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CONTENTS

22…Letter from the President 24…Contributors…Meet the people who make it happen 27…Polo Club…Polo 101, #SundayFunday, off-season field events, and more 35…Polo People…RH Polo team takes the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open, returning pro Felipe Viana, up-and-coming player Cory Williams, a tribute to Sunny Hale, and more

43…Polo Style…Leigh Brecheen’s power play, one to watch designer Catherine Gee, Rocio Gonzalez’s latest collection, Santa Barbara Magazine toasts Nacho Figueras, and more

55…Polo Taste…Argentinean chef Agustin Mallmann’s authentic asados, Summerland Winery’s seasoned vintages, an Angel Oak pop-up dinner, riding the Urban Wine Trail, and more

62…Young Americans…Jake and Luke Klentner team up with model Kasimira Miller. PHOTOGRAPHED BY MICHAEL HABER

72…Polo Pioneers…The evolution of female players in Santa Barbara. COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY NIGEL GALLIMORE

78…Heading for the Hills…Kim and Andy Busch’s Folded Hills Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley and their latest venture as vintners.

W R I T T E N BY J OA N TA P P E R . P H OTO G R A P H E D BY E R I N F E I N B L AT T

84…Great Shot…Photographer and artist Catherine Erb’s point of view.

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91…Polo Scene…Movers, shakers, spectators, and 2016 tournament winners 104…Tournament Schedule…The 2017 season ahead

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On the Cover: Jake Klentner on Lily. Horses courtesy of Dr. Toby Mayer and groom David Jimenez.

Photographer Michael Haber snapped our cover and fashion feature (”Young Americans,” page 62) with model Kasimira Miller and polo-playing brothers Jake and Luke Klentner.

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President John Muse Vice President Rhys Williams Treasurer Cindy Sapienza Secretary David Sigman Daniel Walker, Leigh Brecheen, Dawn Jones

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General Manager David Sigman Director of Operations Kerri Ramgren Polo Manager Melanja Jones Field and Facility Manager Sergio Jaramillo Senior Event Coordinator Natalie Jordan Tennis Director Bart Hillock Tennis Clubhouse Manager Joanie Bear Head Tennis Pro Lance Kronberg Tennis Pro Stephanie Baker Stone Controller Debby Bernal The Polo Academy Jeff Scheraga TRUSTEES OF DISTINCTION

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Welcome to the 2017 Polo Season This year will be an exciting one for the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The club will focus on providing a premier experience at the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium for our polo community and building an enduring base of support with ongoing efforts to improve our grassroots polo development. We will continue to move forward from the success of last year’s season, which saw a thrilling Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open broadcast on national television, a resurgence of our fall 8-goal league, and several new teams and players joining our 12-goal league and pro pool. For the upcoming year, our priority is upgrading the fields and maintenance program to provide the best venue possible for the high level of polo played here. During the winter, the club is implementing a host of capital improvements to the grounds and stables. On the low-goal and youth polo side of things, the club is also hosting the United States Polo Association’s National Intercollegiate Championships, the USPA National Youth Tournament finals, and a Pacific Coast Arena League Tournament for the first time, along with annual events such as the summer youth tournaments and autumn women’s tournament. Please join us in celebrating polo in paradise on the American Riviera. The club’s management team and the board of directors look forward to making the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club your home for friendly, first-class polo.

From the President

JO HN M USE President

2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

RHYS WILLIAMS Vice President

CINDY SAPIENZA Treasurer

DANIEL WALKER

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CONTRIBUTORS

Michael Haber Nigel Gallimore

“I grew up in England, traveled overseas extensively, and eventually relocated to Santa Barbara. Having followed polo in England and Spain, I joined the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club to attend the Sunday games,” says the writer of “Polo Pioneers” (page 72). “Some of the best polo in the world is played here.”

“I knew a successful shoot was imminent when we were fortunate to work with natural beauty Kasimira Miller, who was stunning prior to any makeup or hair styling,” says the locally based photographer who shot the cover and fashion feature “Young Americans” (page 62). “The polo grounds allow for a tabula rasa every time we collaborate for a story there—it’s simply timeless.”

Contributors

Shadi Beccai

“It was so exciting to work with such an amazingly talented and fun team at the historical Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club,” says the Ojai-based stylist who dressed Kasimira Miller for “Young Americans” (page 62).

Melanja Jones

“There is a story behind every polo game, which is one of the things I really like about my job,” says the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club’s polo manager, who penned pieces for the Polo People section (page 35). “The players and all the support staff, friends, and family that make our club possible tend to be very interesting people, which makes the day-to-day activity at the club quite entertaining. Writing the profile pieces was fun because I enjoy our polo people and want the casual spectators and fans to be able to appreciate them like I do.”

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POLOClub Be Our Guest

The Engel & Vรถlkers Polo Stadium on any given Sunday

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They say that a Sunday well spent brings a week of content. So keep the champagne flowing and good times rolling at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club’s new POLO OVERTIME PARTY —a fete you won’t want to miss. Throughout the entire season, all Sunday polo guests are invited to continue the #SundayFunday festivities immediately following the afternoon trophy presentation at the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium, where the bar will be serving drinks and DJ Fab will be spinning beats. Sip signature cocktails, party with patrons and players, and dance the night away.

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The club BOUTIQUE is a one-stop shop for all things polo—from accessories to exclusive items for men, women, and children. Being the only American location on La Martina’s four-stop world tour, the boutique offers cobranded shirts and sweaters (from $75) from the Argentine sports and leisure-clothing manufacturer. The club also stocks exclusive SBPRC items such as baseball hats, vests, and sweaters in addition to Sunday polo essentials such as widebrimmed hats (from $30) by Jane Anne Design.

A Family Affair Sunday polo at the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium has become a favorite family pastime for children of all ages. This is the day to bring the kids and let them enjoy watching the ponies run up and down the field and get the opportunity to meet their favorite players after the game.


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YEARS

The minimum age that a horse can be ready to play in 16-goal polo. Horses typically start polo training or years of age. It takes several years to at train them to be calm in the chaos of polo, respond to the rider’s commands at high speeds, and develop the muscular strength and stamina to play 16-goal polo. Called the sport of kings, polo is how ancient kings trained their horses to go into battle.

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POLO by the Numbers

106 : The number of years the Santa Barbara Polo Club has been in existence. It is the third oldest club in the United States Polo Association.

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CHUKKERS IN A GAME

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A chukker is a -minute period of play, chukkers long. The and each game is divot stomp is at halftime, just after the third chukker.

The number of months in the year it’s possible to play polo in Santa Barbara— highly unusual for a sport that depends on good weather.

Polo Club

GOALS

The rating of the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open, the highest-rated tournament on the West Coast. The goal rating sets the maximum level of the combined handicaps of the players on the field. Polo players each have a comparative rating; the best players are goal and beginning players are or . and , and pro Competent amateur players are goals and above. players are typically

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HORSES

The average number of horses each player rides in a game in the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open. Players start each chukker on one horse and then switch to another horse to minutes. every

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MOUNTED UMPIRES

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Because of the speed and distance covered in each game, it takes 2 professional umpires mounted on horseback to regulate the game. If needed, a stationary referee on the sidelines breaks a tie on a call made by the 2 umpires on the field.

