Karl Ude Martinez | Host | Presenter
This professional trained Actor/Presenter and Polo Player has had the performing bug running through his blood from the moment he was born. Karl is currently the main presenter for Sky Sports 'Polo Masters' series as well as presenting 'Horse Tails' for Discovery/Animal Planet for two series. He also presents for Horse & Country TV on Sky 280 as one of the main regular presenters.
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This professional trained Actor/Presenter and professional Polo player has had the performing bug running through his blood from the moment he was born! He started his riding career almost before he could walk. Coming from an equestrian background meant that he competed at an early age on the show-jumping circuit before moving up to bigger horses and developing a taste for eventing and team chasing. It was at school that he first tried polo – a sport that he currently plays professionally both in this country and overseas.
Karl is currently the main presenter for Sky Sports – ‘Polo Masters’ series interviewing the top players, celebrities attending matches including the likes of Pierce Brosnan, Tommy Lee Jones and Bill Nighy.
As a commentator for many international matches and a regular on the polo circuit he knows many people involved with the sport which often allows him a certain ‘insight’ not always available to all!
He was thrilled to have had the chance to present 2 series of ‘Horsetails’ for Discovery/Animal Planet. The series allowed Karl to travel the world investigating unusual events and stories connected with horses. The series followed such subjects as the ‘Gaucho’s in Argentina, To Spain and France following a unique horse race called the ‘Fish Race’
He is one of Horse and Country TV main presenters on SKY 280 and Last season saw him hosting the coverage of The Royal Show, The Three Day British Equine Event at The National Agricultural Centre, the London International Horse Show held at Olympia 2008 and The British Open Show Jumping Championships 2007/ 2008/2009 at the NEC.
Karl has worked as a co-presenter for Live Fashion Shows in 2009 with co-hosts such as Ruby Wax and Geoff Banks, hosting Wolford and Armani London Fashion events. Recently, he hosted a press launch with the worlds media for world-renowned Asha Bhosle, the legendary Indian artiste who selected Birmingham as the home for her first UK based Indian restaurant and bar, Asha's.
He has also been involved in promoting the BT's vast involvement as one of the main sponsors behind Olympic coaching in the young with a view to the Olympics 2012 coming up. He presented their promotional BT Coaching Olympic Education Corporate Film for multimedia and DVD; being filmed all around iconic landmarks in London and the progressing Olympic site.
As well as a very skilled horseman Karl is also a keen all round sportsman. He regularly, [injuries allowing] plays rugby, football and is a keen skier. He is a great fan of all extreme sports and is always keen to learn a new sport to any level. What spare time he has left is taken up with helping to run a professional action-packed jousting stunt team that he founded called ‘The Knights of Middle England’ for the last 14 years they have toured the UK and Europe performing their action packed stunt shows. These days due to work pressures Karl allows others to do the touring and he now takes more of a back seat.
Karl’s exploits and constant traveling over the years has allowed him to use his language skills. He speaks fluent French, Italian and with his frequent trips to Argentina some Spanish. He has bags of charisma and charm and will always strive to meet any new challenges in any areas. He is keen to broaden his brief away from just presenting equestrian based programming. He is up for any challenges that presenting might offer him.