Pomp and Polo – Noosa Country Polo Cup

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As style icon Ralph Lauren once said “The Polo player has elegance and imagination. It embodies a sophisticated luxury and timeless style.” This is precisely what we can expect at the Noosa Country Polo Cup event – elegance, luxury, style (and Bollinger), as Carlie Wacker discovers.

We can now add a premium event combining world-class polo, DJs, fashions on the field and champagne to the Noosa calendar.

The inaugural Noosa Country Polo Cup at the Noosa Country Polo Club is set to be a first-class experience located in the stunning foothills of Cooroy Mountain.

On a sporting level, this is the final event of the year on the Queensland Polo calendar attracting professional players with 8 teams vying for the Noosa Cup.

The location in our very own backyard is nothing short of spectacular and the perfect setting for the pomp and ceremony of one of the most ancient and noble of sports. Noosa Country Polo Club is a passion project for President Niall Coburn and his wife Illy – a culmination of a love of the sport and creating a world-class facility to coach the athletes and horses and present events to new and existing polo fans.

The not-for-profit Club is affiliated with the Queensland and Australian Polo Associations and is dedicated to developing and educating participants in the sport of Polo.

Niall, who learnt how to play Polo at 43 years and won the Puesto Viejo in Argentina 14 years later, says his vision was to make polo accessible to everyone.

“Our emphasis is on ‘country polo’ and enjoying the game, no matter what level you are at,” he said. “Thus our motto: ‘takes courage to encourage’. We provide weekly chukkas, clinics throughout the year, horse training and Polo lessons.”

Encouraging beginners and experts is one of the world’s best trainers, Simon Hill, who is known as “the gentleman of Polo” with a distinguished career in the UK and Australia.

He has been training local ambassadors Shaun Birley and Stefanie Acworth ready for the Cup! Shaun is an e commerce consultant and fashion and travel enthusiast with over 100,000 followers on social media. He has learnt to play polo in a fascinating journey which will see him go from having little horse-riding experience to competing in his first professional game at the Noosa Cup!

Stefanie is a travel writer with more than 37,000 followers. She is also a left-handed dressage rider who has been taken under the wings of the Queensland Polo Association to learn the art of polo and she will compete in the Car against Horse race! They’ll both be joining me to judge Fashions on the Field so frock up!

The Noosa Country Polo property offers a training field and the main stage – the Archibald Field – plus stunning traditional stables and tack room.

The Noosa Country Polo Cup is our chance to explore the sport of Kings (and Queens) and enjoy a luxurious afternoon of entertainment and who knows, you may be charmed into donning the jodhpurs yourself one day.

The day will consist of the Polo finals which can be viewed from VIP private marquees, the Premium Noosa Country Lounge or Peggy’s Square.

Dress in your finest attire, mingle with the players and superstars of the sport and learn about the most ancient and stately sports in the world.

Immerse yourself in the magnificent sport of Polo including the traditional stomping of the divots; men’s and women’s dash and Fashions on the Field.

This is a must-attend premium event!

Giddy Up for the CUP!

IN Noosa Magazine is thrilled to partner with the Noosa Country Polo Cup on Sunday 3 October!

From premium experiences to playful picnics, here’s what to expect with your ticket:

-Entry to the event

-Live entertainment including

-Fashions on the Field hosted by Tam Wrigley

-Interviews with the players

-Complimentary bus transfers

-Craft beer bars

Bookings are essential!

18+ licensed event
No BYO food or beverage allowed


Premium VIP Marquees

Polo field premium positioning

White picket fence marquee

Picnic style furniture

Corporate branded entrance sign

Complimentary glass of Bollinger Champagne on arrival

Beverage package including two bottles of Bollinger Champagne, craft beers and wines

Substantial canapés and small dishes by Spoon Fed Catering

Reserved car park per every 2 guests

Tickets are $395 per person


Noosa Country Lounge

White picket fence lounge with

shaded marquee and market umbrellas

Picnic style furniture

Beverage package including beer and wine

Substantial canapés by Spoon Fed Catering

Reserved car park per every 2 guests

$295 per person


Peggy’s Square Lawn Enclosure

Event big screen

Craft beer bars

Bollinger Champagne Bar

Food trucks

Picnic setting with shaded areas/umbrellas

$85 per person

Book Tickets


Here are the directions for the Polo Ralph Lauren Spring 2021 season:

Navy Nomad – women’s Polo Ralph Lauren

Spring is inspired by the glamour and spontaneity of travel, whether it be physical or a state of mind, especially given the current global climate. Creative Director Michael Rider has drawn on the idea of the woman who collects garments and keepsakes not only from her travels, but also from seemingly ordinary occasions made special by memories her collectibles evoke. This collection, grounded in navy, blues, and whites, is filled with beautiful pieces that will last a lifetime and can be styled in a myriad of different ways to reflect the unique style of each wearer. Classic nautical stripes come together with beautiful blue florals and plaids to create a familiar yet refreshing Spring line, accented by artisanal details like seashells and patchwork, unique to Polo Ralph Lauren.

Polo Club – men’s Polo Ralph Lauren

All-time Preppy Icons featuring beautiful, bold colour and seasonal favourites for warming weather. Polo match and equestrian-inspired prints and crests mix in alongside perennial Spring fabrics and patterns. Cool for Millbrook, better for Bleecker Street, Polo Club brings the stables to the city. Featuring bold colour across all categories, and effortlessly combining timeless casual and tailored elements, this collection depicts Ralph Lauren’s elevated prep sensibility with bohemian ease for an all-encompassing spring wardrobe.

Looking ahead to Summer 2021:

Garden Party – women’s Polo Ralph Lauren

Summer evokes the charm of a southern United States garden party. A cheerful colour palette of blues, pinks, and splashes of yellow channel sunny days, blue skies, and flowers in full bloom. Lightweight fabrications beckon to be worn outside. The collection is a mix of happy, preppy, traditional programs such as: checks, plaids, ginghams, and madras – as well as textural whites and sweet floral prints.

About the Author /

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Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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