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The players wear jerseys numbered through . Each number indicates a certain position. The #1 is the attacking goal-scoring player; #2 scores and also defends against the #3 player on the opposing team; #3 is the playmaker (similar to the quarterback in football); and #4 is the defensive specialist. Much like hockey or soccer, there is a great deal of fluidity to the positions.

The size of a regulation polo field. At yards by yards, a polo football fields. field is the equivalent of

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Number of teams that competed in the National Intercollegiate Championship at the SBPRC in its first year ever to be held on the West Coast.

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Off-Duty Days During the off season, the club enjoys being part of the community by hosting field sports for all ages—such as the Cal Coast Lacrosse tournaments—as well as corporate team-building events, providing an array of experiences in a memorable setting.

Polo Club “I just wanted to thank you and your team for orchestrating a successful day for the Lion Street group at your club last week. The client and attendees all raved about the day—from the venue to the polo exhibition match, the ride and drive experience, stable tours, and, of course, the golf cart polo, which was a huge hit! Hopefully we can recreate this event or similar with you in the future and with another one of our clients.” —NADIA FORTE, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, ASCENT PERFORMANCE GROUP

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Anyone who thinks polo is all about glamour and trophies will have their illusions swept away after listening to 5-goal Team USPA player FELIPE VIANA talk about building fences on his polo farm in Wellington, Florida. “I didn’t have a tractor, so I had to borrow my neighbor’s to drive posts at night,” he says. “I would map out the fence lines during the day, then set posts at night. If I had known how hard it was going to be, I might have decided against owning a farm.” A member of Team USPA, Viana was born in New York. He spent a lot of his childhood at a farm in Uruguay, where he learned to rope and ride horses. His father—recognizing his son’s athletic ability and affinity for horses—took him to a polo lesson when he was 6 years old and started him on his path to professional polo. Viana first drew notice on the national polo scene when he played for Crab Orchard’s 20-goal team during the 2013 Florida season while completing his final year studying economics and history at the University of Virginia. He also won two intercollegiate championships with the UVA indoor polo team and played for Valiente’s 20-goal team alongside polo superstar Adolfo Cambiaso the past two winters in Wellington. This year will be his second season in Santa Barbara—he played for Farmers & Merchants Bank with Henry Walker during the 2016 12-goal season and his horse Grey Goose won a Best Playing Pony Award at the 2016 Lisle Nixon 12goal final. “We started great, winning the first tournament,”

Viana recounts of his first year’s experience at the club, “but unfortunately key injuries affected further aspirations.” Viana was impressed with his first year in Santa Barbara. “Since I started my career as a pro, I have always heard amazing things about the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, to the extent they seemed unrealistic,” he says. “However, all of these things are indeed real. The club, the social vibe, the fields and track, the town, and off-field activities the area offers are fantastic. It’s definitely the full package for anyone who loves the sport.” This year, Viana is returning to the Santa Barbara 12-goal season with Danny Walker’s Farmers & Merchants Bank team and is optimistic. “Danny built a strong team that should be challenging every 12-goal tournament,” he says. M E L A N J A J O N E S

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One to Watch

CORY WILLIAMS started playing polo in the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club coaching league and interscholastic arena program. The 16-year-old junior at Bishop Garcia Diego High School continues to compete every year in the interscholastic program, and in grass polo, she has progressed from Coaching League to the Pro Pool League and was awarded MVP of the 2016 spring pro pool season. She plays women’s tournaments, the Last Chance, Pacific Coast Arena League arena tournaments, and National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) youth tournaments. She even found herself in the 8-goal league last fall substituting for an injured player. M E L A N J A J O N E S WHAT DREW YOU TO POLO FROM JUMPING? Just for

kicks, I got a polo lesson with Sunny Hale about 3 years ago and have been hooked ever since. Then I participated in the polo summer camp that Geannie Holden Sheller and Mike Sheller founded. However, I actually gave up jumping about a year ago to focus completely on polo.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH PLAYING IN OTHER CLUBS AND COUNTRIES? Spring of 2015 I got

to travel to Argentina with my father to visit the Llambias family at their ranch. Fall of 2015 I was lucky enough to have a lesson at a polo club in Dubai. Summer of 2016 I was selected to go to England and Scotland as part of the Polo Training Foundation program for youth polo players, and finally this February, I played in an international snow polo tournament in Poland. Also, through the opportunity of the NYTS tournaments, I’ve been able to travel to many different clubs across California and even Myopia Polo Club in Massachusetts. From all of this traveling, I’ve been able to experience and learn many new things, not just about polo, but about how the world works.

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS? For polo, I’m hoping to just play as much as I can here in Santa Barbara before I go off to college. From there, I hope to play collegiate polo and hopefully be successful in that realm. WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE POLO HORSE? Although I hate to pick favorites because I love all my horses so much, I think I would say Picante—she’s so special to me because of her spunk and love of the game. Out of all the horses I have ridden, I have yet to meet one that gets as excited as she does to play. Just about nothing can stop her from getting out onto the field, and she plays her heart out every chukker no matter what.

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PHOTOGRAPH: FELIPE VIANA, DAVID LOMINSKA

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The Road to the Gulfstream PCO

Ben Soleimani had a banner year in 2016. His Restoration Hardware team won the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open for the first time, and his exclusive White Party was the most-coveted invitation of the SBPRC social season. Most people would be satisfied with that, but not Soleimani. He capped off a fantastic polo year with an even more important triumph— marrying his love, Gimena Loza. RH Polo team’s road to the Gulfstream PCO had a bumpy start. Soleimani had to rebuild the organization for the Restoration Hardware team from scratch, as he had been overseas for three years concentrating on his partnership with Restoration Hardware in Europe. He did not have any horses in the United States for himself or for his longtime professional player and team organizer, Santiago von Wernich. Rebuilding two high-goal strings from scratch is not an easy task, but RH Polo got it done with a lot of help from Adam Snow. A former 10-goal player, Snow has played with Soleimani for years and is known for his horsemanship and breeding operation in Aiken, South Carolina. Snow and von Wernich searched out horses for Soleimani during the winter and then made an unconventional arrangement for Snow to play the first two tournaments in the 2016 highgoal season, then coach the team and mount von Wernich on Snow’s horses for the Gulfstream PCO. The team started slowly against the tough competition in the 2016 season. In the early tournaments, Klentner Ranch and FMB Too! dominated. Both teams had players that had been together for years, while it took a few games for the RH Polo players to mesh. Costi Caset and

