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Ten teams prepare to do battle at Yorkshire Open Polo Championships

2008-08-05

White Rose Polo Club at North Cliffe near Market Weighton will host the 2008 event this weekend (Saturday and Sunday August 16 and 17)

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Yorkshire Open Polo Championships, White Rose Polo Club at North Cliffe near Market Weighton will host the 2008 event this weekend (Saturday and Sunday August 16 and 17). Last year’s Yorkshire Open was a fiercely-fought contest that saw sides from White Rose Polo Club battle it out against teams representing their local rivals from Beverley and Toulston (near Tadcaster). This year a total of ten teams will compete, including a side travelling all the way from Scotland to take part. To ensure that club members of varying abilities are able to take part, there are two trophies for different handicap levels. Pato demonstrations by members of the Argentinean pato team will be an exciting addition to the programme for this year’s Yorkshire Open. Nico Taberna, who captained the Argentinean pato team for the second time at the Horseball World Championships in Portugal this summer, is one of three Argentinians who have joined the team at White Rose Polo Club this season. His arrival means that pato is the latest addition to the wide range of lessons, taster sessions and activities available there. Once again, members of the public are invited along to watch what promises to be a thrilling competition and there will also be the opportunity for visitors to try polo for themselves on ‘Woody’, the club’s wooden horse. Claudia Weiler, director of polo at White Rose Polo Club, said: “White Rose Polo Club played host to the first ever Yorkshire Open Championship last August and it was a huge success, attracting a great crowd of spectators and encouraging people who have never tried polo before to book a lesson with us. “We always saw that it had the potential to become one of the most important dates in the Yorkshire polo calendar as it’s a great example of local clubs coming together to further raise awareness of the region’s exciting polo scene. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for anyone thinking of trying polo for themselves to come along and find out what it’s all about.” The Yorkshire Open Polo Championship takes place at White Rose Polo Club on Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 August. Gates open to the public at 10.30am on both days. Admission is £10 per car and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic. Four matches will be played on each day. Notes to editors: • White Rose Polo Club was founded by Hedley Aylott, the owner of Townend Farm. • The club was set up by its members in early 2007. • The club now has more than 30 members of all ages, ranging from complete beginners to experienced polo players. • The polo manager is Tony Wesche, a HPA (Hurlingham Polo Association) qualified coach from New Zealand. Tony is a highly respected horseman and polo coach, who has a wonderful approach to the sport. He is also an accomplished polo cross player. • Visit www.whiterosepolo.co.uk for more information. Media contact details: For more information, contact Lucy Oates on 01430 436498 or 07968 277218. Alternatively, you can email lucy_oates@tiscali.co.uk Photo opportunity: You are invited to come along and take photographs/film at the Yorkshire Open Polo Championship. Please contact Lucy Oates to arrange. Caption details for accompanying images: Action shots from recent tournaments. (ENDS)