New Statement released by the HPA on Friday, April 17th:
“In view of the situation concerning Covid-19, the official HPA tournament fixture list has been adjusted for this season. It remains dependent on any Government conditions concerning the Corona virus and does not change the HPA policy of providing a month’s warning for tournament polo.
The revised draft programme for the Victor Ludorum tournaments of 8 goals and above is on the web site. The Gold Cup will remain with its existing dates and will be preceded by the Prince of Wales and Trippetts tournaments. The Warwickshire will be played between the Gold and The Queen’s Cup which will be played in August along with the Royal Windsor. The 6 and 4 goal along with the Victrix Ludorum is being reviewed.
Nick Wiles commented: ‘In this unprecedented situation we are all working closely together, here in UK and internationally. Representatives of the Argentine Polo Association, Hurlingham Polo Association, United States Polo Association, French Polo Federation, Spanish Polo Federation and the Federation of International Polo recently met by conference call and all agreed to work together in order to help all associations to have the best possible polo season, while minimizing the effects of the pandemic and prioritizing the health and safety of the players, umpires, grooms and everyone who helps put on polo events. Further digital meetings will be held regularly. As the season progresses we will hopefully have more freedom but that is likely to be still limited. The holiday month of August is going to look different this year so it is a great opportunity to play and hopefully watch some top class polo here through August and September in what is usually our best weather. Playing our key tournaments and enabling polo to be played nationally for a worthwhile period of time will help to maintain the fabric of our sport and those who are reliant on it for either their livelihood or recreation’.”
UPDATED 2020 UK POLO SEASON CALENDAR:
-Prince of Wales Trophy (Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club): June 13-20.
-Trippetts Challenge (Cowdray Park Polo Club): June 13-20.
-Gold Cup for the British Open (Cowdray Park Polo Club): June 23 – July 19.
-Warwickshire Cup (Cirencester Park Polo Club): July 18-26.
-Queen’s Cup (Guards Polo Club): July 28 – August 23.
Indian Empire Shield (Guards Polo Club): June 30 – July 18.
Apsley Cup (Cirencester Park Polo Club): July 21 – August 2.
Duke of Sutherland Cup (Cowdray Park Polo Club): August 4-22.
Challenge Cup (Cowdray Park Polo Club): August 24 – September 6.
County Cup (Cirencester Park Polo Club): June 16-27.
Eduardo Moore Cup (Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club): June 30 – July 29.
Harrison Cup (Cowdray Park Polo Club): July 21 – August 9.
Royal Windsor (Guards Polo Club): August 11-30.
Arthur Lucas Cup (Beaufort Polo Club): September 1-12.
For more information, go to: hpa-polo.co.uk/