Polo ponies, players and a record-breaking crowd of spectators recently enjoyed one of the finest sporting and social events in Southam. A staggering 5,500 people poured through the gates of Dallas Burston Polo Club for the ever-popular Fine & Country Gold Cup.
The Warwickshire Gold Cup has grown in popularity since it was launched four years ago with the packed programme of activities and the number of spectators increasing with each event, although it has been nine years since Fine & Country’s Leamington office held a BBQ within the RLS Polo Club from which the current event has stemmed.
More than just a day of high octane polo, Fine & Country is also a firm family favourite, alongside Dallas Burston Polo Club’s annual Polo in the Park, with entertainment to suit visitors of all ages.
The 600-acre site was lined with a range of exhibitors which featured some stunning displays of woodwork as well as the expertise of the Honesberie Shooting School.
And for car enthusiasts there was a dazzling array of impressive automobiles including La Ferrari, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and even a noddy car for younger visitors.
There was also a selection of mouth-watering food stations, but visitors looking for something a little more special had the option of afternoon tea or a sandwich box – both of which proved a huge hit and sold out on the day.
Fine & Country coincided with Pina Colada week and to mark this occasion, the DBPC team served up a delicious Pina Colada Malibu cocktail to its adult visitors.
Organisers have branded the event a huge success and say once again Fine & Country proved itself to be a firm favourite in the club’s sporting calendar.
Director of Operations at Dallas Burston Polo Club Major Richard Carney MBE said: “We are delighted to say that once again the Fine & Country Gold Club was a resounding success for all who attended.
“The weather was kind to us which meant there were more people taking advantage of the picnic boxes and enjoying lunch in front of some truly magnificent polo. In fact the picnic boxes, which were sold with a grandstand ticket, sold out quite quickly, proving just how popular they are.”
As well as being a fun day out, the event was also a fundraising success collecting an outstanding £5,000 for the Fine & Country Foundation – a charity which combats the causes at the root of homelessness.
Major Carney added: “It was wonderful to see so many people generously donating money to such a worthwhile cause. As a key part of the local community, we believe it’s our role to not only provide entertainment to our neighbours but to also help boost the coffers of some amazing and important charities across the region.”