Square Peg Polo Challenge
in memory of
Lt. Col. Rupert Thorneloe
and in aid of the
Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal Fund
The sixth annual Square Peg Polo Challenge was yet again a fantastic success and we were joined by representatives of The 1st Battalion Welsh Guards on Sunday 1 July for the Square Peg Polo Challenge in memory of Rupert Thorneloe & in aid of the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal Fund.
Hundreds of people turned up to support the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. Spectators dealt with the unpredictable ‘summer’ weather in a very ‘British-fashion’ as some brave souls carried on picnicking throughout the mid-way downpour.
Eight teams travelled from across the South East to compete for much coveted Square Peg Trophy and Claymores. Winners of the bespoke Trophy and contemporary outdoor beanbags were Hincha Pelotas in the 2-Goal. Chas Taylor’s team were evenly matched against home team Sussex Polo at 4 goals all at the start of the final chukka. Then Hincha Pelotas turned up the gas and sped to a victory of 7-4. Best Playing Pony was awarded to “Squeaky”, Niall Donnelly’s impressive five year old TB ex-racehorse.
In the -2, KSJ had an even match against Empires (who went through after a coin toss against Criips LLP) but won 7-5 overtaking in the final chukka and team member Zul Junus was awarded Best Playing Amateur across the whole tournament.
For the second year running, Toby Addison, aged 12, and former winner of the Rupert Thorneloe Memorial Trophy at Pony Club has committed himself to fundraising for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal. On Sunday he raised another £2,000, bringing his fund-raising total to date to £5,500.
Thank you to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards who (as well as assisting Toby with his fundraising) taught him how to march for the Finalists Parade! All the action was filmed by Cheers Mate Productions. It was a fabulous day and thank you to Square Peg as once again they pull it out of the (bean) bag with their innovative prizes!