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Event of the summer

February always represents plenty of amazing events happening in the city and Cantabrians are gearing up for one of the hottest events of the year – the Lexus Urban Polo, coming to Hagley Park, Saturday 29 February!

 

 

The Colombo is giving its shoppers the ultimate polo experience whereby one lucky winner and three friends receive complimentary tickets to the polo, an outfit worth $400 from any of The Colombo stores, shoes, a facial treatment, a manicure and pedicure, hair and makeup.

As for any special occasion, people love having the opportunity to dress to the nines, but it’s important to make time to fit in some necessary grooming appointments before the big day to ensure you look as fabulous as you feel.

Book ahead in salons such as Pinkies or Embrayce Beauty & MediSpa which offer a Microdermaplaning facial and the Power of Three facial – the latter being a fabulous treatment that includes LED Light Therapy, Laser Skin Rejuvenation and Active Vitamin Infusion with Sonophoresis.

Next step – your polo ensemble! For effortless elegance, tops and trousers from The Collective and Repertoire are of a luxurious drape and look sensational.

Heels and wedges from Andrea Biani will show off those pedicures and nothing beats a statement clutch from Redcurrent.

Annah Stretton does verve and vibrancy like nobody else, while those who prefer the casual but cool approach will find plenty of inspiration at Stencil.

Rendezvous with friends at The Belgian Beer Café Torenhof, head to the Beer Library for your favourite pre-polo tipple or kick back with a coffee from Underground Café Colombo.

Bring your enthusiasm to the game; cheer the players and clap every victory, as fan interaction is encouraged, but do be mindful of the ponies that can be easily spooked by spectator over-exuberance however well meant. Always stay alert for stray balls, mallets and horses.

Whatever occasion is marked on your calendar for February, be it a party, a wedding, a special Valentine’s Day celebration, or the polo, make sure you look your best and stand out from the rest in something stunning from any of the beautiful stores at The Colombo. They look forward to meeting you.


 

A Day at the Polo


 

Saturday 7 December heralds a glamourous day out, as dapper-suited gents and fancy-frocked ladies gather beneath a marquee at the Port Hills Polo Club for A Day at the Polo.

 

 

The annual fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) is now in its eleventh year. Last year’s event raised $110,000, so there’s high hopes for this year’s total.

In this beautiful setting, ticketed guests will sip complimentary bubbles and dine at tables of 10 on delicious fare from Twentyfour Catering, a long-time supporter of RMHSI.

The live auction commences at 12:15pm with fabulous prizes, such as a trip to Sydney, stunning artworks, and a pair of magnificent Frobisher chairs worth $3,500, to name but a few. Silent auctions and raffles are also on the agenda.

The polo matches are the highlight of the day with the traditional ‘stomping of the divots’ being a fun way to reconnect with friends and colleagues out on the field.

Events Advisor Jodie Gill says it’s the generosity of donors that makes A Day at the Polo the enormous success that it is. “There are so many businesses that really get on board with this by donating incredible prizes or by relinquishing a day’s income to come and work on our behalf. It’s very humbling.”

With every dollar raised going back to RMHSI, book your table now for the most awesome event of the year!

The polo will be held at the Port Hills Polo Club, Gilmours Road, Tai Tapu from 11am-5pm.

For tickets, visit www.rmhsi.org.nz/events and for more information, email events@rmhsi.org.nz.

 


 

The Polo at the Park Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic

Polo at the Park: The Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic


Widely known as the Sport of Kings, polo is older than recorded history and yet, despite the ancient origins of this equine event, it is making its very popular mark on Christchurch later this month when the Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic returns to the city.

 

The Polo at the Park Prestige Hagley Park Polo Classic

 

 

More than 2,500 attendees headed into the city for the first iteration of the Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo last year and, in 2019, the Sunday 27 January event is expected to be even bigger and better than before.  An exhilarating sport combining horsepower and athleticism, event spokesperson Sophie Gardner says polo players from around the country, and the world, will compete in the tournament with one aim – to lift the Hagley Park Polo Cup.

