On Saturday, Morven Park will host the Ambassadors’ Cup Invitational Polo Match, the inaugural event of the polo season.
Played on the Morven Park Polo Field, the match celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Chief of Protocol trophy, originally created by the U.S. State Department as a tool of international diplomacy.
The Chief of Protocol trophy was created in 1972 by Ambassador Marion Smoak, then Chief of Protocol of the United States. An avid polo player, Smoak sought to create an opportunity for friendly international exchange, inviting teams from other nations. Over the ensuing years, it evolved into an exchange between Great Britain and the United States, attended by the Diplomatic Corps.
Gates open at 10 a.m., with pre-show entertainment featuring the Loudoun Hunt Hounds, a trick riding performance by KJM Enterprises, and carriage driving demonstrations by the Piedmont Carriage Club and the USEF Developing Driving team. During halftime we will enjoy the classic Divot Stomp, one of the oldest traditions in this Sport of Kings sponsored by Veuve Clicquot, and award the Best Tailgate, the Snazzy Hat Award sponsored by Carter Braxton Properties, and the Dapper Dresser Award sponsored by Clegg Chiropractic.
The match begins at 11 a.m.
For more information and tickets go to PoloInThePark.org.