Jason Crowder rounded out the RH team roster. Crowder and Caset both played peewee polo at SBPRC as children but had never played together professionally before joining the RH team. The team started to click in the America Cup and made it to the final where they ran into a tough FMB Too! team. Getting to the final of the America Cup galvanized the RH Polo team, and they entered into the PCO with momentum on their side. They finished bracket play with a 2-1 record, then faced powerhouse FMB Too! in the semifinals. RH Polo played the game of the season and exacted revenge on FMB Too! for the America Cup defeat in a thriller, winning the PCO semifinal 9-8. The Pacific Coast Open is more than 100 years old. To win it is to be part of history and to hold the title of the best polo team on the West Coast. And on August 28, 2016, Soleimani and his RH team lived the dream when they defeated FMB Too! in front of a sold-out grandstand and cameras of the NBC Sports Network. Says Soleimani of winning the coveted title and holding the historic trophy: “It is an honor to have your name inscribed on the PCO trophy.” Costi Caset was honored as the Most Valuable Player and his horse Pancho selected as the Best Playing Pony. “It’s amazing, the biggest win of my life,” exclaimed Caset after the final. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of—coming back to where I grew up and winning this tournament.” Soleimani departed after the big win for something even more important than polo— his wedding. Argentine-born Gimena Loza enthusiastically cheered for Soleimani all season in Santa Barbara, then gave him the win of his life when she said “I do” at not one but two weddings. The first ceremony was held at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and the second in Argentina. It will be tough to match the glory of 2016, but Soleimani aims to try. He is playing with polo superstar Adolfo Cambiaso in England and then returns to Santa Barbara to defend his PCO title. M E L A N J A J O N E S

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TRIBUTE: Sunny Hale 1968-2017

In the male-dominated world of polo, it takes an extraordinary woman to defy the odds and succeed. Sunny Hale did exactly that. Born in 1968 to Alex and Sue Sally Hale, her love of polo became obvious in her early years, as she turned pro by the age of 18. It wasn’t a surprise, considering her mother competed during the 1950s and ’60s dressed as a male player. Her mother’s mind-set influenced Hale, who only wanted to be known and accepted because of her skills, not her gender. During her lifelong career, she became known as the best female player in the world, and the first female team member to win the U.S. Open Polo Championship. But Hale wasn’t satisfied with her own personal success. She worked tirelessly to break gender-related barriers and create equal opportunities for women in polo. She started the Women’s Championship Tournament (WCT) in 2005 to foster and encourage female players to compete and create a community of shared passion. After founding WCT, she went on to start the American Polo Horse Association, a place for horse lovers to trade, share, and collect pedigrees. Off the field, friends and family adored Hale. Outgoing and compassionate, she was fondly known as the life of the party. Hale’s relentless work solidified her status as a legend in the world of polo. “Sunny is irreplaceable and a true inspiration to all,” says longtime friend and fellow club member and player Paige Beard. “She is first and foremost a friend—kind, humble, sensitive, and spiritual. Her passion, leadership, and perseverance have paved the way for girls and women in our sport. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to know her, play with her, and work with her on extending her global mission.” She died in early 2017. Surely, her work will live on, as will her legacy. H E A T H E R B L A I R

Polo People

“Her passion, leadership, and perseverance have paved the way for girls and women in our sport. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to know her, play with her, and work with her on extending her global mission.” S A N TA B A R B A R A P O L O 2 0 1 7


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The USPA National Youth Tournament Series Final The best young players in the country are descending on the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club during Labor Day weekend to compete in the USPA National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) championship CECIL SMITH CUP . NYTS was founded in 2013, though this is the first year that the SBPRC has hosted its national finals. Youth players compete at their home clubs for the honor of being selected as an All-Star player in one of four zones across the country. Then the four zones send their All-Stars to compete at the annual national final. “The program has grown from 24 playoffs in 2013 to 33 playoffs in 2016,” says Amanda Snow, director of USPA player development. “We are excited to have the NYTS final back in California for 2017. Santa Barbara is a perfect location—with great fields and a tradition of excellent polo,” says Chrys Beal, chairwoman of the USPA Junior Polo Committee. “The organizers and participants in the 2017 final are grateful for the hospitality of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. We are amazed at the talent displayed by these young men and women.” Every year, SBPRC hosts a club NYTS tournament. Last year, local player Jake Klentner was selected as an All-Star for the club and then made it onto the western regional All-Star team that competed at Myopia Polo Club near Boston. “It is really exciting to have the NYTS final in Santa Barbara where we have some of the nicest fields in the country (in my opinion),” says Klentner. The tournament starts with semifinal games on Friday, September 1, then the winning teams play on Sunday, September 3. Games will be broadcast via video live stream on the USPA Polo Network as well as on uspolo.org. M E L A N J A J O N E S

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’Tis the Season High goals and grand standing

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Leading LADY

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Five things to know about power attorney and polo player Leigh Brecheen

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU PLAYED POLO? I have been riding all my life but started playing polo in 1984 at a lively clinic lead by Corky Linfoot and SBPRC’s now-deceased 10-goaler Bob Skene. I still have friends from that original clinic.

2

WHAT’S YOUR CONNECTION TO THE SBPRC? My great uncle William Riley McKeen

had a home in Montecito in the 1920s and ’30s, so Santa Barbara has felt like home to me since the first time I ever drove up. My sister—sculptor Laurie Brecheen Ballard who now resides on Padaro Lane—was the first female nonspouseplaying member of the SBPRC in the late ’70s.

“There simply isn’t another place like the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. The weather, the people, the level of competition, the physical beauty—it is without peer.”

Left to right: CATHERINE GEE silk blouse, $298, HERMÈS chien cuff, $1,250, riding pants and boots, Brecheen’s own; Amina Rubinacci jacket, $575, ALLORA BY LAURA .

3

YOUR POLO STYLE—ON AND OFF THE FIELD. My style on the field is dominated by navy blue wraps and horse blankets with red or yellow trim. I believe in science and safety, so I do wear an eventing vest, glasses, and a face mask. Off the field, I strive to be casually elegant. Slightly underdressed but well put together in the classical manner.

4 Polo Style

MUST-HAVES EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE AT A POLO MATCH? Hats, a friendly attitude, a willingness to learn about the game, and an appreciation of the players and the horses.

5

TRENDS YOU LOVE OR HOPE COME BACK? Good manners! I love pants tucked into boots and fun bright tops with long sleeves to protect me from the sun. Also a certain degree of understatement (which seems to have deserted us in the current era). I guess I am a preppie at heart. G I N A T O L L E S O N

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Sunday Essentials

Sun hat, $475, Eugenia Kim.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, $179.95, Samy’s Camera.

Isidora sunglasses, $450, Chloé.

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Olivia Palermo at the ninth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

Top to bottom: Miss Bardot, $558, The Office of Angela Scott; Rivale Double Tour bracelet, $560, Hermès; Sienna dress, $225, Dôen; Baguette micro embellished satin shoulder bag $2,950, Fendi.

Polo Style

Mixed Messages

Top to bottom: Attico dress, $3,445, Net-A-Porter; embroidered suede platform espadrille, $695, Gucci South Coast Plaza.

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LUCKY PENNY

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Gee in her own designs—cross top, $124, and culotte, $298.

One to Watch

WHO Catherine Gee, age 32 WHAT Chinese-American artist, former Arts Fund

director, and fashion designer

WEAR Gee’s simple silk bias-cut slips (from $398), camis

(from $124), and maxi dresses (from $448) have caught the eye of Vogue, WWD, and boutiques nationwide. WHERE Her wood-beamed, Haley Street studio adjacent to The Mill is part of a buzz-worthy business neighborhood recently dubbed The Lagoon District, which is burgeoning with plenty of creative entrepreneurs. LOOK FOR Gee’s strong streamlined silhouettes prominently influenced by our Mediterranean climate at the club this season. G . T . CATHERINEGEE.CO M

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Catherine’s

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The AD&A MUSEUM , 805-893-2951, museum .ucsb.edu, at UC Santa Barbara for a balance of

fine art, architectural drawings, and designs by many California-based contemporary artists. I love perusing vintage furniture design and objects at THE BLUE DOOR , 805-364-5411, thebluedoorsb.com—a Funk Zone gem.

