GWR Polo on the Beach teams

Meet the professionals

There are over 68 polo clubs in the UK, many of which have professional polo players. All of the players at Polo on the Beach have either been professional players or are currently professional which is why Polo on the Beach is such a high handicapped beach polo match.

In a standard arena polo match each team has four players but as beach polo has a much smaller pitch (100yds by 50yds) there are only three players per team. All the players have to be right handed to avoid injury.

 

The players:

Team GWR

Daniel Loe

Daniel Loe

Handicap 3 goals
This year Daniel will play for his third time at GWR Polo on the Beach, Daniel lives in nearby Port Isaac. Originally from New Zealand, Daniel was a professional for ten years, playing back-to-back summer seasons between the UK and New Zealand.

Richard Blake Thomas

Richard Blake Thomas

Handicap 5 goals
A Polo on the Beach regular, Richard Blake Thomas plays for the Polistas team at the Guards Club at Windsor Great Park. He also plays for Wales. Brother of Andrew, Richard Blake Thomas won the most valuable player in the 2014 Cornwall vs RoW match.

Andy Burgess

Andy Burgess

Handicap 2 goals
After a career as a professional polo player around the world, Andy now runs South West Polo near Wadebridge. Andy helps organise the players and ponies for Polo on the Beach. Andy often captains one of the teams but in 2014 he was a referee due to injury.

 

Team Joules

Tim Vaux

Tim Vaux

Handicap 4 goals
In 2014 Tim captained Team Joules. A professional player for many years, he runs the family business at Vaux Park Polo Club in Somerset. Equally at home on sand or turf he is regarded as an expert arena polo player.

Andrew Blake Thomas

Andrew Blake Thomas

Handicap 5 goals
Andrew won Most Valuable Player in 2013 and 2014. A former England international, he is a firm favourite with the crowd. Andrew currently plays for patrons in the UK and abroad as well as for the Welsh Polo Team with his brother.

Jamie Le Hardy

Jamie Le Hardy

Handicap 7 goals
Based at Cowdray Park, Jamie has played professionally for 20 years and is in the current England squad. 2015 will be his seventh year at GWR Polo on the Beach. Jamie won most valuable player in the 2014 Watergate Bay trophy match.

BEACH PARTY

GWR POLO ON THE BEACH

Celebrate the winning team, rub shoulders with the polo players and party into the night.

On Saturday 27 June the music arena on the beach will be transformed into the first ever GWR Polo on the Beach

BUY TICKETS

Player profiles

Player profiles

Who’s played and what they get up to when they’re not at Watergate Bay.

Event guide

Event guide

Your guide to all the action over polo weekend.

Pony profiles

Pony profiles

Some of the star ponies who took part in GWR Polo on the Beach 2015.