Polo is played in over 90 countries all over the world. This internationally popular sport can be enjoyed locally and almost anywhere you travel. Perhaps you would like to plan a trip to attend one of these events. We have gathered up some of the best polo tournaments in the world for you to consider.
The U.S. Open Polo Championship is considered by many to be the most prestigious polo tournament in the United States. This championship tournament is the culmination of the 26 goal tournaments held during the Florida high goal winter polo season. Polo enthusiasts from both the United States and all over the world flock to this event. This year’s U.S. Open Polo Championship concluded on September 2nd.
Hosted by Polo America, this event took place September 7-9, 2018. White sands, bright blue skies, and ocean breezes provide an idyllic backdrop to fifty horses competing in the third annual edition of this event. Polo America’s 3rd Annual Beach Polo Cup took place on Hotel del Coronado’s private beach in California. Players from the United States, Argentina, Mexico, and Switzerland competed for the top prize.
This annual British event takes place in May and June. It is one of the most important 22 goal polo tournaments in the world. The Cartier Queen’s Cup attracts the world’s greatest polo players, along with their first class equines. Windsor Great Park provides an elegant setting for the event, which boasts an impressive VIP guest list. The event is know for its fabulous Clubhouse hospitality. This Queen’s Cup is a popular event in the British social season.
This popular tournament is the fifth oldest polo tournament in world history. In addition to being one of the most important club events at the international level, this event is one to be seen at. Glamorous crowds cheer the best players in the world by day, then flock to parties in the city’s most exclusive clubs and bars at night. This year it will take place between November 10 and December 15, 2018.
This unique polo event takes place in Rio Grande Park in Aspen, Colorado. Snow polo has been called “the sport of kings”. The game is a traditional polo event, with the twist being that the entire game takes place on a field of snow. Majestic, snow covered mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for the tournament. Attendees can opt to purchase tickets for the VIP tent, which offers afternoon rituals such as tea, light fare, and cocktails. Complimentary viewing access is also available on the sidelines.
The East Coast Open began in 1978 when it was played at Myopia Polo Club in Hamilton, Massachusetts. In 2005, the East Coast Open moved to the renowned Greenwich Polo Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. This event is one of polo’s most prestigious events in the United States. Greenwich is a great place to end the summer, enjoying the fabulous club and great matches.
Women’s polo is rapidly gaining in popularity, and this event is one of the premier tournaments for ladies. The British Ladies Polo Championship is played at two handicap levels, 6-12 goals and 12-18 goals. This year’s tournament began on July 13th and rain through the final week of the King Power Gold Cup. Big attendance crowds ensured that this tournament will be a repeat.
Whether you play the sport or just enjoy watching it, opportunities to enjoy polo matches abound. Any of these seven polo tournaments would make a delightful vacation event. Enjoy the best of your sport while relaxing on holiday! What do you wear when attending these events? Try these fashion tips from Kristen Taekman when taking in a polo match.