Sunday, June 19, 2011

Polo is your passport to the world





Nacho Figueras Argentinian  world champion Polo Player and model for Ralph Lauren
"Polo is your passport to the world "  Sir Windston Churchill.

Polo was first played in 1863 at the Calcutta Polo Club, which proudly holds the title of being the oldest Polo club in the world still in existence.

The Royal Jaipur Team Challenge at "Polo for Heart in Toronto" welcomed Jaipur royalty and a Princess yesterday.  This annual fund raising event has been in progress for 32 years at the Toronto Polo Club.  A group of long time friends joined us on for this day of joy, laughter, learning, entertainment and delicious food and we have some new friends too.

Fashion television star, Jeanne Beker interviewed Helen Tilston between her on air commentry


Nacho Figueras
Nacho Figueros from Argentinia and a world champrion polo player he is also Ralph Lauren's top model.
He is handsome, talented and kind hearted - here he poses with our friend Lesley Plaza
Nacho Figueros and Lesley Plaza at Polo Toronto 2011



Our new friends Lesley and Erica have promised to join us same time, same place, next year at Polo for Heart.  Will you please join us too.
Nacho Figueras

34 comments:

  1. Hello Dear Helen:
    Soon, oh so soon, you will have forgotten us all, swept up in the whirlwind of Polo, Pimms, Picnics and Princesses to inhabit a world where paints will be replaced with ponies, canvas with couture, and plein-air with parties. Bloggers, universally, will be bereft.

    But it all looks so splendid and wonderfully grand. May we attach ourselves as man and woman in waiting, to receive and hold the flowers on your behalf? We promise not to eat peas with our knives!!

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  2. Dear Helen,

    What an exciting day this must have been. I have never been to game of Polo myself, but It looks like an interesting game. If only for the horses and the handsome men ;-)!

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

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  3. I often pass bye the polo club here in Houston and always strain to see as much as I can. Polo is very fascinating. The sport, the gorgeous horses and yes, quite often the handsome men. What a marvelous benefit and what a fun time for all.

    Happy Sunday ~ Deb

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  4. Oh my goodness Helen, I am speechless! But fortunately I can still type, so am able to let you know how wonderful I think all of this is. And how amazed I was to read on my post, that you have met the Royal family at both Buckingham Palace and St James Palace too.
    If Jane and Lance have offered their services in waiting, perhaps Spotty and I could be your personal horse guard?
    Abby xx

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  5. Dearest Lance and Jane,
    How could I ever forget you.I know I took leave of my senses for a day but neither Princes, ponies, pimms nor nachos nor figueros could replace my half french easel and I will be back in the art world tomorrow.

    I did, however, relish and enjoy the thought of you both as my couple in waiting but can I trust you with my flowers. I know that flowers (and gardens) are your expertise and my flowers might end up dried and hanging in your beautiful home in Budapest. Your comment about peas being eaten with a knife made me smile. I remember one time being at a formal dinner where port was served. The port bottle is passed and must never rest on the table, the protocol is to receive the port bottle with the left hand, pour with your right, pass to the person's on your right. Simple but stressful when the occasion has people present who have ladies in waiting.

    Thank you for your delightful note, it is so beautifully written.
    Helen xx

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  6. Hello Madelief
    I believe you would very much enjoy the game of polo and yes that players are handsome and athletic and so beautifully groomed too.
    Who knows perhaps next year you will join us
    I shall hold that nice thought
    Helen x

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  7. Hi Deb Dumbwit Tellher
    Stop in to a polo match when your schedule allows, it is most entertaining and interesting.
    It is a refined sport and people are on their best behavour.
    Thanks for visiting
    Helen xx

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  8. Hello Abby @Spotty Pony
    Your comment has me beaming. I can imagine nothing better than you and Spotty and Lance and Jane all fussing about and visiting me. We would find a meadow of the most verdant green grass for Spotty and a picnic with the finest high tea for us.
    Thanks for your thoughtful comment
    Helen xx

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  9. What a wonderful event ... and I must say, rather wonderful men too! Maybe trailing after Lance, Jane and Abby, I could profer lace hankies to you for you to drop at the feet of the dashing and eligible polo players!

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  10. I've never been to a polo match and I feel like I've been missing out! As a horse lover that seems remiss! Especially if polo players look like that mangod. Yum.

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  11. Jane @ Vintage Jane
    How you have made me smile with that thought of lace hankies. Wan'nt it Kitty O'Shea who did that to lure Charles S Parnell? It would be lovely to have you join with Lance, Jane, Spotty and Abby. Thanks for the creative input

    Helenxx

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  12. Hi Katie

    As a horsewoman you would particularly love polo. It is a beautiful sport and the players are attractive gentlemen too.
    Have a great week Katie
    Helen

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  13. Oh my Helen, the circles you move in! Looks like tremendous fun. Couldn't you persuade the gorgeous Nachos to sit for you? Love Linda x

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  14. Linda - Flowers on my table

    It was a wonderful day Linda. I am sure the handsome Nacho would have joined us but darn it he had to work!
    He did show off a bit when he passed by us as he played polo! ha
    Helen xx

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  15. I have never been to a polo game before but I am glad you had a wonderful time! And the polo player/ model is very handsome, too!

