The Nedbank 2024 International Polo took place on 11 May at the illustrious Inanda Club. Founded in 1934, Inanda ranks as one of the most prestigious polo clubs in Southern Africa. Nestled in the heart of Sandton, the venue’s rich equestrian history provides an elegant backdrop for the country’s most anticipated polo event.

A triumph of skill from Argentina, the 2024 Nedbank International Polo event concluded with a breathtaking display of world-class athleticism, exquisite fashion following this year’s theme, ‘Couture on the Green,’ and unwavering sportsmanship. Hosted by Nedbank and the South African Polo Association at the prestigious Inanda Club in Johannesburg, the event surpassed all expectations.

H.E. Mr Claudio Perez Paladino of Argentina attended the prestigious event and was elated at his country’s success.

In a thrilling match that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Argentina emerged victorious, showcasing their trademark precision, agility, and strategic brilliance.

The main event was a showcase of sporting excellence. Spectators gathered to witness the culmination of intense competition between South Africa and Argentina. The field was alive with the thunderous sound of hooves and the crack of mallets as both teams delivered a masterclass in polo prowess.

Led by standout performances from Juan Lalor, Eduardo Zorrilla, Tomás Alberdi, and Juan Harriott, the Argentinean team left an unforgettable impression with their impeccable skill and unwavering determination.

Reflecting on the significance of the event, South African Polo Association President Guy Slater expressed his gratitude to both teams for their outstanding performance and dedication to the sport. ‘The Nedbank International Polo is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of tradition, camaraderie, and the timeless elegance of polo,’ remarked Slater. ‘I commend both teams for their exemplary display of sportsmanship and skill.’

The success of the 2024 Nedbank International Polo event would not have been possible without the generous support of the esteemed partners. Nedbank and the South African Polo Association extend heartfelt thanks to Bravo Brands, Rockwood, Stella Artois, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, Aperol, Life Day Spa, Manifest, Ultimate Provence, and EQUUS, as well as the Inanda Club, for their unwavering commitment and contribution to the success and prestige of this extraordinary event. Their support was instrumental in creating an unforgettable experience for players and spectators alike.

Buli Ndlovu, Executive Head of Retail and Business Banking Marketing at Nedbank, expressed her enthusiasm for the event and the continued partnership, stating: ‘The Nedbank International Polo represents a perfect blend of sporting excellence and community engagement. We are proud to support an event that celebrates tradition, fosters talent, and brings people together. Congratulations to both teams for an outstanding display of skill and sportsmanship.’

As the curtains closed on another remarkable edition of the Nedbank International Polo, anticipation builds for future events that will continue to showcase the best of polo to the world. With a legacy of excellence and a commitment to fostering the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie, the Nedbank International Polo remains a beacon of sporting excellence and cultural celebration.

by Marion Kate