The 2017 International Ladies Polo Tournament in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund which takes place on Saturday 19th of August, on the private grounds of Ballyhenry Estate outside Ashford Co. Wicklow.
Hosted by Polo Wicklow, the International Ladies Polo Tournament will draw guests from around the world as top players travel from USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Saudi Arabia to take part in the largest event on the Irish polo calendar. At the launch,the 2017 Irish Ladies Polo Team were announced as Siobhan Herbst, Julie Kavanagh, April Kent and Caroline Keeling.
Now in its 18th year, the tournament has raised more than €150,000 for charities to date and this year’s nominated charity partner is The Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.The event is being supported by Kildare Village, Audi, The Charles Hurst Group, Godolphin, Horse Racing Ireland and Horse Sport Ireland.
The day will feature three exciting matches: Ireland v’s The USA, Ireland v’s The Rest Of The World and an entertaining Charity Jockeys v’s Trainers Match. Representing Ireland will be the four highest rated ladies in Irish Polo; Siobhan Herbst, Julie Kavanagh, April Kent and Caroline Keeling. The charity match will feature top trainers and well known jockeys from the racing world trying their hand at polo as well as retrained former-racehorses showcasing the versatility of the thoroughbred.
The feature fundraiser lunch in aid of The Injured Jockeys Fund will take place in the pitch-side marquee overlooking the polo action. Guest will enjoy a champagne reception to live jazz, a sumptuous 4 course lunch catered by the local & award-winning Tinakilly Country House. Post-Tournament, the festivities will continue with a relaxed BBQ for players and marquee guests with evening entertainment.
Around the pitch, in addition to the polo action, guest can enjoy pre-booked pitch-side picnics, artisan food and drink vendors, divot stomping at half-time,dedicated free Kids Zone and younger guests can enter a novelty Best Teddy Bear Picnic competition. There will also be a ceremonial East-Wicklow Harriers Hound Parade and Luxury car displays from Audi and The Charles Hurst Group who will be showcasing their latest Bentley and Maserati models.
Gates Open: 11:45am | First match:12pm