Spectators enjoyed chukka after action-packed chukka and cheered during glorious sunshine and sporadic rain with equal enthusiasm. The crowd was as glamorous as the players were gallant and we threw them a polo after-party like no other. We’re still recovering too – don’t worry.
Day One of the Gloucestershire Festival of Polo kicked off after a VIP lunch with The Maserati Charity Polo Trophy featuring HRH The Duke of Cambridge, 32 horses and an swarm of paparazzi. William’s team won and even Prince Harry made an appearance but due to back problems, he didn’t compete. After Wills had changed back into his (probably Jack Wills) chinos, an international test kicked off between the English and the Irish polo teams.
As day turned to night, champagne flowed at The Mucky Pheasant (as did every other type of drink) and in the Jack Wills tent, Tom Wardle’s band started the party, the dance floor filled and the photo booth was never empty. Dancing went on well into the night with Arielle Free taking to the stage for a killer DJ set until 2am.
Day Two, although we were feeling less fresh, was just as fabulous. From the Pheasant’s elevated (and dry) bar, punters could watch the Jockeys vs. Olympian match. Captained by Sir Antony McCoy OBE and Zara Phillips MBE, celeb jockeys (Richard Dunwoody, John Francome, and Marcus Armytage) joined AP and took on Zara’s Olympic Goddesses (Laura Tomlinson, Victoria Pendleton and Heather Fell). Unfortunately for the gents they were crushed and Zara’s team took the win #girlpower.
Thanks to all who came, drank and cantered – hopefully we’ll catch many of you at The Mucky Pheasant’s next stop, the Pop Up Motel at Glastonbury.