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T HE HE ART O F POLO IN TH E D E S E RT president’s welcome 8 A letter from Mike Ward

tournament results 2011-2012

polo 2 013 12

skins 42

A letter from Jan Hart A letter from Graham Bray

governor’s cup 43

save the date 15

pacific coast circuit wct 44

Tournament and social schedule

january 4 goal league 45

team eldorado 18

trione senior’s 45

the man behind the mallet 55

An interview with Henry Trione

polo style 58 Must-have art, apparel and equipment polo people 63 Sidelines and social events

Meet the staff

tony veen memorial 46

join eldorado! 73 Sunday polo, social events and sponsorships

fields and facilities 19

jason memorial jr. officer’s 46

meet the players 74

Map of the grounds

try polo! 21 Eldorado Polo and Riding Academy

carlton beal memorial 47 wendell kerley memorial 47

intro to polo 23

world gym 48

A guide to game rules and terms

new year’s 48

your passport to the world 29

holiday 48

International polo destinations

why polo? 34

Players’ polo passion

team uspa 38

Next generation polo talent

Members and handicaps

after polo 80 Where to be and be seen junior polo 82 Pee Wee and junior talent

verve international 50 roadrunner 50 go honey 50 Jackson Hole 51 Annual Awards 51 eldoradopoloclub.com – 5


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president ’s welcome Welcome to the 56th season of polo at the Eldorado Polo Club. Players, patrons, and spectators alike will benefit from a full complement of amateur through 12-Goal polo. Please join us every weekend, January through March; our highlevel polo promises to be some of the most popular and exciting polo of the last few seasons. Lake Farms, the current owners of Eldorado Polo Club, is currently under contract for the sale of the land to Goldenvoice, the producers of Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals. Upon completion of the environmental impact report and final negotiations with the City of Indio, Lake Farms and Goldenvoice will close the sale in the first half in 2013. Planning ahead, a new corporation will be formed, which will be governed, as originally envisioned 56 years ago, by the players. Goldenvoice has been a great supporter and partner of the Eldorado Polo Club. The relationship has been advantageous for both entities. The sale, further maintenance, and continuous improvement agreements between Goldenvoice and Eldorado will preserve polo at our club for a long time to come. My special thanks goes out to Eldorado’s entire staff for their commitment, hard work, and allegiance. Without each of them, polo at our club would be unsustainable. At Eldorado, polo is our one and only passion, and your participation, thoughts, and suggestions will help us to strive to be all we can be. The owners, members, and staff wish you the healthiest and happiest year in our upcoming polo season.

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a letter

from jan hart This year marks the beginning of a new phase in the history of the Eldorado Polo Club. Building upon our 56 years of polo tradition, we are strongly committed to developing Eldorado as the desert’s premier polo destination over the next decade. We have initiated a rejuvenation of the grounds and facilities, to benefit an increasing number of players and visitors from across North and South America, and abroad. Taking the helm of our experienced team is our new Polo Manager, Graham Bray, who brings years of polo experience to the club. He will be working with Polo Assistants Rob Roenisch and Debbie Morrison and our dedicated team to make this year memorable. Our facilities are in the experienced hands of Chief Engineer Santos Macabale and Field Supervisor Jesse Valenzuela. Our Accountant, Darlene Molton, is minding all the checks and balances and James a’Court will be filling your social calendars as returning Marketing and Events Director. Kyle Fargey brings his nine years of teaching experience back to the club as Director of the Eldorado Polo and Riding Academy. We invite polo players of all levels to contact him and get in the game. In preparation for the winter 2013 season, Graham and the Eldorado team have dedicated themselves to several upgrades to the fields,

including aerating and deep tining, then covering the fields with 7,000 tons of sand and aggravating. The exercise track was ground up with 18 inch rippers to alleviate the waving effect and then covered with 12 inches of new sand for improved footing and drainage. Along with these upgrades, the club also got a makeover: freshly trimmed Oleander bushes and trees; reconstructed barns; and other fieldside maintenance. This season, ROC’s Firehouse Grille brings their fresh homemade fare back to the Cantina and the Club House. Fans of polo can enjoy watching polo games from the Cantina patio, or join us for Sunday Brunch and polo at the Club House. Both facilities host a number of exciting social events throughout the season, including the annual Governor’s Bash, and are available for private and corporate events. Our devoted staff sees every year as an opportunity to improve quality and access to all aspects of the polo lifestyle, for fans, sponsors, and, especially, players. We honor the Eldorado tradition of running the best player-focused club in the desert with continued high-level polo competition and exceptional facilities. I look forward to seeing players and fans, new and experienced, on the sidelines and hitting the fields in the 2012–2013 season!

