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On behalf of International Polo Club Palm Beach, the staff and I would like to welcome you to the 2012 Palm Beach Polo Season! This season features an even larger field of teams than last season competing in both the 20-goal and 26-goal tournaments. The level of competition will be second to none! Please don’t forget about the medium goal series as well. IPC will once again host both 14-goal and 16-goal tournaments. This past March, IPC partnered with Wellington Classic Dressage to put on an unforgettable event, The World Dressage Masters. The Jim Brandon Center had a full house of spectators and what many have called one of the finest executed horse shows in the world. Join us January 26 – 29, 2012 as we once again sponsor this truly memorable event. Last year marked our 1st Annual International Weekend; USA vs. South Africa. Over three days, athletes from both countries competed in 7 different sports: Rugby, Tennis, Croquet, Field Hockey, Polo, Golf and Cricket. In the end, South Africa was declared the victor. This year USA will be competing against Ireland. Mark your calendars for March 16th-18th so you don’t miss the 2nd Annual International Weekend! Our state-of-the-art 11,000 sq. ft. Pavilion will once again serve as the home of our weekly Sunday Brunch & Polo. Don’t forget it is also available year round for special events, weddings, corporate outings, and more. International Polo Club Catering will offer a level of sophistication and service for an unforgettable event on site at IPC or at any destination of your choosing. As President of Club Operations for both International Polo Club Palm Beach and The Wanderers Club, and on behalf of the staff of both clubs, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our esteemed sponsors, advertisers, members, and guests for your continued support and loyalty. I hope you enjoy the newest edition of POLO Magazine. Sincerely,

John A. Wash, CCM

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LETTER FROM EDITOR ANGELA BAKER

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aving grown up in the 1980s it is a bit hard for me to look at those years yet as retro, but the process of researching for this issue and sifting through many images from this time in Polo certainly took me back to a different era. One in which Wellington became center

stage for the sport of Polo in America and its growing community. Nine years ago, determined to continue and elevate this tradition, International Polo Club Palm Beach became the new home of the Palm Beach Polo Season. One of the pleasures of the process this year was meeting and interviewing Jorie Butler Kent, whose picturesque life is the backdrop to so many incredible stories. Also, working for the first time with famed photographer, husband and wife team Guzman, whose imagery perfectly captured this unique time for us. We featured some of our very game members and favorite players in our campaign and spread this year, including Marc & Melissa Ganzi, Jason Crowder, Kris Kampsen and his girlfriend Ali Solimine. And of course, we enlisted one of our favorite writers Sam Morton to pay homage to the tournaments, teams and players who made the 2011 season such a successful and competitive one. It is hard to believe that I am entering into my fifth Season at IPC and with Polo Magazine. It has become a bit like going back to school each year, with all the familiar faces and new and growing friendships. I am so grateful for the honor of continuing the tradition of Polo Magazine, for the incredible team I have the luxury and honor to work with, for the visionary direction of the club’s founder John Goodman and for the leadership and guidance of club president John Wash. Here’s to what is sure to be another memorable and exciting 2012 season ahead-

Cheers!

Angela Baker

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SEASON OF THE CENTURY Written by: Sam Morton

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Audi & Lechuza Caracas battling for the win during 107th U.S. Open Polo Championship Photo by: Al Diaz

hen Victor Vargas hoisted the U.S. Open Polo Championship trophy over his head for photographers after the 2011 season, it not only marked a place in history for the Lechuza Caracas polo team, but more importantly, it solidified the 2011 Palm Beach Polo Season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach as the most competitive season in the history of high goal polo in the United States. The historic tournaments played in Wellington, Florida, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in 2011 include, the Herbie Pennell Cup, Joe Barry Memorial Cup, Ylvisaker Cup, Iglehart Cup, C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Piaget Gold Cup, culminating with the 107th U.S. Open Polo Championship. Last season International Polo Club Palm Beach hosted what is widely considered the greatest and most competitive collection of high goal polo teams competing in one season in 130 plus years, since the game arrived in this country from England. In another year of parity, no one team dominated. Almost all the teams were capable of beating any of the leaders in the seven high goal tournaments; six different champions emerged.


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In any typical year, one or two

the Herbie Pennell Memorial Cup,

In the Joe Barry Memorial Cup,

polo teams will dominate the high

named after the great arena player

seven of the tournament’s games

goal scene. In the 1980’s, it was

and polo manager, would end in a

were decided by one goal, and three

predominantly White Birch and Les

sudden death overtime chukker in

of those went into overtime. The

Diables Bleus. In 2010, Crab Orchard,

front of a packed crowd at IPC. Jim

tournament was named after the

featuring the world’s greatest player

Whisenand’s EFG Bank and Robert

late Texas Hall of Fame Polo player,

Adolfo Cambiaso, swept all three of

Jornayvas’ Valiente squared off in

who was a member of the last great

the 26 goal tournaments played at IPC.

a dogfight that ended dead even

American polo team to win the

In 2011, Crab Orchard was beaten by

at the end of the sixth chukker.

World Cup in 1979. The Barry family

three different teams and shut out of

When the EFG Bank and Valiente

was, and still is, synonymous with

all three 26 Goal finals.

players returned to the field after

American polo, having four family

scrambling for which horses to ride

members in the National Polo Hall

in overtime, Luis Escobar took the

of Fame. Joe Barry had a special

opening throw, at mid-field, down

place at IPC, as he was present at

the field for a score giving EFG Bank

the clubs inception and served as a

the 14-13 win.

coach to the Isla Carroll Polo team.

Early in the season, a competitive balance began that had the fans scratching their heads, as no clear leader for the season emerged. In the four 20 goal tournaments, seven completely different teams reached the finals. Bendabout was the only team able to fight their way to the finals twice, but came up empty both times. The first high goal match of the 2011 season was

“In another year of Parity, no one team dominated.”

Bendabout and Faraway battling for the win. Photo by: LILA PHOTO

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I

n the first game of the tournament, Gillian

Wood’s ERG nipped Gonzalo Avendano’s Patagones

Johnston’s Bendabout edged out Scott Wood’s

by a score of 11-10. The Ylvisaker Cup was no less

ERG team by one goal. The next game featured

dramatic as the balance of power once again shifted

an overtime thriller as Robert Jornayvas’ Valiente beat

and the teams turned up the heat while preparing

Hutton Goodman’s Faraway Farm in sudden death.

for the U.S. Open. The tournament was named for

Assuming the role of the cardiac kids of the tournament,

the late Bill Ylvisaker, who brought high goal polo to

Bendabout went on to win their next two games by

Wellington. Ten teams locked horns in mallet snapping

squeaking by Valiente and Faraway Farm by one

and leather-slapping action as two additional teams

goal. In the playoffs, Faraway managed to hold off Bo

joined the fray, Joe DiMenna’s Equuleus captained by

Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Team by one goal in a brother

Adam Snow and Victor Vargas’ Lechuza Caracas team,

against brother battle, leaving Faraway and Bendabout

captained by Guille Aguero. In an incredible exhibition

standing when the smoke cleared.

of down to the wire action, six out of the first nine

The final was a rematch of the regular season game between Johnston’s Bendabout and Goodman’s Faraway. In the final, Johnston’s Bendabout met a revamped All-American lineup of Faraway Farm team Hutton Goodman, Julio Arellano, Julio Gracida, and Adam Snow, replacing the South African Sugar Erskine. Erskine, who had been playing with a leg injury, had his leg x-rayed before the game, which revealed the bone was broken, so Snow got the call. Snow, a former 10-goal player and Yale Hockey team captain, gave Faraway an extra spark. The crowd that gathered at Piaget Field was expecting a rematch of the regular season nail biter, and they got what they paid for and more. Bendabout jumped out to a three to nothing lead, but Faraway came roaring back to tie the game six to six at the end of the fourth chucker. At the end of the fifth, the game was tied at eight with one chukker to play. Faraway’s Julio

games were decided by one goal. On February 2nd, 2011, Joe Barry champion Faraway Farm was beaten in overtime by John Muse’s Lucchese with a score of 11-10. In the end, only three out of the twenty hard fought regular season games were decided by more than two goals, ten of which were decided by only one goal. When the smoke cleared, an overtime game featuring a Hall of Fame player would send one of the teams into the playoffs. The last day of the regular season featured a clash between Gonzalo Avendano’s Patagones, captained by Memo Gracida, and Bo Goodman’s Mt Brilliant. At the end of regulation the game would be tied at twelve. Still able to do his magic, Gracida, the only active Hall of Fame member, sent Patagones into the playoffs with a sudden death win, 13-12. It would be Equuleus and Zaccara emerging from the ashes in the playoffs.

Arellano took the ball two hundred and eighty yards

In the finals, Joe DiMenna’s Equuleus jumped out to

with the Bendabout team racing in pursuit, which put

an early 1-0 lead at the end of the first chukker. Lyndon

his team within one. A penalty put Faraway up by two

Lea’s Zacara came storming back in the second taking

until Bendabout roared back with a quick goal, but time

the lead, 3-2. In the third chukker Mariano Gonzalez

expired with Hutton Goodman’s Faraway edging out the

brought Equuleus back, scoring two goals to give

formerly unbeaten Bendabout.

his team a 4-3 lead going into the half. In the fourth,

In the following subsidiary, The Bobby Barry Memorial Cup, all but one of the consolation games were decided by only one goal, including the final where Scott

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Jeff Blake’s strong play would bring Zacara back for a tie. In the end, it was Zacara for their first high goal championship of 2011 with an 8-6 win.


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Marc Ganzi celebrates Audi’s historic win of the USPA Piaget Gold Cup Photo by: LILA PHOTO

“A competitive balance began that had the fans scratching their heads.” The last of the 20 goal tournaments leading up to the

by only two goals or less. The first match, between

26 goal series was the Iglehart Cup, which was played

Mt. Brilliant and Valiente ended in a10-9 thriller. In

in a single elimination “win or go home” format. The

the first round, Las Monjitas edged out Equuleus in

tournament is named for Phillip Iglehart, who was

sudden death overtime. Gillian Johnston’s Bendabout

instrumental in the founding of the National Polo Hall

fought its way through the brackets to enter its second

of Fame in Lake Worth, Florida. Iglehart was a member

finals of the season. In the finals, Bo Goodman’s Mt.

of the victorious 1939 Westchester Cup team against

Brilliant fought its way past Bendabout, 11-8. In an

England. For the Iglehart Cup, a new team, Lance

unprecedented year for parity consider this, Joe Barry

Vetter’s Sara Boca captained by Jeff Hall, entered the

and Ylvisaker champs Faraway and Zacara were both

competition along with the powerhouse team of Camilo

eliminated in the first round of the Iglehart Cup.

