Derby rivals to fight it out on polo field

International polo players, including a team from Norfolk, will head to Suffolk next summer to play in two special matches at Trinity Park in Ipswich.

Organised by Suffolk Agricultural Association and ratified by Hurlingham Polo Association – the UK's governing body for the sport – two special matches will take place on Saturday, June 30 at an event called International Polo in Suffolk.

Norfolk will go head-to-head in a derby match against Suffolk, before an international match featuring teams representing England and Australia.

Peter Over, Honorary Chair, Business Development Committee at Trinity Park, said: 'The popularity of polo has increased in recent years so we hope that hosting this event in Suffolk will help to raise its profile even more.

'Polo is a great spectator sport as it's fast-paced and exciting to watch, so International Polo in Suffolk will give local people the chance to come along and enjoy one of the world's oldest team sports.

'It will be a great day out for the whole family.

'The Hurlingham Polo Association very rarely ratifies a new venue, so we're honoured to have been given the chance to host polo at Trinity Park next year.'

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As well as the polo matches, there will be family entertainment and, of course, the half-time tradition of spectators heading onto the playing field and 'treading the divots' in readiness for the rest of the game.

There will also be a number of equestrian trade and information stands, making the day the perfect outing for horse-lovers and keen riders.

Tickets for International Polo in Suffolk cost �20 per car and will be on sale from the end of January.