PHOTOGRAPH: SAM FROST

I love abstract painting, and it’s always great to discover galleries that highlight our local artists. Palettes and forms at GRAYSPACE , 805886-0552, grayspace.gallery, inspire and inform how I approach design.


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Cabrito vest, $450; muse GEORGIA O’KEEFFE ; Georgia

belts, $250; Acoma tote, $950,

WHO Argentine artist and designer

Acoma chica bag, $750.

Rocio Gonzalez, @_rocio.g_, wife of 8-goaler Paco de Narvaez WHAT Rocio y familia are longtime staples at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, returning summer after summer for high-goal play and Padaro Beach time. WEAR Her latest collection is inspired

by a recent trek to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she bonded with a creative soulmate in spirit—Georgia O’Keeffe. “I am amazed how connected am I with her on so many levels,” says Gonzalez, who also paints on her ranch outside Buenos Aires and holidays in Patagonia.

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Snap CHAT Look and learn from a pro—a fashion pro that is. Stylist, brand ambassador, and vintage know-it-all NATALIE JOOS proves the grass is greener in Santa Barbara when it comes to our polo aesthetic. Herewith, her picks for being on the Sunday game best-dressed list… G . T .

Natalie’s

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CHLOÉ ’s lacy embellished frock for Pimm’s Cups in the clubhouse.

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One for the BOOKS

On a warm summer evening last season, more than 300 guests gathered at the SANTA BARBARA POLO & RACQUET CLUB for a celebration of the club’s Polo magazine in partnership with Santa Barbara Magazine. Featured guest Nacho Figueras spoke and signed copies of his new novel, High Season (Hachette), while a welldressed crowd sipped Veuve Clicquot champagne, Summerland Winery vintages, Jardesca summer cocktails, and dined on passed appetizers from Los Agaves. Near the champagne tower, Revelry Event Designers created outdoor living rooms right on the field, complete with leather sofas, lanterns, and throws. As the sunset gave way to stars, DJ Fab moved people off the grass and onto the dance floor.

Daniel and Elena De Meyer Veuve Clicquot’s exclusive champagne bar

Xavier Scordo, Nicolas Bertrand-Scordo, Lisa Bassler, and Daniel Gibbings

Kathy Nicolson, Delfina Blaquier, and Kyle Brace

Style Rebecca de Ravenel

Carlos Eric Lopez

Stephanie Nicks and Diego Monchamp

Leo Basica with friends

Annette and Dr. Richard Caleel S A N TA B A RBARA POLO 2016

Nacho Figueras and Jennifer Hale


Revelry Event Designers decor

Sebastian Tkacik with fans

Justine Hamilton and Elizabeth Colling Delfina Blaquier and Nacho Figueras

Francesca Hunter

Polo Style

Nitsa Citrine and Catherine Gee

PHOTOGRAPHS: BLUE GABOR AND STEVEN SIMON

Gina Tolleson

Johnny Irion and Joel Mallet Jules Allen at the Veuve Clicquot bar


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Agustin Mallmann adds a South American touch to a Santa Barbara party

Chef AGUSTIN MALLMANN .


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Asado ARTIST

As the polo club welcomes its international players, Santa Barbara also heralds the arrival of up-and-coming chef AGUSTIN MALLMANN , who spends half the year in Argentina and half the year in Santa Barbara, where he was born. Trained under his uncle, famed South American TV culinary star Francis Mallmann, the 24-year-old went out on his own a couple of years ago. “It was amazing to work in Francis’s kitchens for six years,” says Agustin, who has adapted his uncle’s wood-fired cooking to his own cuisine: He uses the plancha (a cast-iron griddle) heated over embers, Clockwise from top right: and a wood-fired oven to create Argentine-flavored dinners that are uniquely suited to the MALLMANN in his element; Santa Barbara lifestyle. “The technique ties to polo-style events,” he says, often outdoors, a ASADO WITH CHIMICHURRI ; little rustic but with superb meat and fish served the plancha. on fine plates with the best silver and glassware. “I try to buy everything at the farmers markets and get the fish at the Santa Barbara harbor,” while the meat sometimes comes from the clients’ own ranches. His ideal summer dinner, he says, starts with appetizers seared on the plancha—shrimp with portobello mushrooms and scallops with lemon zest, olive oil, and cilantro. He follows those with salmon cooked whole on the grill accompanied by basil aioli, and prime ribeye prepared over embers and served with Argentine chimichurri sauce. The side dish features a criolla of chopped green peppers and red onion mixed with arugula and dressed with olive oil and red wine vinegar. What to drink? Begin with sangria or a caipiroska—a version of caipirinha made with vodka—and move on to a nice white and definitely a Malbec, which pairs well with the meat. For dessert, there’s panqueque dulce de leche, a creamy caramel-filled crepe rolled on the plancha and served with vanilla ice cream and fresh mint. “The contrast of the warm crepe and cold ice cream is wonderful,” says Agustin. Agustin created one such beachside party here last summer for polo player Paco de Narvaez and his wife, Rocio. “This summer,” he says, “I’m hoping to show more people what I have to offer. The food will be awesome—that’s a given. But people will enjoy the whole experience.” J O A N T A P P E R

Polo Taste

AG U ST IN M A L L M A N N .C O M

Savory Bites

South America meets California in Matias Requena’s BUENA ONDA empanadas. The savory turnovers are traditional Argentine street food, but Requena gives them a local twist using meats, produce, and inspiration sourced from the area. His six varieties ($39 per dozen, order by phone or online and pick up at the kitchen downtown) include the Carne Picada with Rancho San Julian beef, onion, pepper, egg, and olive; the European-inspired vegetarian La Suiza with Swiss chard, leeks, Brie, and sage; and an Italian-style Caprese with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, among others. “Empanadas represent the diversity in community,” says Requena, whose family moved to the United States in 2002. “We decided to bring empanadas to Santa Barbara mainly because we felt the need to share our roots and culture with the locals that welcomed us to this beautiful land.” 724 E. Haley St., Santa

Barbara, 805-679-3320. G . Z . T . B UE N A O N D A S B .CO M

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Don’t miss the first-annual SANTA

BARBARA POLO & WINE FESTIVAL on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 . Held at the

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium, the festival (tickets: from $55, early bird pricing is subject to availability) will run from 11 am to 6:30 pm and feature two polo matches, four national touring artists, and tastings from local Santa Barbara wineries. Enjoy the “Sport of Kings” alongside lively music in a true celebration of American Riviera living. S B PO L O A N D W I N E .C O M


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Summery Liba tions

Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club members and guests will once again be toasting winning players (and consoling the others) with vintages from SUMMERLAND WINERY , the official wine sponsor. Nebil “Bilo” Zarif, who founded the winery in 2002, notes that the recent harvest produced “flavors in abundance, fruit forward. It’s been a great year.” He adds, “We have seating in the Summerland Winery Lounge, donate wines for events, and we’d like to expand that to giving some magnums as trophies. We always feature Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir, which we’re known for,” in particular the fine cuvées from his Sta. Rita Hills estate vineyard, Theresa-Noelle. Zarif, himself a former polo player who once fielded a Summerland team, says, “Now I just ride and enjoy the game. I love being at the polo club. I have a condo right there, and I’m looking forward to the high-goal season this summer.” However, when it comes to cheering on the players, he claims no favorites. “They’re all my friends,” he says. “I root for everyone.” 2330 Lillie Ave., Summerland, 805-565-9463. J O A N T A P P E R

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NOELLE PINOT NOIR ($80); STEPHANE COLLING and BILO ZARIF .