Bautista’s Las Monjitas. The first four games were decided by two goals or less. Following the trend of an even field of teams, over half the games were won 45 2012 POLO MAGAZINE


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aising the stakes, from 20 to 26 goals, the formerly 20-goal teams rearranged their rosters. The teams that were waiting with

fresh horses brought to Florida for the sole purpose of winning the U.S. Open stepped into the fray. With the orange blossoms in full bloom around IPC’s backfields, the 26 goal series started with the C.V. Whitney Cup. Named after the two time Open winner and major patron of American polo in the 1930’s, the single elimination tournament launched the entry of several big name teams who had practiced all winter to prepare for the 26 goal tournaments. Entered were the large stables of the Ganzi’s, Audi and Grand Champions teams, along with Steve Van Andel’s Orchard Hill and George Rawling’s Crab Orchard, who with Captain Adolfo Cambiaso swept the series the previous year. The Mannix brothers, with White Birch icon Mariano Aguere, entered as the Hawks and Bob Daniels entered his Pony Express team, which is probably the longest standing high goal team in the tournament. In all, 11 26-goal teams would take the field backed by over 100 grooms, and over 350 fit and athletic horses in their prime, and along with several dozen wives, girlfriends and personal trainers. In the second game of the tournament, Las Monjitas went to the wire against the 2009 U.S. Open Champion, Audi. Camilo Bautista and his team gave Audi all they wanted, but in the end Audi survived with a 6-5 win. Lechuza Caracas would upset tournament favorite and previous C.V. Whitney champion, Crab Orchard, in its first game of the tournament by a slim margin of 9-7. In game six, the Hawks would battle Zacara to the last horn in an 11 to 10 victory. Igelhart and Joe Barry finalist Bendabout prevailed over Piaget, but then fell to Valiente in a semi-final slugfest. The Hawks took Orchard Hill, and then survived a 11-10 battle over Zacara. At this point there was no real leader in the tournament. After escaping a 10-9 cliffhanger over

Aldolfo in Unfamiliar Territory

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Pony Express, Lechuza Caracas would go on to beat


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the Hawks, which put them in the

Beginning in 1974 at the Oakbrook

and buy a few more. That is how

finals. With a strong Valiente team

Polo Club in Chicago, Illinois, the

hard it is to find a top horse. In any

fighting its way through the playoffs,

Gold Cup moved to International

season there are only a handful of

the finals would put the spectators

Polo Club Palm Beach in 2007. As far

top horses in the sport of polo. In

on the edge of their seats. It was

as the players go, with 11 teams and

the 1980’s, Peter Brant probably

Lechuza all the way, until a late rally

48 of the worlds top polo players,

owned half of those for use on his

led by Polito Pieres brought Valiente

the crème always rises to the top

White Birch teams that dominated

within one. In the end, Lechuza

and the USPA Piaget Gold Cup did

the sport in that era. His top player,

squeaked by Valiente, 10-9, giving

not disappoint. But now, the most

Gonzalo Pieres, rode at least four

them their first high goal win of the

important part of the game would

of them and everyone in the sport

year in the C.V. Whitney Cup.

come into play. Who had the top

knew what their names were. A

horses?

player like Memo Gracida was one

The bigger picture of the season was beginning to emerge, five tournaments and five different winners. Three of the five finals were decided by one goal, one of those in overtime. The other two were won by two and three goals.

“There was a tremendous amount of close games that could have gone either way.”

Jimmy Newman, who has run high goal tournaments from Texas to California to Florida for close to forty years, summed up the season, “There’s never been a season like this one, with as many close games and as many strong teams. It’s like there are as many as eight teams that could win it all, save for one missed shot or the bounce of the ball.” Orchard Hill’s Hector Galindo, who had played as a pro all over the world, agrees, “There was a tremendous amount of close games that could have gone either way.” If the season had stopped right there it would have been historic, but the USPA Piaget Gold Cup might have been the closest contested tournament in its 37-year history.

Going into a tournament like

of the few professionals to keep

the USPA Piaget Gold Cup with

and train top horses back then, but

anything other than a phenomenal

slowly other players began to follow

horse would be like showing up in

his lead. His horse, Kaliman, that is

church in your underwear. In other

today enshrined in the Polo Hall of

words, a mediocre horse in the Gold

Fame in Lake Worth, Florida, was

Cup would be exposed like a fat

originally purchased out of a canner

man in a hockey game or a Honda

sale ring in Nebraska.

Civic in the Daytona 500. Horses are a major factor in the parity of teams. The problem is that there are only so many top polo horses in the world, and almost all of them are in Florida playing at IPC during the high goal season. For instance, Adolfo Cambiaso may have close to a thousand horses, including brood

Today almost all of the top high goal players have their own string of horses. Owen Rhinehart, who now lives in Aiken, South Carolina, is one of the top polo breeders in the United States along with Gillian Johnston, whose breeding operation is located in Wyoming.

mares and young horses in training, and yet he will still come to Florida

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had swept the 26 goal series the year before, out of the playoffs with a 1411 win. The playoffs turned into a collection of lights-out performances. Audi met Las Monjitas, who knocked them out of the C.V. Whitney, and would prevail in a down to the wire 12-11 overtime thriller. Reaching the finals against C.V. Whitney champion Lechuza Caracas, a war of the titans ended in a 9-9 tie. With the crowd on its feet for the sudden death period, Audi prevailed as the Piaget Gold Las Monjitas & Pony Express in high goal action

A

s far as building a top polo

three battle between, defending

team goes, a lot of the

Piaget Gold Cup winner Crab

parity among top teams

Orchard, and the 2011 Ylvisaker Cup

today comes from more buyers, polo

champion Zacara. This would be a

patrons who own the teams and are

match between the world’s two best

willing to pay top money for a horse.

10-goal players, Adolfo Cambiaso

The price of horses becomes a large

and Facundo Pieres. After each team

part of the equation in building a

had been eliminated in the C.V.

polo team. Some of today’s players

Whitney Cup by only one goal, both

are paying $20,000 for inexperienced

teams emerged through their first

horses that have never had a

and second rounds of the Gold Cup

mallet swung off of them. The price

undefeated. Crab Orchard won by

for top proven horses can reach

three over Bendabout, and escaped

astronomical figures for something

a close game against Valiente, 10-9.

that may not pan out. Last year, a

Zacara beat Valiente by three and

cloned yearling from one of Adolfo

then squeaked by Bendabout by one.

Cambiaso’s top mares, sold at a sale

Cup Champion. Going into the U.S. Open Polo Championship, there were six championship teams, in six different high goal tournaments at IPC during the 2011 season. The U.S. Open started with Bendabout, Audi, and Crab Orchard all going undefeated in regular season play. The problem with seeding the brackets for the playoffs is that in such an evenly matched tournament, playing the number three seed in another bracket might not be much better than playing the number one. The teams involved in the 2011 high goal season at this point must have felt more like survivors than contestants.

When the two met in the third round,

Take into consideration that thus

it was the battle everyone expected.

far, Bendabout had been in two high

After only two chukkers, ten goals

goal finals already that year and had

were scored between these two

survived an overtime win over Las

With the world’s top young and fit

powerhouses. With a tied score of

Monjitas. Las Monjitas, on the other

equestrian polo horses saddled and

5-5, Pieres took control of the game

hand, had been in eight games that

ready to play, the 2011 USPA Piaget

with an 11 goal performance and

were decided by one goal, including

Gold Cup was highlighted by a round

knocked Crab Orchard, the team that

several overtime heartbreakers.

for $800,000! That is the equivalent to signing Tom Brady’s 5-year-old son to a future pro contract.

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They entered the playoffs of the U.S. Open with a 1-2

parents of the young pros, and over 10,000 fans from

record, and proceeded to knock off tournament favorite

around the world. The game would appropriately start

Adolfo Cambiaso and Crab Orchard in the first round,

out with a goal from the man that put the Lechuza

8-7, leaving Crab Orchard to ponder its fortune after

team together, Victor Vargas. Only thirty seconds into

sweeping all the tournaments the year before. Las

the game, Vargas trailed Audi back between Rodrigo

Monjitas riding high on the victory was now in the semi-

Andrade who missed a clearing shot, which team

finals. Lechuza had knocked off Bendabout, 3-0, in the

patron Victor Vargas quickly put away for the first

first round, and Audi escaped a war with Valiente by

goal of the game putting Lechuza up 1-0. From here it

one goal, 9-8. Las Monjitas would fight to overtime with

was almost all Lechuza’s Juan Martin Nero and Sapo

Lechuza, but Lechuza emerged the winner, 11-10. When

Caset. Audi would respond after being down 2-0 when

the smoke cleared, the finals of the U.S. Open would

Gonzalito Pieres hit a penalty shot to bring Audi back

feature a rematch of the Audi and Lechuza Piaget Gold

within one. At the end of two periods it was Lechuza

Cup overtime thriller.

by a score of 3-2. In the third, the ceiling would fall in

The 107th U.S. Open Polo Championship, the last high goal game to be played at IPC before the teams shipped out of Florida to points all around the globe, would not disappoint. With Victor Vargas’ Lechuza Caracas and Marc Ganzi’s Audi riding out for the championship there were a few things to remember, no one that followed the season could deny that for the bounce of the ball Bendabout, Las Monjitas, Valiente, Zacara, Crab Orchard, the Hawks, and Orchard Hill could have just as easily been in the game on Piaget Field. In any year

“ The level of play throughout the high goal season was unparalleled, perhaps in the history of the sport”.

in the past there were few as two and as many as four leaders entering the U.S. Open tournament, and this year there was at least nine. Despite the constricting level of the competition thrown at them, the big picture was that Lechuza had managed to claw its way to all three 26 goal finals. The C.V. Whitney Cup was theirs, the USPA Piaget Gold Cup had slipped through their fingers in over time, but now they would get their second chance in the biggest game in the United States. In a rematch of the previous Triple Crown game in the Gold Cup, Lechuza and Audi would again square off in high goal play. The finals of the U.S. Open played to a packed house on Piaget Field. Every member of United States Polo Association brass would fly in for the game, along with

for Audi, and from here Lechuza Caracas would pull away in this battle of the titans and go on to win by a score of 8-6. These two great teams end probably the most competitive polo in the history of high goal polo in the United States for both numbers and level of play. The level of play throughout the high goal season was unparalleled, perhaps in the history of the sport. The teams play combined with the commitment from a record number of patrons, made it arguably the greatest high goal season on record. As far as the 2012 season goes, the sky is the limit. The top players, sponsors, and horses will all be back at IPC for another high goal season.

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SUNDAY BRUNCH PHOTOS BY GUZMAN STYLED BY DANNY SANTIAGO Special Thanks Caroline & Stuart Johnston, Melissa Ganzi, Riley Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Marty & Marcy Freedman, Crystal Skowronski, Matt Firestone, Ali Solimine, Jim & Kirsten Braden, Grant Braden, Elsa Braden, Ryan Beckett, C. Madeleine’s Vintage and Designer Clothing Miami, IPC Retail Shop & David Arthur Fitten.


Jewelry: The women in the polka dot dress is wearing the Piaget Polo in 18-carat yellow gold.


POLO BALL

Jewelry: Women leading the group is wearing Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds and a Piaget Rose motif ring in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds. The man next to her is wearing a Piaget Polo in 18-carat white gold on black alligator strap. Man linking arms with women is wearing the Piaget Altiplano 38mm in 18-carat white gold on a black alligator strap. The women is wearing the Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds, and the Piaget Limelight, embroidery motif ring in 18-carat white gold, with brilliant-cut diamonds and tanzanite.


Jewelry: The women is wearing the Piaget Limelight Paris Eiffel Tower inspiration necklace in white gold and set with briolette, pear and brilliant-cut diamonds, along with Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds and. The man behind her is wearing a Piaget Polo in 18-carat rose gold on a brown alligator strap.


The women being photographed is wearing Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds, and the Piaget Limelight, embroidery motif cocktail ring in 18-carat white gold, with brilliant-cut diamonds and tanzanite.


Jewelry: The man at the front right of the image is wearing the Piaget Altiplano 38mm in 18-carat white gold on a black alligator strap. The women to his right is wearing Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds, and the Piaget Limelight, embroidery motif ring in 18-carat white gold, with brilliant-cut diamonds and tanzanite. The blonde women behind her is wearing Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with a brilliant-cut diamond and a Piaget Rose motif ring in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds. The women with the long dark hair is wearing a Piaget Rose motif pendant in 18-carat white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

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Jewelry: The man holding the champagne glass is wearing the Piaget Polo in 18-carat rose gold on a brown alligator strap. The woman in front of him is wearing a Piaget Polo in 18-carat yellow gold, along with Piaget Possession earrings in rose gold with brilliant-cut diamonds and a Piaget Possession Celebration ring in yellow gold with brilliant-cut diamonds. The woman at the right is wearing Piaget Rose motif earrings in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds.


THE AFTER PARTY

Right Jewelry: The man is wearing a Piaget Polo Chronograph in rose gold on a brown alligator strap. Left Jewelry: The man linking arms with the female is wearing the Piaget Polo in 18-carat rose gold on a brown alligator strap. She is wearing Piaget Possession earrings in rose gold with brilliant-cut diamonds.


INTO THE NIGHT Jewelry: The women to the left of the Ferrari is wearing a Piaget Polo watch in 18-carat white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds, Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds and a Piaget Rose motif pendant in 18-carat white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The man opening the door of the Ferrari is wearing the Piaget Altiplano 38mm in 18-carat white gold on a black alligator strap. The women blowing a kiss is wearing Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with a brilliant-cut diamonds and a Piaget Rose motif ring in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds.


