Richard John de la Poer Beresford was born August 19th 1987. He is the son of the Earl of Tyrone and the grandson of the 8th Marquis of Waterford. The Beresford family is one of the oldest polo playing dynasties in the world. Lord William Beresford, is believed to be the first Beresford to play polo in the 1920s, when he was stationed in India, with his regiment, the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers. The 8th Marquis of Waterford and Richard’s Great Uncle, Lord Patrick Beresford, played in the last all English team to win the Gold Cup in 1969. Richard’s father the Earl of Tyrone and his uncle Lord Charles Beresford continued to distinguish the family on the polo field with extremely successful careers maintaining handicaps of 4 and 7 goals. Charles was also a regular England international during the height of his career.
Richard developed a passion for polo and horses from an early age, as he spent his early childhood watching his father play the game and train a string of polo ponies. Knowing that he wanted to be a professional player, he joined the Berkeley Pony Club in Gloucestershire age 9. Within the year, he was competing in national pony club championships, winning the National Under 11 Jorrocks Championship in his first year. By the age of twelve, Richard was playing alongside Prince William and Mark Tomlinson at the renowned Beaufort Polo Club. From 2003 through 2006, Richard was Captain of the Harrow School Polo Team. In 2004, Under his stewardship, Harrow beat the Eton Polo team for the first time in 13 years.
When Richard left Harrow he was offered a year’s contract with Kerry Packer’s prestigious high goal team, Ellerston. The team got to the final of the Queen’s Cup at Guards Polo Club and the semi-finals of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club. Richard also had the opportunity to captain the English Under 21 National Team from 2007 to 2009, playing against Chile, Australia and South Africa. Richard has travelled extensively playing polo in Argentina, America, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland (on snow in St Moritz) and Thailand. He has just returned from playing in China where he was part of the squad that won the 2014 FIP World Cup on Snow.
During the English season, Richard keeps his horses in Berkshire at Emsworth Polo Grounds. Richard is a member of Cowdray Park Polo Club in West Sussex and Guards Polo Club in Berkshire where he plays in high, medium and low goal polo as well as managing his own string of ponies and his young horse breeding and training operation.
He is currently a worldwide ambassador for La Martina and Guards Polo Club.