Polo like nowhere else!

02 May 2023
It is without doubt the most original polo tournament in the world, played on an atypical field at an altitude of 1100 meters in a magnificent green setting: the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad is back at the Saanen airport from August 17th to 20th for four glamorous days dedicated to the oldest of team sports. But this event is much more than just a polo tournament.

Located in the beautiful resort town of Gstaad, in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad is the most unique of polo tournaments, played against a stunning backdrop of alpine peaks and lush greenery on the edge of the runway of the high-altitude Saanen airport, which comes to a standstill during the games. But more than that, it is a celebration of sport and high-level polo, where the best players in the world compete for this coveted trophy of the international circuit.
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But what makes the Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad decidedly different is the overall experience it offers. In addition to high-level polo, there is a VIP village and exhibitors offering unique luxury products, as well as a food court for the public and a playground for children. This year, the space will also host a prestigious exhibition curated by the Adrienne Desbiolles-Syz Gallery of Zurich, with a large number of sculptures by Richard Orlinski, and the presentation of the latest models of the prestigious Aston Martin car brand. All this in the special atmosphere this event is known for.

The Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad is also a gourmet event with haute cuisine offered by the Gstaad Palace. The huge tent located right next to the field can accommodate some five hundred guests during two lunches and a grandiose gala dinner with presentation of the teams and crazy dances led, as every year, by the music of the famous Dora on Stage until dawn on Sunday morning!

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On the sports side, three captains, one Swiss and two Germans, Cedric Schweri CH, Peter Cromm ALL and Jürgen Schröder ALL, will try to succeed the Frenchman from Zurich, Sébastien Le Page, who will of course be there to defend his title. The teams will notably wear the colors of HUBLOT, GSTAAD PALACE and KIELDER AGRO GROUP.

Polo is a demanding sport that requires players to have both athletic and equestrian skills. However, the true hero of the sport is the horse. Bred and selected for over a century, these equine athletes are the crucial partners of their riders. Endowed with a keen intelligence and a remarkable speed of mind, they are also very endearing. Able to respond to their rider’s every move and even anticipate their needs, these gentle animals can become true warriors. Their strength, agility and courage are legendary, making them irresistible to all sports lovers. Coming mainly from Argentina, these horses adapt to all conditions, even the most extreme, such as the 1100 meter altitude of the highest summer tournament in the world.

The competition is played over three days: qualifiers on Thursday, semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday. Beyond the sport, the atmosphere is distinctly welcoming, with picturesque animations such as the parade of the teams in the streets of Gstaad on Friday. It is a magical way to experience high-level polo in a unique alpine setting on the international circuit. While the polo is the highlight of the event, it is the entire Hublot Polo Gold Cup Gstaad experience that makes this event a must-see destination for lovers of sport and beauty.