In its 75th anniversary year, the Pony Club (PC) has secured a major new sponsor for polo, one of its fastest growing disciplines. City Capital Corporation Limited (3C) has pledged its support for the discipline for the next three years.
More than 500 Pony Club members play polo through the club, in teams from Orkney to the West Country, participating in the game throughout the year in arena polo and summer tournaments, with the season culminating in the Pony Club Polo Championship at Cowdray Park in August.
Members as young as six play polo through the Pony Club, playing on their own shaggy ponies until they reach the upper echelons of the organisation. 3C’s support will ensure that the tradition continues, and that young riders can make a successful transition to a faster-paced game.
Chairman of Pony Club Polo David Cowley said: “This is a hugely important sponsorship for us and we are very grateful to City Capital Corporation Limited for its support. It will allow PC Polo to continue its work in including as many children as possible in polo and assist in providing the maximum number of opportunities to play.”
The significance of PC Polo made itself particularly clear last summer when three out of four members of the winning Gold Cup side were former Pony Club polo members. Henry Brett, who is debuting this season as England Captain is also a graduate of Pony Club Polo.
David Meacher, a founding Partner of City Capital Corporation Limited said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to be the lead sponsor for Pony Club Polo and help support the development of children’s polo across the UK and going forward other countries around the world, the lifeblood of the sport for the future.
“With our business spanning from the UK to Argentina, it is fitting that our most important sponsorship is in the exciting sport of polo. We look forward enormously to our first season with Pony Club Polo and to a long and successful association with polo in the UK and abroad.”