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Spy: Polo players ride into town

Tom Morley and Kit Brooks.
Tom Morley and Kit Brooks.

The countdown is on for the The Land Rover NZ Polo Open in two weeks' time.

At 1885 Britomart on Tuesday, the players taking part in one of summer's best events were announced.

Although not in their tight playing regalia, the strapping international and local polo professionals pleased the women in the room and were excited about the upcoming tournament.

The very single English player Tom Morley, 34, who is playing for Rod & Gunn, told Spy: "I love playing in the NZ Polo Open and return annually to compete because not only is it a world-class competition, but also because I can abort England in the winter and have great Kiwi mates to hang out with. What's not to love about a New Zealand summer?"

Another player set to get the attention of the ladies is 20-year-old South African player Dirk Van Rennen.

Securing victory on the polo field is his priority but he is also keen to get to know some Kiwis on his trip here.

"Being so young, it's an honour to play with polo professionals to lift my game at the NZ Polo Open," he said. "I'm told Kiwi ladies know how to party, so I look forward to the after-party with P-Money."

For those who want a relaxed day at the Open, which will be hosted again in Clevedon, the NZME Hill is the place to be with a picnic in the sun.

The stand-out sponsor spots are the new Land Rover Club House, the Orsini tent, which will have bejewelled society women, the Veuve Clicquot Marquee which has stepped things up this year, theming itself a Rio Carnival in honour of our Olympic hopefuls.

Some clever fashion collaborations have been arranged with Kiwi designers. Hockey star, 28-year-old Anita Punt will receive a pair of Kathryn Wilson heels; Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington, 26, a Deadly Ponies bag and triathlete Tony Dodds, 28, will receive a shirt from Huffer. The sports stars will wear the items on the yellow carpet on the day.
Will they meet the Spy Fashion in the Field strict guidelines?

We will be judging alongside ZM Mornings co-host Megan Sellers, Former Fashion Quarterly Editor Fiona Hawtin and brunette beauty Lauren Ormond, head of design for Gregory.

- Spy.co.nz

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