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Published in News on 17 Dec 2015

Following the recent Council Meeting and in the lead up to Christmas the HPA thought that members might like to have an update on certain issues

Andrew Barlow has set up an Advisory Panel on Safety, which consists of Victor Chua,  Aurora Eastwood, Antony Fanshawe and George Meyrick. The first topic is helmets and it is hoped that this report and recommendation will go to the Chairman’s Committee on 21st January 2016.

Direct Membership
A lot of clubs have come back supporting the idea of direct membership.   There will now be a meeting on Friday 22nd January at Sunningdale for all Club Managers and any other interested parties where the developers of the management system will present the basic structure of the model and the benefits to clubs and members.  This will be then followed by an open forum.

DEFRA have recently imposed more demanding and costly requirements on the production of passports. This includes specified paper, binding, laminating and serial coding for each passport and it is therefore very likely that we will be outsourcing the actual production of passports from 1st January.  THE HPA will continue to process the information and maintain the database.  The same company will take on full responsibility for ensuring that DEFRA requirements are met.

Victor Ludorum
The Victor Ludorum programme for 2016 is up on the website. We will not be running the Autumn Victor Ludorum this year.

George Deverall, Monty Swain-Grainger, Ben Barnes and Freddie Jodrell have all been to Buster Mackenzie’s in South Africa for a pre-Christmas HPA training course.

International Matches
George Meyrick, David Ashby, Max Charlton and Max Kirchhoff will play as Team UK against South Africa in Plettenburgh Bay on 29th December.

England Players
Many congratulations to Matt Perry and El Remanso who have won the Copa Camara de Diputados in Argentina, the second highest handicap level tournament in the world. England squad members Luke and Mark Tomlinson and Ollie Cudmore, playing for La Quinta, reached the semi-finals but lost in an extra chukka.

Hackett Rundle Cup Day 2015

Published in News on 20 Jul 2015

Another year, another crowd-thrilling Rundle Cup that saw more than 5,000 people enjoying the polo, picnics, trade stands and children’s entertainment.

The morning warmed up with the Jockey vs Eventers game, followed by a horse race and the Inspire Foundation wheelchair race. The stars of polo future then showed what they are capable off with the Pony Club Jorrocks exhibition match.

In the heat of the day the CSPA battled it out with a great display of skill in a tight knit game against a Hackett Challenge Team for the ICOA Trophy. Nick Hunter was still pulling out the big shots despite not being able to walk off his horse after an accident on the pitch at Taunton Polo club the week before!

However after tight marking and great display the ball couldn’t be put through the posts leaving the final score CSPA 3  Hackett Challenge Team 2.  The Most Valuable Player award was sponsored by Polo Times and won by Col Nick Hunter; the Best Playing Pony was sponsored by Moore Blatch Solicitors and was won by Kate played by Albany Mulholland.

The main attraction of course was the Hackett Rundle Cup. The annual Navy and Army match was first played in Malta in 1909 when it was instigated by Sir Leslie Rundle, Governor of Malta, and supported by the then Prince George of Wales, later to become King George VI. The Royal Navy won the first cup and the Army won the last time the match was played in Malta back in 1966 after which it moved to the UK. The Navy won the first recorded match in the UK in 1976; the team then included Lt HRH The Prince of Wales. Outstanding scores include a hat-trick by the Navy in 1994–96, but the honours are now about even.

This year saw the Navy team starting with a 1 ½ goal lead on handicap but at the end of the first chukka they were ½ a goal behind. After a few years of defeat the Navy pulled out the dream team of Aplin, Spiller, Kamper and Suzuki but was it going to be enough? As usual commentator Lt Col (ret’d) Simon Ledger entertained the crowds with his very energetic off the pitch banter as well as keeping everyone informed on this very close game.

The second chukka saw Officer Cadet Jamie Drummond-Moray taking the pace up a gear or two as he showed some incredible skill and speed. Suzuki also showed his great tactical play and strategy as he pulled back some stunning goals taking the Navy ahead at the end of the second chukka to 5 ½ to the Army’s 4.

Start of the third chukka saw both sides heading off at lightning pace and within seconds Jamie Drummond-Moray was nailing a 40 yard penalty taking the Army to ½ point behind. It was all coming down to the wire with crowds on the edge of their seats. After some careless mistakes the Navy gave away yet another penalty leaving Drummond-Moray in a sweet position to pop it through the posts – however, the young 1 goaler couldn’t convert the penalty leaving the Navy able to breathe again!

But that wasn’t the only problem – Simon Ledger in the commentary box had run out of champagne and complained that the prosecco was not good enough!

Heading into the fourth and final chukka the Navy were leading by 5 ½ goals to the Army’s 5. Both teams marked hard, rode fast and played great open polo. Aplin marked the Army’s star player Drummond-Moray hard but that left the door wide open for last year’s star of the show 2/Lt Paddy Selfe to slip the ball through the posts; however he missed the goal.

But then with 4 ½ minutes to go the Navy under pressure conceded a foul. Paddy Selfe smashed the ball through the posts to take the Army side now into the lead. The Navy side kept attacking but with time running out it just wasn’t meant to be. The game was the most intense witnessed by the huge crowds in years and finished with the Army emerging victorious.

The Most Valuable Player, sponsored by Forensic Risk Alliance, went Officer Cadet Jamie Drummond-Moray who is about to embark on his career at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Best Playing Pony, sponsored by W L Gore & Associates Lt, was Petrona owned by Lord Jonathan Rothermere from the Ferne Park Polo Team.

With another successful Rundle Cup completed attention turns to the 2016 event which is planned to be even bigger and better.

Best Of British Polo

Published in News on 17 Mar 2015

The Royal Navy take on the RAF in the Best of British Polo event at Tidworth Polo Club – the home of the CSPA – on Sunday 31st May 2015.

Gates open at 10am and the match gets underway at midday. The polo action continues at 14:00 with The Heroes’ Cup, played for by injured servicemen and women alongside members of the Army team.

The third match of the day is at 15:00 and is the Best of British Under 25s.

There will be trade stands, food stalls and bands to keep the crowds fed, watered and entertained  throughout the day.

For tickets and more information visit


Published in News on 21 Jan 2015

The CSPA agm will take place on February 12th at the Cavalry & Guards Club at 3pm.