Richard Le Poer is the Earl of Tyrone and will one day become the 10th Marquis of Waterford and owner of Curraghmore House http://curraghmorehouse.ie/, County Waterford, Ireland. He explains his family’s Irish connection saying; “My family have lived in Ireland for over 800 years. We arrived in Ireland in 1167 as part of a small fleet of Norman Knights.”
Richard is a 5th generation polo player and former captain of the Young England Polo team. He says; “I learnt to play polo with the Berkeley Branch of The Pony Club when I was eight years old. My father played polo professionally so I grew up watching him and it was my passion from a very young age. I am 6 goals (of 10) now and aspire to match the highest ever handicap for a UK player which is 8 goals. The current highest UK handicap is 7 goals. I breed and buy young thoroughbred horses which I then train for polo. I consider myself a horseman first and foremost. Horsepower is the key to success in polo, up to 70% of a player’s ability can be attributed to the horses they ride. The best horses are competitive, skilled athletes themselves.
I play for a leading UK team called 4Quarters. Team owners and sponsors are the backbone of the sport. As a professional player it is important to spend time helping them get the most out of polo, without their support the sport would not survive.
During the British winter it is too wet to play polo, so I have to travel. I am going to Argentina at the end of this month and then to India for British Polo Day. Winston Churchill said; ‘Polo is a gentleman’s passport to the world’ and it really is. I have travelled all over the world with polo.”
Richard talks about Curraghmore House saying; “The estate has always been kept private. However, recently we have started working on ways to share its treasures with the outside world whilst retaining its historic wealth and charm. Whiskey has long been a passion in my family and following a long period of consultation involving some of the best whiskey makers far and wide, Curraghmore House Single Malt Irish Whiskey will be distilling from 2017.
The whiskey will be made from malted barley grown on the estate and water taken from the River Clodiagh which runs through the estate, and then it will be matured in the cellars of the house. The first 120 casks will be available to whiskey enthusiasts who will become the founding members of Curraghmore House Whiskey.”
With a wedding and a whiskey launch to look forward to in 2017, Richard talks about his polo plans for next year; “I am looking forward to playing the 2017 season with 4Quarters from April to September largely at Guards and Cowdray Park Polo Clubs and I’m hoping to make it onto the England team for the Royal Salute Coronation Cup and other test matches.”
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