Jewelry: Women holding hands with the male is wearing the Piaget Possession earrings in 18-carat white gold with a brilliant-cut diamonds and a Piaget Rose motif ring in 18-carat white gold with brilliant-cut diamonds.


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TOP 13 AMERICAN POLO PLAYERS FEATURES

by Alex Webbe

Julio Arellano [9] - Lives in Wellington, Florida and at 9-goals, is currently the highest rated player in the country. A member of the U.S. team that faced England in 1997, he is one of the few Americans to compete in the Argentine Open. A member of the Triple Crown winning Crab Orchard polo team in 2010, Julio will be returning to the IPC fields this year with Gillian Johnston’s Bendabout team. Polito Pieres [8] - Born in Greenwich, CT, where his father was playing polo at the time, Polito is a member of the infamous Pieres family. He currently resides in Pilar, Argentina and competes in the highest competition all over the world. Pieres will be returning to the Valiente team this season. Mike Azzaro [7] - A former 10-goaler (for over ten years), San Antonio’s Mike Azzaro brings an aggressive style of play to the field that has carried him to five U.S. Open titles and saw him in three Argentine Opens. A regular on the international polo scene, Azzaro was a former regular in England. He was a member of the US team in the 1997 Westchester Cup (England). Luis Escobar [7] - Born in Costa Rica, Luis calls Wellington, Florida home and operates out of his Santa Clara Polo Club. Luis began playing polo as a young man and soon found himself on the pro circuit. He is credited with wins in the Pacific Coast Open, the Texas Open, the Monty Waterbury Cup and the East Coast Open, among others.

Memo Gracida [7] - Won a

Adam Snow [7] - Twice named

record 16 US Open titles and carried the ultimate 10-goal handicap for 21 consecutive years. Memo was named MVP of the U.S. Open seven times and “Player of the Centennial Era”. A member of the Polo Hall of Fame, Memo has won virtually dozens of international tournaments including the Argentine Open, Australian Open and British Open. He is currently living in Pilar, Argentina

“Player of the Year” (1998 and 2002), the former 10-goaler has played on winning teams in the U.S. Open, the C. V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup, USPA Silver Cup, Monty Waterbury Cup and the Pacific Coast Open. Adam has competed in Argentina (including two Opens), Spain and the United Kingdom and was a member of the 1992 U.S. Championship Westchester Cup team.

Jeff Hall [7] - Born into a polo-

Jeff Blake [6] - Was selected

playing family, Jeff calls Houston home. Jeff began playing polo at the age of four. He was playing actively at age seven and turned professional at the age of 13. Over the years he has registered wins in the U.S. Open, the America Cup, the East Coast Open and several USPA Silver Cups, and played on the U.S. team that faced England in the Westchester Cup in 2009.

“Young Player of the Year” in 1998 before going on to play on the 1998 winning White Birch Gold Cup team. Jeff has played on winning teams in the Joe Barry Memorial (MVP in 2006), Pacific Coast Open, Silver Cup, USPA Gold Cup and the U.S. Open Championship where he was named MVP in 2008. Jeff was a member of the 2009 United States team in the Westchester Cup match with England.

Nic Roldan [7] - A resident of Wellington, Florida, Nic is the youngest player to play on a winning U.S. Open team in 1998 at the age of 15, when he was named “Young Player of the Year”. Over the years, Nic has added championships in the C. V. Whitney, the Monty Waterbury, the Joe Barry Memorial and the Ylvisaker Cup among others. A solid hitter and accomplished horseman, Nic was a featured player on the 2009 U.S. polo team that met England in the Westchester Cup.

Tommy Biddle [6] - One of polo’s hardest hitting players in the game today, began playing polo at the age of 12 in his Aiken, South Carolina home. Tommy has racked up wins in the U.S. Open, the Monty Waterbury Cup, East Coast Open and a host of others. He has played on the U.S. team in the 2009 Camacho Cup (U.S. vs. Mexico) and captained the United States arena polo team (he is rated at 9-goals in the arena) in its 2011 victory over England in Townsend Cup play.

Jason Crowder [6] - A familiar face on the West Coast, Jason burst onto the national high-goal scene in 2010 following stand out performances during the summer season in his hometown of Santa Barbara. He played with the Lucchese team, as they swept the California highgoal season; and was named MVP of the season-ending Pacific Coast Open. Crowder returned to the Pacific Coast Open finals in 2011 as a member of the Piaget team, a team he will be competing with this year at IPC. Jesus “Pelon” Escapite [6] - “Pelon” Escapite was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of a well-recognized horse trainer. He began riding before he could walk and first swung a polo mallet at the age of ten. A frequent competitor on the polo scene in neighboring Mexico, he won the 18-goal National Games in Mexico City by the time he was 15 and won the Mexican Open two years later. Since his move to Wellington, Florida, Pelon has become a regular in 20 goal play.

Kris Kampsen [6] - A Tampa, Florida native, Kris has riding ponies and horses since he was old enough to walk. An accomplished equestrian and noted jumper, Kris turned to polo at an early age and turned professional at the age of 15. He has played polo on the sand, snow and field, and has represented the United States against Chile, Canada and Mexico (Camacho Cup). Kris has played on winning teams from the Pacific Coast Open to the East Coast Open.

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ack in 1982, the late, great photographer, Slim Aarons was popping around the Palm Beach Polo grounds enjoying another one of his innumerable delightful days. As ever, the jet set’s favorite lensman had his camera in hand, and, as ever, he’d only shoot if

the shot would both capture and complement the given subject. Aarons, who would live to near 90, was by then a long-standing veteran, yet his eye was as acute as when he caught “The Kings of Hollywood” in The Crown Room of Romanoff’s restaurant on the very last day of 1957. Unlike that infamous picture of Clark Gable, Van Heflin, Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart (which blue blood novelist Louis Auchincloss called “the very image of American he-men”), Aarons’ next snap would be of a woman and a boy. Yet, like all of Slim’s images, it too would immortalize the most candid of moments in an elegantly understated and inherently glamorous manner. That snap would also come to be considered one of the most iconic in Aaron’s immensely illustrious career, not to mention a rather picture-perfect representation of the smart set itself.

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hat photograph features smart set staple Jorie Butler

it represents -- to her, to her family, and to that particular corner

Kent and her stepson Joss Kent, both of whom are

of the world.

enjoying a quiet moment on the grounds of the Palm Beach Polo Club. Butler Kent, seated casually on the bumper of her convertible Mercedes, is addressing her

young charge, who seems to have just stepped off the pitch. At her feet is their dog Toto, and a couple well-worn leather totes, one of which is a Louis Vuitton. The shot’s nothing if not exquisite, and it serves as a fond reminder of a long-standing relationship between photographer and subject.

“I first met Mr. Aarons back in 1970,” says Butler Kent when interviewed in her Palm Beach home. “Slim had already photographed many of my friends. And he was extremely well-liked by everyone.” Told that Domino magazine recently used the image for an Equestrian Chic round-up, and that it will also be featured in Susanna Salk’s A Privileged Life: Celebrating Wasp Style, Lizzie Garrett’s Tomboy Style, and Aarons’ own A Place in the Sun, Butler Kent is naturally flattered, but she doesn’t at all seem surprised by the work’s resonance, especially considering what 72 INTERNATIONALPOLOCLUB.COM

“That photo and all the photos Slim Aarons took of me and my family were marvelous,” says Butler Kent. “The polo photo of Joss and me was part of the way I had grown up learning the game. It has always given me great pleasure as I was able to share with Joss my great love, and in addition the great history, and integrity of the game of polo.” Polo was indeed one of Butler Kent’s great loves; it was also in her blood. Her father Paul Butler founded the town of Oak Brook, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, and with it what would become the Oak Brook Sports Core, which includes the Bath and Tennis Club, the Golf Club, and, yes, the Polo Grounds. Consequently his daughter got a very early education into the Sport of Kings. “It was the family farm, so I spent a lot of time out there,” she says. “I had my daughter [Reute Butler] in the saddle when she was a year old; we all grew up the same way.” The Oak Brook Polo Grounds served as the site of the game’s U.S. Open from 1954 to 1978, at which point the Sports Core was sold to the village, which maintains it to this day. Before the family


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I HAD MY DAUGHTER IN THE SADDLE WHEN SHE WAS A YEAR OLD;WE ALL GREW UP THE SAME WAY divested itself however, Butler Kent met and married Geoffrey Kent,

“Africa had been so great to AandK -- primarily East Africa -- I

who, with his parents Valerie and Colonel John Kent, had founded

decided to do something to help the region and the people” she

the luxury adventure travel company Abercrombie and Kent. The

says. “So that’s why I started Friends of Conservation.”

then Jorie Ford Butler bought into the firm with Geoffrey and

Now in its 29th year, FOC is headed by Butler Kent’s daughter

immediately helped oversee a significant expansion. They also

Ruete, and it has become a pioneer in the fight to preserve and

fielded the Rolex/AandK polo team, which got much of its stable

ensure a world of bio-diversity. In 1988 the Prince of Wales

from family ranches in South Carolina and Montana. “We’re out

signed on, and he remains its sole

of the breeding business now,” says

Patron. While FOC concentrated on

Butler Kent. “But we raised thorough-

Kenya, Butler Kent would also be

breds for a number of years. It was an

inspired to found something that

exciting time.”

targeted every place AandK set up

With the company’s expansion (AandK

shop.

now boasts 62 offices and 2300+

“I also started a foundation within

employees), the Butlers no longer had

Abercrombie and Kent,” she says,

the time to devote to polo or its ponies

“which again would be a vehicle for

-- not the kind of quality time in which

conservation, this one funded by the

they were accustomed anyway. But the

company itself. It’s something that’s

company’s robust growth didn’t prevent

really and truly dear to us. And we’re

her from founding Friends of Conserva-

going full steam.”

tion, a NGO charity designed to

That foundation, Abercrombie and Kent

preserve some of the world’s treasures.

Philanthropy (AKP), not only lends

The catalyst? One very bleak incident in the Maasai Mara Region of Kenya.

“financial support, and [the kind of] Jorie Ford Butler 1971 w/mare & Tiger

“Flying into the Mara I had seen these massive number of tracks,” remembers Butler Kent, “and that gave me great concern. Then we came across a family group of elephants -- a matriarch, an eight year-old, and two year-old -- that had been poached about a mile and a half outside of our camp. And that of course gave me even greater concern.” A and K first planted their adventure stakes in Kenya, and Butler Kent was not about to let the land go the way of the proverbial buffalo.

rigorous oversight [which] ensures that

every donation is put to worthy use,” it also encourages its staff to donate their own time and efforts. In addition, AKP teams with local experts, and its good works have long provided a blueprint for eco-friendly conservation the world over. “We were the first to advocate sustainable tourism,” says Butler Kent. “I don’t think they called it that back then, but that’s exactly what it was.” 73 2012 POLO MAGAZINE


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pparently starting two foundations while serving as Vice Chair of what is arguably the world’s largest adventure

travel company wasn’t enough for Butler Kent, and in ‘83 she also formed International Geographic Images and DHI Graphic Design. The first was established as an image bank for the many photographs taken by Butler Kent herself, which have been used by Fortune and Vogue, as well as in various A&K promotional materials; the second sprung from her schooling at Finch, where she majored in Graphic Design. “After over 25 years we’ve decided to close DHI,” she says. “Graphic design has changed too much for it to make sense anymore. And though I’m not taking as many photographs as I used to, we’ll continue maintain the image bank.” Just because Butler Kent has laid down the pen and camera, don’t think for a moment she’s become in any way idle. When sought for a follow up to the initial interview, A&K’s go-getter was in Tanzania, and she wouldn’t return for weeks. In fact, Butler Kent is so busy she even missed Friends of Conservation’s recent 26th Anniversary party at Chicago’s Fairmont Hotel. “I believe I was in Singapore that day,” she recalls, “receiving an award from Conde Nast Traveler.” Indeed she was, the 2011 Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Award for “Doing It All,” which was presented to A&K in order to “honor its industry leadership in social responsibility.” A very fitting tribute to tack on to the company’s upcoming 50th anniversary. “It is with tremendous pride that I share this recognition of A&K’s dedication to preserving natural habitats, protecting wildlife and supporting indigenous peoples,” said Butler Kent upon accepting the award. “Working with our guests, we have pioneered a new form of community development

Asia (including Bhatan and Nepal), the Antarctic, Australia and New Zealand, plus India, Egypt and the Middle East. Closer to home A&K will take you anywhere from Alaska to Argentina, with a wide variety of stunning stops between. Asked if she had a favorite among all the many places she’s seen, Butler Kent gives each a glowing review. She does however reserve a special place in her heart for Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Rreserve. “No matter how many times I visit the Mara, I’m still taken by its beauty,” she says. “And I doubt that will ever change.”

assistance by forging informal partnerships with grassroots

As for Slim Aarons’ famous photograph and its place in her world

initiatives and compassionate travellers who want to give

-- and in the world of polo: “My daughter Reute and Joss are the

something back to the places they visit.” Naturally, the places A&K now helps people to visit range far beyond East Africa’s game preserves. In addition to the Southern African countries of Botswana, Namibia, South

fourth generation of my family to play polo,” she says. “[And it’s] a joy for me that Slim’s famous photograph has carried on the tradition of that fabulous game.” Oh, if only everyone had a story as worldly and as glamorous as Jorie Butler Kent’s.

