Famous Faces One May Find at the Polo
The tactics… the horses… the players… the atmosphere… the champagne… There are many reasons why seasoned polo attendees return to the stands time and time again, and indeed why they fall in love with the game in the first place. But for some of those involved the prospect of rubbing shoulders with familiar faces of the celebrity kind is enough to lure them to the pitch. From the world of books to breaking news to box office smash hits, here is a selection of the glitzy and glamorous famous fellows you may just bump into at your next polo fixture…
Famous Doctor Matt Smith
Otherwise known as The (eleventh) Doctor or His Royal Highness, the Northamptonshire-born actor has a penchant for polo, being sighted at a number of prestigious Audi Polo Challenges up and down the country. Earlier this year he even introduced his girlfriend, actress Lily James, to the sport at Coworth Park in Ascot.
Jane Seymour Famous Actress
Described by Vogue as a ‘polo enthusiast’, actress Jane Seymour, who has graced our screens since the 1970s, rose to international stardom playing the role of Bond girl Solitaire in Live and Let Die. But not just a familiar face on our big screens, Seymour is a regular guest at some of the most highly coveted tournaments such as the Cartier Queen’s Cup.
Although schooled alongside Prince William at Eton College, even playing on the same rugby team as the royal, the Oscar-winning actor has had little to do with the second heir to the throne since their schoolboy days. But this all changed in the summer of 2015 when the pair were reunited after years out of touch at the Audi Polo Challenge held at Cambridge County Polo Club. The Duke of Cambridge was competing in the fundraising event, but made sure to reacquaint himself with the now world-famous thespian as soon as the match was over.
Katie Price Famed For Her Modelling & Her Love Of Horses
The glamour model turned TV personality turned singer turned author turned businesswoman has another string to her bow: polo fanatic. Since a young girl Price has had a keen interest in all things equestrian. Beginning horse riding while at school, later in life she developed her own equestrian clothing range. Along with partaking in charity polo matches, the celebrity fan enjoys a spot of spectating, especially at the more exclusive of events (and we will brush over the episode back in 2008 where she was refused entry to the Cartier International at Windsor, as we’re sure it’s all water under the bridge by now).
Warwickshire-born and -bred newsreader Michael Buerk is well known as a BBC News anchor, and for his notable work as the corporation’s South Africa correspondent for five years during the eighties. A little less known fact about the broadcaster is his fondness for polo, a sport which he enjoys attending with his wife, Christine. A regular guest at Cartier’s big polo events, Buerk is no stranger to the pitch, and has been snapped enjoying the match alongside fellow BBC newsreaders Peter Sissons and Moira Stuart.