02 Feb 2010Blog

The Sentebale Polo Cup in Barbados with Prince Harry

by m

The very next day after Prince Harry played and won (with the help of his team) the inaugural Sentebale Polo Cup in Barbados, The Daily Mail published the following article:

Prince Harry falls head-first from his horse during charity polo match, and hurls his mallet in disgust

‘Everyone from our local supporters to the Barbados government have bent over backwards to make this work for Sentebale. People have dug so deep in their pockets.

‘It looks like we may have raised £500,000 for the vulnerable children of Lesotho, so I couldn’t be more pleased.

‘We are going to try to take the Sentebale Cup around the world but will definitely be coming back to Barbados as we have started it here and the island has such a special place in our hearts.’

Harry was playing at the exclusive Apes Hill Polo Club in Barbados to raise money for Sentebale, the charity he co-founded in memory of his late mother to help vulnerable Aids orphans in the African kingdom of Lesotho.

The 1,200 ticket match was a complete sell out and is expected to raise more than £100,000. Harry hopes to make the Sentebale Polo Cup an annual event.

Source: The Daily Mail

I attended this event and spectated both matches.  The crowd was heaving, most people were in their sunday best, drinks were flowing and both matches were played extremely well by all players.  Here are a few pictures I took with my phone…

Most of Prince Harry, of course! 😉

Around 6pm, as the sun was setting, the after party began with the arrival of a mechanical bull, which as you can imagine, was definitely a laugh to watch.  The guy operating the machine was definitely giving the old and young a hell of ride, with a couple of them flying off onto the inflated cushion surrounding it, so no one was hurt (at least to the best of my knowledge!)..

I left after 7 but I understand that the party went on for quite a few more hours.

Did any of you make this event?  If so, did you enjoy it?