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Local estate agent brains behind polo event which has grown by almost 30 times in 5 years
Press release: April 2013
Images from Fine & Country Warwickshire Gold Cup 2012 Sean Newman, director at Fine & Country
- Inspired to make polo more accessible to the general public, Sean Newman, director at Fine & Country, organised a polo event which has grown by almost 30 times in the last 5 years and expects to host over 5,000 guests this year.
- The 5th annual Fine & Country Warwickshire Gold Cup is taking place at Dallas Burston Polo club nr. Royal Leamington Spa on Sunday 14th July 2013, 11am-5pm.
- VIP tickets are available to guests (pre-purchased) allowing VIP access to the DBPC Clubhouse, VIP parking and a 5 course fine dining experience.
- A hog roast, BBQs, crepes and cupcakes will be available as part of the food court and refreshments bars. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy on the lawns.
- Activities for all of the family including pony rides, a bouncy castle, obstacle courses, premium exhibition stands to browse and helicopter tours.
- It is a complimentary event however there is a minimum &5.00 donation per vehicle at the car park gate in aid of the EAF charity which seeks to combat the causes of homelessness.
After taking an impromptu polo lesson 5 years ago, horse-riding novice Sean Newman was inspired to change the way that such an exciting sport seemed inaccessible to the general public. He organised a local polo event which was so successful that it has grown by almost 30 times its original size to be the biggest event of its kind in the region.
To encourage his community to enjoy polo, Sean liaised with the Dallas Burston Polo Club nr Royal Leamington Spa and invited locals to watch a match and enjoy a picnic. The success of the day resulted in a bigger and better event the following year and in 2009, 500 guests enjoyed the polo matches alongside Pimms, a bouncy castle and an ice cream van which had now been organised.
4 years later, the event has grown so much that Sean and his team are unable to organise it alone and the newly named Fine & Country Warwickshire Gold Cup is expected to receive 5,000 guests this year. Sean says, “In the next 10 years, I believe that this event will become the biggest of its kind in the UK and even in Europe.”
Fine & Country is proud to announce the details of the 2013 Fine & Country Warwickshire Gold Cup. It will be held for the fifth consecutive year at Dallas Burston Polo Club, nr Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire on Sunday 14th July, 11am-5pm.
It will take place on the breath taking Stoneythorpe Estate and there will be an international food court offering various temptations however guests are also welcome to bring their own picnics. Those wishing to have a VIP experience can book in advance and enjoy access to the DBPC Clubhouse, VIP parking and a five course fine dining experience prepared by Mark Higgs’s ‘Indievictual Catering’.
Spectators will watch the final of the Fine & Country Warwickshire Gold Cup on the ground’s premier polo pitches. Polo Captain Tim Rose, says, “Our team, Omnia Three Oceans, got such a thrill from last year’s victory at Dallas Burston Polo Club that we are already gearing up for a second win. It is considered an important trophy in our sport, so spectators will experience the power and passion of polo at one of Britain's most exciting venues.”
It promises to be a great day for all of the family to enjoy. Alongside the exciting polo matches, there will be activities such as pony rides, helicopter tours, bouncy obstacle courses and a wide selection of premium exhibition stands to browse.
General Manager, Major Carney, formerly Squadron Leader of The Household Cavalry says, “We are looking forward to welcoming our Fine & Country guests back for a fifth year to continue what has now become one of the most popular annual family days out in the region.”
Please go to www.fineandcountry.com/polo to register for your complimentary tickets. Whilst the event is free, there will be a minimum donation of &5.00 per vehicle at the gate which will be gifted to the Estate Agency Foundation which combats the causes of homelessness and gave over &120,000 last year to Broadway, St Mungo’s and Shelter on behalf of all estate agents across the UK. http://www.eafcharity.org/
To purchase your VIP ticket, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are providing a VIP experience which includes access to the DBPC Clubhouse, VIP parking and a five course fine dining lunch prepared by Mark Higgs's ‘Indievictual Catering’. The lunch includes mouth-watering quality cuisine from locally sourced products. This package is &160.00 per person and must be pre booked and paid for in advance.
Fine & Country is a global network of licensed real estate offices specialising in the marketing, sale and rental of luxury residential properties. The company has offices in 275 locations around the world including in the UK, Dubai, Egypt, France, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Portugal, Qatar, Spain, South Africa and West Africa. Fine & Country won Best Estate Agency Marketing and Best International Estate Agency Marketing in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 at the International Property Awards.
Francesca Harrington, Sinead Egan or Katie Herbert – PR & Marketing Executives
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7409 4673
Web : www.fineandcountry.com
About Dallas Burston Polo Club:
Set within 600 acres of breathtaking grounds of Stoneythorpe Estate, Dallas Burston Polo Club offers exclusive members-only options and complementary access for all spectators during weekends. The club provides something for everyone with the finest hospitality, good company, an envious list of thrilling events and professional coaching.
April Baron-Harrison, Marketing manager of Dallas Burston Polo Club:
Tel: + 44 (0) 1926 811 111