The Audi Polo Awards 2013 in review
Major Winners of the Audi Polo Awards 2013
The big winner of the evening was Adrian Kirby and his Cortium side, which scooped up an impressive three awards following their victory in the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup at the end of last year’s high goal season. Kirby was personally awarded The Royal Salute Most Outstanding High Goal Patron award and Cortium was presented with The Apes Hill Most Outstanding High Goal Team award.
Eight goaler, Polito Pieres contributed largely to Cortium’s Gold Cup success, but Polito like many of the top polo players worldwide readily admits that it is the ponies that are the real heroes of the pitch and the linchpins of that success. It came as no surprise, then, when jointly owned with his cousin Hernan Pieres, Polito’s stallion Don Urbano Rolinga was rightfully awarded The Kerry Packer Most Outstanding High Goal Pony award for his successes on the field last year, having collected three Best Playing Pony awards in just three months.
It wasn’t only Cortium who had a successful season though with Rashid Albwardy’s Dubai team claiming victory in the 2012 Cartier Queen’s Cup.
Following a win in the US Gold Cup in March, Dubai’s ten goal player, Adolfo Cambiaso, widely recognised as the world’s best player, got off to a storming start in the UK and deservedly received the award for The Coworth Park Most Outstanding High Handicap Player (8-10).
Playing for the Dubai team for the second consecutive year as we begin the 2013 season, Alec White was also applauded for his performance in 2012 picking up The Avios Most Promising Player award (0 – 3).
Amongst the many international players in the room and as the main sponsor of the national side, Audi fittingly presented the award for Most Outstanding British Professional. With victories over America, South America and South Africa to its credit, the England team can look back on a hugely successful and exciting 2012 season. It was no surprise that this year’s winner of The Audi Most Outstanding Professional award was none other than England Captain, Luke Tomlinson, who collected the award for the second time.
The 2013 Audi Polo Awards winners:
The Apes Hill Most Outstanding High Goal Team
The Royal Salute Most Outstanding High Goal Patron
The Coworth Park Most Outstanding High Handicap Player (8 - 10)
The Tally Ho Farm Most Outstanding Medium Handicap Player (4 - 7)
The Avios Most Promising Player (0 - 3)
The Audi Most Outstanding British Professional
The HPA Lifetime Achievement Award
The Kerry Packer Most Outstanding High Goal Pony
Don Urbano Rolinga
The Kent & Curwen Most Outstanding Lady Player
The Polo Agency Most Outstanding Arena Team
The Julius Baer Victor Ludorum Most Outstanding Young Player
The Julius Baer Victor Ludorum Awards
18 Goal: Emlor C
15 Goal: Emlor S
12 Goal: Montana
8 Goal: San Miguel Fresca
6 Goal: Snake Bite
The Thai Polo Club World Dream Team (Voted for on the evening):
1. Facundo Pieres
2. Gonzalito Pieres
3. Polito Pieres
4. Carlos Gracida
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