Mystery Creek wins BMW NZ Polo Open 2020

The winning Mystery Creek team members Kit Brooks, John-Paul Clarkin, Ethan Wade, Will Harper. Photo supplied

Mystery Creek polo team won New Zealand’s most prestigious polo final on Saturday, the BMW NZ Polo Open, held at Auckland Polo Club.

The dynamic team of John-Paul Clarkin, Kit Brooks, Ethan Wade and Will Harper beat South Island’s Glenmark team, Pete Dormer, James Harper, Lachie Gilmore and Sam Martin in a highly competitive match, 11-8.

Finals action – Mystery Creek (red) and the South Island Glenmark team. Action photos by Carmen Bird

Six teams competed for the renowned polo tournament throughout the week made up of the nation’s top players as well as professional players from Australia, Argentina and England.

Most valuable player went to Will Harper in the Mystery Creek team while his father, England polo captain James Harper playing for Glenmark won champion pony with a mare owned by Dean Geddes of Canterbury.

After a record 46 days of no rain in Auckland, the morning of the event was met with showers that did little to deter the crowd who were there to enjoy the polo and all the event had to offer.

The side-lines were packed for the infamous car versus horse race. First place went to the mighty BMW 8 Series Coupé with its powerful turbocharged V8 engine, that can achieve 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

The Fashion on the Field competition was extremely strong boasting a colourful contingency of fashionable pieces and classic style. Best-dressed woman was Julia Ford; best-dressed man Nathaniel Bryant and best accessory went to Jesper Lagerbaeck.

As the sun set on the 43rd NZ Polo Open the evening kicked on with guests enjoying the George FM after party on the Chukka Lawn.