Escape to the Country visits Cowdray Polo Club

Jonnie Irwin (left) and Chris Bethell at Cowdray Park Polo Club on Friday 20 September
Jonnie Irwin (left) and Chris Bethell at Cowdray Park Polo Club on Friday 20 September

COWDRAY Park Polo Club is taking a starring role in the BBC’s Escape to the Country.

Filming for its 14th series presenter Jonnie Irwin visited the club where he interviewed Lord Cowdray and was given some basic instruction in the sport by Cowdray and England player Tom Morley.

Once he had learned how to wield a mallet, another home-grown player, Adrian Wade, got him on board Mojo, one of his steadier polo ponies.

Before too long Jonnie’s mallet had made contact with the ball, although he admitted it was far more difficult than he expected: “It’s like playing golf from the back of a race-horse,” he said.

The production team then watched one of the semi-final matches in the Jaeger-LeCoultre Autumn Cup.

The programme features couples looking rural homes and Cowdray Park Polo Club was chosen as the attraction in an episode viewing properties in the Downs.