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inston Churchill once wrote “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”. An accomplished polo player, Churchill reveled in the galloping gamesmanship so important to top level competition. The horse is the only thing that differentiates polo from any other stick and ball sport, and devout players well recognize the dominant place of the horse in this game. It is universally accepted in the polo community that the horse is at least 80% of the game and that in a polo match between two equally handicapped teams, the better mounted team has the distinct advantage.

reparable damage had already been done as 21 highly trained thoroughbred polo ponies died that day. Vargas was seen in tears with one of the fallen horse’s heads lying in his lap while veterinarians, players and grooms rushed this way and that trying to render some assistance and comfort to these noble animals. The following day Victor Vargas called all of his grooms and players together to discuss the incident and to take positive actions to recover from this tragedy. Amidst the deafening quiet of the empty stables outside of his office he reassured his polo family, to a man, that they would recover. He told them that they would find replacements and that they would return stronger than ever. That recovery came just two scant years later.

With the keen competition in the sport of polo today, the importance of the horse continues to increase, and the hunt to find those top mounts gets more and more com- “The sport is all about the horses,” said Varpetitive. gas. “Two years ago, losing 21 horses here Three years ago Victor Vargas’ Lechuza was the most horrific time for us,” he addCaracas polo team scored wins in the ed, “but now it’s an incredible time.” first two legs of polo’s Triple Crown with After winning the C. V. Whitney Cup and victories in the C. V. Whitney Cup and the losing a sudden-death overtime game to USPA Piaget Gold Cup, earning Best Play- Audi in the finals of the USPA Piaget Gold ing Pony awards in each. The chances of Cup, their time of redemption had arrived, Lechuza Caracas running the table in the and these “replacement” horses that each high-goal competition looked good until and every member of the Lechuza Caracas that fateful day. On a sunny April Sun- worked to gather carried them to an 8-6 win day afternoon 21 of the Lechuza Caracas over Audi and registered Lechuza’s first U.S. horses died of a selenium overdose shortly Open Championship in the team’s history. after being unloaded from their trailers to The two-year long emotional journey had prepare of a U.S. Open match. The blame finally been completed. Lechuza Caracas was assigned to a Florida pharmacy for had captured the U.S. Open title. improperly mixing the supplement, but ir83 2012 POLO MAGAZINE


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Lechuza Caracas figth for the ball during the 107 th U.S. Open Polo Championship Photo: Al Diaz

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he revelry and celebration wasn’t being carried on by the Lechuza players and followers alone, several thousand spectators joined in the team’s celebration. Many of those in attendance were witness to the travesty that happened just two years earlier and roundly cheered the determination and dedication that Victor Vargas and his entire operation showed in rebuilding his stables to the level at which it stood today.

“When we got to the field, we were talking about how we lost twenty-one horses and what it took for us to reach the final,” said Sapo Caset, a team member who’s horse Septiva was recently named Best Playing Pony of the Gold Cup. “We studied the film from the Gold Cup loss,” Caset added, “and we knew we could beat them. The Lechuza horses were all over the field that afternoon as the team jumped out to an early 5-2 halftime lead. The horsepower exhibited by the Lechuza mounts had them ahead 8-3 after five chukkers of play, and it was evident that Victor Vargas had managed to rebuild one of the most powerful polo stables in the game as they rode on to an 8-6 victory.

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“Our team was just amazing today,” said Vargas. “We were hoping this would be the year to win the Open,” he said, “and it was. It has taken us nine years to capture this trophy,” he smiled. “It was the only one we didn’t have.” When asked how it was accomplished, Vargas said, “We moved some horses around.” “We brought some up from Argentina and from Venezuela; we shipped some back from England, and it all came together.” As an added accolade to all of the Herculean effort was the designation of Sapo Caset’s horses as the “Best String” in Open play. It was a difficult road back, but Victor Vargas and his Lechuza teammates had beaten the odds, standing victorious in the winner’s circle of the most important polo tournament in the United States.


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on of veteran player Steve Crowder, years, Jason came back last year to compete Jason grew up on a polo field, living in the 16-goal competition (which he won) in a condominium on the edge of the with Julian Mannix and filled in for Julian’s main field at the Santa Barbara Polo Club brother, Fred, in a couple matches. and was surrounded by horses, polo players “I’m really excited about our team this and the sport of kings his entire life. His winter,” said Crowder, “it’s the same team tall, slight frame is more reminiscent of a we played with in California,” he added. West Coast surfer than one of America’s top young players, and masks the intensity Jason will be playing with Melissa Ganzi’s of his play on the field. After playing as a Piaget team when the season kicks off, and member of the 2010 Triple Crown winning will be joined by Juan Bollini and Miguel Lucchese team in 2010 and being named Novillo Astrada. This same lineup battled MVP of the Pacific Coast Open, he returned its way into the Pacific Coast Open finals to face his old teammates in the finals of the before losing to Adolfo Cambiaso and John Pacific Coast Open with Melissa Ganzi’s Muse’s Lucchese team 11-9. Piaget polo team. Jason’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed, and this “Coming to play in Wellington is everyone’s time the talented 6-goaler was awarded the dream,” smiled Jason, “but I think I was a bit Robert Skene Award, as the Most Valuable overwhelmed the first time I played here (IPC).” Player of the entire high-goal Santa Barbara season. Don’t let his boyish charm and Jason played on the Everglades team with casual attitude fool you. The moment Tommy Biddle, Owen Rinehart and Skeeter he rides onto the field he becomes an Johnston; “I was way too pumped,” offered the aggressive, hard-hitting professional polo towheaded Crowder, “and my horses weren’t player with deft mallet skills and an ability up to it either”. Crowder explained that polo is to dominate the game. all about the horses, and he’s ready this year. “I’m well-mounted again this year,” he said, “and am ready for anything. At IPC you have to have top horses to be competitive, and I’m ready.” After an absence of nearly eight 87 2012 POLO MAGAZINE


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“The Natural”

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ris Kampsen began playing polo at the He credits Magrini and the Gracidas (former age of nine at the Tampa Bay Polo Club, legendary 10-goalers Carlos and Memo) with and hasn’t stopped since. A casual high- helping him finish his game, and said that he school athlete, Kris took to polo like a duck to never stops learning. water. “I started riding as a kid with my Dad,” “I have been fortunate enough to compete with said Kris, “he used to play in the 80s, and we and against some very talented players, and always seemed to have horses around.” take direction from them,” he offered, “and His mercurial rise in the game came at the will continue to exercise a professional work age of fifteen, when he finally decided to ethic in every phase of my game.” Kris credits take the game seriously. By the time he was Memo Gracida with not only teaching him seventeen he had attained a 3-goal handicap. some of the finer points of the game, but with Within another year he was rated at 4-goals, helping him to prepare for each game as if it and at the age of nineteen he carried a 5-goal were the most important game of his life. handicap and was among the top 1% of the “He taught me that there is only one way to American players. prepare for a game,” he said, “the right way.

“Matias Magrini got me to focus on my game,” he said. “He told me that I had to get serious and look at polo as a business, a livelihood. He made me work harder at being a professional player and approaching every aspect of the game in a professional manner.” Kampsen has played on winning teams from coast to coast, and includes wins in the Pacific Coast Open, the USPA America Cup, Robert Skene Trophy and the Mayor’s Trophy. With a personal goal to be the best player in the game, Kris is playing off of a string of between 25-30 horses between Florida and Argentina, and has every intention on making the most of his opportunities in the game.

There are no short cuts, there is nothing that can be overlooked just because it isn’t a 26goal match,” he said, “he taught me that the preparation before the game is as important as the execution on the field.” Kris has great hand-eye coordination, and with his towering 6’ 5” frame, has tremendous reach on the field. A personable and talented player, Kris Kampsen will be riding into play in the 20-goal competition with Steve Van Andel’s Orchard Hill polo team with Lucas Criado and Facundo Obregon.

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“The “Best String” of the 107th U.S. Open Polo Championship™.”

uillermo “Sapo” Caset has been a regular on the International Polo Club scene for years, but 2011 ended up being a banner year for the talented young Argentine. In 2011, the Lechuza Caracas team on which he played won the C. V. Whitney Cup and the U.S. Open Polo Championship in 201, and missed winning the USPA Piaget Gold Cup in sudden-death overtime, a victory that would have delivered a sweep of the Triple Crown to the talented team. Sapo is blessed with a great eye and with one of the quickest mallets in the game, but in a sport that relies on the swiftness, power and depth of horses in a player’s string, that wouldn’t be enough. His expert mallet work would need to be accompanied by some of the game’s top mounts, an effort that would require years to accomplish. “I put every penny I make back into the horses,” said Sapo while reflecting on the laborious task of assembling this impressive string of horses, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed. Following the awarding of the U.S. Open trophy to the Lechuza Caracas team, Sapo was honored with having the “Best String” of the U.S. Open competition, a recognition that would seem highly unlikely just two years ago. In 2009, with Victor Vargas’ Lechuza Caracas team cruising to wins in the C. V.

Whitney and the USPA Gold Cup, tragedy befell the entire team. An equine supplement that was being used to assist the horses in getting a second wind was utilized with no one aware that the ingredients were improperly mixed, resulting in the death of 21 top horses including the Best Playing Ponies from both the 2009 C. V. Whitney Cup and the USPA Piaget Gold Cup. “It was a tragedy,” offered Caset. “It took us (Sapo, Juan Martin Nero, Nicolas Espain and Victor Vargas) years to organize these horses, it was horrible.” Through intensive searches and trial and error Sapo and his teammates were able to replace many of the horses lost, with the “Best String” award confirming the success of their efforts as they did battle with over 600 (the number of horses competing in the 2011 high-goal season at IPC) of the very best mounts in the game. Just weeks later, Sapo would receive the ultimate honor when he had his handicap elevated to the revered 10-goal level, joining a mere handful of players worldwide to earn such an honor. This season Sapo will be competing again with the Lechuza Caracas team and will be joining teammate and fellow 10-galer Juan Martin Nero in an effort to improve upon their victories just a year ago. 91 2012 POLO MAGAZINE


WHAT DOES

INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH

MEAN TO OUR MEMBERS?

“I am so excited to be back for another season at International Polo Club Palm Beach. Driving up to the club house this week I got misty eyed. The staff are like family, and their attention to every detail is truly unparalleled. It ’s like coming home every season.”

Carol Cohen

“I decided to join IPC because of the inviting atmosphere and luxurious accommodations. The relaxed but elegant ambiance is perfect for meetings and entertaining clients. Most importantly, the comfort and friendliness of everyone from the staff to the members makes IPC a perfect place for my family to relax and mingle. In season and out, IPC is a comfortable place to unwind, escape, or be social.”

Devon Kane

“IPC is the quintessence of equestrian lifestyle in the Wellington area. IPC’s scrupulous attention to the tiny detail makes it very similar to dressage for me, with the neat approach to any attribute and good taste of the surroundings. This brings content and relaxation everytime I visit the club.”

Svetlana Gorski

“International Polo Club Palm Beach is a home away from home for our family. The staff is hardly staff at all; they are friends that know just what to do to make our experience at IPC perfect. What a fantastic place to relax, dine, work out, and spend time with family, friends, and colleagues.”

