Windsor Charity Polo Cup

Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida

Last week, William took time out from sales visits in the USA to drop by the Windsor Polo Club in Vero Beach, Florida, where a fantastic charity match was taking place and where the members of the winning team were each set to win one of our lovely Weekender bags in Aztec Crazyhorse (apt, huh?).

The rest of us, left at home on rainy old Middle England (which is not at its finest in mid February), have pored over the photographs he took and dreamt of the glamour, food, and even just the sunshine since he got back, so we thought we’d share some of the gloss with you, our lovely customers.

It’s a charity event, organised by a group of tireless angels whose committee was this year headed up by The Hon Hilary Weston and Salvatore Ferragamo. Now, this should give you a clue as to the glamour level – Hilary is essentially retail royalty and Salvatore is the grandson of his namesake, the revered Italian footwear designer, and CEO of the Il Borro Relais & Chateaux, Winery and Estate. The beneficiaries of the event were two charities, the Rett Syndrome Research Trust and the Indian River County School’s ‘Summer Literacy on the Lagoon’ programme. In addition the the figureheads and their army of volunteers, there were two teams of players made up from some of the foremost players in the world and who gathered in Windsor to lend their hands (and sticks and teams of ponies) to the cause.

The day began with a concour d’elegance of gorgeous cars displayed by the Porche Club of America, followed by a demonstration from Special Equestrians (similar to our Para Riders) and then onto a champagne reception and gorgeous lunch before play began in the afternoon. There were six fast chukkas played of high-intensity polo and a little obligatory audience participation in the treading-in ceremony (well they needed to work off the lunch surely?).

Seniority won the day and the winning team of Polo legends, brothers Memo and Carlos Gracida, Mike Azzaro and team captain John Walsh, collectively “Los Caballeros de Ruby” triumphed over the young guns (Lius Escobar, Malcolm Borwick and Pablo Dorignac who were led by Salvatore Ferragamo as the “Balios”). From our point of view, the best bit was the obvious and genuine delight of the winning players when they were presented with their bags. Indeed, the losing team were somewhat jealous and even made a bid to swiftly rehome the bags!

All in all, a good bit of serious fun in aid of great causes, which we were delighted to be associated with – please see links at the bottom of the page.

Enjoy the photos:

The Concour d'Elegance from the Porche Club of America
The Concour d’Elegance from the Porche Club of America

 

Will Prizes
William stays close to the prize haul…..

 

John Walsh and his team of polo legends Carlos Gracida, Memo Gracida and Mike Azarro celebrate receiving Tusting Aztec Weekenders from The Hon Hilary Weston
Premier US Polo Player John Walsh and his team of polo legends Carlos Gracida, Memo Gracida and Mike Azarro celebrate receiving the Tusting Aztec Weekenders from The Hon Hilary Weston and her husband Galen, as their prize for winning the prestigious charity polo match.

 

The blues, headed by Salvatore Ferragamo (furthest left) rather wish THEY had won the bags....
The blues, headed by Salvatore Ferragamo (furthest left) rather wish THEY had won the bags….

 

Top: Winning team captain John Walsh shows off his new Weekender and poses with William Tusting in front of his VERY nice Jaguar!  Bottom: Memo Gracida and his Mike Azarro are happy to pose with their new Weekenders
Top: Winning team captain John Walsh shows off his new Weekender and poses with William Tusting in front of his VERY nice Jaguar!
Bottom: Memo Gracida and his Mike Azarro are happy to pose with their new Weekenders

 

Every polo match has the customary treading-in of the divots by the spectators...
Every polo match has the customary treading-in of the divots by the spectators…

 

The beautiful scarf printed with the commemorative artwork of the 2014 Winsor Polo Charity Cup
Artist Derek Gores produced the commemorative poster for the 2014 event. The original artwork is a torn paper collage which was auctioned at the event with a minimum bid of $7000 – it is beautiful, and so are the silk scarves printed with the collage and available at the event store at only $50http://store.windsorflorida.com/collections/2014-windsor-charity-polo-cup/products/silk-scarf 

 

Check out the Windsor Polo Store for more items; proceeds from sales contribute to the charities and you can read more about the day on the Windsor Polo newspage.

 

Footnote:

It is with great sadness that we have to update this post with the dreadful news of the untimely death of one of the winning team – Carlos Gracida. Carlos was killed in a freak acccident whilst playing his beloved polo just a week or so after this game took place.  We are so shocked by this awful news and send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

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