About Victoria Grace

Victoria is ranked joint # 1 women polo player worldwide in mixed polo with a USPA 3-Goal Outdoor handicap.

Victoria is a world-renowned professional polo player and internationally acclaimed polo coach, competing both nationally and internationally, and coaching clinics wherever she is playing. Although Victoria coaches both men and women alike of all ages, she specifically focuses on encouraging women to improve their game and achieve their greatest playing potential out on the ground.

Victoria started playing polo when she was about 9 years old and represented England internationally when she was 17 years old, captaining the U21 Team to the East Coast of the U.S., where they won 7 out of the 8 matches played. Victoria has continued to play as an amateur and then professionally, at the highest levels of the sport, around the world.

After graduating from Bristol University with a Bachelor of Science, Victoria decided to make a career in polo and co-founded, alongside her father Peter Grace OBE, the Ascot Park Polo Club. As managing director, Victoria focused on the growth and development of the members polo club and the training centre, which became the largest training centre in the world for polo, teaching over 2,500 people each year how to play and improve their game.

Victoria was vice-chairman of the International Women’s Polo Association whose prime aims were to encourage and promote more women to learn and play polo worldwide and improve their game.

Victoria pioneered and established the Corporate ‘Learn to Play’ and ‘Have a Go’ polo days as a unique event for the hospitality and team-building industry in the UK.

Victoria currently divides her time between Sheridan, Wyoming, and England, with her husband Rob Day, a businessman, politician and author of the book “Real Leadership Matters – How We Choose Our Leaders and Why” (www.RealLeadershipMatters.com), and their two children Charlie and Cecily Day who are at University in the UK.

The Grace Family

Victoria’s father, Peter Russell Grace (1938 – 2013), was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to polo. An OBE is an order of chivalry established in 1917, recognising merit, gallantry and service. Honours are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community and played a distinguished role in their field. The OBE award to Peter Grace is unprecedented in history, being the first honours awarded to a figurehead of polo.

Peter was the author of the book “Polo”, with a foreword by King Charles who wrote that “Peter is generally regarded as one of the best instructors that there is in polo”.

Victoria is one of four sisters, who were known as “The Amazing Graces”, when they competed as the only all-sisters polo team in the world.

In 2009, three generations of Graces played in ‘Polo in the Park’, London, when Victoria and her three sisters played against their father Peter Grace and her nephew Maximillian Nastasi-Grace in the “Battle of the Sexes”.

Polo has been part of the Grace family for generations. Margarita Celia Grace was married to John Shaffer Phipps (1874 – 1958) and their son Michael Grace Phipps achieved a 10 goal rating and competed at the highest level, including the Westchester Cup, US vs UK, in 1936 and 1939. Michael’s granddaughter, Cecelia Cochran is an avid polo player and great ambassador for women’s polo.

Russell Grace Corey (former 6 goal player) has played polo around the world and his father Alan Lyle Corey Jr (1917 – 1998) achieved a 9 goal rating and won the US Open in 1940,1941,1950, 1953 and 1954.