Hugh Dawnay

Major Hugh Dawnay (17 December 1932 – 28 May 2012) was a polo player and author.[1][2]

Hugh Dawnay
Born(1932-12-17)17 December 1932
Died28 May 2012(2012-05-28) (aged 79)
Spouse(s)Maria Ines Cermesoni
(m. 1971–2012; his death)
ChildrenDavid and Sebastian


Hugh Dawnay was born on 17 December 1932 to the Olympic polo player David Dawnay and Lady Katharine Nora de la Poer Beresford.[1] He was educated at Eton College.[1] He was a Major in the British Army 10th Royal Hussars where he began his polo career, reaching a 3-goal handicap, eventually captaining both his regimental team and the British Army polo Team.[2] After leaving the army he became a polo coach.[2]

He ran his own polo school and club, the Whitfield Court International Polo Vision School in Waterford, Ireland between 1976 and 2002.[2] Well known internationally, he visited 15 different countries on coaching trips.[3] He conducted 10 annual polo clinics at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club starting in 1983. He also served as the British Army polo coach.[citation needed]

He married Maria Ines Cermesoni in 1971, they had two sons David and Sebastian.[1] He died on 28 May 2012.[2]



  • Polo Vision


  1. ^ a b c d "Person Page 6194". Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Major Hugh Dawnay dies, Polo Times, 28 May 2012
  3. ^ "Polo - USA vs. Canada @ Costa Careyes Mexico | PoloZONE". 9 March 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2012.