Churchill once famously said, “A polo handicap is a passport to the world.” Sir Winston, as many Churchill scholars will attest, was a championship polo player while serving in India in the late 1890’s. He continued to play the sport until he was 52 (notably, he continued to ride until age 76). To honor his love of polo and equine sports, as well as his great affection for all animals, the New York Churchillians, in conjunction with the Churchill Centre in London, developed and host the Winston S. Churchill International Polo Cup, played annually at the Greenwich Polo Club at Conyers Farm. This championship high-goal polo game is sanctioned by the United States Polo Association. Last September, over 100 people attended the day’s match between “Emerging Traders” and “Team Churchill.” In a tight game, the final score was Traders, 9, Churchill, 8.
This year, the event will be hosted by Jack Churchill, Sir Winston’s great-grandson, and Laurence S. Geller, Chairman of the Churchill Centre, on July 10. The day begins with a champagne reception at 12:30 p.m., with a lunch directly following, hosted by sponsors including the 21 Club, Baccarat, Davidoff Cigars, and the Marusya Collection in the “Victory” tent. There will be two Polo matches, the first will be The Churchill Cup featuring Team Churchill at 1:30, then a second match at 3:00—followed by Awards Presentation by Jack Churchill at 5:30 pm.
In addition to the exciting action on the field, this year there will be a children’s play area, a “Doggie Pet Parade” with awards, a Ferrari car show, and Churchill Cigar Lounge offering the Sir Winston Churchill Cigar Collection by Davidoff. It promises to be another outstanding day of polo for players and spectators.
For tickets and tables, please call Randall Baker at 917.921.6049
Photos courtesy of Paolo Giorno Photography