IT’S time to don your wide-brimmed hat and your best divot-stomping shoes as International Ladies Polo Day makes a return to Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Thursday, September 5th.
Celebrating its 20th year, this glamorous event combines a day of sport, fashion and entertainment. The Julian Benson Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the event’s charity partner and proceeds will go directly to the charity.
Since its foundation less than a year ago, the charity has made tremendous progress towards its goal of building a home-from-home for people with cystic fibrosis. This week sees the launch of their Text-to-Donate Campaign, where people can text “BUILD” to 50300 to donate to the project.
Founder Julian Benson said: “We are honoured to be chosen as charity partner. I’ve experienced first-hand the difficulties faced by people who battle cystic fibrosis. Our BUILD campaign and events like this provide much needed funds.”
National, international players and celebrities will take part in matches throughout the day. The Ireland ladies’ team will saddle up against the British team, competing for the International Ladies Polo Day cup. There will also be two celebrity matches, each team will consist of two professional players and two celebrities, the latter being put through training this month.
Finally, a day of polo wouldn’t be complete without the tradition of divot stomping, an activity all are welcome to take part in. There will be plenty to enjoy off the field, including a sumptuous three-course lunch in the marquee with auction prizes, live music and, for the first time, an exclusive Aprés Polo Club. There are prizes for the Best Dressed Lady and Most Dapper Man.
Tickets cost €1,950 for a table of 10, or €200 each, and can be purchased at www.ladiespolo.ie