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July 16, 2013updated Aug 07, 2013

CHARRIOL Ladies Open at Polo de Paris

By Chris Boyle

CHARRIOL resizedThe Spring 2013 version of the Ladies CHARRIOL Cup, a women’s only polo event, was held on June 20 and June 26 at the Polo de Paris.

The Open Ladies Polo de Paris, a major event in women’s polo, took place this year under the aegis of the Swiss watchmaker CHARRIOL. As leading partner in this international competition, a Charriol’s all-women team flew the flag for the brand, sporting Charriol’s iconic purple livery. During the competition, with a level of 4/8 goals, four women’s teams met on June 26th on the lawns of Bagatelle, at the prestigious Paris polo club.

After welcoming the participants on June 20, guests were able to visit the magnificent rose gardens in the grounds of Bagatelle, before reconvening for the competition on June 26. In this charming and bucolic nine-acre setting, the elegant female players from the four competing teams demonstrated courage and tenacity and rose to the challenges of this exceptional sport.

Cocooned in a magical place, away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, these distinguished riders combined grace with a fighting spirit, a symbol for the Charriol brand, which strongly highlights the women’s champion’s values and is proud to be associated with this iconic event. 

Lead by Mary Olga Charriol, the brand is celebrating its 30th anniversary and wishes to highlight women’s causes via the women’s only polo event, the Ladies Charriol Cup. Following the Charriol-sponsored Polo Masters tournament, which took place in Mègeve last winter, Bagatelle represents the spring version of this event, and a similar tournament is scheduled in Saint-Tropez this summer. Women’s polo is a true vocation for these extraordinary players, requiring discipline, class and attitude. Reserved for very skilled horsewomen, the players expressed their femininity whilst being at one with the horse; an attitude that sums up the Charriol motto: “The art of living differently – with a woman’s touch.” 

This event provided Marie-Olga Charriol an opportunity to contribute to a female cause that she holds dear, by teaming up with Rose magazine. Rose is a premium quarterly publication par excellence available free to women with cancer.

Having been very touched by this venture, Marie-Olga Charriol thought it only natural to organize a raffle during the tournament, with prizes helping to generate funds for the magazine and raise awareness around this cause. Charriol, which is active in the fields of watchmaking, jewelry and accessories, was able to promote the exceptional sport of Polo while contributing to this struggle.

“I fundamentally believe that it is in giving to others that we realize what we have,” said Marie-Olga Charriol.


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