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osted in the stunning surroundings of Abu Dhabi’s
Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club, the private Royal Club
of His Highness Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the
th successive year for the British Polo day was another resounding
The day’s proceedings were kicked off in style with the Hackett
Camel Polo Cup, a specially tailored desert variation on the famous
sport. Instead of horses, the mounts in this contest featured some
of the region’s finest ‘ships of the desert’, ridden by members of the
elite Cavalry & Guards regiments of the British Army. Each camel
was selected after months of training that enables them to reach the
level of fitness and skill they demonstrated on the field. In a hard
fought contest, the Cavalry team narrowly won.
Next followed the highlight of the evening, the British Exiles versus
Ghantoot Polo. The British Exiles showcased some prestigious
players, including the Jaeger-LeCoultre polo Ambassador, the
Marchioness of Milford Haven. Wilf Laugher, a local patron, also
played for the British Exiles alongside Rick Paton-Philip, scorer of
the winning goal for the Eton team at British Polo Day India. Team
Captain George Meyrick, returning to the side after British Polo
Day China, is one of the most exciting rising talents in British polo
and completed the line-up.
With a famous history of unrivalled horsemanship at the centre of
Arabic culture, the event unsurprisingly attracted some of the
Emirates’ most senior and notable players, including Nasser Al
Shamsi, Ali Al Merri and the captain, Nasser Al Dhaher.
Just when the day seemed like it couldn’t get any more impressive,
the star scale was turned up even further by the international VIPs
in attendance. They arrived in style to the Royal Club in chauffeur-
driven Land Rovers from the InterContinental, Abu Dhabi.
Notable amongst them was Jodie Kidd, the British polo-playing
model and Vogue cover-girl, who was awarded the Beulah best-
dressed award.
After taking in a few spectacular chukkas, guests were treated to a
sumptuous Argentinian-style dinner prepared by The Gaucho Grill,
rounded off with coffee served by Nespresso.
The Marchioness of Milford-Haven playing at the British Polo Day Abu Dhabi