Peter Grace OBE was the founder of Ascot Park Polo Club. Originally a show jumper of Olympic standard, Peter was first introduced to polo in his native New Zealand. In 1973 he and his family moved to England where he established his Rangitiki team at Cowdray Park and later founded the Rangitiki Polo School. In 1976 he moved to the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, where the school has provided the basis of the expansion of polo in this country.
His careful attention to the intricacies of the polo swing and his ability to enlighten and inspire enthusiasm in even the most unlikely participant in this enthralling sport have earned him a world-wide reputation as a brilliant instructor. This reputation and an increasing demand for polo playing facilities prompted him to found his own club in 1988. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, in his foreword to Peter's book 'Polo' says "Peter is generally regarded as one of the best instructors that there is in polo."
Peter and his wife Elisabeth, and with the help of their four polo playing daughters Janey, Pippa, Victoria and Katie, had succeeded in changing the face of polo in the UK. With four daughters, Peter was a great supporter of Women's Polo and Ascot Park is home to the International Women's Polo Association, founded by Pippa Grace.