British Polo Day returns to China and President Xi hails a “Golden Era” between China and the UK

Press Release

A Celebration of British Luxury Brands in China hosted by the country’s most esteemed polo player, Liu ShiLai.

Sunday 2nd September 2017 – Tang Polo Club, Beijing – Presented by RJI Capital and hosted by Liu ShiLai, British Polo Day celebrated its 61st global event in China. Having recently celebrated the 60th British Polo Day in Great Britain, the invitation-only event is delighted to be back in China, before completing the year in Indonesia- at Nihiwatu Resort, Sumba Island- and India.

British Polo Day is an unparalleled platform celebrating the history and heritage of polo with a global community, bringing together the world’s top companies and key influencers. It provides a platform for business in emerging and growth markets, giving partners enviable access to international contacts.

Returning to Beijing for the 7th time, British Polo Day China saw 5 teams battle it out for the VistaJet Tang Cup and the Chelsea Barracks Dynasty Plate. Over 100 top British and international players have played at British Polo Day since its inception, and this year attracted well-known names in the polo world, such as former England Captain Malcolm Borwick, Nacho Gonzales, and The Hon Tristan Phillimore.

As the seconds were counted down by official British Polo Day timekeeper Hublot…POLO GAME SUMMARY.

Ben Vestey, CEO and Partner of British Polo Day said: “British Polo Day is delighted to be returning to China for the 7th year running. It speaks volumes that the UK is now home to more Chinese investment than any other European country, and China is the UK’s sixth largest export destination. The base of partners – with over 2,000 years of combined heritage between them – says so much about the relationship building opportunities that British Polo Day creates. The Chairman Tom Hudson and I are extremely proud to be fostering closer ties with China during President Xi Jinping’s ‘Golden Era’ of relations with the UK, while bilateral trade between the two countries is going from strength to strength.”

The current title partner is RJI Capital, the strategic advisory and merchant banking firm with a premium track record in global transactions. Mr Ron Wahid, Chairman & CEO of RJI Capital observed “RJI Capital celebrates its third year of partnership with British Polo Day in 2017. It has been a wonderful journey of discovering new synergies between our business and this unique international network of like-minded individuals founded upon a love of the sport of kings.”

It is a matter of great pride that former England Polo Captain, and Royal Salute Polo Ambassador, Malcolm Borwick has joined us to play at this event. Malcolm’s appearance at British Polo Day coincides with the unveiling of Royal Salute’s all-new 21 Year Old Polo Edition- a more delicate flavoured whisky designed to be enjoyed during the day and the ideal accompaniment to sophisticated sporting occasions such as polo.

British Polo Day is a fast-growing, ambitious company, which partners with some of the World’s best companies, including RJI Capital, Chelsea Barracks, Royal Salute, Yachting Partners International (YPI), Nyetimber, Vista Jet, Hackett, Charles Russell Speechlys, Justerini & Brooks, Clinova, D.R Harris, Taylor Morris, Barnard & Westwood, True Luxury Travel, Floris, NUO Hotel Beijing, and Hublot.

The success of the British Polo Day has been largely down to word-of-mouth endorsement from many guests and supporters including key figures in government, the aristocracy, diplomats, military, fashion, art and popular culture. In addition, British Polo Day have hosted members of 12 royal families, 100 independent billionaires and leaders in world innovation including Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk. Over 20,000 guests have enjoyed British Polo Day in the last seven years, and British Polo Days have to-date raised over $2 million USD, from a standing start in 2011.

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Upcoming events in 2017:

The next events for this year will be in October with the Britannia Elevation: Global Gathering in Indonesia- at Nihiwatu Resort, Sumba Island, under the patronage of Chris Burch and James McBride. The year then closes with two events in India, Jaipur under the patronage of Her Highness Rajmata Padmini Devi of Jaipur, and Jodhpur under the patronage of His Highness Gaj Singh II The Maharaja of Marwar-Jodhpur. In 2018, British Polo Day is very excited to be adding the American East Coast to the list of destinations.

About RJI Capital:

RJI Capital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings, an investment holding company with investments in energy and natural resources, aerospace and defense, real estate, and technology. RJI Capital is a strategic advisory and merchant banking firm with a premium track record in new market entry and international transactions, having closed deals totaling billions in value. RJI’s industry-leading services and expertise are delivered from its offices in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, and Washington, D.C. RJI Capital’s sister company, Arcanum, is a global intelligence company that provides services to sovereign governments and multinational corporations to help address some of their most pressing challenges and complex strategic issues. Visit www.rjicapital.com for more information.