For the fifth year running, the Mercury Snow Polo Cup took place at the Otrada Equestrian Centre in Moscow on 16–17 February 2008.
Organised by the Russian Polo Club, Eventica and Underground PRO, the title Partner of the tournament was Mercury, the leading Russian luxury goods house.
The Mercury Snow Polo Cup, in its jubilee year, was marked by classic Russia weather: on both days of the event the temperature struggled to go above -15 degrees.
The severe conditions did not, however, put off the guests and participants who thronged to the Otrada Equestian Centre: for the fifth time, the event was host to prominent figures from politics, business and Moscow’s social scene who gathered to take part in this most traditional and glamorous of sporting occasions.
The Mercury Snow Polo Cup has now fully established itself amongst the ranks of the top-tier international winter polo events alongside Aspen (USA), Kitzbühl (Austria), Megeve (France), St. Moritz (Switzerland) and Cortina (Italy). Moscow can now join this elite list.
On 10 November 2008, a unique polo international match took place at the Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club between the Moscow Polo Club, and the renowned Dubai-based team, Al Habtoor, providing a social and sporting spectacle, attracting VIP guests from Russia, Dubai and around the world.
Played as part of the Russia Investment Roadshow programme in Dubai, the unprecedented event was attended by the crème de la crème. The event – which, like the Russia Investment Roadshow itself, was organised by Eventica – not only showcased the exhilarating sport, but also provided a relaxed opportunity for Roadshow delegates and guests to meet outside of the conference.
During the well fought out match, Mohammed Al Habtoor stroked in six goals off the total eleven scored by the Al Habtoor Team.
The game started with the Al Habtoor Polo Team scoring two quick goals in the first minute itself by 6-handicaper Fernando Bourdieu (Pipi) and Mohammed Al Habtoor.
The goals were equalised by the Moscow Polo Club and later Rashid Al Habtoor added to lead with 3–2 followed by Mohammed Al Habtoor who once again struck to take the score to 4–2 by the end of the first chukka.
On June 28 and 29, the sixth annual Mercury Polo Cup was held at the Otrada equestrian complex. Organisers of the event included the Russian Polo Club, Eventica, and Absolutpro, along with the Mercury, a traditional support of polo competitions.
Over two days of clouds and rain, four teams competed to win the title, with Beluga emerging the winner with a score of 5 to 1 over Villagio Estate.
This was not the first victory for Beluga this year on Russian soil: The team also won the Mercury Snow Polo Cup 2008, held at Otrada in February.
And 2008 has turned out to be a watershed year not only for the Beluga team but for Russian polo in general: Russian Polo Club Chairman Viktor Uako kicked off the competition with the announcement that the Mercury Polo Cup event is to join the World Polo Tour.