of faith in agreeing to support a proposal to host a beach polo tournament on the treasured blue flag beaches of the Sandbanks Peninsula Dorset. Within striking distance of London and the polo clubs of the home counties the two day, Friday and Saturday, tournament gathered momentum assisted by Piers Morgan’s documentary on Sandbanks ‘Britain’s Monte Carlo – one of the most expensive places to live in the world’. The Link Homes British Beach Polo Championships and Sandpolo Ltd has maintained its high-quality polo, rigorous standards of pony welfare and a healthy balance between credible polo and the ‘after-party’.
On July 7-8 July four teams will enter the tournament with a University match and a Pony club exhibition on both days. An Army game between the Household Cavalry and the Honourable Artillery Company will be held before the final and there will be the traditional a breathtaking race between a Porsche 4×4 and the Best Playing Pony.
As the sun sets on Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight the energetic players and spectators, interspersed with a sprinkle of celebrities, enjoy the live and DJ music until the small hours. On the Friday evening star DJs Tom Zanetti and Karen Harding will kick-start the fun with the spectacular closing party on Saturday evening.
Sandpolo Ambassador, model and polo player, Jodie Kidd commented: ‘You simply cannot beat the polo at Sandbanks. It attracts some of the world’s top polo players for some exceptional polo, a great party atmosphere and a fashionable crowd. I am super excited to find out what is in store for the 10th Anniversary’.
Tickets range from £35 for General Admission to £165 for Sandpolo Hospitality.
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