Countdown to NZ Polo Open

The Social and Sporting Event of the Summer Sunday 20th February 2022

Excitement is building with only a month to go until New Zealand’s most famous polo event, the BMW NZ Polo Open to be held at the Auckland Polo Club in Clevedon on Sunday 20th February. 

This year marks the 45th year of this prestigious event with five teams competing for the nation’s top polo trophy. 

While the event will be without international polo players this year, the calibre of the teams will be particularly competitive promising to deliver an exhilarating showcase of the best in New Zealand Polo.

For the first time since the event was founded, two South Islanders will each captain a team. Cantabrian’s Pete Dormer and George Cooper-Dixon will travel north with their horses to compete. 

This will be Christchurch based Cooper-Dixon’s first appearance on the Auckland Polo Club field and third for Dormer. 

Dormer captained the NZ Polo Open winning team in 2016 and has another strong team this year. Joining Dormer will be local Auckland based James Worker, renowned polo sportsman Cody Forsyth and the talented and currently NZ’s highest ranked player, Thomas Hunt.

Clevedon’s Jones’ family, synonymous with polo will represent with 3 Jones players, with Edward Elworthy-Jones being the youngest player in the tournament at just 18. The Keyte brothers Simon and Nick will take to the field together and Waikato’s ‘Mystery Creek’ dynamic duo of JP Clarkin and Kit Brooks having won the NZ Polo Open 3 times together will be one to watch.

“This summer has been fantastic for New Zealand Polo, with the weather allowing play to start earlier than usual. All our teams are ready and waiting in anticipation for our biggest and most coveted tournament of the season,” says BMW NZ Polo Open Executive Director, Lucy Ainsley. “Team practices have been running since early January, so the BMW NZ Polo Open games are sure to be nail biters as plays and tactics have been a long thought-out process for the teams this year. It will without doubt be the best polo that will be played this season, followed by players joining our guests for a night of celebration on the polo field under the stars, there really is no polo or event like this.” 

To complement the action on the field, there will be plenty of exceptional hospitality and side-line action with an exciting new twist on Fashion at the Polo. The ‘Horsepower’ race between a BMW and a polo pony will be sure to entertain just before the main polo match.

PROGRAMME: BMW NZ Polo Open 2022 – Sunday 20th February – Auckland Polo Club Clevedon

11.00am:Gates Open 
11.30amGame 1 Handicap Final
12. 15pm           Stomping of the Divots
12.30pm            Game 2 Handicap Final
1.15pm              Stomping of the Divots
1.30pm              Game 3 Handicap Final
2.30pm             Remix Magazine Fashion at Polo 
2.40pm              Veuve Clicquot & Makers Mark Dashs
2.45pm              Horse versus Horsepower Race
3.00pm             Parade of Champions
3.15pm           BMW NZ Polo Open 2022 Final
4.00pm              Stomping of the divots
5.00pm             Presentation on Clubhouse Lawn
5.15pm              George FM Afterparty – Heineken Lawn

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