RECORD CROWDS TURN OUT FOR DALLAS BURSTON POLO CLUB’S POLO IN THE PARK

More than 3,000 visitors from across the UK and all over the world descended on the Dallas Burston Polo Club’s annual Polo in the Park tournament.

Players and spectators from Barbados, Dubai, Monaco and New Zealand were among those who joined the fun at the club on the Stoneythorpe Estate in Southam on Sunday.

Jousting demonstrations from the Knights of Middle England, an impressive display of vintage cars from Wolston Motor Group, and a whole host of fairground rides were among the wide range of attractions throughout the day.

Many families also made the most of the sunny weather and brought their own picnics.

It was the fifth annual fun day at the club and the biggest to date and included 11 matches with teams ultimately vying for the Dallas Burston Gold Cup.

Among the players was Lucy Taylor, from Cheshire – one of the top female players in the UK.

Speaking after the event she said: “It was a great event and Dallas Burston Polo Club is a first class facility.

“Polo is a fantastic sport with lots of adrenalin and it was really good seeing so many people here today. Sadly though the profile of the sport isn’t big enough. I think most people here would agree it’s far more interesting than darts. But as the masses watch darts on TV it has no trouble attracting either players or sponsors. Unfortunately, polo does struggle in this area and I think it always will until we can raise its profile. That said, I think there were a lot of people here today who had perhaps not attended a polo match before and I certainly think they would have walked away entertained.”

Ella Cloake, Marketing Manager at the club, said: “Polo in the Park gets more and more popular by the year and this was arguably our biggest and best to date.

“Throughout the day we welcomed a lot of new faces to the club – particularly families with young children, many of whom had their first experience of polo. We were delighted to see so many guests enjoying themselves and we look forward to building on the success of this year’s event in 12 months’ time.”

Among those who attended was David Wilson, Chairman of Polo in the Park sponsors Davidson Homes, who entertained 130 guests.

He said: “Dallas Burston Polo Club is an excellent facility for Warwickshire and indeed the Midlands.

“My son usually plays polo in Windsor but was taking part at Dallas Burston, so we were proud to sponsor the event.

“It was our third visit to the club. My guests and I had an excellent day and watching my son was a real highlight.”

Polo in the Park 1

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Polo in the Park 2

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Polo in the Park 6

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Polo in the Park 3

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Polo in the Park 5

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