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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup

by Joanna Andrews

© Al Habtoor Group, Khalaf Al Habtoor, HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Prince Philip
The Winners - Four Quarters Orange
HM presents Mohammed Al Habtoor with a trophy
The Prize Giving: Khalaf Al Habtoor & HM The Queen
Habtoor Polo in the Challenge Match
The Queen inspects a horse and carriage
Mohammed Al Habtoor
Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup 2014 trophies
Habtoor Polo Vs Penihue Polo
Habtoor Polo goes for the attack
Four Quarters Orange Vs Mad Dogs
Mad Dogs and Four Quaters Orange
Best Playing Pony: 7-year old Typhoon
Habtoor Polo fight it out with Penihue Polo
Khalaf Al Habtoor on the Queens Grounds
The Winners - Four Quarters Orange
Four Quarters Orange battle it out with Mad Dogs
Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup 2014 winning team - Four Quarters Orange
Admiring the silver
Honourary Artillery Company Band in front of the Royal Box
Habtoor Polo celebrate after defeating Penihue Polo
Mohammed Al Muhairi, Khalaf Al Habtoor, Sultan Al Habtoor
Dr Edward Kessler, Rupmani Makepeace, Richard Makepeace
Neil Hobday, Al Habtoor and Paul Rayner
Ahmed Al Habtoor, Tariq Al Habtoor
Guests at the Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup 2014
Mad Dogs battle it out in the final
Royal Protocol: Khalaf Al Habtoor greets The Queen
Al Habtoor and Jock Green-Armytage
Amanda Staveley and Al Habtoor
HM The Queen inspects a horse

Khalaf Al Habtoor presented the trophies at the Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup in June alongside Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and also attended by HRH Prince Philip. The event, sponsored by the Al Habtoor Group for the fifth year running, was full of British tradition, pomp and pageantry. Joanna Andrews brings you the highlights from the day.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group stood side by side as they presented the Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup trophy to Four Quarters Orange, winners of the prestigious event. Also present this year was the Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Philip, who is now 93 years old. Simon Arber received the winners’ cup on behalf of Four Quarters Orange, who defeated Mad Dogs 6-3 on the Guards Polo Club’s famous Queen’s Ground on Sunday June 22, 2014.

The black and orange shirts dominated the game. Their opponents, Alan Fall's Mad Dogs, came to this final unbeaten, but struggled to find their form of previous matches, despite fielding the eight-goal skills of Alejandro Novillo Astrada. The Al Habtoor Royal Windsor Cup is the UK’s leading 15-goal tournament and 18 top-class teams entered this year’s competition. Such a strong entry ensured that these two teams had already played five tough matches in order to reach this final.

The star of the show was undoubtedly the young South African Bradley Mallett who produced a brilliant performance for Four Quarters Orange and was rewarded with the Most Valuable Player Award. The Best Playing Pony Award went to Typhoon, a seven-year-old pony owned by Christopher Hanbury, but played by Bradley in both the third and sixth chukkas.

Habtoor Polo claims Al Habtoor Challenge Match

The day started with the Al Habtoor Challenge match, featuring several members of this tournament sponsor's family. Mohammed Al Habtoor's team, Habtoor Polo, won the day, defeating Matthias Norman’s Penihue Polo 5-4.

This game was followed by the Mountbatten Cup match - the subsidiary of the Royal Windsor Tournament - and honours went to Jonathan Munro Ford’s Black Eagles. They had an impressive 11-3 over Clinton McCarthy’s Emlor C.

The day concluded with a wonderful carriage driving display by the British Driving Society. Her Majesty and Guards Polo Club's President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, joined the Royal Box guests on the lower terrace to watch this magnificent display and then presented rosettes to all the class champions.

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