POP-UP

Polo Taste

An Old Fashion cocktail.

Cheers to That

Raise a glass to the new HAPPY HOUR at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. On Friday evenings from 4 to 6 pm from May 5 through September 29, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy delicious drinks and appetizing bites while taking in the stunning views of the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium and Santa Ynez Mountains. Admission is free and open to the public.

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PHOTOGRAPHS: BILO ZARIF, BLUE GABOR; ANGEL OAK, MARSHALL WILLIAMS

Save the date for a chic postpolo reception with ANGEL OAK ’s chef Vincent Lesage on FRIDAY, JUNE 2 , from 7 to 10 pm following the afternoon match. The Bacara Resort & Spa’s executive chef, Lesage is planning an exquisite gourmet foodand-wine pairing (tickets: from $45, available at sbpolo .com) of six bites inspired by Angel Oak’s contemporary steak and seafood menu along with a range of vintages from Santa Barbara County wineries. G . Z . T .


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Urban Wine Trail

AREA 5.1 WINERY 137 Anacapa St., Ste. B, 805-770-7251, a51wine.com. AU BON CLIMAT 813 Anacapa St., 805-963-7999, aubonclimat.com. BABCOCK WINERY 131 Anacapa St., Ste. C, 805-456-2700, babcockwinery.com. BLAIR FOX CELLARS & FOX WINE CO. 120 Santa Barbara St., 805-699-6329, foxwineco.com. CA' DEL GREVINO 131 Anacapa St., Ste. C, 805-456-2700, grevino.com. CARR VINEYARDS & WINERY 414 N. Salsipuedes St., 805-965-7985, carrwinery.com. CEBADA WINE 5 E. Figueroa St., 805-451-2570, cebadawine.com. COTTONWOOD CANYON WINERY 224 Anacapa St., Ste. 1A, 805-963-1221, cottonwoodcanyon.com.

DEEP SEA TASTING ROOM—CONWAY FAMILY WINES 217 Stearns Wharf, Ste. G,

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DRAKE WINES 32 Anacapa St., Ste. B,

805-845-4801, drakewines.com. DV8 CELLARS 28 Anacapa St., Ste. C, 805-966-6601, dv8cellars.com.

GRASSINI FAMILY VINEYARDS 813 Anacapa St., Ste. 6, 805-897-3366, grassinifamilyvineyards.com. HAPPY CANYON VINEYARD 30 El Paseo, 805-232-3549, happycanyonvineyard.com. JAFFURS WINE CELLARS 819 E. Montecito St., 805-962-7003, jaffurswine.com. JAMIE SLONE WINES 23 E. De la Guerra St., 805-560-6555, jamieslonewines.com. KUNIN WINES 28 Anacapa St., 805-963-9633, kuninwines.com. LAFOND WINERY & VINEYARDS 111 E. Yanonali St., 805-845-2020, lafond winery.com. MARGERUM WINE COMPANY 813 Anacapa St., 805-845-8435, margerumwine company.com. MUNICIPAL WINEMAKERS 22 Anacapa St., 805-931-6864, municipalwinemakers.com. OREANA WINERY 205 Anacapa St., 805-962-5857, oreanawinery.com. PALI WINE CO. 116 E. Yanonali St., 805-560-7254, paliwineco.com. RIVERBENCH SANTA BARBARA 137 Anacapa St., Ste. C, 805-324-4100, riverbench.com. SANFORD SANTA BARBARA 1114 State St.,

Ste. 26, 805-770-7873, sanfordwinery.com. SANGUIS 8 Ashley Ave., 805-845-0920, sanguiswine.com. SANTA BARBARA WINERY 202 Anacapa St., 805-963-3633, sbwinery.com. SILVER WINES 724 Reddick St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-3052, silverwines.com. SUMMERLAND WINERY 2330 Lillie Ave., Summerland, 805-565-9463, summerlandwine.com. THE VALLEY PROJECT 116 E. Yanonali St., 805-453-6768, thevalleyprojectwines.com. WHITCRAFT WINERY 36 S. Calle Cesar Chavez St., Ste. A, 805-730-1680, whitcraftwinery.com.

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Balossa dress, $465, ALLORA BY LAURA . Boots, $595, LUCCHESE .

Hoops, $995, cuff, $215, bracelet, $225, bangle, $200, KENDALL CONRAD . On Jake: Billy Reid shirt,

$195, K. FRANK ; jeans and boots, Jake’s own. On Luke: Billy Reid shirt, $195, K. FRANK ; jeans and boots, Luke’s own.

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Young Old school meets new school Feature - fashion

with Jake and Luke Klentner teaming up with Kasimira Miller

Americans M I C HA E L HA B ER S HA DI B E C C A I

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Rosetta Getty top, $720, JULIANNE . Kusha pants, $164, WENDY FOSTER . Hoops, $210, bracelet,

$225, and rings, from $130, KENDALL CONRAD . Boots, $595, LUCCHESE . Opposite: Top, $287,

and skirt, $299, HEIDI MERRICK . Hoops, $100, silk ribbon, $8, bracelet, $225, and bangle, $200, KENDALL CONRAD .


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Elisabeth Franchi jumpsuit, $735, ALLORA BY LAURA . Closed belt,

$125, WHISTLE CLUB . Boots, $295, ROMP . Hoops, from $70, silk ribbon, $8, bracelet, $225, bangle, $200, and rings, from $60, KENDALL CONRAD .

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Novis dress, $1,450, JULIANNE . Hoops, $995, KENDALL CONRAD . Opposite: Altuzarra blazer, $1,795, JULIANNE . Via Masini 80 pants,

$295, ALLORA BY LAURA . Hoops, $210, bracelet, $225, bangle, $200, and rings, from $60, KENDALL CONRAD .


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LUKE KLENTNER , 16, attends Bishop Garcia

Diego High School and is a 0-GOAL ON GRASS and a 1-GOAL IN THE ARENA . Luke

balances playing high school football, volleyball, and polo with his family—his FATHER IS JUSTIN KLENTNER , a 1.5-goal player

and patron of the KLENTNER RANCH team.

