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Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach set to be a summer sensation

Watergate Bay has unveiled further details for Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach 2014, with organisers promising plenty of equine excitement.

Now in its eighth year, the award-winning event is taking place on Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 July.

A pop up Veuve Clicquot Airstream will be serving Veuve Clicquot Champagne on the sand to spectators alongside DJs, live music, horse stunt shows and the event’s latest addition: Segway polo.

The Veuve Clicquot Airstream will be featuring in a UK tour from May to September popping up at key events in the Veuve Clicquot calendar including Goodwood Festival of Speed, Festival No. 6, as well as Polo on the Beach.

Organisers have also been working with FEAST Cornwall to harness local talent and introduce a new weekend feature.

Polo player Andy Burgess (L) gallops after Major Ben Marshall on Friday 17th May. Both players are practicing ahead of this weekend’s Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay; north Cornwall; which is taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014 featuring some of the UK’s highest handicapped polo players.

Watergate Bay Hotel’s Will Ashworth explains: “Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach is free to attend so we depend on the support of our sponsors and organisations like FEAST to ensure that we create a successful and engaging event for the local community and those who travel to Watergate Bay.

“This year we are keen to involve communities around Newquay more closely and we are thinking creatively about how to do this. All we can say is expect the unexpected.”

Polo still remains at the heart of the action, as England stars including Jamie Le Hardy and the Blake Thomas brothers, Andrew and Richard, fight for a victory.

For the first time ever there will also be an all-ladies match sponsored by Carrs Land Rover Truro, featuring some of the UK’s top female players.

Crowds can cheer on their favourite players as they saddle up for the highly anticipated Watergate Bay Trophy match on Saturday 5 July between teams from Joules and First Great Western. Official Joules event shirts are now on sale at www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo.

Philip Edgerton, from team sponsor First Great Western, said: “Dedicated to supporting the communities we serve, it’s great to sponsor this leading event at Watergate Bay. Last year we narrowly missed out by one goal to Team Joules, so we’re back to settle old scores.

“We’re also inviting spectators to race trains on our large scale model railway. A leaderboard will display the fastest track times.”

VIP House Party guests enjoy the polo action from the terraces of Watergate Bay Hotel at this year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach at Watergate Bay on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July 2014.

On Sunday 6 July, the Cornwall team, supported by Cornwall Farmers and Patch & Acre will take on the Rest of the World sponsored by HSBC.

Shelley Fletcher-Bryant, from Cornwall Farmers, said: “We’re known for our love of everything equine, so not only are we bringing a pop up shop with all the latest riding equipment, but we’re taking on the Cornwall Team in a new arena challenge.

“Three riders from each team will compete to tack up a pony and complete a circuit in a relay race. The first team to pass the finish line will win.”

Tickets are now on sale for the Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach VIP House Party, with afternoon tea and Veuve Clicquot Champagne cocktails on the Swim Club terraces, access to the VIP viewing decks and an exclusive after-party with food from Executive Chef, Neil Haydock.

Taking place on Saturday 5 July, tickets are priced at £120 for adults. Tickets are available from: www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo.

The full event timetable can be viewed online at www.watergatebay.co.uk/polo. You can also keep up to date with what’s going on with facebook.com/poloonthebeach and Twitter @PoloOnTheBeach.

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Notes to editors
Since 2007, the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo on the Beach has been attracting thousands of spectators to Watergate Bay in north Cornwall with spectacular exhibition matches of beach polo.

Some of England’s top international players take to the sands of the famous surfing beach to compete for the Watergate Bay Trophy. A Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar and barbecue are available on the beach as well as music and entertainment.

Sponsors

Veuve Clicquot
The Veuve Clicquot Maison was established in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot, and began to thrive when Widow Madame Clicquot took the helm in 1805. Today its eponymous Yellow Label continues to be one of the world’s most beloved champagnes. The Veuve Clicquot Season is an essential guide to the most exclusive social events and parties of the year across the country.

Veuve Clicquot Airstream:
A Veuve Clicquot Airstream will be popping up at Watergate Bay to serve chilled champagne on the sand  to spectators alongside DJ’s, live music, horse stunt shows and the event’s latest addition, segway polo. As part of Veuve Clicquot’s first UK Airstream tour, the touring ‘party on wheels’ combines art, design and music and will be present at key Season events including Goodwood Festival of Speed, Festival No. 6, and the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo.

Joules
Capturing the true essence of British style, Joules has become renowned for clothing of the highest quality, splashed with bright colour and adorned with bespoke detail. Inspired by a true country heritage, they have struck a chord with men, women and children who love the outdoors and live life to the fullest.

First Great Western
First Great Western provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, carrying more than 97 million passengers every year across the Greater Western rail franchise area, which includes South Wales, the  Westcountry, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.

Cornwall Farmers and Patch & Acre
An agricultural cooperative with 12 country stores across Cornwall and Devon, selling everything for horse and rider, country clothing and footwear, pet food, treats and bedding, farm supplies and garden essentials.

Carrs Land Rover, Truro
Carrs Land Rover for everything Land Rover in Cornwall.

HSBC
HSBC Bank plc is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC’s international network comprises around 7,500 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

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