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It’s good being a Mr and Mrs Smith editor. This time last year I was given a spectacularly fun assignment: go to Ascot and learn how to play polo. I had never even been near a horse before, unless a very slow donkey ride on the beach at Walton on the Naze when I was six counts (it doesn’t). Twenty-four hours later, I was parading around in my ultra-soft Guards Polo Club shirt from La Martina and rambling to anyone who’d listen about “my” polo pony, Papa. Such is the power of polo.

“We’re big fans of trying new things here at Smith HQ, so when a new polo academy was launched in the lush grounds of luxurious Coworth Park, I — the only person in the building who’d never been anywhere near a horse before — was immediately dispatched to investigate. The new learning facility – Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park – is run by Andrew Hine, who has overseen countless victories as both captain and manager of the English national team… and yet was still willing to lead me extremely slowly around a field as I got used to being on horseback for the very first time. Of course, there’s more to polo than just not falling off the horse: there’s the whole hitting-balls part, too…”

Read more about my adventures at the new (and lovely) Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park Hotel at Mr & Mrs Smith. There were cream cakes and men in boots. It was great.

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WHERE TO NEXT? More travel writing posts, perhaps.

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