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Polo pioneer Peter Grace dies at 74

Peter Grace

Peter Grace

Ascot Park polo club founder Peter Grace has died at the age of 74.

Grace died in his sleep at his home at Wood Hall in Sunningdale, Berkshire, on March 16, surrounded by his family.

The Grace family said in a statement: “Peter was an incredible person. He brought so much joy and happiness to so many people’s lives in many respects. He was a great man who did so much for people and yet expected very little in return. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, an incredible husband, and a treasured friend who cared for people in a very special way.

“We will all miss him dearly and remember him always with the greatest respect and the happiest of memories.”

The New Zealand born player was a life playing member of Guards Polo Club.

A show jumper of Olympic standard, Grace moved to England with his family in 1973 where he established his Rangitiki team at Cowdray Park and later founded the Rangitiki Polo School.

In 1976 he moved to the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, and founded his own club in 1988.

The Prince of Wales, in his forward to Peter’s book Introduction to Polo says “Peter is generally regarded as one of the best instructors that there is in polo.”

Peter Grace is survived by his wife, Elisabeth, and his four polo playing daughters Janey, Pippa, Victoria and Katie.

 

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