Park Place confirmed their status as the leading 15-goal team in the UK after winning the Bentley Motors Royal Windsor Cup. In a thrilling game on The Queen’s Ground, watched by HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Dr Andreas Offermann, the member of the Bentley board for sales and marketing, Andrey Borodin’s team defeated Charlie Wooldridge’s Twelve Oaks 8-7. This win is especially impressive as 21 teams took part in this year’s competition.
South African international Chris Mackenzie, who gave the team a two-goal lead at half-time, was later named the Bentley Motors Most Valuable Player. One of his string, Crystal, was named the Bentley Motors Royal Windsor Cup Best Playing Pony. In a generous gesture, Mackenzie invited Crystal’s groom, Amber Jacobs, to receive the pony’s prizes from HM The Queen.
An earlier match, for the subsidiary Mountbatten Trophy, saw a win for Maximillian Kirchoff’s Armis Snake Bite. They beat Henry Porter’s GSA 11-9 on The Duke’s Ground. Lady Tatiana Mountbatten presented the prizes after another, equally tough game.
There was one further match on this day – a Penny Farthing Polo International – England v Scotland. This is the first time that penny farthing polo has been played at Guards Polo Club, but the match generated much interest. England, led by Neil Laughton, came out top, defeating Scotland, captained by David Fox Pitt, 8-4.
The day concluded with the elegant parade of the championship winners from the neighbouring British Driving Society Show. HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who had watched the parade from the Royal Box, spent time with each winner after presenting them with their winners’ rosettes.
Photos: Images of Polo
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