The Elite Sport Of Polo—As Played In London And Santa Barbara

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01 The The spirited game features champion horses, their thundering hoofs vibrating flutes of Veuve Clicquot enjoyed by spectators in the field-side cabanas.

Two standout locations are worth a closer look: London and Santa Barbara, Calif. They’re regions that fall under the Federation of International Polo’s 86 national members, which include Egypt, Malaysia, Jordan, Mongolia, Nigeria, Ukraine, Zimbabwe and, of course, Argentina, renowned for turning out the best polo players in the world.

A general view of action during the King Power Gold Cup Final British Open Polo Championship between

Dubai (green) and VS King Power at Cowdray Park Polo Club.

Chestertons Polo in the Park is held in June each year in Hurlingham Park on the north bank of the

River Thames.

Tim Edwards | Chestertons

and an oversized Jacquemus or two.

And yes, you’ll probably spot a few Essex Men in striped blazers who’ve invaded the SW6.

Chestertons CEO John Ennis, left, mingles with attendees at the Polo in the Park event.

Between matches, the SheerLuxe Shopping Village caters to deep pockets, offering exclusive brands such as Mu Du London and Augustine Jewels.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is seen playing in the Audi Polo Challenge at Santa Barbara Polo

Club in 2012.

The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the preeminent polo club in the western United States. The Prince Today Today, commoners favor Friday happy hour matches, and on Sundays, the hats appear, some rivaling the best of British millinery.

An aerial view of Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and coastline.

Each October, after polo season ends, the club hosts the Montecito Motor Classic, which showcases scores of rare and vintage vehicles. Guests arrive in a blue-chip selection of autos: Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Maserati and McLaren, among others.

Sigman says Santa Barbara represents the ultimate polo lifestyle because you can practically live on the club grounds. The The Pictured is

a ground-floor unit one the market for $2.4 million.

“It feels like your own cottage,” says Walters of the 1,365-square-foot home, adding that about 80% of condo owners are members of the polo club.

About 80% of the condo owners are members of the polo club, according to listing agent Jackie

Walters with Village Properties.

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