In a letter sent to club members, players and followers, last week, the Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly announced their attempts with regards to an eventual polo season, Covid-19 pandemic permitting and, naturally, in accordance with the measures taken by the French Government. But one thing is for sure – there’s a lot of optimism in Europe upon the current situation, which is positive for polo and the upcoming plans.
The letter, signed by Arnaud de Chenevarin, the club’s President, the institution states: “Please trust that your health is also our first and foremost priority”. Then, it makes reference about a possible ease of the lockdown in France, due on Monday May 11; they aim at “the foreseeable evolution of the sanitary situation shall allow us to anticipate a possible resumption of our club activities, even just partially, for the weekend of May 16 and 17”.
It’s worth to notice that, as all the European clubs are currently doing, they make clear that the club is well aware to follow the Government’s advice on this issue.
Among others, they said in the letter:
-“In order to get ready for this anticipated recovery date, we have asked our green keeper, Philip Carter and all his team to prepare all of our 8 grounds.”
-“Therefore, as soon as possible, we will organize practices on all of our grounds, with regard of the strictest barrier measures and of all of the necessary actions. All the palenques on each ground will be in use to separate your grooms, mask wearing will be mandatory and all the grounds will have hydroalcoholic gel at your disposal.”
-“Thanks to the new circular Verti-Drain system in which we have invested this year, we will obtain a very significant improvement of the ground drainage. This will allow us to play longer on the grass.”
-“All efforts that we put in, are to make sure that you can fully enjoy this very special season.”
-“Starting from now (April 22nd), all the grooms on the farm can take care of physical preparation and the conditioning of your horses, so that they are operational on the anticipated resumption date.”
-“The resumption will of course include the pony club as well. We will pay special attention to adapt their activities to ensure the safety of our children.”
The letter concludes:
“Please trust that the whole team of Chantilly Polo Club and its management are entirely mobilized with the greatest determination, in order to provide you with the best polo season possible under these extreme circumstances.”
Highlights Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly 2020 (subject to government guidelines):
-Weekend May 16-17: Activities begin.
-May 23-31: Les Classiques de Chantilly (6/8 Goals) / Trophee d’Apremont (0/4 Goals).
-June 6-14: TROPHÉE DU BOIS LIEUTENANT (6/8 GOALS) / NAM’s CUP (0/4 GOALS).
-June 20-28: TROPHÉE CHAMPLATREUX (6/8 GOALS) / COUPE DES ARCHANGES (0/4 GOALS).
-July 4-12: TROPHÉE DE LA HAUTE POMMERAYE (6/8 GOALS) / HORSEWARE CUP (0-4 GOALS).
-July 18-26: COQUETIER D’OR (6/8 GOALS).
-September 4-20: OPEN DE FRANCE (14/16 GOALS) / TROPHEE CASTEL (6/8 GOALS) / TROPHÉE DU CAPITAINE DES JEUX (0/4 GOALS).
-September 12-20: OPEN DE FRANCE FEMININ (12/16 GOALS).
-October 30: Season ends.
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