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“At IPC, I love the tennis and the group of people that play, I love the dining buddies we have, and the polo friends. In all these cases, I enjoy conversation that is not based on my dressage world topics. IPC and its members keep me laughing.”

Candra Seley

“ I love the International Polo Club Palm Beach. I used to be a competitive dressage rider before moving to Florida with my family. We joined IP C and fell in love quickly with polo. I star ted playing polo at the same time my young son did, and now we come to Polo at IP C ever y Sunday during season to watch the high goal matches together.”

Kirsten Braden

“The International Polo Club is a wonderful asset for all of us in the Wellington equestrian community. Not only is it a beautiful club, with great sport, great people, and great food, but it is the force behind some of the best horse events in the area.”

Jane Forbes Clark

“I feel so lucky every time I go to the IPC. It is very beautiful and peaceful. The gym is the best, and it is so inspiring to work out with other athletes, especially the polo players! The staff is warm and professional and makes me feel at home.”

Mary Ann Grant

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DISCOVER IPC WORLD DRESSAGE MASTERS

Going, Going, Gone For the second year in a row, this prestigious event, which was nearly forced to leave its Wellington home two years ago, sells out in less than a week.

2012 WORLD DRESSAGE MASTERS PALM BEACH CDI 5 JANUARY 26TH, 27TH, & 28TH PRESENTED BY

INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH EVENT ORGANIZED BY

WE LLI N GTO N CL A S S I C D R E S SAG E Written By Karen Robinson

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rom January 26 th to 28 th , 2012, the world’s top dressage horses and riders will converge on

the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center for the World Dressage Masters Palm Beach. The WDM

Palm Beach presented by International Polo Club Palm Beach is North America’s first and only five star dressage competition, and forms the only non-European leg of the world’s richest and most prestigious dressage series. Sponsored by International Polo Club Palm Beach and the Goodman Family, the 2012 WDM Palm Beach will be the season’s not-to-be-missed dressage event. Spectators will be treated to world class competition in the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music while enjoying a gourmet meal at ringside, followed by an after-party where the spectators and competitors will have a chance to mingle and dance the night away.

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Anja Plönzke (GER) – with horse: Le Mont d’Or

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orth American dressage nearly lost its most important

competition for the first time at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Dressage

competition in 2011, when the former organizers of the

Freestyle is widely known to have transformed dressage from a sport

World Dressage Masters Palm Beach cancelled the event

that no one wanted to watch to a spectacle that sells out even before

just two months before it was to have taken place. At the

the individual show jumping at major international championships.

eleventh hour, International Polo Club Palm Beach and the Goodman Family stepped in and saved the WDM Palm Beach, the richest dressage competition to take place annually on North American soil, from extinction. IPC and the Goodman Family’s support of dressage has been an important contribution to South Florida’s emergence as one of the world’s top dressage destinations, with competitors traveling across the Atlantic and across North America to the WDM Palm Beach.

Each program in a Grand Prix Dressage Freestyle is unique; the rider chooses his or her own music and choreographs a set of required movements in a sequence that best interprets the music and highlights the horse’s strengths. A dressage freestyle at the Grand Prix level represents the pinnacle of equestrian training and a unique marriage of sport and art. The passage, piaffe and flying changes every stride are made more breathtaking with music whose beat matches every

Taking place at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, the 2011 WDM Palm

footfall. No one watches a well performed Grand Prix freestyle and

Beach attracted some of the world’s top dressage horses and riders,

remains unmoved by the beauty of a highly trained horse seemingly

including the most successful pair ever to represent the United States,

dancing to music.

Steffen Peters and Ravel, who won two individual bronze medals at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The highlight of the three day WDM competition was the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music. Over 1200 spectators enjoyed a spectacular French-themed dinner while horses and riders from six countries entertained them with their musical programs. The Freestyle to Music represents the ultimate expression of Classical Dressage, a discipline that has always been considered both sport and art. Horses and music have been captivating audiences for centuries, from circuses and parades to France’s Carrousel du Roi and Vienna’s famed Spanish Riding School. Incorporated into Olympic

The World Dressage Masters was created as a show case for the finest dressage talent in the world, with the purpose of bringing horses and the sport of dressage to a wider public. WDM competitions have been held in some of Europe’s most elegant equestrian settings: Cannes, Hickstead and Munich, to name just three. In 2011, €400,000 (US$540,000) in prize money was handed out at four WDM competitions. The WDM Palm Beach has not only been North America’s only CDI5* competition, but also its richest, with a purse of €100,000.


GOING, GOING, GONE WORLD DRESSAGE MASTERS

T

he WDM Palm Beach 2012 has already attracted a list

WDM Palm Beach 2012 Presented by

of confirmed entries that includes Britain’s two newest stars, European Champions Carl Hester and Charlotte

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Dujardin. Steffen Peters has declared his intention to

Location: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center –

defend the title he won at the 2011 WDM Palm Beach with

Okeeheelee Park South, 7500 Forest Hill Blvd,

Akiko Yamazaki’s Ravel. Following on the incredible

West Palm Beach, FL 33413

success of the WDM Palm Beach in 2011, the 2012 event will once again take spectators to the South of France, from the cypress trees and

Schedule:

lavender plants lining the entrance path to the backdrop featuring

Thursday January 26, 2012:

scenes of medieval hill top towns and fields of sunflowers. Guests will be

2 pm – Veterinary Inspection for WDM horses

treated to haute cuisine and fine wines in keeping with the elegance of

3-5 pm – CDI3* (top two horses to be invited to compete in WDM CDI5*)

their surroundings, while the world’s finest dressage horses perform just

6 pm – Competitors’ party at IPC

a few feet from their tables. The WDM Palm Beach2011, which sold out well in advance, attracted a virtual Who’s Who of the equestrian world.

Friday January 27, 2012: 1-4 pm – WDM Grand Prix

With so much more time to prepare for the 2012 WDM Palm Beach, the presenting sponsors at IPC Palm Beach expect to exceed last year’s event in every respect.

Saturday January 28, 2012: 1-3 pm – WDM Grand Prix Special 6 pm – WDM Grand Prix Freestyle Victory Party in IPC Pavilion following awards ceremony

Ringside Dining

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Social Scene Rewind

2011

World Dressage Masters Palm Beach

John Flanagan, Noreen O’ Sullivan, Steffan Peters, Tina Konyot, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven, John Goodman.

MARCH 10 th–13th 2011 Jim Brandon Equestrian Center The 2011 World Dressage Masters CDI 5* was an event not to be missed. The richest dressage competition ever to have taken place in North America, and the only five star FEI dressage competition to take place on this continent, the WDM Palm Beach saw 17 of the world’s most successful dressage riders and their horses compete for 100,000 Euros in prize money.

Tamara Gerber, Pete Schofield, & Maggie Miley.

Steffan Peters.

Photos by: LILA PHOTO

Barbara Nitsch & John Finlayson.

David & Millie McCoy.

Lisa and Chris Von Martels.


Kirsten Braden, Laetitia Rittmeister, & friend.

Ringside Country French Dinning

Fire blower- Greg May.

Carol & Steve Elliot

Milo Mott & Marcy Freedman

1st Place Steffen Peters, 2 nd Place Tina Konyot, 3 rd Place Tinne-Vilhelmson-Silfven

Harriett Goodman, Greg Goodman, & Summerfield K. Johnston

SOCIAL SCENE REWIND 2011


GOLF South African Polo Celebrity, Sugar Erskine


DISCOVER IPC INTERNATIONAL WEEKEND

International Polo Club Palm Beach is going GREEN with Ireland. Celebrating the 2nd Annual International Weekend in Wellington, Florida.

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On Ma rch 16-18, T he I nternationa l Polo Club Palm Beach will host it’s 2nd Annual International Weekend featuring some of the oldest rough and tumble sports in history. The three day fabulous event, held over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, will showcase some of the World’s best athletes from several internationally played sports including Croquet, Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, and of course, Polo. Naturally, Ireland will be the celebrated Nation, and with the theme being all things green; fine Irish cuisine, music, and beverages will be on hand at the Palm Beach first class facility. The United States will take on the lads from Ireland and Great Britain in each sport. “This is a unique, one of a kind sporting event, bringing together world class athletes in a cross cultural experience” states IPC Club Founder, John Goodman. “We are very excited to host this large scale event with such elite sports of remarkable history and tradition.” The crowds will be entertained by the sweet sounds of Limerick Ireland’s own Hermatage Green, a top 40 Irish Band which features two International Rugby stars, Barry Murphy and Felix Jones. International Weekend is certain to be a great opportunity for spectators to come out and watch some of the oldest sports known to mankind while celebrating the holiday weekend. The 2012 season promises to be THE most exciting in the Club history. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to coordinate an event of this caliber. It will be one of the premier St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on the planet” says Paul Hope, Tennis Director at the International Polo Club and the Event Coordinator. “We are very lucky to have a fine World Class facility that can host these sports, side by side.” So come on out and raise a pint or two at the International Polo Club…

Written by Judie Gibson

THE place to be for St. Patrick’s Day! International Polo Club is located at 3667 120th Avenue South in Wellington, Florida. Information about International Weekend can be obtained by emailing Judie Gibson at jgibson@internationalpoloclub.com, by calling 561.204.5687 or by visiting the website at: http://www. internationalpoloclub.com

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Social Scene Rewind

2011

First Annual International Weekend Stephie Hussey Stealing the Ball for Team USA.

APRIL 22 nd–24th, 2011 International Polo Club Palm Beach The International Polo Club Palm Beach hosted it’s 1stAnnual International Weekend featuring some of the oldest rough and tumble sports in history. The fabulous event showcased the World’s best athletes from several internationally played sports including Croquet, Field Hockey, Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, and Polo.

Polo Player Chris Nevins Golfing for Team USA

South Africa VS Brazil.

Photos by: LILA PHOTO

Sherif Abdel Wanab, Egyptian American 2011 Contender.

Steven Taylor Batting for Team USA.

Cha Cha Young Wonder. 2011 International Weekend Awards Ceremony.

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Judy Behren, Anthea Christian, Caroline Johnston. Henri-James Tieleman, Paul Hope, and Wayne Ferreira.

Tina & Bob Hinckley.

Gavin Curtis, Patricia Tedrick

Brian Lyall Presents John Goodman and International Polo Club With Thank You Placque

Dennis Quinlan Presents Tara Cup to Team Brazil’s Brian Hussey

Emerging Sprinboks Rugby Team.

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WHAT’S NEW AT IPC

ENVIRONMENT A Note from Chef William At the International Polo Club

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WHAT’S NEW AT IPC

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WHAT’S NEW AT IPC

WHAT’S NEW AT IPC

A Note from Maria C. Feola

A Note from Dawn Kimberly Zweiban

STADIUM

FITNESS

Once again , International Polo Club Palm B each is asser ting

We are pleased to announce international Polo Club’s new state

itself as the premier Polo destination in the world . Many aspects

of the ar t “mind and body studio.” A s our season begins , we are

of the club will b e s p o r ti n g a n exciti n g n ew l o o k at th e h a n d s

excited to introduce a ver y dynamic and versatile schedule of

of re n ow n e d d e si g n e r Tr a c y To p p i n g s .

classes . Whether you are a seasoned athlete or someone who is just get ting star ted with fitness , you will find our classes of fer a

S o m e of what yo u c a n exp e c t to se e as we we lco m e yo u

variet y of options that will meet your needs .

b a c k t h i s s e a s o n i s a s t a d i u m “ f a c e l i f t ”, f e a t u r i n g n e w c h a i r s , evoking a “retro” look . For your comfor t and conve nie nce

N ew to our menu are indoor cycling , ballet barre, and kangoo.

signature cushions with the I P C logo may be purchase d at

We are also of fering zumba , body pump, cardiobox, aqua , and

th e retail sto re .

pilates . Also, meditation and yoga are scheduled 6 days per week for your enjoyment. Star t your day feeling refreshed and

We l o o k f o r w a r d t o t o s e e i n g y o u a l l f o r t h e

renewed .

