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2010 Yorkshire Open Polo Championships - charity fundraiser


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2010 Yorkshire Open will be a ‘Polo in the Park’ charity fundraiser

The organisers of the Yorkshire Open, an annual tournament hosted by White Rose Polo Club, have pledged to raise funds for Parkinsons Disease Research at this year’s event, which takes place next Saturday and Sunday (August 14 and 15).


The hotly-contested tournament is now in its third year, but, for the first time, it’s being staged in conjunction with Ann-Marie Jackson, who has raised £80,000 for the good cause with annual ‘Music in the Park’ events at her home at Spaldington, near Howden. This year she has linked up with White Rose Polo Club to turn the Yorkshire Open into a ‘Polo in the Park’ fundraising event.

Ann-Marie, whose husband David is a member of White Rose Polo Club, explained: “I have held the ‘Music in the Park’ events at my home for the last seven years and have received lots of support from family, friends and the local community. This year is the first time we haven’t been able to organise an event, so I’m really grateful to White Rose Polo Club for agreeing to stage a ‘Polo in the Park’ fundraiser as part of the Yorkshire Open.

“I was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease myself 13 years ago and there is some really exciting research taking place at the moment, so I’m thrilled that the proceeds from this year’s Yorkshire Open will go towards that.”

Hedley Aylott, Chairman of White Rose Polo Club, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Ann-Marie’s chosen charity and I hope that local people will come along to watch the event to help us raise funds for this extremely worthwhile cause. Clearly, it’s very different to the ‘Music in the Park’ events that Ann-Marie has staged previously, but, from our point of view, it’s a great way of introducing people who have possibly never watched a game of polo to a sport that is thriving right here on their doorstep.

“This year, we will have more teams competing than ever before, at three different levels of ability. Clubs from across Yorkshire and beyond will be represented and there should be some really exciting competitive polo for people to watch. We’re confident that all those who come along will have a fantastic day out in the beautiful East Yorkshire countryside, so why not bring a picnic and make a day of it?”

 White Rose Polo Club is based at Townend Farm at North Cliffe, near Market Weighton and the gates will open to the public at 10am on both days. Admission is £15 for a car containing up to four people. Additional passengers will be charged £5 each. Anyone who would like to bring a gazebo to put up alongside their car will be charged an additional £15. To book your tickets in advance, contact Claudia at White Rose Polo on 01430 875767 or visit


Spectators are also welcome to turn up on the day.