Highlight of the polo season – England versus USA for the prestigious Westchester Cup

The Hurlingham Polo Association (polo’s official governing body) is delighted to confirm that a new International Pavilion, providing first class hospitality by Keith Prowse and an exclusive boujis after-party, will be created for the very first time for this year’s Audi International (formerly the Cartier International) at Guards Polo Club, Windsor Great Park on Sunday 28 July 2013.

This year’s Audi International will be particularly exciting as Audi England take on USA, supported by Equus & Co, for the Westchester Cup – polo’s oldest and most prestigious accolade. This will be the first staging of the trophy in the UK in 16 years.

The International Pavilion will provide a sanctuary for Keith Prowse and boujis guests to enjoy a culinary three-course lunch and traditional British afternoon tea. The day of society polo will be concluded with an after-party hosted by award winning private members club, boujis, for the very first time with its signature serves, headline DJ’s and electrifying entertainment.

Martyn Bowden, Marketing & Group PR Manager of boujis, states: “boujis has been synonymous for throwing some of the best parties and exclusive events in London and internationally for its members – now it’s time to put our stamp on this prestigious polo event”.

Andrew Hodgkins, Managing Director of Keith Prowse, says: “We’re incredibly excited to be hosting guests for the Audi International Polo this year. The Westchester Cup is respected globally on the same level as the Ashes Series in cricket or the Ryder Cup in golf. We are expecting to see an influx of international guests looking to enjoy this rare sporting occasion between England and USA and have confidence that our impressive hospitality will make this event even more memorable for guests.”

This Westchester Cup is the flagship fixture of the Audi International Polo Series, as well as being the key feature event for the UK sport’s governing body, the Hurlingham Polo Association. The Blue Riband of international polo, this match will be a rare chance to watch the highly successful England team battle against a very competitive team from the USA on UK soil. These two countries have not clashed here since 1997, when England won 12-9. In Florida in 2009, when the Cup was last contested, England was again successful, winning 10-9.

Jon Zammett, Head of PR for Audi UK, says: “The Americans are experts at all kinds of horse power and the drama of this prestigious match at Guards Polo Club will make it a national occasion. The US polo team can only inspire the England players to raise their game even further – the Westchester Cup will certainly be dramatic and one not to be missed.”

In addition to the afternoon’s Westchester Cup match, the day begins with a fast paced morning match for the Diamond Jubilee Trophy, featuring a Prince of Wales team, represented by Young Commonwealth v Hurlingham represented by Young England.

Tickets for The International Pavilion are available now:
 Keith Prowse: Call 0845 125 4882 or go to www.keithprowse.co.uk/polo
 boujis After-party: Call 0207 591 5430 Grace@ignite-group.com or www.boujis.com
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NOTES FOR EDITORS

boujis

Ignite Group Ltd and boujis, founded in 1998 by Matt Hermer, prides itself on a premium quality portfolio of niche clubs, restaurants and bars that are noted for their exceptional products and services, experienced staff and innovative flair. Ignite Group Ltd owns and operates award-winning private members club boujis, international boutique cocktail bar group Eclipse London and in W Barcelona, the hip Wyld club and the W Lounge in London’s prestigious W Hotel and renowned restaurant brand Bumpkin. Most recently Boujis Hong Kong opened in October 2012.
www.ignite-group.com www.boujis.com

Keith Prowse

Keith Prowse, the UK’s number one choice for sporting, cultural and bespoke events, is a hospitality expert with a heritage in entertainment and ticketing for over 200 years.

It can cater to a large variety of events and is the official hospitality provider to events including: The Championships, Wimbledon, Domestic and International Rugby at Twickenham Stadium, the Kia Oval, Lord’s, The Ageas Bowl, AEGON Championships, Cheltenham National Hunt Festival, The Old Course Experience, Edgbaston, Goodwood, Henley Royal Regatta, etc.

Keith Prowse has more official appointments than any other hospitality provider, including: Concerts and festivals, Cricket, Flower shows, Football, Golf, Horse racing, International events, Motorsport, Polo, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Tennis, Theatre and performing arts.

Audi International Polo Series

The Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the sport’s governing body, supported by Audi, the premium car company, created a new series of Polo Internationals known as the Audi International Polo Series in 2012. This year the series will feature three Internationals, at Beaufort Polo Club on Saturday 15 June 2013, at Guards Polo Club, near Windsor (formerly the Cartier International) – one of the highlights of the British summer season and undoubtedly the biggest UK polo event of the year – on Sunday 28 July 2013, and at Chester Racecourse on Saturday 7 September 2013. Having sponsored the England Polo Team since 2005, it was a natural progression for Audi to create and sponsor a series in order to provide additional platforms for England to play against some of the world’s top polo teams. This investment by Audi in the International Polo Series, together with its existing sponsorship of the England polo team, makes the car company the biggest supporter by far of polo in the UK.

Westchester Cup

This magnificent silver trophy, weighing 400 oz with figures of mounted polo players plus the coats of arms of both England and America, was created by Tiffany’s for the first match between the United States and Great Britain in 1886. The Westchester Cup was then contested in 1900, 1902, 1909, 1911, 1913 and 1914 when the First World War interrupted the game and caused the death of many of the best players. Played again in 1921, it was then competed for in 1924, 1927, 1930, 1936 and 1939, games which were won by the USA. After the Second World War, the Cup was not played for until 1992 and 1997 in the UK and in 2009 in the USA, all of which games were won by England. The Cup has been won a total of ten times by the USA and six times by England, including the initial 1886 match.

Contacts

For boujis / Ignite
Martyn Bowden, PR & Communications Manager
M: 07515 199 843
E: Martyn@ignite-group.com

For Keith Prowse
Rihanna Thompson, Triggerfish Communications
T: 020 7233 9700
E: Rihanna@triggerfish.co.uk

For Guards Polo Club
Diana Butler
M: 07876 452 170
E: dianabutler@mediaprocoms.com

For Audi International Polo Series
Kaulai Harwood Scorer /Jenna Thompson
T: 020 7736 8183
M: 07850 205 095
E: office@audipolosport.com