During the first week of December, Land Rover Polo in the City returned for its 13th year to Melbourne. Elegant and stylish as ever, this year’s event did not disappoint.
Upon entering the event through the heart of Albert Park, a huge polo field came into view, surrounded by a perimeter of white marquee tents.
With clear blue skies and plenty of sun, those in attendance were inspired to wear this summer’s finest frocks and lightweight suits. Ladies opted for pastel whites and pinks, or vibrant yellows and greens, with a short brimmed straw hat being the go-to accessory. Saving themselves from the heat, gentlemen went for short or linen suit combos in whites, blues and pastels with an occasional pop of colour. The overall effect was chic and summery.
Upon arrival guests were invited to take photos in the various styled areas, including the Review Australia flower wall, the Polo in the City garden wall or the flower adorned swing. At half time, ballerina Brooke McAuley was seen doing an impromptu photoshoot on the field, dressed in a black and yellow sunflower dress by Review Australia, accessorized with a black silver- studded hat.
Throughout the day attendees were also encouraged to partake in activities such as the Bird in Hand Dash for Ladies and the Kangaroo Dash for Men, where eager participants set aside their calm and collected exteriors, as well as their designer shoes, to run a sprint race in the hopes of winning cash and voucher prizes. Later in the afternoon, the most stylish guests were invited to enter the Men’s and Women’s Fashion on the Field competitions.
The remainder of the day was spent sipping on wine, cider and Aperol Spritzes in one of the VIP or corporate marquees. For those interested in a more casual environment, the Somersby Polo Lounge also provided giant checkers and Jenga for its guests to enjoy. The proximity to the horses also made it a popular place to be, as guests were welcomed to meet and pet the animals.
Finally, the polo game provided hours of entertainment, with the Melbourne and Adelaide teams’ impressive skills and ability to maneuver the horses proving to be highly engaging to watch even for those without polo expertise. Highlights included a female polo player taking the field and one of the top players falling from his horse to joke that he’s upset he’s lost his sunnies.
Overall, the event was a smashing success as always. FAJO will be back again next year!