What better way to start the season than with the Coutts International Polo Weekend? Running on the 20th and 21st May 2016, the tournament is a traditional feature on the UK Polo Circuit, and is ever popular with one of the biggest prize pots in the UK.
This flagship tournament is the perfect social occasion, as well as the chance to enjoy the game! Whether you are a seasoned polo watcher, or don’t know your chukkas from divots, the Coutts weekend is the perfect day out. (Fear not, help is at hand for those who need a little guidance.)
Coutts has been a proud sponsor of polo for many years. The relationship began through the banking connection between Coutts and the family of Edward Hartopp, 10th Hussars, who organised the very first game of polo in 1869 – the game then being referred to as ‘hockey on horseback’. A strong association has grown since then, making Coutts the perfect partner for the opening tournament.
The tournament opens with style on Friday 20th May – a champagne reception, followed by lunch and a ‘polo for dummies’ session. And then the action begins! The teams battle for success in the first and second semi finals, with the day being rounded up by live entertainment and an after party.
Saturday 21st May sees the concluding subsidiary final and the final itself. The day begins with a Pimms reception and a BBQ lunch. A marching band signal the approach of the forthcoming games, and the day ends with the well deserved presentations.
Of course, the game itself is hugely important. But there are traditions that must be upheld that make these events such a desirable date on the social calendar. Although a polo match lasts just over an hour, a chukka lasts seven minutes with breaks in between, during which it is essential to enjoy refreshments – champagne, anyone? Ladies are required to stomp on the divots at the end of each chukka (drink in hand, please, ladies).
A truly excellent start to the polo season.
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