How it all began

In 1999 the idea of an all women's polo match was hatched, I had just started to play polo and my brother had begun a new business. A perfect alliance, ladies polo and some publicity for both! That first year we chose to support a local charity, then for the next ten years we supported the Bubble Gum Club which is a children's charity.whereitallbegan3

From shaky beginnings the tournament just grew and grew, ladies polo became serious, and the standard became higher ,teams travelled from the U.S.A. Argentina, Germany, Spain, France, Holland, South Africa, Australia and England to Ireland to compete. The event has become the biggest and the most talked about in the Irish Polo calendar.

In 2007, Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa took on the title sponsorship for the next three years and we raised over £70,000 for the Bubble Gum Club. They were the most exciting years with as many as eight teams participating and 200 lunch guests.

In 2010 we decided to change the format to make the day into a more family orientated occasion following the example of the Newport Polo Series in the U.S.A. where as many as 4,000 spectators come to watch the matches! We want to encourage picnics beside the field, (tailgating ),and lots of people to take part in a Day with a Difference. There is now a shopping mall, snacks, bouncy castle and this year a massive clown hot air balloon. Spectators will be watching some of the world's best female players in the beautiful surrounding of Polo Wicklow's summer ground in Ballyhenry Estate, Ashford Co. Wicklow.

I look forward to seeing you at the match, lunch or picnic it will be a great day out.

Siobhan Herbst, Polo Manager.

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