THE fledgeling start up Irish Polo Basis in just a few yrs given that launching has achieved a benchmark in presenting accomplishment awards, celebrating the contributions of youth and entry amount gamers and the people today who educate them.

The inaugural Irish Polo Foundation awards began with a match concerning Merry Christmas (in orange) profitable on 12 ambitions to 7 versus Pleased New 12 months

The award-profitable Siobhan Herbst on her dwelling arena floor at Polo Wicklow Ireland

The awards were being introduced earlier this thirty day period in Ireland’s only calendar year-round polo facility in Polo Wicklow, notably in the groups of sponsorship, females in polo and junior education development along with gamers from the 2022 period who had been most important to their local clubs.

Talking at the awards, IPF founder, director and chairperson as effectively as remaining Ireland’s Sports activities Council representative for polo and director for Pentathlon Eire mentioned that a recognisable program of education is becoming properly shipped by qualified suppliers in skills coaching. Curraghmore Polo Club’s Kristina White was recognised for her contributions in the target to teach youthful athletes from each county in Eire though April Kent and Siobhan Herbst have broken new floor in taking part in across Europe and most just lately in Argentina.

Polo Wicklow founder Michael Herbst and Irish entrepreneur Caroline Keeling, who sponsored the specially commissioned horse’s head chair she is sitting on

The IPF Accomplishment Award was offered to James Belfast by Siobhan Herbst for his excellent techniques advancement in polo

“We have been proven for a few several years and in that time we have succeeded in teaching club instructors,” explained James Kennedy. “We have heaps of small children in schooling for the correct way to perform. We have an e-finding out method on our internet site so most particularly we have training for women and youthful kids and that is our potential.”

The trail to sponsorship in the IPF, backed by Hurlingham Polo Affiliation for Ireland, the British isles and quite a few international locations in Europe has been well and actually blazed by entrepreneur and mentor Caroline Keeling, her generosity fuelling vital developments in giving prospects for youthful people to perform polo.

April Kent (left) and Siobhan Herbst were being introduced with a specially commissioned award by Maria Inez Dawnay for their successes in marketing Irish polo all around the entire world. The award was commissioned from trophies at first in the collection of the late Major Hugh Dawnay by his widow

David Dawnay, son of the late Big Hugh Dawnay introduced the IPF Sponsorship Award to Carolione Keeling

The inaugural awards, sponsored by Tandem craft whiskey and with the guidance of the IPF, Polo Ireland and Polo Wicklow recognised most useful players from polo clubs across Eire: Michael Gately was the MVP for Polo Wicklow although the accolade for Bunclody Polo Club went to Paddy Casey. Bishopland Polo Club’s Hazel Valentine was MVP for the County Kildare club, Eamonn Laverty for the All Ireland Polo Club and Kristina White for Curraghmore Polo Club in Waterford.

Kristina White was offered with the Junior Instruction Award for her efforts in coaching enhancement for new gamers by IPF founder James Kennedy

The IPF also introduced an accomplishment award to James Belfast for his capabilities progress in Irish polo.

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Picture credits: Kim Mullahey

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