    Thanks for visiting my blog regularly and leaving sweet comments. I really appreciate it. :)

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  16. Hi Jessie from Mix and Chic

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I truly appreciate hearing from you. I enjoy your blog very much.
    Helen

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  17. OMG Helen, I just watched the video on your treasure and it was so touching. I had chills. What a amazing childhood and family you had!
    I loved every minute of it. Your painting captures it beautifully. I loved it before you even spoke of it...
    Thank you for dropping by my blog so I could find you and your treasure.
    Thank you for sharing it and yourself!
    Lots of Love,

    Terri

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  18. Helen, remember when I said I thought your picnic basket was better looking than Prince Charles? Well... I think that Number one must now go to Nacho. He IS better looking than your picnic basket and Prince Charles just doesn't stand a chance, but... has a nicer, more sophisticated name than Nacho!
    Sorry, Helen... I'm just having a bit of fun! Hope you don't mind!

    You are a very lucky lady, indeed!

    ANNA

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  19. Hello Terri at La Delfina
    Thank you for your kindness and taking time to watch My Treasure video. Yes, Terri I am truly blessed to have had such great parents and an idyllic upbringing. Thanks for validating my art work, such a compliment coming from a designer such as yourself Terri. Looking forward to visiting your future blogs.

    Lots of Love,
    Helen

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  20. Hello Anna
    Indeed I do remember your comment on HRH Prince Charles versus the picnic basket. Ha Ha. Anna I love your humour and enjoy seeing your comments on other blogs. Nacho is a rather unusual name and I wornder th origin. What do you feel would be an appropriate name for him? (please not paella)
    Nacho is a gentleman too and not just handsome.
    Helen

    You are a very lucky lady, indeed!

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  21. Thank you for your kind comment Helen....I thought I had been living the high life with Pimms and champagne in Paris, but you have been too with gorgeous Polo players in Toronto!
    Julie x

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  22. Hello Helen!
    Thanks for leaving a nice comment, which has led me to your blog! What a hunk Nacho is! My Mum would tell you that Argentina is full of handsome men such as he - she grew up and married my Dad there after all! One time I flew out there, the Argentine polo team were on the same plane! Shame I was a shy girl in my twenties...

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  23. Oh, Helen! I'm so glad you don't mind my sense of humour. I can be very silly, at times.
    Anyway! I actually discovered that Nacho is a diminutive form of the Spanish name Ignacio. There you go!

    I can't think of another name for him. Nacho is quite nice, really...it kind of "grows" on you!

    CIAO...

    ANNA

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  24. Lovely post on a lovely sport!
    Nacho is divine, isn't he?
    I'm your newest follower!

    --Lee Ann
    http://thefrenchmaidsplace.blogspot.com/

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  25. Hi Julie- nice of you to stop by. Yes your life in Paris sounded so interesting so happy you are living your dream. Yes we had so much fun at Polo and those handsome players were an added bonus! ha
    Helenxx

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  26. Hi Alix
    How interesting that your parents are Argentinian. What a small world that being that you would travel on the same plane as the Polo team.
    Argentina is on my list of places to visit.
    Thanks again for your kind comments and here's to friendship
    Helen xx

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  27. Hello Again Anna
    How interesting that your researched Nacho's name and it is little Ignatia
    I agree his name grows on one.
    His parents gave him this name so we will respect it.

    My best Helen

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  28. Hello Lee Ann @ French Maid
    Thank you for commenting and thanks again for becoming a follower. Yes Nacho is a handsome man and a wonderful athlete.
    Helenxx

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  29. What a wonderful event you had attended, dear Helen! Friends, laughter, delicious food - what a joyful time for you and your friends!

    Thank you for your nice comment on my post!

    Laura

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  30. What a beautiful life Helen,

    That Nacho is so good looking who cares if he plays good or not :)
    I am a big fan of Polo so is my daughter!

    I went over and looked at you art page and could see that I would be enamored with your works, would love to sit and watch you paint taking with me what you inspire.

    Thank you for your way to kind comment you left while visiting me over at my peaceful place of shelter.

    I will check in on you soon!

    "Merci de partager votre beauté"
    xoxo
    Dore

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  31. Hello Laura @ Luxe interiors


    Thanks for the visit. Yes indeed it was a marvelous day and all the right combinations as you said. To friends and friendship
    Helen xx

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  32. Helen...what a fun day. I can't say that I have ever been to a Polo match but it sure looks entertaining.....and the model/player is so cute :)

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  33. Hello to Sherry Hart

    I feel you would enjoy polo and the entire atmosphere. Thanks for stopping by
    My best
    Helen

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  34. Hello Dore at Burlap Luxe

    Thank you for your visit and kind comments. I am delighted that you and your daughter enjoy Polo.
    I would be thrilled to have you join me one day when I paint. That would be a lot of fun, painting and chatting.
    Have a wonderful Sunday
    Helenxx

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