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Past To Present: Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly

Past To Present: Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly

Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly

In 1995, a farm in the land of Apremont became available. A group of friends who dreamed of opening a large polo club in France obtained a lease of 50 years from the Institut de France, and this is how Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly started.

Apremont is ideal for polo fields. Its grass had been chosen by Baron Robert de Rothschild in 1920 when he brought together the Polo World League in the capital of the Thoroughbreds.

The level of polo in Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly is constantly improving, thanks to the biggest players in the world attracted by competitions that serve as a role model. The club was also allowed to participate in the progress and development of English Polo.

Five years ago, the most famous tournament in French Polo surprised the world with the launch of the Ladies’ French Open, dedicated entirely to the increasing number of women players. This type of polo is calmer and more refined, but it is also fiercely competitive.

In 2016, the level of the tournament reached a new point, passing to 16 goals (in female handicap). Now, the tournament is one of the highest level championships outside the frontiers of Argentina.

The Open de France’s finals were full of promises, seeing the level of semi-finals and the all-tournament results. After a difficult week playing in between raindrops, the brilliant sun shined down during the mixed and feminine finals of the Open de France.

Is this the argument that inspired male and female players? In any case, it had inspired the public which occupied mainly the two lengths of the large 270 meters field. VIP lunch on one side (Argentine menu and wines), fancy picnic on the other side, all in a friendly atmosphere excellently mastered by the Polo Club du Domaine de Chantilly.

The Ladies’ Finals was the first good surprise of the afternoon. Franco-British Lowell team competed with the German Tom Tailor team, the championship titleholder. The score of the game that had pitted the two teams during the pool match (7-3 for Lowell) could suggest that this final game would simply be a formality for the team gathered around one of the best female players in the world, the French Caroline Anier. But in this sport, nothing is written in advance and Tom Tailor Ladies took the lead under the leadership of the underrated British Lucy Taylor. Behind most of the actions of her team, the solid British player helped to contain Caroline Anier and her team, leading the score until the last period (7-6). But the latter responded, allowing the French captain Françoise Spek’s team to win its first title, for its first participation (8-7).

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