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Fri 17th Apr 2020

2020 UK High Goal & Victor Ludorum Fixtures

HPA & Guards announce amended dates

Despite yesterday’s gloomy announcement of a further three weeks of lockdown in the UK, there is light at the end of the tunnel as today, Friday 17 April, the Hurlingham Polo Association and Guards Polo Club have announced amended dates for the 2020 Victor Ludorum series, The Cartier Queen’s Cup and The Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup. 
The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) are also amending their tournament fixture list for this season, which remains dependent on any Government conditions regarding Coronavirus and will not alter the HPA’s policy of providing a month’s warning for tournament polo. 
The HPA has published a revised draft for their 2020 Victor Ludorum tournaments (8 goals and above), while the 6 and 4 goal Victrix Ludorum are still being reviewed. The Prince of Wales and Trippetts 22 goal tournaments will begin the UK high goal season, but The Cartier Queen’s Cup and King Power Gold Cup have swapped positions with The King Power Gold Cup being played first (23 June – 19 July), followed by The Warwickshire (18 – 26 July)  with The Cartier Queen’s Cup being played last (28 July – 23 August).
Nick Wiles, HPA Chairman, commented “In this unprecedented situation we are all working closely together, here in UK and internationally. Representatives of the Argentine Polo Association, Hurlingham Polo Association, United States Polo Association, French Polo Federation, Spanish Polo Federation and the Federation of International Polo recently met by conference call and all agreed to work together in order to help all associations to have the best possible polo season, while minimizing the effects of the pandemic and prioritizing the health and safety of the players, umpires, grooms and everyone who helps put on polo events. Further digital meetings will be held regularly. As the season progresses we will hopefully have more freedom but that is likely to be still limited. The holiday month of August is going to look different this year so it is a great opportunity to play and hopefully watch some top class polo here through August and September in what is usually our best weather. Playing our key tournaments and enabling polo to be played nationally for a worthwhile period of time will help to maintain the fabric of our sport and those who are reliant on it for either their livelihood or recreation”.
Similarly, Guards Polo Club are currently compiling a new fixture list for the 2020 season, with their aim to start playing polo in mid-May, probably behind closed doors, with the Polo Office adjusting as and when the situation alters. The Club aims to provide polo across all levels and will continue playing until early October. The Cartier Queen’s Cup, one of the most prestigious polo titles in the UK which this year is celebrating its 60th anniversary, is usually played for in June, but due to the ongoing pandemic and lockdown restrictions, this year’s tournament will be played from Tuesday 28 July – Sunday 23 August. The Club has also moved The Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Windsor Cup, which will now be played from 11 – 30 August, with the Final being played one week after The Cartier Queen’s Cup, as is traditional, but on the same day as the Club’s high goal ladies Final which will ensure a weekend of thrilling polo for spectators. 
Those who had previously purchased grandstand seats or field side parking can automatically transfer their tickets to the new dates or apply for a refund by emailing accounts@guardspoloclub.com.
2020 UK High Goal & Victor Ludorum Fixtures Draft: 
22 goal
13 – 20 June: Prince of Wales (RCBPC)
13 – 20 June: Trippetts Challenge (Great Trippetts)
23 June – 19 July: Gold Cup (Cowdray Park)
18 – 26 July: Warwickshire Cup (Cirencester Park)
28 July – 23 August: Queen’s Cup (Guards)
18 goal
30 July – 18 July: Indian Empire Shield (Guards)
21 July – 2 August: Apsley Cup (Cirencester Park)
4 August – 22 August: Duke of Sutherland (Cowdray Park)
24 August – 6 September: Cowdray Challenge (Cowdray Park)

15 goal
16 – 27 June: County Cup (Cirencester Park)
30 June – 19 July: Eduardo Moore (RCBPC)
21 July – 9 August: Harrison Cup (Cowdray Park)
11 – 30 August: Royal Winsor Cup (Guards)
1 – 12 September: Arthur Lucas (Beaufort)
12 goal
6 – 14 June: Prince of Wales (Beaufort)
16 June – 4 July: Dollar Cup (Cowdray Park)
7 –18 July: Queen Mother (Cirencester Park)
21 July – 8 August: Duke of Wellington (Guards)
11 – 23 August: Cheltenham Cup (Cirencester Park)
25 August – 6 September: John Prestwich (RCBPC)
7 – 20 September: Autumn League (Cowdray Park)
8 goal
11 June – 5 July: Archie David (Guards)
7 – 25 July: Julian & Howard Hipwood Cup (RCBPC)
28 July – 9 August: Holden White (Cowdray Park)
11 – 22 August: Wichenford Bowl (Beaufort)
25 August – 5 September: Gerald Balding (Cirencester Park)
Photograph: Restrictions permitting, polo will be resuming at Guards Polo Club from mid-May, although probably behind closed doors. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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