If you’re after glamour on the snow, mixed with fun-filled equestrian sport, there is no place better than the Snow Polo World Cup in St Moritz, Switzerland.
With a record 18,500 spectators over three days watching a total of six matches, plus a whopping 1,400 bottles of Perrier-Jouët champagne, the world’s only high-goal polo tournament on snow lived up to its reputation as the social and sporting highlight of the polo winter season.
Horse & Hound takes a sneak peek behind the scenes during the winter spectacle.
Ponies are walked back after the match
Some musical entertainment for the spectators
One pair of visitors pose for a picture
Spectators at St Moritz also know how to party
One furry friend wraps up to watch the polo action
The match umpire keeps an eye on proceedings
Spectators keep it chic while wrapped up for the cold
One player scores for his side
Ponies are tacked up ahead of their match, with straw placed on top of the snowy surface
Visitors to St Moritz are treated to a stunning array of food
A tad chilly? Champagne is served in style
Visitors get a polo taster and try out their swing during a special training day
Players fight it out during one of the exciting matches
One dedicated player takes time to warm up ahead of his game
One flexible player swaps ponies during his match
The St Moritz glitz and glamour continues outside