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 2015 players:
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Local boy Daniel lives in nearby Port Isaac and is playing for his second time at Polo on the Beach. The Kiwi was a professional for ten years playing back-to-back summer seasons between the UK and New Zealand.
Richard Blake Thomas
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POTB regular Richard previously played for the Polistas Team based at the Guards Club at Windsor Great Park and now plays internationally for Wales. Watch out for sibling rivalry against his younger brother Andrew (below, right).
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An integral part of Polo on the Beach, Andy organises the players and ponies for the event. After a career as a professional polo player around the world, Andy now runs South West Polo near Wadebridge.
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Last year’s captain for Team Joules, Tim is regarded as an expert arena polo player. Equally at home on sand or turf – a professional for many years – he runs the family business at Vaux Park Polo Club in Somerset.
Andrew Blake Thomas
Handicap 5 goals
A former England international, Andrew is a firm favourite with the crowd, winning Most Valuable Player in 2013. He plays in the UK and abroad as well as the Welsh Polo Team alongside his brother.
Jamie Le Hardy
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With 21 years’ of polo experience, Jamie is the highest handicapped player on the sand. Back for his seventh year, when he’s not travelling around Europe for the polo summer season you’ll find him based at Cowdry Park in West Sussex.