Polo playing Hipwood brothers win lifetime achievement award

  • Brothers Julian and Howard Hipwood (pictured) won the Cabullus Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Audi Polo Awards 2008.

    Five hundred guests attended London’s Intercontinental Hotel on Tuesday 20 May for the ceremony.

    The formerly 9-goal brothers have, as Howard told those assembled, spent “48 years travelling the world chasing a silly white ball”.

    The Audi Polo Awards has for the last three years heralded the start of the British polo season and was attended by some of the biggest names in world polo.

    For the first time Britain’s 3,000 polo players voted on-line to nominate the winners of the 17 categories

    David Woodd, chief executive of HPA said the awards showed English polo was in good shape, with little sign of the credit crunch to be seen.

    “We will have to wait and see if we can say the same next year, but English polo and the polo season seem to be booming, with great improvements in the number of 15- and 18-goal teams.”

    An addition to the awards was the introduction of the Audi Junior Bursary of £7,500, established to encourage players whom the HPA hope will joint the England Squad in years to come.

    Recipients were 20-year-old four-goal Young England player George Meyrick, currently recovering from a broken leg, and Richard Le Poer, also 20, who plays off a three-goal handicap and is on the shortlist to play high-goal for Les Lions this summer.

    Winners of the Audi Polo Awards 2008

    Pommery Most Outstanding Lady Player: NINA VESTEY

    Katie Barker Agency Most Outstanding Ladies Team: COOMBE FARM WINES

    Longdole Most Outstanding Arena Player: CHRIS HYDE

    Longdole Most Outstanding Arena Team: ASPREY LONDON

    The Polo Agency Most Outstanding Low Handicapped Player (-2 to 2): OLLIE CUDMORE

    New Alphabet Most Outstanding Professional Umpire: JULIAN APPLEBY

    The Julius Baer Victor Ludorum (18 goal): LONGDOLE

    The Julius Baer Victor Ludorum (15 goal): WILDMOOR

    The Julius Baer Victor Ludorum (8 goal): VAMPIRE BATS

    The Kerry Packer Most Outstanding High Goal Pony: ‘MUSIC’ — ELLERSTON

    Imagine Homes Most Outstanding Medium Handicapped Player (8 to 10: ROBERT ARCHIBALD

    Apes Hill Most Outstanding British Professional: JAMES BEIM

    Caballus Lifetime Achievement Awards: JULIAN AND HOWARD HIPWOOD

    Indigo Real Estate Most Outstanding High Goal Team Award: LORO PIANA

    Cartier Most Outstanding High Goal Patron Award: ALFIO MARCHINI

    Audi Most Outstanding High Handicapped Player (8 to 10): JUAN MARTIN NERO

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