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Over 750 people attended the first Global edition of Sunset Polo on Tuesday 20 June, which took place at the ancestral home of British Polo, Cowdray House in Midhurst, West Sussex.
Nic visited Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice on 20 July to present a cheque to pay for two days of care, and expressed his ongoing commitment to the charity.
Nic Roldan said: “I’m really proud of our first global Sunset Polo event. It’s thanks to my team and our enthusiastic event partners, combined with the local community that this dream turned into a reality. It’s a goal of mine to make polo accessible to all, irrespective of age or background.
“It was exciting to have members of different areas of the equestrian community come together to support two causes close to my heart. As Brooke USA Ambassador, I have worked with the charity for some time, but only learnt about Chestnut Tree House this year.
“I wanted the event to support a charity local to Cowdray and when I first visited Chestnut Tree House in May, I knew I’d made the right choice.
“I am in awe of the work they do, helping local children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families. I know that the money raised for the charity will make a difference to local families and I’m delighted to be able to help.
“I hope Sunset Polo at Cowdray will continue for many years to come and look forward to working with Chestnut Tree House going forward.”
The event took place on the old polo field in the grounds of Cowdray House, and combined a number of disciplines, with some of the world’s top equestrians performing. In addition to the polo match, played by Nic Roldan and other top professionals, the afternoon featured a demonstration by world-renowned natural horseman Monty Roberts, a Western reining display by Tammy Greaves, and a celebrity chukka.
Celebrity players included Olympic gold medal cyclist Victoria Pendleton, three-day eventer William Fox-Pitt, National Hunt jockey Leighton Aspell, top showjumper Scott Brash, and jump jockey and internet sensation Wocket Woy.
150 guests went on to a Gatsby-themed party and VIP dinner in Cowdray House, prepared by The Lickfold Inn. The evening also included auctions and a firework display.
Juliette MacPherson, Fundraising Development Manager at Chestnut Tree House said: “We were honoured that Nic chose us as one of the beneficiaries of the inaugural UK Sunset Polo event.
“Spreading the word about the care we offer to children with life-shortening conditions is so important, both in terms of raising awareness and funds. We need to raise £6,850 per day to pay for all our specialist care services – both at the hospice and in families’ own homes, which makes events like this invaluable.
“The amount the event raised will cover two days of care at Chestnut Tree House, allowing children to be looked after by our specialist team, enjoy the hydrotherapy pool, relax in the multi-sensory room and join in with a host of activities. We would like to thank Nic and everyone at Cowdray for supporting us and we can’t wait for next year’s Sunset Polo event!”
Nic has chosen to support our ‘Pay for a Day’ initiative and will cover the cost of Chestnut Tree House’s care services (£6,850 per day) on his birthday this year, 4 December, and the date of next year’s Sunset Polo (mid-June 2018).