Rising British player has racked up major wins in UK and Argentina and now seeks backing for all-British quartet ahead of English season.
Focus may have been aimed at Adolfo Cambiaso and La Dolfina as they continued to blaze a trail in Argentine polo last month, but British success was also gleaned in Palermo, raising the tantalising prospect of more home honours when the high goal season kicks into gear later this summer.
Flying home with top honours was Matt Perry, as the 24-year-old saddled up with El Remanso to win the Copa Camara, the final high goal tournament of the Argentine season.
“Winning the Camara will definitely be one of the biggest achievements of my career,” said Perry. “I was very lucky to get the opportunity to play after Charlie Hanbury unfortunately suffered a bad fall just before the tournament started. It was great to be involved with such a good team and organisation.”
Perry’s list is already pretty healthy, previous achievements in the UK including victories in the Queen’s Cup two years running and the prestigious Gold Cup.
All this for an Englishman who has forced his way into the top echelons of the sport with next to no financial support. Instead, he was ferried to Pony Club events by his committed family before he has given a helping hand by former England international Malcolm Borwick. It was the start of his polo odyssey and, clinically, the chance to burgeon his career in Argentina.
“I have been travelling out to Argentina for the last six years now and have spent the past four with Eduardo Heguy, who reached 10 goals and won the Argentine Open four times,” he said.
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“I am extremely fortunate that he has helped me a lot over the years and has been a big influence with the progression of my polo career.
“He provided me with a very good string of horses to play the Camara which enabled me to play to the best of my ability. I have played competitive polo over the years in Argentina but have never had the opportunity to play in such a high and prestigious tournament there before.”
Last month saw four Britons compete in the Copa Camara semi-finals and Perry says that the “impact” of his compatriots is raising the standard with every passing winter.
He said: “Horsepower plays a huge role in polo especially at the higher levels, which is why it was brilliant to see four British players competing in the semis of the second highest handicapped tournament in the world.
“There is a lot of young talent coming through in the UK but polo is a sport that largely relies on sponsors especially at the higher levels. Without the support, few young players will be able to reach their full potential.”
Prior to the Camara, Perry, who has experienced trophy-laden success with Zacara in recent years, played alongside Hanbury, Heguy and Jack Richardson, another rising British prospect, as they won the Copa El Remanso.
This all bodes well for the UK season. Perry will be playing with Ferne Park in the 18 goal tournaments, before he sets his sights on another high-goal tilt.
His aim is to formulate an all-British quartet in the Queen’s and Gold Cups respectively, with the team currently on the prowl for sponsorship to see them through the summer.
“I really feel that my polo has benefited playing the better polo in Argentina and I am now looking forward to the UK season getting under way,” he added.