Karl was fortunate enough to work for Veuve Clicquot again this year on the highlight of the polo UK calendar – The Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup British Open Polo Championships which is held at Cowdray Park Polo Club in West Sussex. Think Wimbledon, think Silverstone Grand Prix or the St Andrews Golf Open and this is the equivalent in the Polo world!
Karl was brought on board to present the programme for Sky Sports and to also assist with Veuve Clicquot’s corporate hospitality lunch to bring a little inside information on the basic “rules of polo” to what was a mélange of celebrities, polo players, corporate and selected guests, plus over half a marquee of VIP’S that had never seen a polo match before! It was his mission to make sure they could see how action packed and engaging the sport of polo can be!
With a final score of 12-11 – Jo Gottschalk “Les Lions” Team saw his dream of hoisting the Veuve Clicquot Gold cup melt away, whilst Lyndon Lea’s “Zacara” Team, coached by former England player Andrew Hine, and surrounded by a huge network of grooms, support staff and family erupted into celebrations!!
The fabulous golden trophy was presented by Sabina Belli, International General Manager of Veuve Clicquot, to a delighted Lyndon Lea who also received a Salmanazar of champagne – equivalent to 12 bottles – from Jo Thornton, Managing Director Moet Hennessy UK Ltd.
Despite the changeable weather, celebrities packed into VIP Veuve lounge. Karl was very lucky to interview Kevin Spacey and Lily Allen, who both came for lunch & watch the match. Kevin spoke to Karl about his play in London at the moment and his dapper choice of suit for the day! He also loved the fact that there was a giant table football in the Veuve marquee! Model Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol took to the DJ booth while polo fanatic Jodie Kidd heavily pregnant enjoyed the lunch, along with Chloe Moretz, Tamsin Egerton, actress Camilla Rutherford, Jack Freud, Rebecca Macmillan and Henry Conway.