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playing polo for Southern Methodist University in BEAUTE. HAIR BY DRITAN VUSHAJ. INTERNS: EMILY CALKINS AND MEGHAN CAMPBELL

MODEL: KASIMIRA MILLER, NEXT LA. MAKEUP BY GEOFFREY RODRIGUEZ USING CHANEL

JAKE KLENTNER , 17, will be attending and

Dallas, Texas, in the fall, and is a 1-GOAL ON GRASS and 2-GOAL IN THE ARENA . Both

boys are members of the CENTRAL COAST/ SANTA BARBARA INTERSCHOLASTIC TEAM who are REGIONAL CHAMPS

and heading to the OPEN NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIP held at

Cornell University in upstate New York.

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playing polo at age 9 in Los Angeles and was called in to play practice rounds with Walt Disney and Spencer Tracy, who admired her ability so much he loaned her some of his horses from his string.

Polo Pioneers

ELAINE MCINERNEY started

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The Evolution of women players in Santa Barbara COMPILED AND WRITTEN BY

NI G EL G A LLI MO RE


Top to bottom: ELAINE MCINERNEY of team Pogonip

(light shirts), and ANN JACKSON (hitting the ball) team Santa

Feature - history

Barbara (dark shirts) playing in the final of the 1938 U.S. OPEN WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT ; one

of the earliest polo fields in Santa Barbara.


Among the women who played polo in Montecito and Santa Barbara in 1930, a regular was VIOLET TUCKERMAN on an

all-women’s team—The Tuckins— with ANN JACKSON , and FRANCES TUCKERMAN (one

of her cousins). Vi was a major polo name of the time and this all-women’s team regularly played against men—and often won.

Feature - history Inside the 1937-built vintage cottage-style Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club clubhouse, the hunter-green walls are lined with decades’ worth of photos of teams accepting the silver cups, bowls, and trophies locked in glass-fronted cases. The beginning of the club’s story, however, predates that building, the trophies, and even the adjacent fields. From the start of polo in Santa Barbara, the sport was peripatetic from 1899 until it found a permanent home in 1926 at the current location in Carpinteria. Polo in Santa Barbara has a long heritage starting on April 27, 1894, when an exhibition match was played at the Agricultural Park’s Flower Festival (now the location of the Lower East side between the freeway and East Beach). This match encouraged sufficient local interest in the sport, and the first organized polo game in Santa Barbara was played on May 19, 1899, by a team formed of members of the Santa Barbara Country Club. By 1902, the fledgling polo club boasted a 40-member roster and interest in the sport had increased tremendously. The first purpose-built skin (dirt) polo field was in 1901 on the Westside at the foot of the Mesa, where the players leased 22 acres. It was not until 1916 that the first

grass field was built on Middle Road in Montecito and where, on April 1, four women made their first appearance in a mixed polo period. The red team: Dorothy Tweedy, Ruth Peabody, Charles Dabney, and Elmer Boeseke Jr. played against the blue team: Katherine Harvey, Lorna Tweedy, Graham Miles, and Frederick Leadbetter. This is also where local estate owner and socialite Esther Fiske Hammond was among the women players. On March 27, 1931, the Girls’ Championship of Santa Barbara was played on Fleischmann Field. It is significant that this particular game was included in the United States Polo Association’s yearbook, as this mention is perhaps the first acknowledgment by the USPA that women played polo in the United States. By 1932, many women in California were forming their own polo teams. Local player Ann Gavit Jackson (of the Palmer Jackson family) had a team in Santa Barbara. Dorothy Wheeler of Santa Cruz wrote to the USPA in New York for some help in organization, and secretary/treasurer Mr. F.S. O’Reiley replied that the general opinion was that “polo is not a women’s game!” The women in California knew this was nonsense and successfully formed their own organization

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Feature - history with the help of the male players in the state. In June 1934, the first tournament of the Pacific Coast Women’s Polo Association was held. Two years later, it became the United States Women’s Polo Association. At one time there were 130 women players up and down the California coast. In late summer 1937, club owners Ann Jackson—with husband Charles “Pete”—took a women’s Santa Barbara polo team to play in Long Island. Unfortunately, the association came to an end at the start of World War II. In the same year, Ann Jackson went on to build the cottage-style polo clubhouse still standing to date. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were married in Santa Barbara in 1927 and lived in Montecito until their deaths (“Pete” in 1978, Ann in 1990). The Jackson family eventually sold the polo club in 1963 to Rudy Tongg of Hawaii. Today, along with the many other decades of contemporary women players who have closed the gender gap on the field, there are two women patrons (Leigh Brecheen and Dawn Jones) on the club’s board of directors, and nationwide, women’s polo is the fastest-growing sector in the game. ● S A N TA B A R B A R A P O L O 2 0 1 7

Top to bottom: ANN JACKSON and her friend DOROTHY DEMING WHEELER in the 1930s; in 1981 at Artie Cameron’s

Rancho Cariñoso on Padaro Lane, Paradise Valley team winners MARILYN HARRIS , OATSY VON GONTARD , MARY ALIZON WALTON , Mrs. F. Walton, SUSAN WALTON ,

Dr. F. Walton, MAGGIE MITCHELL , SUNNY HALE , SUE SALLY HALE , and CINDY WILSON HALLE .


A young ANN GAVIT JACKSON (Mrs. Charles H. Jackson Jr.).

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If the Busch name reminds you of a certain beverage, it’s time to think again, as polo patron Andy Busch debuts

Folded Hills wines WRITTEN BY

J O A N TA PPE R ERI N F EIN BLATT

PHOTOGRAPHS BY

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ANDY BUSCH walks his

horses—including those iconic Clydesdales—around his 600acre FOLDED HILLS RANCH .


Tucked between Santa Barbara’s mountains and the Santa Ynez Valley, Folded Hills is a postcard of ranch life. White fences edge sprawling lawns and a plantation-style estate house is outfitted with a long deck and rocking chairs. Heritage pigs play near the chicken coop—where fresh eggs are gathered each morning—and those iconic Clydesdales roam the fields. Owner Andy Busch—who, as a 5-goal player, served as captain for the U.S. World Cup team for the Federation of International Polo—retired from professional-level polo after 28 years and loves his horses. Looking forward to the high-goal games this season, he says, “I plan to be there watching friends compete. I love to see the professional players and the incredible horses perform on the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club fields—there’s nothing like it.” Now, the patron of Grant’s Farm polo team is devoted to life on the farm. He and his wife, Kim, have poured love into every inch of their property (which a few lucky guests get to visit each year), and a vineyard seemed like a natural extension of the land. “When we started working on wine five years ago, we put together a team of professionals to assess the soils and ocean-influenced microclimate,” he says. The environment proved to be well suited to Rhône varietals, which was “a perfect fit” for Angela Osborne, the New Zealand-born winemaker and general manager who is known as a “guru of Grenache.” The grapes are grown with a common interest in

sustainability, adds Busch, who has planted the vineyard organically, just like his row crops. A winery and tasting room are envisioned for 2018, set near the Farmstead, an idyllic produce stand that sells organic crops grown on the ranch along with baked goods. In the meantime, the first vintages include Lilly Rosé, an estate rosé that’s an homage to Busch’s great-grandmother, Lilly Anheuser Busch and six generations of family women down to his granddaughter Lilly; Grant Grenache, which recalls President Ulysses S. Grant, previous owner of the ancestral home, Grant’s Farm, where Andy grew up and was manager for two decades; and August Red, a blend of Grenache and Syrah, named for his father and grandfather. Ballard Canyon Grenache and Syrah are following in late summer with more estate wines planned for 2018. Each bottle is a true reflection of the ranch and a tribute to the family and the legacy. ●

Top to bottom: Riding on the ranch; a new release from the FOLDED HILLS wine label.

