Now in its seventh year Chesterton Polo in Hurlingham park Fulham, hosts the largest tournament in Europe. Over its three days, six cities from around the world compete to win the coveted trophy.
For those of you who are new to polo it has a history going back 2,000 years, with famous players such as Genghis Khan and William Churchill. It is a game played at speed on horseback, with the aim of trying to score goals against the opposite opponent. Today Polo is played in over 80 countries.
Sunday was the finals day with play-offs for 5th, 3rd and 1st positions.
Our own London 'Mint' team (in white above) were involved along with others such as Abu Dhabi who were last years winners. What became quickly apparent was the frenetic pace of the game and awesome sounds of horses galloping past crowds only inches away from the side of the pitch.
So close in fact that when a player scored they would ride around the outside of the pitch and high five the crowd.
Riders are gauged on their handicap with 10 being the highest with only a handful of players in the world reaching this level. The only handicap that I had was tackling the grass with heels.
We observed a half time ritual, where the crowd are encouraged to come onto the pitch to stomp in the divots with their pineapple and pina colada in hand.No British event would be complete without staple offerings like Pimms.There was a host of bars to refresh during the action: Pimm's Summer Party, Lanson Champagne lounge, Fentimans botanical brewed beverages and Mahiki cocktails.
There was also delicious food offerings for every possible taste.
We had a wonderful day at the Polo and will definitely be booking our tickets for next years event. It really is an experience to behold and well worth a booking if you get a chance.
Just make sure you heed the advice.