2012 Polo Season! Namaste M a r i a C . Fe o l a B ox O f f i c e M a n a g e r

D aw n Zwe i b a n F itn e s s D i re c to r I nte r n ati o n a l P o l o C l u b Palm Beach

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CAPE CORAL

CROCODILE ROCK

A beautiful enamel coral cuff that can be worn on its own or layered. Hinged on one side for that perfect fit.

An exclusive clutch by Singapore designer, Ethan Koh, is handmade with Niloticus crocodile skins and in brilliant violet, for that extra bite. $2774. Ethan - K

$68. Lily Pulitzer

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TECH-SESSORY

GARDEN VARIETY

For the ultimate fashionista, every detail and accessory counts and that means, even, your computer accessory. This USB is glazed in the iconic Pucci pattern and part of the 2012 resort collection. Price available upon request.

This beautiful cocktail ring is handcrafted in 18-carat white gold and set with 359 brilliant-cut diamonds, 16 pear-shaped emeralds, 8 round-cut pink sapphires and a cushion-cut 34-carat rubellite. Who needs a green thumb? Price Upon

Emilio Pucci

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AFRICAN BAMBAATAA

PUSH THE ENVELOPE

This high wedge peep toe shoe will not only make your feet look fabulous but inspire you to travel from the Caribbean to Kenya. Tropical goes modern with the zig-zag pattern detailing that complements colors of pink, turquoise and coral.

The chic and understated leather envelope wallet with logo snap closure and signature strap detail is the must have accessory. Comes in an array of hues and made in Italy. $585. Proenza Schouler

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$725. Rupert Sanderson

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The world’s first luxury hybrid smart phone, The Chairman incorporates the distinctive Ulysse Nardin mechanical watch rotor, is made from over 300 handmade parts and hand set with over 3,000 round brilliant cut diamonds of the finest quality, totaling over 17 carats. This is one phone you won’t want to lose! $50,000. Uncells.com

Your eyes will love you for not only the protection Le Gemme brings but the use of precious metals and gemstones. Available for pre –order. $970. Bvlgari

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DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER

QUILT-TESSENTIALLY

This functional and sophisticated leather messenger bag by Claudia Pistarini, has a silver mallet handle and canvas strap with lots of pockets inside for the fashionable and organized type. $750. IPC Retail Shop

Barbour adds both a modern and classic twist on their Liddesdale Jacket. The Heritage Liddesdale is a slimmer fitting jacket but still offers the diamond quilted style jacket, corduroy collar and nylon quilted lining, perfect for the country or city. $149. IPC Retail Shop.

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ROCK THE BOAT

BUTTON IT!

Docksides are “the hand sewn boat shoe that started it all.” These genuine moccasin constructed shoes have rubber slip-resistant soles, rawhide laces and non-corrosive brass eyelets, ultimately, creating a fit that’s uniquely your own.

Peter Millar’s pinwheel checkered button up shirt with International Polo Club logo on cuffs $115. IPC Retail Shop.

$100. Sebago

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IF THE CAP FITS

WALLET SIZED

International Polo Club baseball cap also comes in a variety of colors.

In a variety of bright colors, this casual chic canvas and leather wallet will never run of out style. $103. Vicomte A

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GLOWING CHARM

LIGHT HOUSE

SET IN STONE

Jo Malone, an everyday luxury, known for unexpected soft and evocative scents can bring the smell of warmth and an enchanting essence to any room especially with the White Jasmine & Mint Home Candle.

Based on the silhouette of the archetypical Nordic House, this lantern for candles compliments any porch with the coated steel and glass. Available in green, pink, blue and white.

This turquoise and jade handmade chandelier is both whimsical and elegant for any décor with its classic shape and its richness in color. $4,000. Inside Avenue

$137. Elemental.

$65. 200g Jo Malone

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FLIGHT OF FANCY

MOD MEETS MODERN

A SMALL WORLD

Artefacto’s desk from the Flight Collection, inspired by aviation parts, will have you taking off in style. Made of polished stainless steel and leather, this desk is first class. $2574. Artefacto

Trina Turk’s Burmese Vine, sixties geometric pattern is not only vibrant but handcrafted. These 20x20 throw pillows will make any couch, chair or bed, pop!

Each ‘Bespoke’ terrarium is collaboratively designed (from the shape of the terrarium to the planting) with each client, and consist of plantings in one-of-a-kind, biomorphic hand-blown vessels. The ‘Ready-Made’ collection features edited compositions that are both chic and low maintenance.

$178. Trina Turk

$1500. James Modern

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CLEAN NEVER FELT SO GOOD

FEED YOUR SOUL AND YOUR SKIN

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Alliance. $23. Kiehl

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$90. Feed Projects

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IN THE RED

MELTS YOUR HEART

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TWO PEAS IN A POD

SCRATCH THE SURFACE

LIVING IN A FISH BOWL

Your pooch will love this pod as much as you do for its high design aesthetic. More of a recliner than a dog bed, this cozy nook comes in a choice of five bent plywood veneers.

Whether it’s to lounge or to scratch, this stunning Elizabeth Page Smith design complements both sustainability and appeal. You can bet, your kitty will purrrr for more.

Double duty with this whimsical fish bowl as it spices up your décor and your goldfish’s abode with its unique mountain range interior. $140. Gaia & Gino

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WALK IN STYLE

SLEEP TO GO

Hartman & Rose’s, a luxury jewelry and leather goods for women, presents designer pet wear with these classic and fashionable dog collars made with exquisite Italian hardware. All collars are hand stitched, painted and set with semi-precious gemstones and Austrian crystals. $69.99 and up.

Transport your fury love child in style with Sleepypod’s award winning luxury pet carrier. More than a carrier, it’s also your pet’s personal space. $179.

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FOR THE LOVE OF TR VELI BAGGAGE CHECK A metamorphosis of historical and traditional craftsmanship has British designer Sarah Jane Williams, producing the most original collection of handmade leather bags that will guarantee your luggage won’t be wrongly guessed for someone else’s.

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This small traveling camera clicks a big punch. The ALPA 12 TC camera is the smallest and lightest 6x9 roll-film camera for professionals with more than 60 mega pixels. $5,081. Alpa

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This handmade travel backgammon set is perfect for any player or beginner. With its suede and leather playing surface, it makes it one of the most luxurious sets out there. Comes in blue or red and can be personalized.

SAY CHEESE! Travel the world for the best cheese at your fingertips. Every month, members receive exceptional international cheeses like a Gaperon, originating in France during the 14th Century, an authentic Lancashire by Ruth Kirkham, or an Italian Taleggio matured in the caves of Valsassina! $515 a year. Cheese of

$179 - Noble Macmillian

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2011

2011 Palm Beach Polo Season JANUARY 2 nd–APRIL 18 th, 2011

Tailgaters.

International Polo Club Palm Beach It was another spectacular season at International Polo Club Palm Beach filled with the most competitive and highest goal polo played in the United States.

Action on Piaget Field. Photos by: LILA PHOTO

Carson Kressley & Kelly Bensimone put her long legs to good use during the half time Divot stomp.

Councilman Matt Willhite and Family.

Bill and Giuliana Rancic.

Watching from the Sidelines.

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Valiente Competes Again The Hawks.


Kait Parker & Marci Gonzalex.

Tommy Morrison, Sarah Scheffer and friends.

Larsa Pippen & Ki-Juan Minors being Escorted to the Coin Toss in a Ferrari California.

Abi Beaux and Christianna Arauz .

Juancito Rodreguiz.

Shareef Malnik, Lauren Duffy, Gabrielle Anwar, Luis Escobar.

Georgette Escobar Cheering on her husband Luis Escobar.

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Emily Zammit, Beth Beattie, Katherine Lande, Kim Honig, Elisabeth Munder, Trisha Gregory.

Erica Phillips, Tiana Thayer, Danielle Gronneberg.

Sibylle and Alex Kraft.

Laurie Consoli

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Nadia and Olivia Demarinis.


Kathryn Maguire.

Emily Mateer, Michelle Sanchez, Kelly Murray, Kristen Salatino, Beth Beattie, Danielle Norcross.

Logan and Lauren McGrudger

Beau Beasley and Michelle Leshem.

Katya Kova.

Melinda Cohen and Dawn Jones.

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Alexander Mijares.

Charlotte Page & Friends.

Heather & Isabella Weisz.

Edward Trexler.

Chris Clark & Alexandra Pozzo.

Diana, Joe, Tess, & Adolfo Claire DiMenna. Cambiaso.

Kris Kampsen & Grandmother Ruth Scarberry.

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Chad Henne, Lauren Duffy, Terry Duffy.


Valentines Day Tailgating Winners the D’Amelios & Friends with Food Network Star Ingrid Hoffman.

Riley, Marc, & Grant Ganzi.

Tim Gannon & Gabrielle Anwar doing the tango on Piaget Field.

Larry Zaffuto.

The Bachelorette’s Roberto Martinez & Ali Fedotowsky, Robin Flemming, Mackenzie Flemming.

John Dunagan.

Tennis Superstar Venus Williams, Tim & Bettina Gannon.

Kelly Klein & Nick Manifold.

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2011

USPA Piaget Gold Cup USPA Piaget Gold Cup Trophy MARCH 6th–20 th, 2011

Audi Polo Team climbing their way to the top of the USPA Piaget Gold Cup.

International Polo Club Palm Beach

IPC’s club sponsor continued to make the tournament one to remember in 2011. From celebrity guests to the Piaget jewelry and watches that adorned the players and models, the guests that attended the tournament had much to be dazzled by. The level of play was incredible as Audi rose to the top in the tournament final. Photos by: LILA PHOTO

Nic Roldan, Marc Ganzi, Philippe Leopold-Metzger, John Goodman, Jeff Hall at Piaget Dinner.

Marc Ganzi & Gonzalito Pieres Celebrating Victory.

Lacey Karabin.

Beatrice Vuille-Willemetz and Marc Rosen.

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Nic Roldan & Kate Bock.


Audi celebrating their victory.

Piaget Flags.

Mena Suvari, Philippe LĂŠopold-Metzger .

IPC Models: Kahla & Julia.

Luke Hall, Michelle Hall, Jeff Hall, Lauren Duffy

Brian Mazza & Tinsley Mortimer.

Abigail, Terry, Lauren, Mackenzie Duffy.

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2011

107th U.S. Open Polo Championship MARCH 27th-APRIL 18 th, 2011

Dancers at the Mallet Grille.

International Polo Club Palm Beach The 107th U.S. Open Polo Championship was a tournament to remember in the 2011 Palm Beach Polo Season. The level of play was unparalleled, which was shown by the excitement of the crowd. Victor Vargas’ Lechuza Caracas took home the victory in the final of the tournament in nail-biting action. Jenny Dunion and Georgina Bloomberg.

Adolfo Cambiaso and Daughter.

Photos by: LILA PHOTO

Eva, Cayetana, Inigo, and Javier Deliey.

The Lechuza Team and Family Celebrating. Action on Piaget Field.

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Packed Grandstands at the US Open Championship Finals.

Gail Vrielink, Luke Dupont, Chelsea Olson, Randy Alonso.

Richard Coté, Gordon Ross, The “Senator” Glenn Atkinson.

U.S. Open Polo Action.

George & Collette Hanley.

Young Fans Enjoy the Festivities. Adolfo Cambiaso.

Steve and Carole Elliott.

U.S. Open Polo Championship Trophy.

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Tyler Weber, Cody Linley.

Augustine Merlos, Heather Weisz, Belen Caset, Celine Caset, Andres Weisz, Guillermo Caset, Celestino Merlos, Bella Weisz.

Marc Ganzi & Victor Vargas Neck to Neck

The Crowd at Half Time.

Mia Astrada.

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Ellen Marts is epitomizing the Polo Lifestyle with bigs hat and champagne.


Jackie Maille, Tara Latona, Larsa Pippen, Nancy Pusateri, Denise George, Tony Cho.

John Wash, Cicely Tyson, B. Michael, Mary Wilson and Chukker.

Russ and Nicola McCall, Tim and Christie Gannon.

Michelle McFaul presenting a Nespresso Machine.

Ali Solimine and Georgette Escobar.

Frank MacNamara & Allen White in box.

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2011

Mercedes Anderson, Chelsea Albertz.

Mike Dixon, Joe Taveritte & Friends.

