Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

Time for bubbly, polo ponies and lots of celebritie­s

Glamour set to be the order of the day

- TANYA PETERSEN

THE stage is set for one of Cape Town’s glamorous social events, combining fashion and elite sport at the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo.

The luxury event, which takes place on Saturday at Val de Vie Estate, will see guests from far and wide enjoy a day of polo, wine and, as the the theme suggests, “Cape Town Summer”.

Anina Malherbe-Lan, co-owner of the event, said the past nine years of running the event with her partner Simone de Wet has been “quite a journey”.

“Our companies, VIVIDLUXUR­Y and Val de Vie Events, are partners in the ownership of this event together with our headline sponsor, Veuve Clicquot, and our passionate team of specialist­s have made magic happen over the years, from our humble beginnings in 2011.”

She said they realised nine years ago there was an opportunit­y to do something sophistica­ted with internatio­nal appeal.

They wanted “to position Cape Town as a globally competitiv­e, and truly cosmopolit­an polo city”.

She said the polo was great for Cape Town as it attracted the “creme de la creme of internatio­nal travellers and investors to our city and country”.

Malherbe-Lan said the event attracted captains of industry, celebritie­s and media from Lagos, Dar es Salaam, Lunda, New York, Paris, Tokyo, London and Joburg.

She confirmed that awardwinni­ng American actress Anika Noni Rose would attend.

Guests will be treated to hospitalit­y, fashion, a luxury car showcase and beauty and hair pamper lounges.

The stars of the day – the horses – have worked hard to prepare to shine at this event. Ryk Neethling, marketing manager for Val de Vie, said the horses were elite athletes and are treated as such. They are “groomed twice a day and fed the best”.

He said stabling for a horse at Val de Vie costs R4 500 per month and usually each polo player has about five to 10 horses.

“Starting prices for the horses in the Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo are approximat­ely R200 000 to R1 million.

“It takes them about two years of training to get them to this level. Val de Vie has become the hub of polo in South Africa.”

He said about 2 500 people are expected to attend this year.

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Masters Polo horses can cost up to R1 million.

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