Visitors to the Hopkins International Polo this Sunday can look forward to a top notch home international at Trinity Park, as organisers have just announced that among the England team line-up is Max Charlton, the highest handicapped player for his age on grass with a handicap of six goals aged 24, but also is an amazing eight goal player in the arena, making him one of the best arena players in the world.
He was also part of the winning England team at the Federation of International Polo (FIP) Snow Polo World Cup in China and the Cartier World Cup in St Moritz, where he played alongside Chris Hyde who is among the Clagau Wales line-up for Sunday. Following this triumph Chris was acclaimed the “World Polo Tour Most Valuable Professional Player” and also went on to be selected to play for Watergate Bay’s polo on the Beach, and has a six goal handicap.
Playing alongside Max will be England Captain George Meyrick, also with a six handicap, who was part of an all British team called Fox and Hounds that this year reached the quarter finals of the prestigious Queen’s Cup and is a regular on the pitches of Cowdray, Guards and Beaufort as well as plays in front of thousands at the Polo in the Park in London.
Edward Banner-Eve who runs a winter polo club in Essex and Guards Club player Seb Hancock complete the England team.
Ricky Cooper, who has been instrumental in the rise of the Wales Polo team since 2008 is it’s captain. He has won numerous trophies include the Hickstead International Challenge and Scottsdale Polo championships, and spent four years in New York as part of the Haviland Hollow Polo Team.
Alongside him is Peter Webb a professional for the past 20 years and last season he won the Victor Ludorum 12 goal. He has a handicap of five and is currently based with the Clive Read’s AFB polo team in Berkshire. And completing the four is Roddy Matthews a veteran of the English high goal circuit who plays out of Guards and Cowdray Park polo clubs as well as mixes his playing with high goal umpiring and training, producing top level polo ponies.
Joint chairman of the Polo Peter Over commented:” We are very fortunate that these amazing top quality players will be here in Suffolk. Most of them enjoy a high profile and are at the top of their games. This is even more reason for people to come along and experience polo at this level at Trinity Park and enjoy seeing the game close- up and learning what it is all about.
“it is also a good value-for money day, watching Polo is often far more expensive in the Home Counties, with all children aged 14 and under being admitted free and you can bring in your own picnics.”
Also competing are two patrons teams featuring many of Argentina’s high-ranked players, together with young teams from Stowe School and Trinity Park.
The members from Suffolk Polo Club will also be giving a demonstration of the game, and there will be camel racing and a post polo party with musician Tim Owens.
Gates open for Hopkins International Polo at 10am and adult entry is £10 per head. . Admission for young people aged 15-18 is £5 and 14s and under have free entry.
SAA member’s tickets are £25 and one guest ticket can also be purchased at this price. Non-SAA member’s tickets are £35.
Children aged 5-14 are allowed in the Members’ area and tickets are priced £12.50 and £17.50 for SAA members and non members respectively.
This year members will be permitted to bring picnics into the enclosure, although hot food will be available from the general catering tradestands and there will be a bar selling beers and wines.
All tickets are available now online at www.internationalpolo.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.