Spurred on (hehe, get it?) by the unusually delightful weather, a well heeled crowd of over 1,000 students and guests made their way to the gorgeous grounds of Errol Park Estate near Perth for one of the most classically ‘St Andrews’ events of the spring semester: The St Andrews Charity Polo Tournament. Presented by Graypaul Maserati Edinburgh and EFG International, the Polo Club certainly upped the level of sophistication for this year’s event. However, they stayed true to their roots by once again graciously donating the proceeds to the national Help for Heroes charity.
The event began with buses leaving promptly from St Andrews at 11am, with separate pick up points for VIP/Tent Ticket holders and Standard tickets, which significantly cut down on queuing times. Upon arrival guests were treated to a whole variety of delicious offerings, with St Andrews’ favourite Blackhorn leading the pack. Surrounding the pitch were clearly delineated sections for those lucky enough to score a ‘Tent Ticket’, VIP and Standard. At £35 a pop, VIP ticket holders were given 5 (yes, 5!) drink tokens that were conveniently attached directly to the wristband. In addition, VIP guests were also treated to salmon canapés provided by the Fairmont St Andrews and complimentary hand massages from Sloane Ranger favourite, Jo Malone.
Distracted by all the goodies on offer this reviewer almost forgot the main attraction, the polo! Beginning promptly around 12:30, the tournament started off with a nail-biting match between St Andrews and Stirling University teams. Sadly the first chukka ended in a loss for St Andrews but it marked an excellent start to a full day of polo.
With this being my 4th (and final) St Andrews Charity Polo tournament, I could really get a feel for how much effort and attention went in to planning the event this year. From the seamless transportation to the gorgeous choice of venue, the committee seemed to have anticipated their guest’s every need, making it one of the most enjoyable events of the year.
Images courtesy of Victoria Bushnell for Owl Eyes.