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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles brings out the stars

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I used to imagine the game of polo was only for those with gilded wallets or those from a gilded era --  the players returning to their estates after a match, ancient family crests waving them home on flag posts; ladies sitting by the field, wicker baskets filled with nibbles, their carefree laughs as light as the hems of their silk tea-dresses dancing in the wind. 

On Sunday, at the the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles, this dreamy image was matched with one as beautiful and not as untouchable.  Yes, there were still the gorgeous, the rich and the famous.  Minnie Driver, Johnny Lee Miller, Brittany Snow, Mischa Barton (decked out in full flapper regalia with a black and white feather headpiece and fringed dress) and Rachel Zoe sipped Champagne and munched on delicacies — the strawberry scone cookies seeming very popular.  But this was in the VIP lounge, which housed the minority of attendees.  The majority of the spectators were the almost 2,000 members of the public who came to the free event, who seemed to equally enjoy the game and who boasted some very enviable picnic baskets of their own designs.

Mischa 
Held at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades (the park is home to the last of the 22 original polo fields in Los Angeles), where legends including Spencer Tracy, Walt Disney and Clark Gable used to swing their mallets, the event helped support the Will Rogers Ranch Foundation and Will Rogers Polo Club, both nonprofit organizations (please visit www.parks.ca.gov for more information).  One dollar from each Champagne flute sold was donated specifically to the Ranch Foundation.

Nacho Figueras, the face of Ralph Lauren’s Polo fragrances, is also captain of team Black Watch, which played against team Veuve Clicquot (the intense match hailed team Black Watch the winner 8-7 with Figueras scoring 3 of these goals).  Figueras has been credited with bringing attention and excitement back to polo.  He stated with effusion,  “To spread the word about polo — well, it’s my mission in life.” 

After three years of success in New York, Veuve Clicqout was keen to bring the tournament West.   “The most rewarding aspect of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is making polo, as well as this fantastic social event, free and accessible to the people of Los Angeles for the first time,” Figueras said. Veuve Clicquot promises to return in 2011, so those who missed the festivities on Sunday can plan to stomp divots next year.

To learn more about the rules, history and game of polo visit: http://www.us-polo.org/

For updates regarding Nacho Figueras and team Black Watch visit: http://www.Facebook.com/NachoFigueras

Delphina and nacho 
-- Julie Neigher

Photos: Top, Nacho Figueras in action at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Park on Sunday. Credit: Al Rodriguez/Wire Image. Middle, Mischa Barton is in the spirit of the day. Credit: Amanda Edwards. Bottom: Delfina Blaquier relaxes with her husband, Nacho Figueras. Credit: Amanda Edwards.

 
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will invite all my friends next year "cheers"

Event with potential but incredibly incompetent organizers; I have attended many polo games around the world and I can confidently say this was the polo game from hell...poor traffic organization caused a jam in the road up to the park and I was left at the bottom of the hill with my wife and a six month baby..a one mile hike in 90 degrees weather...when we left the event, there was a chaotic crowd trying to board the shuttle and I was only able to do so thanks to a nice woman who let us go because of the baby.. the shuttle's transmission broke down and we barely made it back to the parking lot... additionally, during the half time break no refreshments were offered when people were cleaning up divots; this is a long standing tradition of polo games and it is even more ironic in this case considering the champagne sponsor; in fact to make things worse during the break there was a ridiculous security barrier at midfield to prevent the "little people" from possibly sneaking into the VIP section (you can have a VIP tent but prevent me from walking freely on the field is a joke)...it didn't help that for a PROMOTIONAL event, drink prices were at nightclub level.....first and last time at this event

I like stomping of the duvets with expensive high heels and Nacho in his royal blue blazer is smashing, the real beauties though are the horses.



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