British Polo Day – presented by Land Rover – champions British luxury heritage in 10 countries annually and made its Australian debut on the weekend, linking with the Garangula Spring Polo Tournament at the private estate of the Schwarzenbach family near Harden, NSW.
Beyond what occurred on the polo field, the event included A Royal Salute Scotch Whisky and Taittinger Champagne reception, pitch-side Champagne afternoon tea and a game of Brompton bicycle polo.
The inaugural British Polo Day Australia continued the celebration of sport, friendship and British luxury heritage that started three years ago when British Household Cavalry friends, Ed Olver and Tom Hudson, had an idea to launch a global polo network to showcase British luxury craftsmanship and heritage in new and emerging markets.
They co-founded British Polo Day and have since partnered with more than 30 top British luxury brands to stage 35 events in 14 countries. Using the international language of the horse and the convivial and informal setting of a polo day, they created an unparalleled platform for elite engagement. Along the way they have hosted 12 Royal families, 100 independent billionaires, over 10,000 of the global elite and leading business figures including Sir Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Vinod Kumar and Jim Rogers amongst others.
James McBride, the man behind Indonesia’s exclusive Nihiwatu resort, and Giles Adams, founder of 3RD HOME, were among the overseas visitors here for British Polo Day Australia.
The Schwarzenbach family also welcomed guests of British Polo Day Australia at Garangula on the eve of the polo tournament to enjoy a Gala Dinner in the spectacular Garangula Gallery. With guests arriving in a fleet of chauffeur driven Land Rovers, the evening featured a private viewing of the Garangula art collection and a charity auction – offering experiences donated by Nihiwatu and 3RD HOME – which raised US$48,500 for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and Head Injury Through Sport.
Brands that showcased at event were Jaguar Land Rover, Hackett London, Royal Salute, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Holland & Holland, Champagne Taittinger, Charles Russell, Billionaire.com, Global Partnership Family Offices, Justerini & Brooks, Abercrombie & Kent, Brompton Bicycles, Ettinger London, D.R Harris & Co, 3RD HOME, Nihiwatu, The Garangula Estate, The InterContinental Sydney, Hotel Hotel, Windsor Polo Club, The Grosvenor Stationery Company, Pendragon Productions, The GREAT Britain Campaign and Walpole.