By holding the event in central Christchurch organisers hoped it would “draw a new audience”. “We encourage as many people as possible to come along and see what polo is about.” Sophie says last year’s event was a “fabulous day out”, filled with excitement, fashion, champagne and fast cars. Framed by the picturesque tree line of Hagley Park, the backdrop to the day is second to none.

 

Polo at the Park

This year Louis Champagne Bar is sponsoring the champagne and oyster garden. “With tickets from just $55 it is an affordable and wonderful excuse to enjoy the summer in the city,” Sophie says.  Event organiser Jimmy Wood, who is one of New Zealand’s highest handicapped professionals, will play at the event alongside his two brothers Charlie and Henry Wood as well as their father, ex-professional, Roddy Wood.

Along with the local home-grown talent, professional polo players from England, Argentina and Australia, will also attend. Sophie says unlike last year the event is fully ticketed. “Last year there was a free general admission area but not this year so people need to buy their tickets online in advance.”

For those wanting a VIP experience, catered tables are available in the Armstrong Prestige clubhouse marquee. There is a family friendly option available as well.

 

For further information see Facebook. Tickets can be purchased from
www.hagleyparkpolo.com

Programme for the day:

11:30am: Gates open

12pm: Champagne reception in the vip Armstrong Prestige clubhouse

12:30pm: Subsidiary polo final (play offs for 3rd and 4th)

1:30pm: Hunt parade and family friendly entertainment, interactive foot mallet displays for children

2:30pm: Armstrong power vs horse power

2:45pm: Team parade

3pm: The Armstrong Prestige classic final

3:30pm: Half time divot stomping and fashion in the field

4:15pm: Prizegiving

6pm: Official after party at Louis Champagne and Oyster Bar, 123 Victoria Street.

 



 

Heineken Urban Polo

Polo’s Popularity: Hagley Park plays host to a rousing polo match

What do you get when you take a visually stunning, superb Canterbury day, high fashion, high quality function in North Hagley Park? Seriously good fun is what. At this year’s inaugural Heineken Urban Polo, the ladies were looking fabulous and even the gentlemen had a pretty good shot at it. All the ingredients were there for an epic day in the Garden City.

Heineken Urban Polo

I was fortunate enough to be hanging out with Taylor Green, head of marketing for Heineken, giving me a great view of the DJ and the high-end crowd in attendance. “Given the overwhelmingly positive response we received last year, it was an easy decision for us to extend the event from two to four cities and give more Kiwis the chance to experience what we have to offer,” Taylor says.
“Heineken brings world-class events to life.”
I also caught up with Sam Hopkinson, player and partner of the Heineken Urban Polo. “We were very happy with the success of the day, the weather was kind to us and the field was an ideal surface to create a good spectacle of Urban Polo for all those that had never seen it before,” he says.
“The setting was quite magical, watching the polo as the sun went down in Hagley Park and I think it was my favourite event to date.”
Christchurch is leading the way through the development of young players, predominantly through school polo, driven by the Wood family and their Waireka Polo farm. But the sport still needs an injection of new energy, Sam says. “Polo in New Zealand needs some new energy, to continue to grow the sport it needs new events like the Heineken Urban Polo to do this,” he says.
“For anyone inspired by watching the Heineken Urban Polo and wanting to give it a go, they should be looking up Roddy or Charlie Wood immediately. The local Christchurch players and clubs have been very supportive of our event and helped make the day a great success.”
Different from the traditional polo played at the NZ Polo Open every year, the format has been adapted to a smaller field with simplified rules. Each competing team has three players, one less than traditional polo, and each match is shortened to 30 minutes for face-paced and high-intensity entertainment.
“We are polo on a smaller field, therefore fewer players per team, a larger softer ball and simplified rules to help spectators understand. I have added some extra changes for excitement,” Sam says.
“We liken ourselves to the seven-aside rugby or big bash cricket. All adaptations of traditional games to help create a better spectacle for those watching.”
So, for next year, consider preparing ahead of time, getting your tickets early and making your plan for the new kid in town. Divots don’t stomp themselves, so be there.