Nespresso Pavillion JANUARY 2 nd- APRIL 17th, 2011

International Polo Club Palm Beach

IPC’s Nespresso Pavilion was host to faboulous events and guests throughout the 2011 season. With delicious Nespresso beverages or glasses of Veuve Cliquot in hand, Polo Players mingled with South Florida’s tastemakers and the occasional celebrity adding to the glamour of the fabulous Sunday.

Photos by: LILA PHOTO

Michele Rivera, Sarah Scheffer, Tommy Morrison, and Kelly Murray.

Nespresso Staff, Venus Williams and Michelle Mcfaul.

Betsey Johnson at Nespresso Pavilion.

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Michelle McFaul and Ingrid Hoffman.


Grace Jones & Beau Beasley

Ess & Emm.

Kimberly Stefanski, TIffany Kuyendall, Lona Welch, Christina Rozen, and Jennifer Dyer.

David Fitten and Danny Santiago.

Kristen Salatino, Emily Mateer, Kelly Murray, Michelle Sanchez.

Polo Enthusiasts intensely watching from the fashionable Nespresso Pavilion.

Lauren LaPonzina, Brian Saver

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2011

Annual 4th Grade Polo Day JANUARY 18 th, 2011

Meeting IPC Mascot Chukker.

International Polo Club Palm Beach 4th Grade Polo was back again in full force. The annual event saw over 1500 local elementary school children decend on Piaget Championship field to cheer on teams Mattahooch and Santa Clara, made up of their favorite Polo players and peers.

The 4th Graders Arrive at IPC. Photos by: LILA PHOTO

Cipriano Echezarreta.

Brandon Phillips Signing Autographs

Mattahooch and Santa Clara Polo Teams.

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Father Son High Five for Nico and Luis Escobar.


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2011

2011 Annual Polo Ball APRIL 9 th, 2011

International Polo Club Palm Beach

Mary Pat Pace, Stacey Hetherington, Cynthia Bonvino.

Frank & Josephine D’Amelio.

This year’s Polo Ball Theme “Golden Horseshoe Casino” was another amazing event benefiting the Curing Children’s Cancer Fund. Memebers and friends gathered together enjoying the food and dancing. Every guest felt like a high roller for the evening in the “Golden Horseshoe Casino”.

Stevie Orthwein, Will Johnston, Brandon Phillips. Photos by: LILA PHOTO Richard & Melinda Cohen.

Melinda Cohen.

Guests enjoying the Festivities at the Golden Horseshoe Casino.

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2011

2011 WCT Opening Party 001.

Women’s Championship Tournament APRIL 1st-15th, 2011 International Polo Club Palm Beach It began with an opening party held at Elegante Polo to kick of the 2011 Women’s Championship Tournament. The best women players in Polo were at IPC battling it out for the tournament title. Goose Creek Polo Team prevailed as the 3-6 goal finals winner, as well as the G Oil Team winning the Entry Level Finals. Erica Gandomcar.

MVP Maureen Brennan with Catena’s Bill Kraft.

Catena Cup Trophy.

WCT Finals 2011 Entry Level winner G Oil.

Tiffany Busch (green jersey) & Jolie Liston Compete.

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Bill Kraft of Catena Celebrates with Winning Goose Creek Team Members Sunny Hale, Kristy Outheir, Maureen Brennan, Belinda Brody


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2011

Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Classic JUNE 5th, 2011

Keith Lieberthal, Julianna Margulies and Wyclef Jean.

Governor’s Island, New York The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic continued to draw society’s elite from New York and around the globe. The day’s host Hugh Jackman was one of many celebrities and socialites that enjoyed the play that day. This year the event benefited the Urban Zen Hope Help & Rebuild Haiti (HHRH), whose aim is to create community awareness in response to Haiti’s immediate need to rebuild after the devastating earthquake in January 2010. Photos by: Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot

Kathy Hilton and Nikki Hilton.

Amber Heard and Whitney Port.

Model Alek Wek.

Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Isla Fisher.

Marc Jacobs and Nacho Figueras celebrate.

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Donna Karan and Regina Wilson of the NYFD.


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2011

Lucchese America Cup winners, Roxie Solakian, Andy Busch & Paul Lavoie.

Santa Barbara Polo Season JUNE-SEPTEMBER, 2011

Santa Barbara Polo Club

It was an amazing summer for 20 goal polo in Santa Barbara last year. Santa Barabra Polo & Racquet Club hosted the Foundation Polo Challenge to benefit The American Friends of The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry and the Polo Training Center of Santa Barbara. Amongst many celebrity guests, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge graced the crowd as newlyweds on their first trip U.S. Photos by: PHOTOS BY KIM KURPART PHOTOGRAPHY

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

Wesley Ru, Ambassador Glen & Gloria Holden, Clarisa Ru.

Bombardier Pacific Coast Open winners, Team Lucchese.

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Royal Highness Prince William.


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2011

Hampton’s Classic Weekend AUGUST 28 th– SEPTEMBER 4th, 2011

Michele Caroli & Friends.

The Hamptons

IPC continued their annual summer adventure up to the Hampton Classic Horseshow. Members and friends of IPC enjoyed a week full of fantastic show jumping, as well as the annual members party at the Wolffer Estate and Vineyard.

Guests Dancing.

George & Christine Tauber

Neil & Deborah Rego.

Lindsay Aversano, Julie Pickens.

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Chrstyne & George Tauber.


Nacho Figueras & Friend.

Nick Remsen, Daniela Dello Joio.

Aversano Family & Friends with Michelle Trachtenberg.

Michael McClaren & Angela Baker.

Mark Van Lith and wife.

Adolfo Cambiaso.

Carole & Cardie Saunders.

Frank & Patricia MacNamara, Allan White.

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Andrea Walton, George and Christine Tauber.

Alltech Horse Show NOVEMBER 2-5, 2011

Lexington, Kentucky

M. Douglas Mutch and Norman Dello Joio.

The 128 th Alltech National Horse Show was held for the first time at the Kentucky Horse Park. IPC enjoyed some amazing competition, as well as served as the host of the Grand Prix After Party. Throughout the week IPC cheered on the exhibitors that were competing in year-end competition. IPC would like to congratulate Jessica Springsteen, who won the coveted award of Leading Lady Rider for horse show. Photos by: Phelps Media Group

Bill Weeks, Kent Farrington and John Brennan .

Laura Kraut and Navona Gallegos.

Jessica Springsteen receiving the Leading Lady Rider Award.

Jessica Springsteen and LaSilla. Arly Golombek, Ivan Rakowsky and Hugh Kincannon.

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2011

2011 Challenge of the Americas benefiting Play for P.I.N.K.

Adolfo Cambiaso and Georgette Escobar.

MARCH 12 th, 2011

International Polo Club The 10 th Annual Challenge of the Americas held its first polo match as part of the festivities. This event is held to benefit breast cancer research. The patrons of many of the teams that play at IPC all competed to raise money for the cause.

Photos by: AMI

Robery Jornayvaz, Scott Devon, Adolfo Cambiaso, Victor Vargas, Marc Ganzi, and Hutton Goodman.

Team USA

Francisco and Isabella Escobar.

Adolfo Cambiaso & Kris Kampsen.

John Wash, Georgette Escobar, and Tommy Kato.

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EFG Polo Around The World

Jim Whisenand, Luis Escobar, Sebastian Amaya and Dino Asvaintra.

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Calao Mello from the Equus & Co. Brazil Polo Team.

Equus & Co. Brazil Polo Team.

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Dino Asvaintra, Sebastian Amaya, Heather Gu, Luis Escobar, and Jim Whisenand.

Rodrigo Ribeiro from the Equus & Co. Brazil Polo Team.

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POLONEWS {from around the world} WRITTEN BY: ALEX WEBBE Following polo’s introduction to England in 1869 and the formalization of rules, it was the English who dominated the game. International play evolved into the Westchester Cup series with the United States in 1886 with England taking the cup in 1886 and 1902. The United States won ten of the next thirteen match-ups. The US international dominance in the game held fi rm until an upstart team from Argentina (winner of the Gold Medal in the last Olympics that would include polo in 1936) beat them that very same year.

Strong competition in India, Australia, South Africa and other countries produced some top- ight players. To this day, the top polo continues to be played in Argentina, the United States and England Argentina is acknowledged as the reigning polo champion of the world today, competing in three truly open tournaments (played with no handicap limits). The United States hosts three 26-goal tournaments annually while England hosts two 22-goal tournaments each year.

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U.S. Open Polo Championship™ {USA}

USPA Piaget Gold Cup {USA}

March 27th - April 17th, 2011

March 6th - 20th, 2011

After two major 26-goal tournaments the favorites were beginning to emerge. Although the 2010 defending champion Crab Orchard couldn’t be ignored, it wasn’t an early favorite to win the 2011 US Open.

Hutton Goodman’s Faraway Farm team joined the field for the 2011 USPA Piaget Gold Cup as eleven teams were ready to atone for falling short in the Whitney, and Lechuza was looking to continue its winning ways. The three-bracket, four team alignment produced three division winners with perfect 3-0 records (Audi, Las Monjitas and Zacara) with Lechuza qualifying by virtue of net goals. For the second straight tournament the defending championship Crab Orchard team was forced to watch the semifinals from the sidelines.

Lechuza and Audi, finalists from the Piaget Gold Cup, continued to flex their muscles on the field as Open play began. Audi scored wins over Pony Express (13-8), Orchard Hill (14-9) and Las Monjitas (1412) while Lechuza beat Faraway and Piaget by identical 11-7 scores before dropping an inconsequential game to Zacara (7-6). Despite an early 3-0 record, Crab orchard found itself on the losing end of a 8-7 quarterfinal score. After sweeping all three tournaments last season, Crab Orchard would be relegated to watching the third tournament final of the season from the sidelines. With both teams working their way into the semifinals again, Audi faced Valiente with Lechuza being paired up against Las Monjitas. Audi took control of the game early and held on to knock Valiente out of the running in a 9-8 semifinal. Lechuza ten-goaler Juan Martin Nero scored eight times in regulation play. He needed an overtime goal to secure a win for Lechuza and move his team into the team’s third final of the season. There they would face an Audi team that cost them the Gold Cup just weeks earlier. The Lechuza defense shut down the high-scoring Audi attack in the Open final and took a 5-2 halftime lead on their way to an 8-6 win. The fourteen points scored in the Open finals were the lowest total in twenty-one years and serve as a testament to the disciplined defense fielded by the Lechuza team. Juan Martin Nero was named MVP while Rodrigo Andrade’s 12-year-old chestnut gelding, Zoltan, garnered Best Playing Pony honors. Sapo Caset’s horses were named “Best String in the Open”.

In the semifinals, Audi snuck by Las Monjitas while Lechuza ground out a 14-12 win over a determined Zacara team setting up the final showdown. Ten-goalers Gonzalito Pieres and Juan Martin Nero might have garnered the lion’s share of the publicity leading up to the finals of the 2011 USPA Piaget Gold Cup finals, or even 9-goaler Sapo Caset who scored ten goals in each of his last two games, but that would not be the case today. It was 7-goaler Nico Pieres who would make his mark on center stage in one of the season’s most important tournaments. With less than a minute left to play in regulation time, Lechuza was leading Audi 9-8 when 10-goaler Juan Martin Nero drove the ball out of bounds in an attempt to run out the clock. The umpire’s whistle sounded and a “poor sportsmanship” call was made, putting Audi at the 60-yard penalty line. Nico Pieres drove the ball through the goal posts to tie the game and force sudden-death overtime. Thirty-two seconds into that overtime, Nico Pieres scored his seventh goal of the game in an exciting 10-9 win in the 2011 USPA Piaget Gold Cup finals. Nicolas Pieres was named MVP for his efforts while Caset’s mare Septiva, was honored as Best Playing Pony.

