Ashford, Co Wicklow, Saturday 19th of August 2017
The worlds of polo and racing gathered to launch The 2017 International Ladies Polo Tournament in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund which takes place on Saturday 19th of August, on the private grounds of Ballyhenry Estate outside Ashford Co. Wicklow.
Hosted by Polo Wicklow, the International Ladies Polo Tournament will draw guests from around the world as top players travel from USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Saudi Arabia to take part in the largest event on the Irish polo calendar. At the launch,the 2017 Irish Ladies Polo Team were announced as Siobhan Herbst, Julie Kavanagh, April Kent and Caroline Keeling.
Now in its 18th year, the tournament has raised more than €150,000 for charities to date and this year’s nominated charity partner is The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.The event is being supported by Kildare Village, Audi, The Charles Hurst Group, Godolphin, Horse Racing Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland.
The day will feature three exciting matches: Ireland v’s The USA, Ireland v’s The Rest Of The World and an entertaining Charity Jockeys v’s Trainers Match. Representing Ireland will be the four highest rated ladies in Irish Polo; Siobhan Herbst, Julie Kavanagh, April Kent and Caroline Keeling (CEO of Keeling Fruit). The charity match will feature top trainers and well known jockeys from the racing world trying their hand at polo as well as retrained former-racehorses showcasing the versatility of the thoroughbred.
The feature fundraiser lunch in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund will take place in the pitch-side marquee overlooking the polo action. Guest will enjoy a champagne reception to live jazz, a sumptuous 4 course lunch catered by the local & award-winning Tinakilly Country House. Post-Tournament, the festivities will continue with a relaxed BBQ for players and marquee guests with evening entertainment.
Around the pitch, in addition to the polo action, guest can enjoy pre-booked pitch-side picnics, artisan food and drink vendors, divot stomping at half-time,dedicated free Kids Zone and younger guests can enter a novelty Best Teddy Bear Picnic competition. There will also be a ceremonial East-Wicklow Harriers Hound Parade and Luxury car displays from Audi and The Charles Hurst Group who will be showcasing their latest Bentley and Maserati models.
Spotted at Tinakilly Country House were familiar faces from the worlds of polo and racing including:- Siobhan Herbst, Julie Kavanagh, April Kent and Caroline Keeling, CEO of Keelings Fruit, Derville Meade, Assistant Trainer Kate Harrington, Michael Higgins & Niamh McNamara of The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund, Princess Frances Colonna Di Stigilano, Belinda Walsh and her pooch, Lisa Murphy, Wendy Herbst, Marie O’Connoll who owns Ashford Polo Field, as well as Max Brankin from The Charles Hurst Group who arrived in a Bentley Bentayga SUV and Audi’s Alan Daly who drove a striking blue Audi R8 V10 Spyder. Guests were treated to champagne afternoon tea on the lawns of Tinakillly House
Speaking at the event, Team Ireland Captain and Manager of Polo Wicklow, Siobhan Herbst noted:- “This is the 18th year of the Tournament and it has become the biggest event on the Irish polo calendar and we look forward to welcoming lots of new visitors this year. Globally, Ladies Polo is growing massively and lady players are travelling all-around the world to compete as far as Malaysia, Thailand and of course Europe and the US. It is really exciting to see more and more lady players getting involved and this year we are putting together out strongest Irish Ladies Polo Team ever.”
Continuing, Siobhan observed:- “It is wonderful to see the level of interest the Tournament generates as a top international sporting event. We are also delighted that this year’s charity partner is The Injured Jockeys Fund and we can help support the great work they do. Interestingly, most of us are riding re-trained thoroughbreds so it is a great spectacle of horsemanship and rider agility. Another thing which makes polo wonderful to watch is its inclusive nature….opponents competitively play together and are completely equally on the field irrespective of gender or age.. it is all about the horsemanship, the skills and the movement of the ball.”
First match is at 12pm | All tickets must be pre-booked.
For more information, transport options, tickets and hospitality, at the event see:www.LadiesPolo.ie