Making its way around the globe, British Polo Day galloped into the U.S for the second year running. A prestigious international event hosted in over 10 countries including such jet set hot spots as Dubai, Singapore, Sumba island, Mexico, Abu Dhabi, China, Morocco and India, Los Angeles once again hosted the American leg of the tour at the Will Rogers Polo Club in the Pacific Palisades. Presented by Land Rover and Abercrombie and Kent, and hosted by Lord Frederick and Lady Sophie Windsor, the event included an opening night reception at The London West Hollywood Hotel, tours of the Getty Villa and volleyball on Venice Beach.

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A piece of British heritage, the sport itself originated in the far east, and it was brought to the rest of the world by British soldiers stationed in these regions who adopted it. Now this philanthropic event has spread itself around the globe raising over $1.5 million for charitable organizations. since its inception in 2009. Reaching over 60,000 us this year, the funds were donated to the UK Stem Cell Foundation and the US, Homeboy Industries which helps provide hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.

Celebrating the sport of kings in an upscale setting appropriate to an activity synonymous with wealth and sophistication, guests travel arrangements were handled by Abercrombie and Kent and all arrived to the location in chauffeured Land Rovers.

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Following this, was a champagne reception provided by Taittinger, where guests were served bubbly from an elegantly presented and artfully poured champagne fountain. Starting off light and humorous the first activity was the Brompton Bicycle Polo, followed by Lunch catered and arranged by the world famous Harrod’s for the Harrod’s Garden Party. Guests also enjoyed lounging in furnishings by acclaimed designer Timothy Oulton.

Next was the silent auction, initiated by the Duke of Argyll in a toast of Royal Salute, a kings brand of scotch to which he also serves as brand ambassador. He ceremoniously had everyone pour Royal Salute into the quaich (pronounced “quake”) of the person on their left and then drink after toasting, “Sláinte.

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Tens of thousands of dollars were raised for items such as a week in a 3RD HOME property, a private Surf Air vineyard getaway for two, five nights at the Six Senses in the Maldives and four nights at the stunning Royal Mansour in Marrakesh, to list a few. The event attracted many Hollywood stars such as musician Kenny Loggins and Steven Webber (ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder”, FX’s “The Comedians”)
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Ann Cusack, Steven Webber, Jim Piddock and Juliette Hohnen.

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The main event consisted of two matches, in which a British team would face off against a team from the hosting country. The first match was Harrow vs. Will Rogers Polo Club, and was followed by afternoon tea before the British Army and California Polo team faced off, celebrating the spirit of high quality amateur polo in an atmosphere of sophistication and competitive cooperation.

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As an ingenious use of a longstanding tradition associated with wealth and affluence, founders Edward Olver and Tom Hudson have developed an excellent example on how to convert the “Game of Kings”to raise funds that will benefit and better humanity as a whole.