A renowned advocate of the game of polo, Sir Winston Churchill famously remarked; “a polo handicap is a passport to the world”. Time to saddle up and head to this year’s British Polo Day in L.A., where Timothy Oulton’s signature Saddle chairs provided a comfortable respite for guests in a nod to equestrian heritage.
British Polo Day is a global tour, founded in 2011 by ex-British army officers and friends Ed Olver and Tom Hudson. Since then, over 40 events in over 15 countries have brought together a stellar guest list in a polo networking event, celebrating luxury, heritage and quintessential Britishness. Host teams compete head to head with the best of British talent including teams from the British Army, Eton and Cambridge.
Last month it was the turn of Los Angeles to welcome guests to the world famous Will Rogers Polo Club. The reception area greeted guests in elegant style, with Timothy Oulton Saddle chairs offering an authentic British welcome. British Polo Day showcases some of Britain’s most iconic brands in celebration of British craftsmanship, heritage and fashion. Timothy Oulton was in very good company alongside Jaeger-LeCoultre and Harrods among others.
With polo enjoying a reputation as the ‘sport of kings’, it was fitting that the L.A. event was hosted by British Royal family member Lord Frederik Windsor and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman. Over 200 VIPs and guests included the Duke of Argyll, model and actress Bo Derek, and top DJ Paul Oakenfold.
An opening match of Brompton Bicycle Polo offered guests an amusing backdrop to the champagne reception. The Brits then took on the yanks in a nail-biting game between Royal Salute Will Rogers Polo Club and the Hackett Harrow Polo team. The home side emerged victorious at 5 goals to 4, with just one goal in it after Hackett Harrow missed a last minute penalty.
In between the action on the field, the stylishly attired guests enjoyed champagne as they relaxed and chatted on Timothy Oulton Saddle chairs. Inspired by traditional equestrian pursuits, including the game of polo, the Saddle chair evokes the red-blooded spirit of freedom and adventure that a saddle represents. Made by hand over many hours, the frame is crafted from fibreglass and finished in leather, with the chair back contoured in the shape of a saddle and actual stirrups fitted on each side. Four Saddle chairs hand-finished with Moo cowhide accents showcased their exquisite craftsmanship, accompanied by Globetrekker side tables in Aero and Scrapyard Grey canvas, under the elegant sparkle of Crystal floor lamps. The finishing touches of vintage riding boots, polo sticks and trophies completed the space, raising some smiles with the crowd.
Two lucky L.A. ladies were thrilled to win their own Saddle chairs in the charity prize raffle. And just to continue with the British flair, 15 VIP guests went home with Union Jack cushions, including Asian fashion model and TV personality Sonia Couling (pictured), artist Damian Elwes and Samantha Brooks, Editor in Chief of Luxury Magazine.
British Polo Day continues its world tour with Great Britain on 20th June.