Swot up on the rules of polo — in 60 seconds

  • With the Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club looming (Saturday 23 July), when England will take on the Commonwealth, watch Land Rover's 60-second video to swot up on the rules and etiquette of the game

    This Saturday (23 July 2016) a stellar England team, led by captain James Beim, will take on the  Commonwealth team for The Royal Salute Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club.

    James will be joined by seven-goaler Max Charlton (who made his Coronation Cup debut last year), the experienced six-goaler James Harper and 24-year-old Jack Richardson (six goals).

    The Commonwealth team, named in honour of The Queen in her 90th birthday year, will be captained by Canadian Freddie Mannix. At eight goals, he will be the highest handicapped player on the pitch. Mannix will be joined by Kiwi John Paul Clarkin (seven goals), South African Chris Mackenzie (six goals) and Pakistani Hissam Ali Hyder (six goals).

    Before the fast-paced action — and pitch side glamour — kicks off, Land Rover ambassador Max Charlton, recaps on the rules and etiquette of the game:

    The facts

    • A polo field is the size of five rugby pitches
    • Each of the two teams has four players
    • Each player has a handicap score
    • The match is made up of six seven-minute periods
    • Teams change end after every goal

    The shots

    • Offside forehand
    • Offside backhand
    • Neck shot
    • Cut shot
    • Nearside backhand

    Style and etiquette

    • Gentlemen — chinos, shirt, blazer
    • Ladies — dresses, skirts, accessories — and flat shoes!

    General admission tickets cost £20 for the Coronation Cup. Find out more at www.guardspoloclub.com

    Following the Coronation Cup a second international match will kick off between Ireland and Young England.

    Read the full report from the Coronation Cup in the 28 July issue of Horse & Hound magazine

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