The Guards Polo Club Polo Pony holds a special place in the heart of many at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The Show has strong ties with the Guards Polo Club, who are based at Smiths Lawn in the nearby Windsor Great Park, and the Polo Pony Class is traditionally a moment for riders’ skill in training ponies – and the merits of the ponies themselves – to be recognized off-pitch.
This year, the class was held virtually with entrants encouraged to submit an image of their pony in action, with the best judged by Guards Polo Club Polo Manager Antony Fanshawe and Lord Charles Beresford.
The winning pony was Diana Wilkinson’s Prima Markova, ridden by Ollie Jones, who judge Antony Fanshawe commended as, “One of the first two horses who stood out. The horse just looks like a cat which is what you want in a polo pony. The top three are just beautifully balanced. For me, a very important part is how smooth the horse is.”
In second place was Hilali Noordeen’s Chapa Escorpiana, and in third was Simon Franc’s Pepina.
Owned by Diana Wilkinson