Huntington House/ Apes Hill Ladies Win French Open 2016

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    Jun 25 , 2016 | Posted by: ci

    In 1996, Patrick Guerrand-Hermes, a creative and visionary man, had the idea to open the world of polo up to a large number of people, making it more affordable for both players and fans. In order to make his dream come true, he founded the biggest polo club France has ever seen, the Polo Club du Domaine in Chantilly, currently one of the most important polo clubs in Europe.Ladies have also a place at Chantilly: the Ladies French Open was launched five years ago and has been a great success. The 16-goal tournament (ladies handicap) welcomes big names in ladies polo. The Ladies French Open is the highest rated tournament of its kind outside of Argentina.Following closely on the heels of another successful summer in the United Kingdom, the ladies made their way across the English Channel to Chantilly in France and won the prestigious French Open 5 – 3 on their first time competing on French soil.The 16-goal handicap team was captained by Barbadian player Camilla Williams, granddaughter of, Sir Charles Williams. The squad included United Kingdom-based English players Lucy Taylor, Tamara Fox and Emma Bowers. Huntington/Apes were among the four teams entered in this year’s Open. The three other entrants were a strong German team and two other French teams.The final was played on September 18 in Chantilly against team Maryland. By the end of the third chukka the Apes Hill ladies led the hosts 5 – 3. It was an advantage that they never relinquished by the end of the fourth and final chukka.It was a dream come true for Camilla and her team Huntington/Apes Hill to be crowned the 2016 winners of the French Open.Not only did they win the tournament, but they also came away with the MVP (Lucy Taylor) and Best Playing Pony (Tamara Fox) awards. Throughout the summer in the United Kingdom, Apes Hill Polo Club teamed up with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and Huntington House to compete in some of the best-known tournaments across the United Kingdom.

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