JULY 14, 2019
Island Houseâ€™s Santino Magrini Photo Andes Visual
The Island House - Winners of the 2019 Monty Waterbury Cup. Photo by Peter Michaelis.
About Greenwich Polo Club Established in 1981 by Peter Brant, Greenwich Polo Club is the venue for high-goal polo in the Northeast. Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Greenwich, CT and internationally recognized for its rosters of legendary teams and players, Greenwich Polo Club hosts public USPA high-goal polo matches on Sundays throughout the summer. For more information, images, player information and team stats about Greenwich Polo Club, please visit greenwichpoloclub.com, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook and Instagram. ď‚‡
THREE SIPS AND YOUâ€™RE F AM I LY
July 14th: THE EVENT TOUR
Start at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, with free entrance from 1 to 3 p.m. Current exhibit Urs Fischer: ERROR. On its 10 year anniversary, the exclusive summer show features art by the creator of the Big Clay, one of the most iconic landmarks of our club!
The brand new CTC&G Polo Pub is here! Designed by Studio Bartolotta and built by the extremely talented Apex Projects team. Custom outdoor A/V provided by Advanced Home Audio. The CTC&G Polo Pub is the official spot for the Branca Bar, the MUST stop for all arrivals! If ping pong is one of your favorite activities, 11 Ravens is the ultimate table you’ll ever want. Located at the CTC&G Polo Pub, it will surely be the best table you’ve played on!
Stop by the Barbados cabana for a chance to win a trip to Barbados! Visit VAKIANO luxury accessories crafted in Argentina, available for the first time in the U.S. Kempton & Co Land Rover pop-up! Visit HATH to learn about the highest quality hemp solutions at the Players’ Lounge today! MODERN MENTALIST is back, visiting the CTC&G Players’ Lounge and Polo Pub! Half-time classic: find the hidden marked cork to win a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Join the Veuve Clicquot After Polo at 5:30pm with Virtuosity! Brought to you by Barbados Tourism.
Players’ Lounge music & National Anthem: PAULO COHELO Sound by Sebass Events PLEASE USE BLUE BINS FOR GLASS & PLASTIC BOTTLES #WERECYCLE
Inaugural American Cup While polo is recently associated with Argentinean culture, the American Cup celebrates the monumental contributions and advancements of the sport made by those in the United States. The Northeast of the United States was the epicenter of the polo world in the 20’s and 30’s, when crowds of upwards of 20,000 would congregate in Long Island to watch matches between U.S., Britain and Argentina. The Monty
Waterbury Cup -the oldest American tournament in continuous play- had its start in Meadow Brook, Long Island. After WWII, the U.S. lost focus on equine for military use as polo stayed closer to farms, the sport’s crowds diminished for the remaining of the century. Since 2010, polo is on the upswing with thousands of new fans each year, and the Northeast is the natural location to celebrate American Polo.
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2019 Tournaments June 9 - September 8
Inaugural American Cup: Sunday, July 14th Altaris Handicap Pos.
Marcos Garcia Del Rio
16 Team handicap
Nicolas Diaz Alberdi
15 Team handicap
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1. Chris Brant
1. Annabelle Gundlach
2. Kristos Magrini
2. Martin Gandara
3. Lerin Zubiaurre
3. Tomas Garcia del Rio
4. Joaquin Panelo
4. Brandon Philips
The Island House
1. Hutton Goodman
1. Peter Holowesko
2. Michel Dorignac
2. Santino Magrini
3. Julian Daniels
3. Toro Ruiz Jorba
4. Stevie Orthwein
4. Peke Gonzalez
White Birch: Chris Brant (A), Kristos Magrini (2), Lerin Zubiaurre (8), and Joaquin Panelo (6).
Reelay: Matias Magrini (7), Mariano Gonzalez (7), Will Tomita (A), and Nicolas Diaz Alberdi (1).
The Island House: Peter Holowesko (A), Santino Magrini (4), Victorino Ruiz Jorba (7), and Peke Gonzalez (5).
Altaris: Jamal Nusseibeh (A), Marcos Garcia del Rio (5), Nic Roldan (8), and Nick Manifold (3).
Postage Stamp Farm: Annabelle Gundlach (A), Brandon Phillips (4), Martin Gandara (4), and Tomas Garcia del Rio (8).
Faraway Polo: Hutton Goodman (A), Michel Dorignac (6), Julian Daniels (6), and Stevie Orthwein (4).
The Island House’s Peter Holowesko and Altaris’ Marcos Garcia del Rio on a powerful hook. Photos by Andes Visual | Ro Fernandez.
12 Altaris’Nick Manifold switching horses.
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Altaris’ Marcos Garcia del Rio and The Island House’s Torito Ruiz, with their hook caught mid-air by Andes Visual’s camera.
14 Reelay’s Mariano Gonzalez and The Island House’s Torito Ruiz.
Postage Stamp Farm’s Brandon Phillips.
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One field at Greenwich Polo Club is about the size of 10 football fields. That provides a long field of play for the players and polo ponies and lots of divots for fans to stomp!
