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Julian Hipwood

Julian Hipwood (born 23 June 1946)[1] is a British polo player and coach.[2][3][4]


He was born and raised in the Cotswolds, England.[5] He started his career playing association football and gradually moved on to polo.[5]

He won the Barrantes Memorial Tournament and played on the winning team of many of Royal Palm Polo Club's 26-goal Sunshine League tournaments.[3][4][5] In 1977-1978, he played with the Fort Lauderdale team, alongside captain Jack Oxley and players Jamie Uihlein, Bart Evans, Juan Bautista Castilla, Lito Salanito and Tom Harris.[5] In 1978, he was a finalist in the Argentine Open, the first Englishman to do so.[3] He played on the Southern Hills team that won the 1980 U.S. Open Polo Championship, but was sidelined due to an injury.[3]

From 1981 to 1984, he won the 30-goal World Cup five time.[3][4] In 1996, he won the United States Polo Association Monty Waterbury Cup and Heritage Cup.[3][4] He was also the captain of the English National team winning the Coronation Cup six times, and the British Gold and Queen's Cups.[3][4]

He later reconverted to a polo coach.[3] He has coached the UK teams of George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven and London-based French businessman Jérôme Wirth.[2] He also coached the Coca-Cola team, which won the U.S. Open Championship in 2002.[3]

He lives in the United States.[3][4] He was inducted into the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame on 12 February 2010.[3]

His daughter Accalia Hipwood is a radio presenter.[citation needed] Currently co-hosting the Radio 2 Breakfast show with Kenny & Accalia in Dubai.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2014. Mr Julian Hipwood, England polo captain, 1971–91, 65
  2. ^ a b Yolanda Carslaw, 'Who’s who among polo’s star attractions', in The Financial Times, July 23, 2010 [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame inductee
  4. ^ a b c d e f Hurlingham Polo Association Archived 2010-08-23 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b c d Ed Walczak, 'Ex-soccer star Julian Hipwood turned to polo', in Boca Raton News, March 23, 1978 [2]

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