Polo on the Beach 2015 – the best yet

There was pony power, welly wanging, gin quaffing, prize pooches and polo galore at this year’s GWR Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay. If you missed it, you missed out!

Watergate Bay was transformed into a mini festival over the weekend of Friday 26 to Sunday 28 June for the ninth Polo on the Beach, attracting record crowds for a three day celebration of all things polo – and more.

This year saw the event span three days with three polo matches, equine stunt displays and a sell-out beach party. As always, polo featured large on the event timetable and starred some of Britain’s best players.

GWR Polo on the Beach
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GWR Polo on the Beach

Saturday saw the busiest day in the event’s history as 4,000 people made the most of the blue skies and free activities. The much anticipated Devil’s Horsemen returned to the Bay to wow the crowds with their Cossak stunt show, before the big crowd-puller at 6pm – the main Watergate Bay trophy match between team Joules and Beach Retreats. Team Joules managed to win with the narrowest of victories in a nail-biting match.

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The Devil's Horsemen
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Elsewhere on the sand families enjoyed fairground-games, sand sculpting, a giant colouring mural, welly-wanging with Joules in aid of The Gurkha Welfare Trust, slacklining, kid’s crafts, the LandRover driving experience and Segway Polo.

Joules welly wanging
GWR's giant colouring wall
GWR Polo on the Beach
GWR Polo on the Beach
GWR Polo on the Beach

Following the trophy presentations, our first ever GWR Polo on the BeachParty rounded off the day in style. The sell-out evening event showcased electrifying performances from beatbox masters Duke, followed by a headline DJ session from Superfoxx and Hedkandi resident Krystal Roxx.

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GWR Polo on the Beach
GWR Polo on the Beach party
GWR Polo on the Beach
Sunday saw all dogs big and small take to the arena for a family dog show, hosted by and in aid of St Francis Home for Animals, raising more than £300 for the charity.

GWR Polo on the Beach

Philip Edgerton, from Great Western Railway, said: “It’s certainly been a weekend to remember, at one of the busiest Polo on the Beach events ever. The atmosphere here has been amazing and as headline sponsor it was great to see the crowds enjoying not just the polo matches, but all the family entertainment on offer. ! “This is an incredible local event and does a great job of bringing the beauty of Watergate Bay to a wider audience.”

THE MATCHES
Friday 26 July

Carrs LandRover Cornwall vs Team Rest of World: final score 7-6
Best player number 3 Tim Vaux (defence)
Best playing pony – Colorada (Lychett Heath)

Saturday 27 July
Joules vs Beach Retreats: final score 12-8
Best player number 3 Andrew Blake Thomas (attack)
Best playing pony – Apple (Vaux Park)

Sunday 28 July
Carrs LandRover Cornwall vs Joules: final score 7-5