The opening polo match of the 2014 weekend was a professional all-ladies game, a first for Polo on the Beach, featuring some of the UK’s rising polo stars.
Women’s polo is becoming very popular with many clubs reporting a surge of young female players in what has traditionally been a male dominated game.
In the UK, all players, male and female, are rated under the same handicap system, which allows them to play on an even footing. The International Women’s Polo Association (IWPA) was founded in 1989 and is based at Ascot Polo Club. It aims to develop the growing number of female polo players. The IWPA currently operates in 33 countries worldwide and is involved in the organisation of ten international tournaments. The British Ladies team is a dominant force on the world circuit.
Take a look at the 2014 lady players:
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Since joining her local pony club at the age of eight, Charlotte has been playing polo for 17 years. Charlotte balances work as a Polo Manager at Surrey arena polo club Ash Farm Polo with her career as a professional polo player. The sport has taken Charlotte to many locations around the world including Thailand, Ibiza and Mexico. She currently plays at Guard’s Polo Club and this was her first time at Polo on the Beach.
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Rosie began her polo career working as a groom at her local stable aged 12. Over the last 20 years she has worked her way up to become one of the UK’s best female players. Rosie has played across the world in many exotic locations and was part of the winning English Ladies Team in Argentina. She now develops thoroughbred youngsters through Ascot Park Polo Club and helps coach young polo players. Rosie also runs a livery yard where she looks after several polo ponies.
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Phillipa grew up in Australia, and has been playing polo since she was 11. When at home she still works and plays in the family polo business. She came to England in March 2013 to work with fellow professional Rosie Ross. Before her winter season in the UK, she has played in Argentina, Singapore, New Zealand, Ireland and has represented Australia in several ladies matches across the globe.
Phillipa won most valuable player in the 2014 ladies match.
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A former Miss Wales and ex-TV Gladiator, Amy Guy was also a member of the Great Britain show jumping team. Relatively new to polo, only having played for two years, Amy plays and trains at Ascot Polo Club and is a member of Udo’s Choice team. She has recently joined the Welsh polo squad.