By Virginia Brumby
A glamorous crowd, thrilling competition, gorgeous horses, upscale brands, and plenty of bubbly… these were the hallmarks of the first British Polo Day in Singapore. Enjoyed over the years by maharajahs of India, the Argentine landowners, and European royals, polo has a following among lovers of exciting and highbrow sport.
Sponsored by Coutts, the event took place on November 19th at the Singapore Polo Club, and celebrated the founding of the club 125 years ago, in 1886. That year, officers from the King’s own regiment first played in Singapore – so it was fitting that the headline match saw the return of the British Army Polo Team.While the British Army team defeated the Singapore Polo Club 5:2.5, while Harrow bested Eton, 4:2. Over 500 high profile guests, VIPs, and dignitaries were present to celebrate the historic occasion, including HH the Sultan of Johor, whose family history is intertwined with the Singapore Polo Club.Appropriately, Ambassador to Argentina C. K. Ow was present, as was His Excellency Mr. Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner, and Leon Chu, President of the Singapore Polo Club. Paul Davies, Vice Chairman of Coutts SE Asia, commented: “the qualities of speed, strength and teamwork associated with the world’s oldest team sport are attributes we share at Coutts.”
Apart from the polo itself, plenty of luxury brands participated, adding to the day’s glamour. VIP guests were chauffeured to the event in the new Range Rover Evoque, and treated to a Veuve Cliquot champagne reception and a gorgeous buffet lunch by InterContinental Singapore.
Tom Hudson, co-founder of British Polo Day, said “We were extremely proud to have brought a slice of Britain to Singapore to play polo at such an historic and prestigious polo club…we look forward to returning next year to this vibrant city.”