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Cheshire Forest Polo Challenge, New Hall Polo Ground, Over Peover

PUBLISHED: 19:40 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:57 20 February 2013

The winning team: Charlie Walton, Aidan Beaney, Simon Taylor, Hugo Taylor, with Alicia Taylor and Ophelia Taylor

The winning team: Charlie Walton, Aidan Beaney, Simon Taylor, Hugo Taylor, with Alicia Taylor and Ophelia Taylor

As the late summer sun shone on the New Hall Polo Ground in Over Peover the champagne corks popped.

As the late summer sun shone on the New Hall Polo Ground in Over Peover the champagne corks popped.


Cheshire society turned out in force for the Cheshire Forest Polo Challenge - and there were thrills and spills as the four teams battled it out to lift the cup.


Each team had a member from the Cheshire Forest Hunt, joint masters Tom Halton, and David Willis were the first two to battle it out. It was a fast paced game - with the goals flowing for the Colshaw Hall team captained by David Irlam. For those spectators who were not entirely sure what was going on there was a running commentary - and bursts of music for every goal! Three goals later and Colshaw Hall made it into the final.


Next up, the battle for the other spot in the final - for Cheshire Forest it was the turn of Huntsman Andrew German and Whipper-in Aidan Beaney. Spectators lined the edge of the field and it was another thrilling match with goals aplenty, and even a dramatic dismount from one of the professionals. The Henbury Team captained by Simon Taylor made it through to the final - with everyones favourite player - 13 year old Hugo Taylor - all set for victory.


After a break for a traditional cream tea and a live auction (which raised more than 22,000), the hunt members were gearing up to take to the field. It was the moment the crowds were waiting for: the final. Henbury went into the match as favourites - and took the lead early on, with Hugo Taylor dashing up and down the pitch and making a big impact. It was a valiant effort from Colshaw Hall - but in the end they couldnt quite make it, and Henbury were crowned champions.


Donations are to be made to The Christie Hospital in Manchester, Peover School, and Peover Church. The photographer who caught the action was Keith Simpson: www.kwsimpson.com

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