Grand Champions-Casablanca saw hopes of winning its first tournament of the season end on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Joe Barry Memorial Cup at International Polo Club Palm Beach. In front of a packed house, Mt. Brilliant knocked off previously undefeated Grand Champions-Casablanca, 11-10, to advance into Sunday’s championship final against La Indiana, 10-6 winners over Tonkawa. It will be La Indiana and Mt. Brilliant’s first appearance in the tournament final.
In front of a packed house at International Polo Club Palm Beach, Grand Champions Polo Club’s remarkable journey in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup continued on Thursday. The first-year team, making its 20-goal debut this season, advanced into Wednesday’s semifinals with a hardfought 8-6 victory over Postage Stamp Farm. The foursome of Marc Ganzi, substituting for his son Grant, Nic Roldan, Inaki Laprida and Juancito Bollini was pushed to the limit by Postage Stamp Farm, also making its IPC 20-goal debut.
Grand Champions Polo Club is making the most of its 20-goal debut this season at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The foursome of Grant Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Inaki Laprida and Juancito Bollini remained undefeated Sunday in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup with an emotionally-charged 10-6 victory over Coca-Cola at Engel & Volkers Field. On a chilly afternoon with brisk winds gusting up to 25-miles per hour, Grand Champions jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it.
Grand Champions Polo Club won its’ team debut with a thrilling 12-11 victory over Goose Creek Thursday in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup. On a perfect day for high goal polo at International Polo Club Palm Beach, the foursome of Grant Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Inaki Laprida and Juancito Bollini, playing together for the first time, held off talented Goose Creek (Maureen Brennan, Peke Gonzalez, Tomas Garcia del Rio, Mariano Gonzalez) in both teams’ season-opener. “That was a tough team to play the first game of the season,” said Nic Roldan, one of America’s top-ranked players at eight goals. “I’m glad we won.
The much-anticipated 2017 winter season opens this week at Grand Champions Polo Club with a record number of teams, players and leagues.Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Polo Farm have put the finishing touches on the turnkey club’s eleven fields in anticipation of its biggest and best winter polo season.The nation’s largest, busiest and most innovative USPA-sanctioned polo club nestled in the heart of the world’s winter polo capital kicks off its seasonon Wednesday with its inaugural weekly Women’s League.
Grand Champions Polo Club’s 20-goal team will make its 2017 season debut Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The team of Grant Ganzi, 2, Inaki Laprida, 7, Nic Roldan, 8, and Juancito Bollini, 3, playing together for the first time, will compete in the eight-team Joe Barry Cup, the first of three 20-goal tournaments they are scheduled to play. Grand Champions Polo Club will play Goose Creek (Maureen Brennan, 1, Peke Gonzalez, 4, Mariano Gonzalez, 7, Tomas Garcia Del Rio, 8) in Bracket II play in Thursday’s first game at noon followed by Coca Cola against Postage Stamp Farm at 3 p.m.
Flexjet knocked off defending champion U.S. Polo Assn. to capture the World Snow Polo Championship for the first time Sunday at Rio Grande Park. In front of an overflow crowd including a sold out VIP tent and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, Flexjet, led by two first-time snow polo players, defeated U.S. Polo Assn., 7-4, to win the coveted trophy. Flexjet avenged last year’s 10-5 finals loss by dominating the four-chukker game.
Defending champion U.S. Polo Assn., making its third finals appearance in four years, will meet Flexjet Sunday in the World Snow Polo Championship at Rio Grande Park. The game will be televised by ChukkerTV at 1 p.m. MST (3 p.m. EST) to a worldwide audience. The consolation game featuring Audi and St. Regis will follow at 2:30 p.m. An overnight snow storm dumped two additional feet of snow in the arena.
It’s show time for the much-anticipated World Snow Polo Championship. In front of an expected sellout crowd and world-wide ChukkerTV audience, action gets under way Saturday at Rio Grande Park with two qualifying games. With a balanced field featuring some of the world’s top players, there is no clear cut favorite. For the fourth consecutive year, Aspen Valley Polo Club co-founders Melissa and Marc Ganzi will host the star-studded event along with polo ambassador and St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina.
ChukkerTV, worldwide leaders in polo broadcasting, will live stream the Dec. 17-18 World Snow Polo Championship. It is the second time the much-anticipated tournament will be live streamed in its entirety and exclusively by ChukkerTV. ChukkerTV, an independent media company based in Wellington, Fla. will capture the glitz, glamour and excitement of the two-day tournament. Entertaining polo announcer Dale Schwetz will provide play-by-play, colorful commentary and interviews throughout the tournament.
Some of the world’s best players, including top American player Nic Roldan, will compete in the Dec. 17-18 World Snow Polo Championship at Rio Grande Park in Aspen. For the fourth consecutive year, Melissa and Marc Ganzi, co-founders of Aspen Valley Polo Club, along with polo ambassador and St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina, will host the star-studded event. Figueras is one of the sport’s most popular and well-recognized players in the world.
On a picture-perfect day at Grand Champions Polo Club, the legacy of Carlos Gracida continued with the third annual Carlos Gracida Legends of Polo Memorial. In the opening game of the fall-season ending doubleheader, Aspen Valley (Tim Dutta, Mariano Gracida, Carlitos Gracida, Cali Garcia Valez) edged Grand Champions (Peter Rizzo, Weston Gracida, Martin Estrada, Tommy Biddle), for an emotionally-charged 6-5 victory. The four-chukker game honored Gracida, a Mexico City native, Wellington resident and frequent player at Grand Champions, who died tragically in February, 2014 at age 53.
Team USA remained undefeated with a hardfought 6-3 victory over upset-minded Uruguay to capture the fifth annual International Cup Saturday at Grand Champions Polo Club.In front of a packed house including a soldout VIP tent and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, Team USA’s Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Julio Arellano and Nic Roldan were pushed to the limit before claiming its fifth consecutive title.Team USA has now beaten England, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and Uruguay in international play at Grand Champions. Marc Ganzi, Arellano and Roldan were teammates last year.
Uruguay’s national team will take a huge step in increasing the sport’s popularity in its homeland when it plays Team USA in the fifth annual International Cup on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Grand Champions Polo Club. Making its debut in its first major international polo match in the U.S., Uruguay players know they are the underdogs against the four-time defending champion U.S. team. “It is an honor to represent our country in such an important game, we know our country will be watching,” said Mauricio Sanchez, who first played in the U.S. ten years ago.
Flexjet finished the 20-goal season undefeated with a thrilling come-from-behind 11-8 victory over Casablanca to capture the USPA National 20-Goal title Wednesday at windswept Grand Champions Polo Club. The talented foursome of Melissa Ganzi, Jason Crowder, Nic Roldan and Jared Sheldon rallied in the final two chukkers, outscoring Casablanca’s equally-talented foursome of Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Julio Arellano and JJ Celis, 6-1.