Polo Match and Luncheon Made in Middleburg Heaven

As event planning and production professionals, it is understood that working some weekends is an absolute necessity in this industry. Fortunately for TWG, working events such as last week’s polo match and luncheon doesn’t feel like work at all.

AJ enjoying the polo field and sunshine!

Instead of calling a conventional show and managing talent in the traditional sense our job descriptions ranged from “Bag Piper Liaison” to “Dove Release Handler.”

Brittanie dressed to register guests and handle a dove release

Given this, we traded in our black suits for sundresses and sunglasses and headed out to Middleburg, Virginia for the 2012 National Sporting Library & Museum Benefit Polo Match and Luncheon.

Talk about a venue!

“In terms of clientele, you cannot find a better organization than NSLM…” says Associate, Holly Johnson, “whether it was working with the local vendors or simply asking the board members for a hand in making phone calls, there is something truly magical about Middleburg and the company it keeps.”

Guests enjoying their beautiful Sunday afternoon!

For those of us just arriving onsite, we couldn’t agree more! The weather was gorgeous, guests were gracious and dressed to impress, but the ponies and players were the highlight of the day.

Perfect Pony for Polo.

Outdoor events with lots of moving parts (we were literally moving ponies, doves and foxhounds around a field) run the risk of inclement weather and a gamut of other “surprises.”

“Yet, with the right preparation and a staff that knows how to turn on a dime, we were ready for anything…” says Director, Lindsey Jacobson.

First on the field was the parade of the Piedmont Fox Hounds, the oldest recognized pack of foxhounds in the United States, followed by the introduction of polo teams “Beverly Polo” and “Right at Home.”

Huntmaster preparing for the parade of the Piedmont Fox Hounds

With a traditional match of six chukkers scheduled for the day, “Beverly Polo” came out on top with a close game of 11-10. Juan Sanchez was recognized as the Most Valuable Player and Alejandro Vial’s horse, Atalanta, received the Best Playing Pony award in the form of a monogrammed pony blanket.

Sweet prizes for the winners!

Between performances by The Washington Scottish Pipe Band, a menu inspired by the crisp autumn season, and a festive ladies hat contest, you couldn’t leave without feeling completely enchanted by the whole event.

The Washington Scottish Pipe Band

Oh, and did we mention that there were not one but TWO Aston Martins on display from Aston Martin Washington DC for guests and staff to ogle over?

Aston Martins brought in from Aston Martin Washington DC

With the perfectly personalized M&M’s on the tables for everyone and delicious Dove ice cream bars to go around, The Mars Company truly outdid themselves this time. What a treat it was to have Mrs. Mars chair the event. Talk about a perfect recipe for a fairytale event in the foothills of Virginia!

Gorgeous table setting, topped with M&M’S provided by Mars. Yum!

TWG thanks Jacqueline B. Mars, Event Chairman, Manuel Johnson, NSLM Board Chair, Maureen Brennan, Llangollen Farm and VIPolo facility co-owner, and Diana Kingsbury-Smith and her NSLM colleagues for giving us the opportunity to be part of such an amazing day! Looking forward to working with you all again…

Located in Middleburg, Virginia, the National Sporting Library & Museum is dedicated to preserving, sharing and promoting the literature, art and culture of horse and field sports. For more information about visiting or supporting the National Sporting Library & Museum please contact Diana Kingsbury-Smith at dkingsburysmith@nsl.org or 540-687-6542 x26.