Jan Hart Jan Hart General Manager

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a letter

from graham bray Join us at the Eldorado Polo Club as we kick off the exciting 2012–2013 season. We are putting the fun back into polo this year! We have more teams, better fields, improved facilities, a great staff, and 56 years of history behind us. Looking forward to the 2012–2013 season, Eldorado is pleased to offer competitive polo at a range of levels, from 0 to 12 Goal. Eldorado hosts several annual USPA tournaments, including the Pacific Coast Circuit Governor’s Cup and WCT Qualifier. Also look for the memorial tournaments that run throughout the season, honoring past members and contributors to Eldorado, including: Mack and Madelyn Jason, Wendell Kerley, Tony Veen, Arty Cameron, Joe Barry, and Carlton Beal. We are pleased to welcome Steve Lane as Head Umpire Instructor and Ricks Sears, USPA Professional Umpire--their expertise will continue to make for better polo at Eldorado. Fields open December 1 and our pre-season tournaments run throughout December. Opening day is scheduled for January 6, and I know all teams will be excited to play on Field #1. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable polo season. We know you will have fun!

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schedule 2012-2013

nov e m ber 1

p ubl ic w e lcom e!

Barns Open

Starting Saturday, January 5, 2013 Join us on the Cantina patio

dec e m ber 1 Stick & Ball Field Opens 15 Club Chukkers begin Thurs, Sat & Sun 15–16 Linfoot Polo Clinic 21 Team Practice Chukkers begin 28–30 Holiday Tournament (4 Goal) 31 Cantina New Year’s Party

Games every Saturday at 12pm & Sunday at 10am Starting Sunday, January 6, 2013 Join us at the Club House or for Sunday tailgating

Games every Sunday at 12 pm & 2 pm

janua ry 4–13 6 14–27

Tony Veen Memorial Leagues begin: 10–12 Goal, 4–6 Goal & 0 Goal Opening Day: Club House matches begin Wendell Kerley Memorial League play: 10–12 Goal, 4–6 Goal & 0 Goal

februa ry 1–10 13–24 16–17

World Gym Tournament League play: 10–12 Goal, 4–6 Goal & 0 Goal Carlton Beal Memorial League play: 10–12 Goal, 4–6 Goal & 0 Goal Arty Cameron Memorial Junior Tournament

m arch 1–3 6–17 22–30 23–24 31 31

WCT Qualifier and Women’s Challenge Trione Vineyards Senior’s Tournament Mack & Madelyn Jason Memorial League play: 10–12 Goal, 4–6 Goal & 0 Goal SKINS Tournament (10–12 Goal) USPA Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup (4–6 Goal) Joe Barry Memorial Junior Tournament SKINS Final USPA Pacific Coast Governor’s Cup Final Easter Egg Hunt and Sunday Brunch

Team Practice Chukkers Wed, Fri & Sun 10–12 Goal

Thurs, Sat & Sun 4–6 Goal

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SHOP, DIN E, & PLAY… Just Minutes Away in

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In addition, interactive exhibits and programs at the La Quinta Museum engage all ages. Guests of the museum, which is free-of-charge, can see traveling exhibits and La Quinta artifacts with items of historical significance, as well.

here’s a lot to love in La Quinta! Explore and experience this vibrant city in between matches or after your day on the fields is done. The City of La Quinta is located just minutes from the Eldorado Polo Club.

With all these offerings, it’s no surprise that La Quinta is becoming an entertainment focal point in the desert. Many dining venues feature quaint patio space for enjoying the scenic surroundings, and shops that you’ll discover are quite varied.

Blessed with the natural beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta is known as the “Gem of the Desert.” La Quinta began as a private retreat for Hollywood legends like Greta Garbo and Clark Gable with the inception of the La Quinta Hotel in 1926 (now the exclusive La Quinta Resort & Club). For years, the rich and famous escaped to La Quinta’s secluded hotel and casitas and, in 1982, the City of La Quinta officially incorporated.

From the quaint La Quinta Village to the bustling shopping corridor on Highway 111, you will find everything from unique boutiques to big box favorites. You’ll find gifts, fashion, home décor and accessories, art galleries, wine shops, gourmet foods, coffee houses, day spas and so much more!

Home of the Humana Challenge PGA TOUR event in January, La Quinta is known for its pristine golf courses— which provide challenging play and breathtaking scenery. The City of La Quinta’s position along the mountainside showcases extraordinary views for patio dining, golf, poolside lounging and hiking. The city offers an exciting range of healthy activities, community gatherings, special events, and cultural programs centered around health and wellness to capture La Quinta’s essence as a healthy, active, and captivating community— a place where people just feel better. Quality hiking trials, as well as paths for walking, biking, and horseback riding, create many opportunities for physical activity. Parks and golf courses are within the La Quinta Village area or nearby, along with treasures such as the Fred Wolff Nature Preserve. Also playing a role in La Quinta’s health and wellness program is the city’s SilverRock Resort. This magnificent 525-acre, city-owned property is home to the nationally acclaimed Arnold Palmer Classic Course, a temporary clubhouse and driving range.

