However these two pros had to take a step back at the presentations and watch their team-mate, Martin Valent receive the Cartier Pegasus Trophy for the Most Valuable Player Award from HRH Prince Charles. Adolfo was rewarded with the Xtra Recordings Best Playing Pony Award for his own mare Mi Gatita, an eight-year-old Australian-bred mare.
HRH Prince Charles also presented the Ferguson Cup to the HPAâ€™s Most Promising Young Player of 2009 to Charlie Hanbury, who has had a fantastic season playing for the high-goal Apes Hill team. Hanbury was already in the presentation arena as he had been a member of the Prince of Wales Team, also supported by Audi, in the morning Golden Jubilee Trophy match. Honours in that game went to the Hurlingham team, which this year was backed by The Financial Times and was captained by Guards Polo Club Board member Chris Hyde.
This yearâ€™s Cartier International Day also marked the leading luxury brandâ€™s 25th anniversary of supporting this great sporting occasion and many leading stars from the worlds of stage and screen, including Anna Friel, David Threlfell, Gerri Halliwell, Damien Lewis, Piers Morgan, Rupert Penry Jones and Helen McCrory flocked to the Cartier Marquee to take part in the celebrations and enjoy a sumptuous lunch prepared by Anton Mosimann. Cartier first sponsored the International Day in 1984, when a Rest of the World team took the honours. Since then, Cartier International Day has grown to become the worldâ€™s largest spectator polo day. Leading players from across the globe have worn their national shirts with pride over the past 25 years and in recognition of the talent that has helped make International Day the event we know today, Cartier, in association with the HPA, created the Cartier 25th Anniversary Polo Award 2009. This inaugural trophy was presented to former
Argentina: Gustavo Usandizaga (3); Martin Valent (3); Adolfo Cambiaso (10); Facundo Pieres (10)
Hurlingham: Max Routledge (3); Satnam Dhillon (6); Tom Morley (6); Chris Hyde (6)
Prince of Wales: Charlie Hanbury (3); James Harper (6); Henry Brett (6); Nacho Gonzalez (6)