An estimated 8,000 spectators attended Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach this weekend enjoying a programme of high goal polo matches, equestrian stunt displays and a unique kitesurfer versus polo pony challenge, as well as the Veuve Clicquot Champagne deck, The Beach Hut barbecue & bar, Joules welly wanging and the chance to win the Joules flowery Mini.
The action started on Saturday afternoon with a kitesurf versus polo pony challenge. Horse power proved dominant for Andy Burgess who rode Shrivar, a former racehorse, to victory in a race along the beach against world-record holding kitesurfer Andreya Bennett.
Andy Burgess then enjoyed further success in the polo arena as his First Great Western Cornwall team put in an impressive performance against the Veuve Clicquot Rest of the World team, winning by 13 goals to six. Rob Brockett’s opening goal within 20 seconds of the klaxon got the match off to a flying start, putting the Rest of the World in the lead. Cornwall soon came back through goals from Tim Vaux and Daniel Loe taking them ahead by the end of the first chukka, from which point their lead became unbeatable.
Sunday’s entertainment began with a spectacular display of stunt riding from The Devil’s Horsemen, whose Cossack riders have appeared in films including Warhorse, Braveheart and Les Miserables.
The highlight of the weekend came with a high goal polo match between teams from Joules and First Great Western starring England international Jamie Le Hardy and Europe’s best arena polo player, Chris Hyde.
The match was the best seen at the Cornish beach; there was never more than two goals in it right from the first chukka. Andy Burgess, who captained the First Great Western team, said: “It couldn’t have got closer; for the first three chukkas there certainly wasn’t a goal between us. It was a brilliant game. The luck went with them, in the last chukka I missed a couple of vital hooks on my marking player.
“When you’re playing this level of polo if you miss a hook or you miss a ride off then they score. We got a bit unlucky, hit the post a couple of times, but Joules deserved to win. They played really well together and it was a great game all round.”
Food and drink was provided by Veuve Clicquot, Asahi and The Beach Hut. A menu of beef rendang, halloumi with cous cous and classic Beach Hut burgers were served and met with great reviews.
This really was the best year so far, we’re not sure how we are going to top it! Any ideas?