ROYAL COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE POLO CLUB
FOUNDED IN 1985
'The Berkshire' is best described as a marriage of polo / equine history and sheer 'Rock and Roll'
Our late founder Bryan Morrison, a distinguished businessman and music mogul in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, had a hand in the careers of none other than Pink Floyd, The Jam, The Bee Gees, George Michael and many more.
After unexpectedly becoming enamoured by Polo and the accompanying lifestyle; in 1985 he purchased a rundown estate with the vision and intent to convert the land into a lavish club that ran by its own rules. In 1986, just one year after he purchased the land, Morrison succeeded in the monumental task of converting the 220-acre estate into a fully functioning polo club with HRH The Prince of Wales opening the club as its first member.
HOME OF ENGLISH POLO
Interestingly, the estate was originally the site of the Windsor Forest Stud, a former racing yard that, in its heyday, sent its best runners to the neighbouring Royal Ascot just one mile away. To this day, the stud’s signature race rail and gallops remain on the grounds as a reminder of the Club's equine history. The marriage of the land’s prestigious horse racing history and Morrison’s 'Rock and Roll' legacy has given birth to an unquestionably modern club that holds true to the exhilarating spirit of Polo.
ROCK and ROLL HERITAGE
Morrison has been widely credited with revolutionising and re-popularising polo, with RCBPC serving as a crucible of change in the modern era of polo in the UK. Bryan’s son Jamie Morrison, the club’s current Chairman, is ensuring that the family love for the sport and the Club continues to be at the vanguard of polo, leading with its current extensive expansion programme, which will provide two new state-of-the-art fields, amongst many more exciting developments.
THE GAME of polo
An ancient game dating back to as early as 600 BC, polo was first played by military men in North Persia in preparation for the battlefield with as many as 100 men a side.
The word ‘polo’ has its roots in the Tibetan name for ball and also the root of the Tibetan ‘pulu’ willow tree, from which the balls were fashioned.Known as the ‘game of kings’, polo spread throughout Asia and then throughout the world, as primarily the pastime of nobility and warriors. The first European polo club was established in India by British tea planters in 1859, and before long, the sport became a standard part of a British cavalry officer’s training.