Haydon Angel Jewel
Featured Image: Haydon Angel Jewel (Mi Gatita) [Haydon Emerald-Haydon Drawn] continues her global travels going back to America in 2016. Adolfo Cambiaso is playing her here to win a third US Gold Cup.
This is about a famous Hunter Valley horse; not a person. Bred in the Upper Hunter Valley by Peter and Ali Haydon ‘Haydon Angel Jewel’ (Haydon Tourmaline ex Haydon Drawn) has been acknowledged as the ‘World’s Best Polo Pony’. Played by the ‘world’s best Polo Player’ Adolfo Cambiaso ‘Haydon Angel Jewel’ has been retired to his stud farm and he will be breeding from her in Argentina. He was described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the greatest sportsman you’ve never heard of’ on December 8th 2014 following yet another stellar victory by his team La Dolfina. The imperious sportsman repeated the dose in his 16th victory in the Argentina Polo Open in December 2016; 12 Open victories in succession. Adolfo Cambiaso has a more than fleeting connection with the Hunter Valley having played for Kerry Packer’s Ellerston White/Ellerstina Teams during his early career.
Haydon Angel Jewel has recently been inducted into the International Polo Hall of Fame. A special video on the Haydon Family’s excellent website depicts the amazing historical journey by the mare to win every major Polo Tournament in the world. I’ve just received the Weekend Australian supplement ‘Beersheba: Legend of the Light Horse’. It’s intriguing to speculate that both ‘Midnight’ (Major Guy Haydon Beersheba 1918) and ‘Haydon Angel Jewel’ (Adolfo Cambiaso, ‘La Dolfina’, Argentina 2018) are from the same seed stock at Blandford NSW.
I have it on good authority the Scone Horse Festival Committee will institute a new category in 2018 equivalent to the Horse Week ‘Human’ VIP. The champion horse (all breeds) will be celebrated for the first time at the Scone Horse Festival in May 2018: Hunter Valley Horse of the Year. It’s a first-up dilemma of staggering proportions. Is Haydon Angel Jewel superior in her category to WINX in hers’? I’m just musing.