Opposite, top to bottom: The table is set for DINNER ALFRESCO with wildflowers and wineglasses; Busch’s ORGANIC VINEYARDS .

PHOTOGRAPH: WINE, EDWARD CLYNES

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Close friends gather for DINNER AMONG THE GRAPEVINES .

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Angela Osborne, the New Zealand-born winemaker and general manager is known as a “guru of Grenache.�

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Photographer Catherine Erb’s eye on the ball

“The summer of 2017 will mark the 15th I have spent in Santa Barbara. They’ve become special markers by which I measure my own and my children’s growth both physically and spiritually,” says Erb. “I use my time in Santa Barbara to reconnect and center, and more often than not I leave with a wave of new ideas, with new work already started, or ready to begin as soon as I get to the studio.” MICHALITA #1 , mixed-media photo encaustic, 36 x 48 in. Opposite: UNTITLED POLO #15 , photo encaustic, 48 x 36 in.


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Top to bottom: SHADOW 1 , black-and-white pigment print, 16 x 20 in.; SHADOW 2 , black-and-white pigment print, 16 x 20 in.


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“I began experimenting and replaced my sharp Nikon lens with homemade lenses that allowed me to capture the sport in an ethereal, layered, painterly manner. Some of the photos have made it to the studio, where I print them on watercolor paper, attach them to birch panels, and then apply layers of oil pigments and encaustic wax. Each finished panel represents a memory or dream of Santa Barbara, polo, and our special summers spent here.� Clockwise from top: UNTITLED POLO #18 , mixed-media photo encaustic, 24 x 24 in.; UNTITLED POLO #17 , mixed-media photo encaustic, 36 x 36 in.; UNTITLED POLO #20 , mixed-media photo encaustic, 40 x 40 in.; Untitled

polo #16, mixed-media photo encaustic, 24 x 24 in.


UNTITLED HORSE STUDY ,

black-and-white pigment print, 17 x 22 in.

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“Polo—in one form or another—has historically been what I do when I am not shooting or making art. For years, the polo photos I took were for fun, family, and friends. I didn’t realize I was capturing that much information. One day I realized I had a decade of polo photography that told countless stories.”

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Glen Holden Family Painting by Kenneth Daly 1994

To All Gehache Polo Wives’ in the World

The Polo Wife’s Oath

I promise to attend every game in which my husband is playing. w I will have his whites spotless on game day. w My first priority will be Polo. w The care of polo ponies must come before the needs of my family. w I will be ready to drive a horse-filled trailer home if my husband is too tired or indisposed after celebrating his victory. w I will always state that I was watching the game every minute, and that each and every shot made by my husband was amazing. w I will act thrilled to attend the same event at the same place with the same people every Sunday afternoon, for the entire season, regardless of how I really feel. w I will attend the Polo Ball with the same people that I see every Saturday and Sunday at the same place all season long. w Although polo players enjoy riding their horses hard and putting them away wet, DO NOT, I repeat, allow this same tawdry behavior to happen to you. w Finally, and most importantly, I will never wear trousers whiter than my husband’s polo whites.

Best Wishes for a Wonderful Season The Holden Family


POLOScene Casey Langstraat, Mary Stark, Jerry Cupit, and Pam Tivnon

Cory Williams

Polo Scene John and Lyn Muse

Mindy and Chris Denson

Olesya Thyne, Bilo Zarif, and Valerie Thyne

Charles Ward, Melanja Jones, Andy Smith, and Monique Rodriguez

Gene and Barrett McKnight Top: David Lafitte, Gina Tolleson, and Dewey and Stephanie Nicks Bottom: Tiago Tolleson, Carter Thicke, and Allie, Dawn, and Emily Lafitte

Chuck Lande and Chris Maloney

Bart Hillock and Dr. Michael Massa

Richard Milling, Mike Rose, Wayne Oedewaldt, Jim Bunke, Brent Monroe, and Kevin Brink

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Margarita Fairbanks Lande

Eileen Dill, Joanie Bear, Nanette Giordano, David Sigman, and Sandie Butler Jason and Steve Crowder Craig and Kirsten Springer

Monte Rook, Bart Hillock, and Rhys Williams

Elizabeth Skene and Paige Beard

Anita and IĂąaki Wulff

Polo Scene

Shelley and Phil Heatley

Erin Boone and Hannah Gerard

Olga Vaughan, Graham Bray, and Ashley Mackenzie

Joe and Cindy Sapienza

BK Rai, Lisa Amador Darsonval, Mindy Denson, Barbara Carlisle, Scott Hail, Chris Denson, Veronica Hansuld, Michael Kramer, Betty Dunbar, and Cpt. Alex Altivilla

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Ron Singer and Curt Whiteman


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Gloria and Ambassador Glen Holden

2017 SOCIAL CALENDAR FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR Kicking off opening weekend, enjoy Happy Hour (open to the public) at the clubhouse from 4 to 6 pm every Friday May 5 through September 29, featuring small bites for purchase that pair perfectly with signature cocktails, wine, and beer from the bar.

Gilbert and Paul Delagnes

SUNDAY POLO OVERTIME PARTY Continue your #SundayFunday at After Hours, an after-party following the trophy presentation in the Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium clubhouse and on the field, where guests can dance the day away with DJ Fab and enjoy drinks for purchase at the bar. POLO REPLAY On Saturdays at 1 pm throughout the

season, enjoy lunch and drinks at the Polo Grill and watch highlights from last week’s Sunday polo match.

Jehanne Brown

THEME DAYS Join in the dress-up fun all summer long. Follow our social channels for signature theme days, including our popular Ladies Hat Day and more! @santabarbarapoloclub

Polo Scene

Linda and Dan Walker with Domino

SAVE THE DATE MAY 19 BLUES BREWS & BBQS —an evening of live blues bands presented by the Santa Barbara Blues Society, brews by Tiebreaker Brewing Company as well as wine from Summerland Winery, and mouth-watering barbecue by the The Hitching Post. JUNE 2 Come experience a taste of the Bacara Resort & Spa’s ANGEL OAK at a pop-up starting at 7 pm— Jonathan Burrows and Kari Lloyd

executive chef Vincent Lesage showcasing tastings of a selection of signature dishes from the restaurant while enjoying an array of wines from the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association.

OCTOBER 7 Don’t miss the first-annual SANTA BARBARA POLO & WINE FESTIVAL (tickets: from $55,

early bird pricing is subject to availability, available at sbpoloandwine.com) from 11 am to 6:30 pm. Enjoy two polo matches, four national touring artists, and tastings from local Santa Barbara wineries.

