The World Polo Championship in Sydney drew crowds from all over the globe to experience world class polo and a taste of the Australian equestrian lifestyle. The event was not only a sporting success (especially for Argentina) but also a stylish showcase of quintessential country living Down Under.
Spectators wandered the grounds in between chukkas, enjoying local arts, activities, gourmet cuisine and unique fashions.
Fashions at the Polo took centre field on the finals weekend, with over one hundred entrants across both days and an enthusiastic crowd attendance.
The competitors were men, women, boys and girls who embraced the classic chic-picnic style that Australian polo events are renowned for.
Aussie chic would be an apt description of the trending looks of the event. Women favoured light lace dresses with bohemian accessories (wide brimmed hats proved a good choice for the weekend sun) and the most popular look for dapper polo-going fellas was smart- casual trousers with a wide brimmed hat and linen shirt.
Many hours and dollars were spent designing the outfits on display for the judges, each vying for a share of the tens of thousands of dollars of prizes and the honour of being crowned a Fashion at the Polo finalist.
Christa Billich of Billich Gallery and R.M Williams Designer Joanne Henning were Saturdays esteemed judges to select ten finalists from the fifty contestants. After much deliberation Cameron Rubenack was announced as best dressed male and Alison Vera took out ladies runner up in a memorable green lace dress. Nadine and Ava Caller won the best dressed ladies award for the day with an adorably fashionable mother- daughter combo.
The competition (and the weather) heated up considerably on Sunday. Our judges, artist Charles Billich and presenting sponsor Mechlenne Douaihy were given a royal welcome as they arrived to review the finals day fashions. The social media leading up to the event, regular pa announcements and spokespeople circulating over the weekend resulted in an incredible turnout of entrants for the finals day. The action took place just before Argentina stole the show with their championship win. The finalists were escorted to the north side for the awards ceremony and photo opportunities in front of the prized Polo Championship trophy before the judges final deliberations saw Matt Mezger as the best dressed man, Edwina Woods as the ladies runner up and first time polo goer Monique Schoebel receive the ultimate recognition of her outfit as the Best Dressed Lady.
Fashions at the Polo presented by Horseshoes and Highheels was a memorable experience for all spectators and competitors involved and it certainly raised the mallet* for future events.
*A hilarious polo pun.
A big thank you again to all our valuable sponsors for your continued support: Merc Real Estate, Charles Billich Gallery, BLOW BAR CO, Puresmile, Lipault Paris Australia, R.M.Williams, Juan & Me Boutique, Watson X Watson, The Global Style, Champagne Pommery, Adpro Management Group, Clean Heels and U.S. Polo Assn. And finally a big thank you to Sydney Polo Club for hosting this successful event.