Winston Churchill once commented

“There’s nothing better for the inside of a man than what is found on the outside of a horse.”

One of the most exciting equestrian pursuits is the centuries-old game of polo, so we were thrilled to be present at this year’s New Zealand Polo Open with another classic; the Timothy Oulton Saddle Chair.

The picturesque setting of Auckland Polo Club’s famous Fisher Field played host to this year’s BMW Polo Open; New Zealand’s premier summer sporting and social event. The well-heeled crowd included polo enthusiasts and celebrity guests such as TV personality Colin Mathura-Jeffree and fashion writer Bronwyn Williams. Also mingling with the crowd was Scott Fisk, Gallery Manager from Timothy Oulton at Dawson’s Furniture. An array of magnificent hats filled the field under a gorgeous blue summer sky, as guests watched international and local polo stars saddle up for the fast-paced matches.

Guests were welcomed into the Heineken Tent’s VIP area for refreshments, and couldn’t resist a photo opportunity on the Timothy Oulton Saddle Chairs. A testament to exquisite craftsmanship, the Saddle Chair evokes the spirit of freedom and power that a saddle represents, complete with actual stirrups on each side of the hand-stitched leather. It’s a true homage to the heritage of equestrian pursuits and sporting fair play.

Polo has been around for centuries, originating in China and Persia around 2000 years ago. British tea planters discovered the game being played on the Indian border in the 1850s and founded the Calcutta Polo Club, the world’s oldest existing club. Often cited as the sport of kings and nobility, polo is extremely popular with the British Royal Family. Both Prince William and Prince Harry are accomplished players, while Prince Philip has been president of the Guards Polo Club since its formation in 1955.