20 August 2017 | USA
Oak Brook Polo Club provided a warm welcome to the Indian Polo teams from Anandpur Sahib and Delhi Polo Club, contenders in the second match of the international Polo series.
Earlier in March this year, Oak Brooks visited India to play a series of matches with both the teams which coincided with the famous Hola Mohalla Festival of Sikh Community. Other teams from Jamaica and Great Britain are also invited to the International Polo series. The match on Sunday also featured entertainment and culture events performed by Kalashree Dance Academy and Anil Shama.
The Indian team was headed by Vikram Singh Lodhi, Owner of Delhi Polo and Riding Club who captained Shailendra Sign, Sachin Sarbalia, and Tarun Bilwal. Both former players are handicapped 0 and the latter possess a handicap of 2. While the Oak Brooks was spearhead by Jim Drury whose team comprised of Horacio Onetto, Tomas “Toto” Obregon and Mariano Gutierrez, all four Handicapped players. Both the teams were enmeshed in an astonishing battle of highly skilled sportsmanship and heart-throbbing maneuvering tactics to win the stunning silver cup. Indian team contended for the historic Butler cup which was on loan for the match from its current owner, Jorie Butler Kent.
Oak Brook Polo Club defeated India 7-4 to win the Butler Challenge Cup, the second match of the “International Series.” Over 600 spectators gathered at the Prince of Wales Field.
Oak Brook Polo Club also organized a luncheon and fundraising event to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Friends of Conversation (FOC) an organization which promotes sustainable natural resource management. It also collaborated with Desi Junction as the official Indian Media Partner of 2017 Butler Challenge Cup between Oak Brook vs. India Oak Brook Polo Club, founded by a charismatic Businessman Paul Butler in 1922, remains one of the oldest functional Polo Clubs in U.S.A and holds the fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. Oak Brook Polo Club, remembered as the Polo Capital, is the custodian of the majestic tradition of emotions and culture attached to the sport by continuously hosting many acclaimed international and national Polo tournaments.