Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Sasha Melia
Equestrian Day is a yearly event at the Stoneythorpe estate that features many of the various equine disciplines supported and hosted by Dallas Burston Polo Club. The annual celebration also features a farmer’s market and this year, for the first time, expanded to showcase the venue’s wider capabilities with an exclusive wedding fayre.
Over 600 members of the public attended this year’s event, featuring exhibitors such as Hounds & Harmony, MYO, Kelly’s Scoops and Shakes, Ben’s Blends, Alan and Paige’s Horse Feeds, Lister Wilder, Sheep to Chic, The Lost Farm, Cakes for All, The English Spirit Distillery, The Feed Shed and Whitehall Trailers.
Displays on the day included the Mounted Games Association and Horseback Falconry performances narrated by Bob Edwards. New Leaf Triangle displayed their outdoor sports programme (which helps children and adults with learning difficulties), Rearsby Lodge Riding Club provided a Quadrille Display (led by Troy Shaw, former leader of the Household Cavalry) and Ginny Oakley Pope of the Ladies of Area 5 (representing the Side Saddle Association) showed guests the traditions behind side-saddle riding, explaining the history and heritage of the discipline.
Visitors witnessed a variety of fun activities on the day including Archery, Tug of War and jumping bag contests. There were even some camels on hand to greet visitors to the site, introduced by the team at ‘Joseph’s Amazing Camels’ (who will also be present at the upcoming Polo in the Park event).
Two polo games were also played on the day in front of The Millstone Hare Pub, with commentary provided by Huw Beavan, DBPC’s Polo Manager.
At the simultaneous wedding fayre, couples were greeted with complimentary champagne and canapés, had the opportunity to meet a wide selection of hand-picked wedding suppliers, discuss their vision for their respective special days and take tours of the breath-taking wedding venues the estate has to offer; including the Colonial Clubhouse, the Golden Jubilee building and the IXL Events Centre.
Major Richard Carney MBE says everybody at Dallas Burston Polo Club enjoys the uniqueness of Equestrian Day, “This event is unlike any other and truly showcases the depth of entertainment our club has to offer” he said, “It is incredibly rare to see so many unique equine disciplines all feature in one day and we are delighted that the public turned out in great numbers to experience it all with us.”
At Dallas Burston Polo Club, membership is offered but not essential; everyone is welcome and lots of events taking place over the course of the season are offered free for the public to attend. Equestrian Day is just one of the unique events taking place over the course of the polo season, with attractions in recent times including camel polo, fun-fairs and university polo tournaments.
Picnicking around the pitches can be as affordable or luxurious as a visitor desires, with many attendees visiting the grounds simply to enjoy the 600 acres of scenery and first-class facilities on offer.
The multiple award-winning Dallas Burston Polo Club, Pride of Stratford Business of the Year 2018, features Europe’s largest all-weather SuperArena® for equestrian events, six polo grounds, a colonial Clubhouse, wedding venues, the IXL Events Centre and The Millstone Hare – a £2.4m Olde English styled pub with state-of-the-art facilities and incredible views over the grounds.
To keep informed of the latest events coming up at Dallas Burston Polo Club, visit www.dbpoloclub.com