MPH - Top Speed a Polo Pony Can Run. Stay behind the white lines! A top polo pony can reach a speed of 35 miles per hour and can often jump the boards along the field during intense play. Many of the polo ponies at Greenwich Polo Club are former racehorses or have the same bloodlines of champion racehorses.
Polo Ponies. The approximate number of polo ponies needed for one match at Greenwich Polo Club (most players bring a couple spares). In the top level of the sport, each polo player requires at least six horses per match and one
horse per chukker (6.5 minute period) plus at least 4 umpire horses. Players can also switch horses in the middle of play or during a timeout. It is said that a polo pony is responsible for up to 75% of a player’s handicap.
MPH – Speed of a Polo Ball. Ouch! A polo ball can travel 100 MPH on the field.
Pounds of Hay. Like any athlete, ponies work up quite the appetite after a game. One polo pony can eat about 20 pounds of hay and grass per day, which adds up to approximately 7,300 pounds of hay per pony per year.
Fans. The approximate number of fans who will have visited Greenwich Polo Club during the 2019 season!
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Age: 36 Team: Altaris Handicap: 8 goals Home Country: Argentina
Nic Roldan was born in Buenos Aires and lived between Argentina and Wellington, FL since age one. Nic was introduced to polo by his father, Raul Roldan who played for the Sultan of Brunei, and was swinging a polo mallet by age four. By age 14, Nic became a professional polo player and captured his first major win, the coveted U.S. Open Polo Championship®, in 1998 with team Escue. The same year, he won the 16-goal Governor’s Cup Challenge, ending his inaugural professional season with the title, Young Player of the Year. As one of the highest ranked players in the U.S. today, Nic Roldan has become an iconic name in the exciting world of international high-goal polo and holds many of the highest accolades prized by the sport. Nic has charged polo fields on five continents and his roster of wins includes; the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup, Pacific Coast Open, USPA Monty Waterbury, Texas Open, and the Gold Cup of the Americas, all of which he has won twice. He has also won the Camara de Diputados of Argentina, the U.K. Queen’s Cup, East Coast Open, the Bronze and Gold Cup in Sotogrande, Spain, and the Melbourne Cup in Australia (18-goal Australian Open). –How long have you been playing polo? –I’ve been playing polo since I was four years old.
–First memory on a horse? –I was three years old at Myopia Polo Club, Boston and I remember my dad putting me on this horse China, a grey mare, inside a paddock and telling me go! My mom used to groom for my dad, they met in Palm Beach prior to that — she’s German and he’s Argentine. –What polo destination has been your favorite? –It’s tough to pick one favorite, because every place I go to has a memory or something special about it. Aspen is always one of my favorites in the summer—polo is really growing there. I also love the tournaments in England because their level of polo, the high quality of horses and teams, and strength of the organizations. –Favorite thing to do when not on the field? –Golf. I love golfing. I also love anything related to fitness training. –If I weren’t a polo player I would be... –An architect or something in real estate. I love the design aspect and looking at opportunities. I am trying to expand my horizons in real estate, and it’s definitely what I’ll be doing more of in my future. –What would you say is your best asset to a team? –Intensity and power. Power to pull the team and hit a long ball. –Favorite all-time horse: –Ilusionada, a horse I bought in Argentina from La Dolfina. I’ve had her since she was five and I had to retire her at 19 last year, she’s in Kentucky. She had a heart like no other, absolutely one of the sweetest mares. She was never injured... maybe not the very best horse but everyone loved her.
–Professional players you’ve looked up to through your career? –I’ve looked up to different players at different times. I started with Bautista and Gonzalo Heguy, then Memo and Carlos Gracida. Adolfo Cambiaso was also definitely one to look up to. There are many different aspects to admire from each player like Mariano Aguerre’s work ethic. I also grew up playing with and learning from Pite and Sebastian Merlos, who I won the U.S. Open with.
–What are your ultimate goals in polo? –As an athlete, I’m always striving to be the best I can as a polo player. Winning tournaments is always important, now improving as a player on and off the field is a big goal. I also always work to be a good ambassador to the sport. –Best moment in polo? –The best moment so far was playing the Argentine Open in 2018 with La Albertina. Stepping into field one and playing against the legendary Ellerstina was the greatest single moment I got to enjoy.
Horse Profile: Mariscal Name: Mariscal Breed: Argentine thoroughbred Age: 10 Color: Bay with white face Origin: Argentina Owner: Nic Roldan Breeder: bought from Tatin Zubiaurre Sex: gelding
Best assets: Mariscal is a complete horse—he is extremely fast and very powerful. He stops very well, is great with lateral movements and can turn on a
dime. This gelding is rarely tired and consistently gives his all. He has a huge heart and is exactly the kind of horse every polo player wants.
History? I bought him three years ago, before going to England so I could compete with him in the U.K. He played two seasons there—in 2017 we lost the Queens’ Cup Finals but in 2018 we won the Queens’ Cup finals together. I brought him to the U.S. this year.
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