Polo attracts the Cheshire ‘set’ to hamlet

Mon 17th June 2013 1.40PM

Polo attracts the Cheshire ‘set’ to hamlet
TWO Knutsford men have teamed up to launch the town’s first polo tournament.

Andrew Irlam and events planner James Golden are urging polo fans to saddle up for the event from June 27-29. It is being staged at Andrew’s Newhall Polo estate in Over Peover where hundreds of people gather to watch players compete for the Newhall Cup. Polo is known as the sport of kings, and its fast-paced adrenaline-fuelled matches attract royalty and wealthy and horse-loving audiences for the spectacle on the pitch and the glamour off it.

Andrew has been developing his Over Peover estate on Stocks Lane, with his passion for the game in mind since taking it over in 2004. He said: “When I bought Newhall Estate one of the things that struck me was how flat the ground was.

“That makes it ideal as a polo field – I couldn’t have wished for a better setting in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. “I have ponies and have travelled to Argentina to learn as much as I can about the sport, so I think the event will be a real coup for Over Peover. “We’re only a small hamlet in Cheshire and it would be amazing for the community to be able to enjoy the polo ground here and to hold an event that will put us on the map.”

Each game will see four players and their horses play four/six fast-paced chukkas, each lasting seven minutes. James Golden from King Street-based Gin and Jag is anticipating the event will attract the Cheshire set, including stars of the stage and screen, many of who live in the area. He said: “We want it to be fun and glamorous. We’re hoping for lots of locals to come along as well as respected polo players, and the ultimate team member would be Prince Harry.” There will be a Harvey Nichols Ladies’ Day match on Thursday, June 27, followed by afternoon tea, entertainment and a fashion show, raising funds for Destination Florida.

The second event, The Suttons and Robertsons Cup on Saturday, June 29, for Debbie Dowies ‘Boot out Breast Cancer’, will be held in the evening, when guests will enjoy a polo match followed by dinner and dancing into the small hours. To find out more contact Gin and Jag on 01565 653980.