Katie Turpin, Charles Ward, and David Sigman

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Doreen Ladin, Annette Caleel, Joel Ladin, and Dr. Richard Caleel

Lori and Logan Archer, Lauren Archer, David and Jane Reser, and Bruce and Sheri Vincent

Carol Marsch and Ron Macleod

Lindsay Heatley Grant Palmer

Polo Scene Zooey Deschanel with husband Jacob Pechenik and daughter, Elsie

Kerri Ramgren, Charles Ward, and Monique Rodriguez

Erin and Henry Walker

Ben and Gimena Soleimani

Emilia and Anita Wulff Nigel Gallimore, Michael Esparza, Luis Troia, DJ Wetmore, and Richard Mineards, and guests

Jesse Bray, Santi Wulff, Felipe Viana, Cholo Donovan, and Jake Klentner

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Ambassador Glen and Gloria Holden with Siobhan Holden, Marie Kuschmann, and Jeep Holden

David Lominska

Charlie Walker Dan and Elena De Meyer

Polo Scene

Amanda, Luke, and Justin Klentner

Santiago Von Wernich and Celeste Lorda

Sandy Herron, Griffin Brecheen, Charles Ward, Leigh Brecheen, and Victoria Firestone

Guest, Josephine Hermans, and Alfonso and Sterling Giannico

Michael and Claudia Uretz, Josephine Hermans, Sterling Giannico, and guest

Elena and Dan De Meyer, Wesley Ru, Vanessa Packer and Nathan Ru, Bob Fell, and Chuck Lande

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Jeff and Cam Gittler with Alex Meneses

Brian Fagan

Brian and Kalei Burkitt Santi, IĂąaki, and Emilia Wulff

Jesse Bray and Hayley Heatley Geoff Palmer

Mary Stark and Erlyne Whiteman

Polo Scene

Kevin Mokarow

Top: Friends of RH Polo team. Bottom: Valerie Crowder, Jason Crowder, Adam Snow, Costi Caset, and Ben Soleimani

Michelle Hall and son, Eli Paco, Pacito, and Begonia de Narvaez

Francisco de Narvaez

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Lucas Criado, Herndon Radcliff, Joaquin Panelo, and Daniel Walker


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Film Finances signing autographs after their win

John Muse

El Encanto’s Shaun O’Bryan

Dana Hansen and guest

Wulff Family

Michael Esparza and Patrick Uretz

Polo Scene Sarah and Ed Hurd

Yazmin Melero, Ekaterina Lyapustina, and Melissa McAvoy

Felipe Vercellino

Mindy Denson, Charles Ward, and Cam and Jeff Gittler

Mrs. Elizabeth Skene

James Ladin

Toby Mayer

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Geronimo and Facundo Obregon


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Santiago and Jasmine Trotz, Gaston Von Wernich, Felipe Vercellino, Madison Richardson, and guests

Gimena Soleimani and Celeste Lorda

Shannon McGraw and Alison Hansen

Guest, Olga Vaughan, and Memo and Michi Gracida

Deb Richards and guest

Polo Scene

Charlie Walker, guest, Cory Williams, guests, and Megan Varchetto

Ursula and Pat Nesbitt, Andrew Broeren, and Annette and Dr. Richard Caleel

Margarita and Chuck Lande with Pat and Ursula Nesbitt

John Westley

Gloria Holden, Princess Diya Kumari, Ambassador Glen Holden, guests, Maharaja of Jaipur, Abhimanyu Pathak, Jonathan Burrows, and Pat Nesbitt

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2016 TOURNAMENT WINNERS POLO SCENE

USPA Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open RESTORATION HARDWARE

Costi Caset, Ben Soleimani, Santi Von Wernich, and Jason Crowder

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PHOTOGRAPHS: DAVID LOMINSKA

Polo Winners


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USPA Maserati Silver Cup

FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK Herndon Radcliff, Lucas Criado, Joaquin Panelo, and Dan Walker

16-GOAL Polo Winners SERIES

USPA Nespresso America Cup

FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK Herndon Radcliff, Lucas Criado, Joaquin Panelo, and Dan Walker

Belmond El Encanto Polo Classic KLENTNER RANCH

Jesse Bray, Facundo Obregon, Shaun O’Bryan, Geronimo Obregon, and Justin Klentner

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12-GOAL SERIES Engel & Vรถlkers Polo Classic ANTELOPE

Santi Trotz, Geoff Palmer, Felipe Vercellino, and Jim Wright

Polo Winners USPA La Martina Intra-Circuit

NOVIS INSURANCE/SLOVAKIA Ivan Weisz, Jim Wright, Felipe Vercellino, and Santi Trotz

Pope Challenge TWIN PALMS

Chris Maloney, Santiago Wulff, guest, Graham Bray, and Remy Muller

Jewelry by Gauthier Polo Cup FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK

Luis Escobar, Henry Walker, Felipe Viana, and Alonso Cruz

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8-GOAL SERIES

Harry East Memorial KLENTNER RANCH

Dayelle Fargey, Jesse Bray, Luke Klentner, and Justin Klentner

Polo Winners USPA Wickenden Cup

AGUA DULCE John Ziegler, Santi Wulff, Jacob Pechenik, and Max Menini

USPA President’s Cup KLENTNER RANCH

Jake Klentner, Dayelle Fargey, Jesse Bray, and Justin Klentner

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Schedule

2017 SEASON NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE MEN’S ARENA CHAMPIONSHIP April 3-9 COACHING LEAGUE April 22-October 1 EARLY BIRD CHUKKERS April 22-30 Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays PRO-POOL LEAGUE May 4-June 25, September 2-October 1

Polo Schedule

RINCON LEAGUE 8-10 GOAL PRO-AM July 6-August 26 12-GOAL SERIES May and June Close date April 15 Summerland Winery Lisle Nixon Memorial May 5-14 Ramsey Asphalt Pope Challenge May 19-28 Lucchese Vic Graber Cup June 2-11 USPA La Martina Intra-Circuit June 16-25 Practices on Wednesdays, tournament games on Fridays and Sundays Fields closed June 26-July 6 16-GOAL SERIES July and August Close date May 31 Belmond El Encanto Mayors Cup July 7-9 Karma Automotive Robert Skene Trophy July 14-23 Engel & Völkers Santa Barbara USPA America Cup July 28-August 6 Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open August 10-27 Tournament games on Fridays and Sundays, Wednesdays 16-goal team practice off-site. Gulfstream PCO tournament games Thursday and Sunday YOUTH GRASS POLO TOURNAMENTS Linfoot Memorial Youth Tournament July 15 World Gym/Miguel Torres Youth Tournament August 5

USPA National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) Championship September 1-3 8-GOAL SERIES September and October Close date August 31 USPA Presidents Cup September 9-17 Von Dornberg and Stick & Ball Company USPA Wickenden Cup September 23-October 1 Practices on Thursdays, tournament games on Fridays/Saturdays and Sundays WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT September 22-24 Close date September 16 VON DORNBERG AND STICK & BALL COMPANY LAST CHANCE TOURNAMENT October 6-8 Close date October 1 0-1 goal flight, 2-4 goal flight

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N , P L E A S E C O N TA C T P O L O M A N A G E R M E L A N J A J O N E S AT M E L A N J A J @ S B P O L O . C O M . THE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE AND FIELD ASSIGNMENTS (INCLUDING OUTSIDE FIELDS) ARE SUBJECT TO C H A N G E AT T H E D I S C R E T I O N O F T H E M A N A G E M E N T.

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