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Sydney’s Hawkesbury region played host to the 11th World Polo Championship in Richmond from 21 to 29 October 2017.


The event included polo matches, live entertainment, crowd participation activities and livestock education and was broadcast around the world.


Read the full media release.


The NSW Government has approved the Federation of International Polo (FIP) event under the Major Events Act 2009

The World Polo Championship was deemed a Major Event because:

  • the event was expected to draw crowds of up to 60,000 people over nine days. There would be international riders and their support teams, media from around the world, along with elite Australian horses, and local spectators
  • it was organised by the FIP, which is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
  • 100 international-level competitors from eight nation-based teams were competing for the world polo title.
  • the event would build Sydney’s reputation as a leading host-city for international sporting events.

Management Plan

The Department worked closely with organisers, the Environment Protection Authority, Roads and Maritime Services, police and other agencies, and Hawkesbury City Council to ensure all potential issues were considered and would be appropriately managed during the event.


A management plan ensured the smooth running of the event, including traffic management and access to the site, noise management, and waste management. The polo event was run according to the rules of the management plan.


The Department’s compliance team visited the site during the event to ensure the event was carried out in accordance with the plan.

Page last updated: 28/06/2018