Polo | Tournaments


30 June 2017

The Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup was established by 3rd Viscount cowdray in 1956.

The Jaeger LeCoultre Gold Cup was established by 3rd Viscount cowdray in 1956. Set within Viscount Cowdray’s 16,500 acre estate in Midhurst, West Sussex, Cowdray Park Polo Club, it decides the British Open Polo Championship and is the most prestigious polo tournament in UK. Thousands of spectators come to witness the great game of polo especially on the finals day. Some of them are so enthusiastic about the gold cup that it has become a tradition to book the dates for Gold cup in every summer season.

The Gold Cup welcomed its Golden Jubilee in 2006 with due celebration. At 22 goal (High Goal) level, with all the international stars of the game in action in the incomparable setting of Cowdray Park’s famous ‘Lawns’, the event draws in polo aficionados from all over the globe. It is sponsored by watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre who take over from lengthy sponsors Veuve Clicquot and are the official timekeepers of the tournament and Cowdray Park which is known to have revived British Polo after world war II.

The Gold Cup started when Lord Cowdray had invited an Argentine farmer called Antonio Heguy who came over to England on holiday with three of his friends to play in his new tournament. Antonio’s team along with his well bred horses went on to have a 9-4 victory over the home team, hence becoming the first team to win the Gold cup. The Heguy family continues to be a formidable force on the polo field, along with the Novillo Astradas and the Pieres families to name but a few.

According to polo player Mark Tomlinson, it is “the most important tournament in the UK”. This year the tournament is scheduled from 27th June to 23rd July, 2017.