Los Amigos Red took advantage of cold shooting by Tonkawa to capture the Rocky Mountain Open Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club. Los Amigos Red broke open a deadlocked first half and scored five goals in the fourth chukker to pull away for the lopsided win against Tonkawa. Argentine 7-goaler Julio Novillo Astrada Jr., 43, one of five brothers whose family’s polo tradition spans more than 60 years in Argentina, was named Most Valuable Player.
After trailing at halftime, Aspen Valley Polo Club rallied to win the prestigious USPA National Arena Chairman’s Cup. The talented young trio of Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini and Lucas Lalor defeated Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Juan Bollini, Carlitos Gracida), 13.5-12, Thursday at blustery Aspen Valley Polo Club. “It means a lot to win,” Grant Ganzi said. “We hadn’t won anything all summer. We have played arena together for three years and play well together. We have great chemistry.
The summer polo tournament is winding down with two tournaments remaining at Aspen Valley Polo Club. Five teams will compete in this weekend’s Rocky Mountain Cup. Two preliminary games are scheduled for Friday. Flexjet plays Los Amigos Red at 11 a.m. at Sopris Mountain Ranch. At 3 p.m., Tonkawa, ChukkerTV and Los Amigos White will play a round robin at High Mesa Ranch. The final and subsidiary games along with a special Grooms’ Race are Sunday.
Molly Mitchell and her Eagle River Pony Club teammates have been counting the days until their first polo lesson at Aspen Valley Polo Club. “They are super excited about Saturday,” said Kim Mitchell, Molly’s mom. “The girls are beside themselves.” The four-year-old club with fifteen members, ages 9-15, got their first exposure to polo at the July 24th Basalt Handicap final at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
Aspen Valley Polo Club and Flexjet advanced into the championship final of the USPA National Arena Chairman’s Cup. Aspen Valley Polo Club’s trio of young up-and-coming players Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini and Lucas Lalor defeated La Karina, 12-2.5, and Sopris Mountain Ranch, 5.5-3, in the opening qualifier Tuesday at windswept Aspen Valley Polo Club.
Aspen Valley Polo Club will host the prestigious USPA National Arena Chairman’s Cup that gets under way Tuesday. The two-day, 8-12-goal outdoor arena tournament features several top players including arena-ranked 9-goalers Nic Roldan and Agustin (Tincho) Merlos, 8-goaler Julio Novillo Astrada and 7-goalers Tomacho Pieres and Juan Bollini. It is the first time the nation’s fastest-growing USPA polo club has hosted the event.
In front of a record crowd at Aspen Valley Polo Club, Steta Polo Team held on for a thrilling 12-11 victory over Flexjet Sunday in the final of the Mount Sopris Cup. Steta Polo Team (Guillermo Steta, Brian Boyd/Grant Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Carlitos Gracida) built a 9-3 halftime lead and then turned back a second-half rally by Flexjet to win its’ summer polo debut. Carlitos Gracida scored a team-high five goals and was named Most Valuable Player.
On a picture-perfect day for polo at Aspen Valley Polo Club, St. Regis won the inaugural Family Traditions St. Regis Polo Cup in thrilling fashion. Juan Bollini scored the game-winner through a crowd in front of the goal posts with less than thirty seconds remaining in the game to give St. Regis a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over Aspen Valley Polo Club. The unique format featured fathers and sons bonded by their passion for horses and polo, competing in a four-chukker game.
Guillermo Steta, president of the Mexican Polo Federation, returns to Aspen Valley Polo Club for this weekend’s Mount Sopris Cup. Steta, a frequent visitor to Aspen Valley Polo Club and its Wellington, Fla.-based sister club Grand Champions Polo Club, is spearheading the drive to get polo into the Pan American Games, the first step expected to pave the way for the sport’s return to the Olympic Games. The Pan Am Games is a major international Olympic-style sporting event that features 41 countries from North, Central and South Americas every four years.
In a fast-paced, hardfought round-robin tournament, ChukkerTV defeated La Karina, 9-6, to win the ChukkerTV Arena Challenge Cup Tuesday at windswept Aspen Valley Polo Club. The unique format of continuous play, win-or-go home and two-point goals from outside the 25-yard mark, produced one of the most competitive polo tournaments of the summer season.
After back-to-back rainout days, Aspen Valley Polo Club hosted what can only be described as a polopalooza. The busiest day of the summer polo season featured the final of the High Alpine Cup, two outdoor arena games, one indoor arena game, grooms’ race and first-of-its- kind Flying Golf Ball Contest pitting a polo player against two pro golfers.
Former Argentine 8-goal player Juan Bollini will make his summer debut in this weekend’s High Alpine Cup at Aspen Valley Polo Club. Bollini, a top player, coach and commentator, will compete for Flexjet, last week’s runner-up in the Emma Challenge. Bollini will be joined by Flexjet teammates Tomas Pieres, Melissa Ganzi, Riley Ganzi and Ace Boyd. Riley Ganzi and Boyd will split time playing.
Tonkawa came from behind in the sixth chukker with two clutch penalty goals to capture the Emma Challenge Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club. Argentine 9-goaler Agustin (Tincho) Merlos, the youngest of three Merlos brothers, converted two penalty-four, 60-yard goals including the game-winner to give Tonkawa a thrilling 7-6 victory over Flexjet.
In an exciting comeback, The Polo School Blue knocked off The Polo School Green, 5-4, in the USPA National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) Qualifier Saturday at Sopris Mountain Field. Rufino Merlos, the 9-year-old son of Argentine 9-goaler Tincho Merlos, rallied his team with three goals including the game-winner in the fourth and final chukker for the thrilling victory.
Aspen Valley Polo Club opened its doors to the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery and made history teaching them how to play polo. The monks took time out from their Mystical Arts of Tibet tour to learn foot mallet polo and play arena polo with some of the world’s top players including Argentines Tincho Merlos, Julio Novillo Astrada, Lucas Lalor and American Nic Roldan.