'Exclusive' polo ditches invite-only

Glamorous event goes public for first time

Last updated 13:37 23/01/2013

ALL ABOARD: The BMW NZ Polo Open is no longer invite-only.

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Aucklanders can experience the often secretive world of polo for the first time at the New Zealand Open in February. 

Tickets are available for the usually invite-only BMW NZ Polo Open in an attempt to increase awareness of the sport - a first in New Zealand polo's 36-year history. 

Auckland Polo Club event director Amy Calway said the finals day would be the most glamorous day out this year and had been opened to the general public in an attempt to boost interest. .

"In the past the polo has been ultra exclusive, but we want all New Zealanders to get into the game and to have more people experience the fun, interactive day out."

Along with the competition on the field, the spotlight will also be firmly on fashion, with designers such as Ted Baker, TK Store, Rodd & Gunn and Adrian Hailwood showcasing their work.

There will also be a fashion in the field competition.

Polo fashion director Lulu Wilcox said style was a good way to attract more outside interest in the event.  

"Style and sophistication, fashion and glamour, have always been a part of a day at the polo so these new attractions fit perfectly, with the added bonus of appealing to a wider crowd."

The fashion in the field competition will be judged by Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Owen Glenn, Aja Rock, Myken Stewart, Sophia Nash and Oliver Driver, with a prize for the best shoes for stomping the divots, among other things.

Other events on the day include the BMW vs polo pony vs jockey race, the opportunity for guests to test drive BMWs and a hair and make-up powder room open to spectators.

BMW NZ Polo Open Week

WHEN: February 19-24

WHERE: Auckland Polo Club, Clevedon

Tickets from iTicket.

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