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C. V. Whitney Cup {USA} Feb 27th, 2011 The single-elimination C. V. Whitney Cup kicked off the American high-goal season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (the home of all of America’s top tournaments) with eleven teams participating in a field that boasted seven 10-goal players. Victor Vargas’s Lechuza Caracas team surprised many with its opening round win over Adolfo Cambiaso George Rawlins’ defending championship Crab Orchard foursome. The combination of Sapo Caset and Juan Martin Nero in the middle of the lineup and a solid Back in Martin Espain left Vargas free at the front of the attack. Lechuza rang up consecutive wins over Crab Orchard (9-7), Pony Express (10-9) before knocking the Hawks (11-7) out of the semifinals. Bob Jornayvaz managed to maneuver his Valiente team into the finals

with a 14-9 win over Bendabout, but that would be where the Colorado-based team would fall short. Lechuza team captain Victor Vargas would open the scoring and Lechuza would charge out to a 2-1 lead after the first chukker, cruising to a 6-3 halftime lead over Valiente. Polito Pieres and the Astrada brothers (Miguel and Nacho) would continue to pressure the Lechuza defense, but despite a late rally, Lechuza would ride off with the 10-9 win. Balanced scoring from the Lechuza lineup had Nero and Vargas scoring three goals apiece while Caset and Espain each accounted for two goals. Martin Espain was named MVP while Polito Pieres’s ten-yearold brown Argentine gelding, Sugar, was named Best Playing Pony.

Tortugas Open {Argentina} Sept 27th - Oct 15th, 2011 With major changes coming to five of Argentina’s top ranked teams, the country’s first high-goal tournament, the Tortugas Open would debut some of the powerhouses including the 2010 defending championship Ellerstina team (Gonzalito Pieres, Facundo Pieres, Nico Pieres and Nachi Heguy) and the newly-aligned 39-goal La Dolfina lineup (Adfolfo Cambiaso, Pelon Stirling, Juan Martin Nero and Pablo MacDonough). Six teams would compete in this 7-chukker competition that would give the polo community a peek at the strengths and weaknesses of these new alignments. La Dolfina scored early wins over Pilara Piaget, 17-9 before being challenged by La Aguada and the Astrada brothers in a tightly contested 10-9 La Dolfina win. Ellerstina handily downed the new Estancia Grande quartet (Agustin Merlos, Lucas Monteverde, Sebastian Merlos and Lolo Castagnola) 17-12, before rolling over Chapa II (Pepe Heguy, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Marcos de Paola and Eduardo Heguy) 18-9. The stage was set for the Tortugas finals with Ellerstina and La Dolfina meeting for the first time since Ellerstina won the Argentine Open Championship last fall, but both teams had extremely different looks to them.

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With the addition of Nero and MacDonough, La Dolfina jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after the first two chukkers and left the field at halftime with a five goal, 9-4 advantage at the end of four chukkers. Although demonstrating great individual skills in the early going, the Ellerstina team wasn’t working as a team, a factor of which La Dolfina took full advantage. La Dolfina continued to dominate play, running the score to 12-6 after five chukkers, and with Ellerstina looking as if it had no answers. “They’ve (Ellerstina) got to control the ball, control the man,” offered 9-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada, and it appears that is exactly what Ellerstina did late in the game. Holding La Dolfina to a single penalty goal in the sixth chukker, Ellerstina outscored Cambiaso and company 8-1 over the course of the final two chukkers, the last goal coming by Nico Pieres in the final seconds of play for the win. Ellerstina successfully defended its 2010 title and set the stage for an exciting Argentine high-goal season.


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Hurlingham Open {Argentina} Oct 18th - Nov 5th, 2011 In what was a rematch of the finals of the Tortugas Open, Ellerstina met La Dolfina in the finals of the oldest open tournament in the world at the Hurlingham Club in Buenos Aires. Seeking to redeem itself from its second half let down that allowed Ellerstina to rally and score the one goal win at Tortugas, La Dolfina came out strong in the opening chukkers. Ellerstina wasn’t being caught napping this time, however, and the score was all even at 4-4 after the first two chukkers. A more animated Adolfo Cambiaso was all over the field, however, scoring seven of La Dolfina’s ten first half goals enroute to a 10-6 halftime advantage. La Dolfina outscored Ellerstina 3-1 in the fifth chukker getting a pair of goals from Pelon Stirling and a goal from Juan Martin Nero as they extended their lead to 13-7. Ellerstina seemed to get its offense back on track in the sixth, outscoring La Dolfina for the first time all afternoon, but continued to trail, 15-10. La Dolfina got into foul trouble in the seventh chukker, giving up four penalty goals while managing a single goal from Cambiaso. Ellerstina had cut the lead to two goals, 16-14. Hoping to stave off

another tournament-winning rally by Ellerstina, Cambiaso and Stirling scored single goals to open the eighth and final chukker with single goals. Another goal from Cambiaso had La Dolfina up 19-14 when Ellerstina came charging back. Three straight goals from Facundo Pieres (two on penalty shots, one from the field) cut the lead to a single goal, 19-18, with Ellerstina knocking on the door of the La Dolfina goal when time expired. Ellerstina had the ball just yards from the La Dolfina goal when time expired, reminding Cambiaso of how they came back from a seven goal deficit in the Tortugas Open to win. “The way we finished is not the best way,” said Cambiaso following the game. “We have to improve on many things so we don’t end like this again. We have many things to improve if we are to win (the Open),” he said. Ellerstina started out strong, but once again fell behind the powerful 39-goal La Dolfina team on the scoreboard. “It was the same as Tortugas,” said Nico Pieres who added two goals to the Ellerstina total. “I’m just sorry that I missed my last shot on goal to tie the game.”

Argentine Open Championship {Argentina} November 19th - Dec 9th, 2011 La Dolfina used a smothering defense and great teamwork to manhandle the Ellerstina polo team in the finals of the Argentine Open Championship on their way to a 16-10 victory at the Palermo Polo Stadium in Buenos Aires. The opening chukker resulted in a 2-2 tie, but from that time forward, Adolfo Cambiaso and his teammates took control of the game. Shutting out Ellerstina in the second and third chukkers, La Dolfina rode out to a 7-2 advantage after just three chukkers of play, and in spite of a fourth chukker that saw each team score twice, led 9-4 at the end of the first half. The defensive work of Juan Martin Nero at back and saving shots from Pelon Stirling at the Number 2 position were solidified by the steady play of Pablo MacDonough in the middle of the lineup. “La Dolfina is concentrating on controlling the ball,” offered 9-goaler Miguel Novillo Astrada,

“and Ellerstina has been unable to score one goal from the field. Facundo Pieres finally scored Ellerstina’s first goal from the field in the fifth, and added another to cut the La Dolfina lead to three goals, 9-6. For the first time all day, La Dolfina was held scoreless, but Ellerstina couldn’t take full advantage. La Dolfina outscored Ellerstina 5-1 in the seventh, and all but closed the door on the defending champion with a 16-8 lead. Ellerstina never gave up, charging onto the field in the eighth chukker as if the score was tied, but there was no rally on tap for them this time. A penalty goal from Facundo Pieres and a goal from the field from Nico Pieres were all of the offense offered in the final chukker as La Dolfina and MVP Adolfo Cambiaso recorded the 16-10 victory for the 2011 Argentine Open Championship.

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Gold Cup for the British Open {England} June 21st - July 17th, 2011 Cowdray Park hosted the 2011 Gold Cup for the British Open. The field of teams expanded to eighteen with last year’s championship Dubai team trying to bounce back to hang on to one of its titles from the 2010 British season. The competition just continued to improve as the season moved forward. Three six team divisions produced eight quarterfinalists. The new Piaget entry led my Magoo Laprida was the only team in the tournament to survive the qualifying rounds of play with a perfect 4-0 record before falling to Salkeld 11-10 in the quarterfinals. Zacara eliminated Dubai, with Cambiaso getting injured in the fourth chukker and not returning until the sixth. Dubai was up 11-6 before Cambiaso was forced to leave the field (Pablo MacDonough replaced him), and in spite of his return in the sixth, Dubai was held scoreless for the second half with Zacara taking the game. La Bamba de Areco polished off Sumaya, 1310, to move into the semifinals with Les Lions taking the final semifinal position by virtue of its commanding 17-11 win over Loro Piana.

Lyndon Lea’s Zacara had knocked off defending 2010 Open champion Dubai in the quarterfinals. They rode out to a 6-4 halftime lead over La Bamba de Areco and the Pieres brothers (Gonzalito and Facundo) before closing out a convincing 13-7 win. Les Lions led by seven goals early and coasted to a 12-10 victory and an appointment with Zacara in the finals. Zacara and Les Lions would make their first appearance in the 2011 finals of the British Open, and in spite of threatening skies and a damp field, put on a show to be remembered. An early 2-1 Zacara lead faded in the second and third chukker, with Les Lions taking a 6-5 halftime lead. Les Lions fought off rallies by Zacara in the fourth and fifth chukkers, clutching onto a one goal, 10-9 lead as they entered the final chukker of play. Zacara’s final rally took the game to the Les Lions defense, outscoring them 3-1 and registering the 12-11 championship win. Gonzalo del Tour was named MVP and Hilario Ulloa’s mare Estrella took Best Playing Pony Honors.

Queens Cup {England} May 18th - June 12th, 2011 The trophy was donated for play by the Queen of England in 1960. Played at the Guards Polo Club, it is considered the most important cup in England, next to the Gold Cup for the British Open. It attracts patrons and players from as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Dubai as well as France, Germany and Switzerland. Boasting sixteen teams in the 2011 competition, the tournament was structured in four, four-team brackets with many of the game’s marquee players in attendance. Three time winner and defending Queens Cup champion Dubai, featuring 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, returned as a certain favorite for the 2011 Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship. The complexion of the field of teams had changed, and there were more than a handful of very strong entrants, including the new Richard Mille team built around 10-goaler Pablo MacDonough. Dubai began its defense of its 2010 title by knocking off Sumaya 13-9 and El Remanso 9-6 before falling to a balanced Talandracas team13-12.

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Talandracas, Enigma and La Bamba de Areco cruised through their first three games undefeated (3-0), while Les Lions scraped its way into the quarterfinals with a 2-1 record. Talandracas handed Dubai its second consecutive loss, 14-13 in quarterfinal action while Richard Mille downed Jean-Francois Decaux and the 10-goal Pieres brothers (Gonzalito and Facundo), 9-7. Jerome Worth’s Enigma foursome, behind the talented 10-goaler Juan Martin Nero moved into semifinal play by scoring a 14-13 win over Zacara; while 1870 scored a decisive 12-7 victory at the expense of Les Lions. The semifinals further emphasized the parity of the field as Talandracas snuck past Richard Mille, 12-11 with Talandracas edging Enigma by a single goal, 9-8 for the remaining final berth. The 2011 Queens Cup finals were no less competitive as Talandracas rode off with a hard-fought 9-8 win. Talandracas 8-goaler Milo Fernandez Araujo was named MVP while Juan Martin Nero’s mare Oli Chicha received Best Playing Pony honors.


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011 was a great year for IPC. Looking at the rosters or teams for 2012, I have a feeling this coming winter will be even better. These high goal teams who compete at IPC have taken the sport of polo to a higher level. I believe the credit for this goes to the Crab Orchard team who set the level the past few years with organization and horse power. The message is out, if you are going to compete at IPC at the 20 or 26 goal level you need to have the best combination of players superbly mounted on the best horse flesh available. We have a record number of teams, sixteen, entered in the Ylvisaker Cup 20 goal. This is the most high goal teams to enter a tournament that I can recall. I remember a few times in the past 20 years where fifteen teams competed but not sixteen. It is great to have four new teams join us. For the first time Steve Lefkowitz is bringing his very successful Heathcote team from New York. Especially rewarding are the three teams that have moved up to the 20 goal from the IPC medium goal program. The medium goal Classic Series, which offers 14 goal and 16 goal polo, is a very competitive venue which allows players to hone their skills in preparation for the high goal level. Those teams moving up are: Chris Delgato’s, Circa, Will Johnston’s, MetalTek, and Jim Zenni’s, Villa del Lago. Looking at the list of excellent 26 goal teams it is once again, as last year, difficult to pick a winner. Interesting, all seven 10 goal players registered with the United States Polo Association are on teams for 2012. IPC’s 26 goal series, The C.V. Whitney, The Piaget USPA Gold Cup, and The Nespresso US Open Championship, are the nation’s only 26 goal tournaments. This is the highest level of polo played in the United States.

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2012 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE SUNDAY POLO GUIDE

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