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.
Jason Crowder, Jerod Sheldon and Jesse Bray made the move from California to Wellington to play polo at Grand Champions Polo Club this fall and are loving every minute. The trio grew up playing together in California but agree the better players, fields, money and opportunity are at Grand Champions. Crowder and Sheldon compete Wednesday for Flexjet in the final of the USPA National 20-Goal Tournament at 1 p.m. The pair will join teammates Melissa Ganzi and Nic Roldan.
The United States and Uruguay will meet Saturday in the prestigious International Cup at Grand Champions Polo Club. Team rosters were finalized and announced Sunday with some of the world’s top players competing. Nic Roldan and Julio Arellano, the nation’s top-rated players at eight goals, will join father and son Marc and Grant Ganzi on the U.S. roster in the annual battle for the coveted cup. It will be the second time in two weeks Grant Ganzi, 18, will represent the U.S.
In a much-anticipated showdown, Casablanca and Flexjet will meet Wednesday for the USPA National 20-Goal Championship at Grand Champions Polo Club. Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, A, Jason Crowder, 6, Nic Roldan, 8, Jared Sheldon, 4) will play Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, 1, Juancito Bollini, 3, Julio Arellano, 8, JJ Celis, 4) in the championship final at 3:30 p.m. Runners-up Audi and KIG/Dutta Corp will meet in the handicap final at 10 a.m. The popular Grooms Race will also be held. Flexjet will try to finish the club’s 20-goal season undefeated.
The high goal season continues on Sunday with the USPA National 20-Goal Championship at Grand Champions Polo Club. The second high goal tournament promises to be just as competitive as the season-opening USPA North American Cup won by Flexjet on Friday with a thrilling 11-9 victory over Audi. The USPA National 20-Goal Championship features nearly the same four teams that competed in the USPA North American Cup.
Flexjet captured the coveted USPA North American Cup with a hardfought 11-9 victory over Audi Friday at windswept Grand Champions Polo Club. In front of a packed house and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, Flexjet (Grant Ganzi, 1, Jason Crowder, 6, Nic Roldan, 8, Jared Sheldon, 4) broke a 6-6 halftime deadlock by outscoring Audi (Marc Ganzi, 1, Jesse Bray, 5, Carlucho Arellano, 5, Jeff Blake, 6), 5-3, in the second half and shutting them out in the fourth and sixth chukkers.
Audi and Flexjet will play for the coveted USPA North American Cup on Friday at Grand Champions Polo Club. In front of a large crowd and worldwide ChukkerTV audience on a picture-perfect day, Audi came from behind to edge Dutta Corp, 9-8, in Wednesday’s opening round to advance into the final. Flexjet needed a thrilling overtime to defeat Casablanca, 12-11, on Nic Roldan’s winning goal two minutes into the extra chukker.
The much-anticipated high goal fall season kicks offWednesday at Grand Champions Polo Club. The USPA North American Cup features four teams and stellar field of top players including Nic Roldan, brothers Julio and Carlucho Arellano, Jeff Blake, Jared Sheldon and Kris Kampsen. In opening day action on Wednesday, Audi plays Dutta Corp at 1 p.m. and Casablanca faces Flexjet at 4 p.m.
On a beautiful day for polo, Audi won the final medium goal tournament of the season Sunday in front of a good crowd at Grand Champions Polo Club. In a low-scoring defensive showdown between two of the club’s top teams, Audi (Nic Roldan, Juancito Bollini, Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi) defeated Travieso (Kris Kampsen, Tony Calle, Jesse Bray, Gene Goldestein), 5-3, in the championship final of the Polo Gear Challenge Cup.
In front of a sellout crowd of 10,000 at the Ricoh Coliseum, USA defeated Canada, 10-9, in the Royal Polo match Wednesday night at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The inaugural indoor arena game featured top players ages 21-and-under. The match took place before the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup show jumping event featuring Olympic gold medalist Nick Skelton, Kent Farrington, McLain Ward, Jessica Springsteen and other elite riders.
The eighth annual Polo Gear Challenge Cup, one of the nation’s oldest tournaments, gets under way Friday at Grand Champions Polo Club. It is the eighth and final medium goal tournament of the fall season. Four teams will compete including defending champion Audi. Opening day games on Friday feature Palm Beach Polo playing Newport at 1 p.m. on Field 3 and Audi playing Dutta Corp at 3:30 p.m. on Field 1. Winners advance into Sunday’s final at 9:30 a.m.