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Clevedon – the Home of New Zealand Polo

BMW NZ Polo Open, Sat 22 Feb 2020

Each summer Clevedon’s population grows with the influx of international professional polo players and their grooms who call the village home for the polo season. Clevedon is renowned as the capital of New Zealand polo with numerous polo fields in the vicinity and home to some of the world’s best polo ponies.

February for Clevedon is the busiest month as the Auckland Polo Club hosts the prestigious NZ Polo Open, the sporting and social event of the summer. Established in 1977, the NZ Polo Open final is the biggest polo event in the country and attracts a huge crowd, showcasing not only the best in competitive high-goal polo but superlative hospitality and exceptional style and fashion.

On Saturday 22nd February 2020, the BMW NZ Polo Open final in Clevedon will be the place to be, with locals and people coming from all over to celebrate the 43rd NZ Polo Open.

“Our 2020 event is shaping up to be the best yet, with more side-line action and extra glitz and glamour,” says Lucy Ainsley, Executive Director of BMW NZ Polo Open. “It has been a fantastic few months planning, I can’t wait for everyone to join us in February.’

Six teams will compete for the coveted trophy and along with NZ’s best, polo players will arrive from England, Argentina, Australia and South Africa to Clevedon especially for the tournament.

Side-line highlights will be the muchanticipated BMW versus horse race and for those keen to dress to impress entries are open for Fashion on the Field. The Ladies Veuve Clicquot magnum dash and the Men’s Rodd and Gunn dash will give the crowd a chance to compete on the field. The Flagship VIP Polo Lounge (320m2) is open to public sales for the first time and will offer a similar experience to England’s ‘Royal day at the polo.’

“Clevedon is the perfect place to be on February 22nd for an exceptional event” says Ainsley. “The BMW NZ Polo Open will be the ultimate polo experience.”

  • The BMW NZ Polo Open 2020 is the perfect place to be with friends or clients, a fusion of sport - an exceptional New Zealand summer event.
  • Professional polo players will arrive from UK, Argentina, Australia and South Africa, especially to compete.
  • BMW NZ Polo Open will showcase some of the best polo ponies in the world.
  • Established in 1977, the NZ Polo Open attracts crowds of over 5,000 people.
  • BMW NZ Polo Open 2020 is set to be a fantastic showcase of action, fashion and hospitality.

Programme for the BMW NZ Polo Open, Sat 22 Feb 2020

10:30 am Gates open at Fisher Field, Auckland Polo Club, Clevedon
11:00 am Play off for 5th and 6th place
12:30 pm Stomping the Divots
12:45 pm Subsidiary Final for 3rd and 4th
2:00 pm Fashion On The Field
2:25 pm Veuve Clicquot & Rodd & Gunn Dash’s
2:30 pm Horse versus BMW race
2:45 pm Parade of Champions
3:00 pm BMW NZ Polo Open 2020 Final
3:45 pm Stomping of the divots
5:30 pm Presentation on Chukka Lawn
6:00 pm Post-polo celebrations on the Chukka Lawn

elocal has a double pass to this event to give away, email your name and contact details to editorial@elocal.co.nz with POLO in the subject line to be in to win!