Richard John De La Poer Beresford was born August the 19th 1987.
The Beresford Family is one of the oldest polo dynasties in the world. The first Beresford believed to play polo was Lord William Beresford who was in the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers. Lord William took up polo while in India with his regiment in the late 1920’s. Richard’s grandfather The Marquis of Waterford and his great uncle Lord Patrick Beresford where in the last all English team to win the gold cup in 1969.
With the polo blood running through his veins, Richard developed a very early passion for the sport and he decided from an early age that he wanted to be a professional polo player.
Aged 9, he joined the Berkeley Pony Club in Gloucestershire and was competing in national pony club championships almost immediately, winning The National Under 11 Jorrocks Championship in his first year.
By the age of 12 Richard had already begun playing adult polo. His team mates included Prince William and Mark Tomlinson (who is now in the English National team) at the renowned Beaufort Polo Club.
He Captained the Harrow School Polo Team between 2003 and 2006. In 2004 The Harrow Polo Team captained by Richard beat Eton for the first time in 13 years.
After Leaving Harrow, Richard decided to make polo his career and was offered a year’s contract with Kerry Packer’s high goal organisation Ellerston. The team got to the final of the Queen’s Cup at Guards and the semi-finals of the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club.
Richard has also captained the English Under 21 National Team 2007 to 2009 playing against Chile, Australia and South Africa.
Since then, Richard has travelled extensively with polo playing in Argentina, America, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Switzerland.
During the English season Richard is stabled in Berkshire at Emsworth Polo Grounds and is a member of Cowdray Park Polo Club in West Sussex where he plays in high, medium and low goal polo as well as managing his own string of polo ponies and his extensive young horse operation.