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Cowdray Park Polo Club opens its 2012 season on 28th April with a full programme of low, medium and high goal polo and the introduction of two new tournaments at four and six goal level. The first major fixture of the season will be on Saturday 19th May, when England takes on the USA in The St. Regis International Cup, the first of the UK's three senior home internationals of 2012. The Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship opens on 19th June with over 40 matches in prospect in the run-up to the Final on Sunday 15th July. The fabulous golden trophy, played at Cowdray Park since 1956, is the most coveted prize in polo and the tournament ranks alongside the Argentine and US Opens in world polo terms. On the first weekend of the British Open tournament, the club marks its enviable location at the heart of the South Downs National Park by presenting the South Downs Polo Day and its feature match, The Midhurst Town Cup, on Sunday 24th June. The following Sunday, 1st July, the Cooch Behar Cup is the feature presentation of the weekend. Four quarter final matches take place over Saturday and Sunday 7th/8th July, with the Argentine Ambassadors Cup the feature match on Sunday 8th July. Semi Finals of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup, one of Cowdray Park's most popular occasions, take place on Thursday 12th July. The Final, when up to 15,000 spectators attend, takes place on 15th July. Polo at Cowdray Park is surprisingly affordable. For the majority of the season, admission is free on weekday afternoons. At the weekends or on Bank Holidays there is an admission charge of 5 pounds per person. Parking is free. There is an admission charge of 5 pounds per person for all weekday matches of the Gold Cup. Spectators are able to check the website www.cowdaypolo.co.uk or call the Polo Office on 01730 813257 for information on admission charges for the The St. Regis International Cup, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and the Final of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup, when tickets can be pre-booked. Visitors are welcome to picnic at either of the two Cowdray Park polo complexes situated at the Cowdray Lawns at Midhurst or 3.5 miles away at Ambersham. The Sat Nav reference for Cowdray Lawns is GU29 0AJ and for Ambersham GU28 0PR The 2011 season saw a total of 515 matches being played. The 2012 season looks to be no less busy.