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Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Bash Kazi, D.C. socialite, hurt in Brazilian polo match with Prince Harry

Prince Harry rushes to the aid of Bash Kazi, who fell off his horse while participating in the Sentebale Polo Cup in Campinas, Brazil, on Sunday. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)

(Update, 3/19: Prince Harry ‘such a gentleman,’ says Kazi)

A Georgetown socialite found himself in the international spotlight last weekend when he toppled off his polo pony — in front of Prince Harry.

Bash Kazi, a Pakistan-born defense contractor known for co-hosting parties with tech millionaire scenester Michael Saylor, was among the jet-setters who joined Britain’s third-in-line for a charity polo match in Brazil, on Sunday. The game was a stop on Harry’s South American tour promoting the London Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary “jubilee” year.

Bash Kazi hugs Prince Harry at the conclusion of the match. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)
Midway through the match, the 40-ish Kazi fell hard and was knocked unconscious. The 27-year-old prince, playing on the opposing team, showed his good sportmanship by jumping off his own horse and rushing to Kazi’s side.

“Harry was massaging his neck, making sure he was okay,” Ray Regan, a Washington polo enthusiast on the scene, told us. The game stopped as Kazi was taken away in an ambulance, but resumed after it was learned he would be okay. The prince’s team won 6-3, according to news reports.

(Update 3/19)

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