There are many reasons to return to La Quinta. Every March, the La Quinta Arts Festival, ranked second in the nation, features more than 200 artists, entertainment, food and wine. It is sponsored by the La Quinta Arts Foundation. The Foundation also presents Blues & Brews in November and Art Under the Umbrellas on select Saturdays throughout April. The Chamber of Commerce hosts a Hot Rod & Custom Car Show in January and a Taste of La Quinta event in February. Adding to the city’s emphasis on healthy living, on Sunday mornings during the season, the Certified Farmers Market sells locally grown fruits and produce, flowers and fresh breads in Old Town La Quinta. To explore La Quinta ‘virtually’ and plan your day, download the city’s free iPhone app for instant access to La Quinta hotels, restaurants and retail stores. For a complete listing of shops, restaurants, activities and upcoming events, go to PlayInLaQuinta.com. The City of La Quinta is now on Facebook and Twitter as well, so get connected!


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staff

jan hart

graham bray

rob roenisch

debbie morrison

kyle fargey

darlene molton

james a’court

santos macabale

jesse valenzuela

tony gregg

General Manager T 760.342.2223 ext. 224 F 760.342.0269 E jan@eldoradopoloclub.com

Assistant Polo Manager T 760.342.2223 E rob@eldoradopoloclub.com

Director, Eldorado Polo and Riding Academy T 760.701.0244 E kyle@eldoradopoloclub.com

Marketing and Events Director T 760.831.9696 E james@eldoradopoloclub.com

Field Supervisor T 760.342.2223 E jesse@eldoradopoloclub.com

Polo Manager T 760.342.2223 ext. 222 F 760.342.2391 E grahamjbray@gmail.com

Assistant Polo Manager T 760.342.2223 ext. 223 E debbie@eldoradopoloclub.com

Accountant T 760.342.2223 ext. 224 E dar@eldoradopoloclub.com

Chief Engineer T 760.342.2223 E santos@eldoradopoloclub.com

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TRY POLO! ELDORADO POLO & RIDING ACADEMY

“We guarantee that you will enjoy the casual, relaxed and inviting polo environment at Eldorado!” The Eldorado Polo & Riding Academy caters instruction to everyone from beginner riders to seasoned polo players who are looking to finetune their game. We have an amazing staff of polo instructors, riding teachers and grooms to look after our barn full of safe, talented polo school horses. You are also welcome to bring your own seasoned polo horse. For further specifics on lesson rates and the updated monthly Eldorado Polo & Riding Academy lesson schedule, please visit: www.eldoradopoloclub.com/polo-academy

The sport of polo is very addictive – after only one game, you can become hooked for life!

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The Eldorado Polo & Riding Academy offers a full range of products and services: • Polo horses for rent with all tack and equipment • Private and group lessons • Clinics and personalized instruction packages • Coaching League with umpiring and professional instruction • Video review and analysis of swing mechanics and game strategies • Coaching of individuals and teams for tournament and league play • Catalogue of polo horses for sale locally • Full packages of tack and polo equipment to get you and your horse ready to play!

Contact Kyle Fargey 760.702.0244 kyle@eldoradopoloclub.com


intro to polo

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he Sport of Kings has its roots in Persia, dating back to the 5th century BCE. Polo traveled steadily west, through India, the Middle East and England, to land on North American shores in the 1870s. Originally a war-training exercise for soldiers, the modern sport of polo is a game played by two teams of four players (or three for arena polo).

The game runs four, six or eight chukkers (or periods) that run 7½ minutes each on a field that spans 300 yards long by 180 yards wide. Between each chukker, players have four minutes to switch horses. The play is very intense, so players generally play each horse for only one chukker. After each goal scored, the players switch playing direction in order to even out field and weather conditions.

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eldorado polo club

intro to polo

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Spectators descend onto the field at half-time to replace pieces of turf dug up by the horses during play. The goal is to remedy the grass surface, so that the ball travels smoothly down the field.

f l a g m an

The designated person standing behind each set of goal posts who flags each successful goal “in” by waving the flag up high or “out” by waving the flag below the waist.

foul

referee

If the two umpires on the field disagree on a call, the referee, or “third man,” on the sidelines has the final say.

r ide -of f ( or bum p)

Similar to a body check in hockey, this is a defensive move in which a horse’s shoulder is pressed into the shoulder of another player’s horse, in an attempt to drive him or her off the line of the ball. Bumping an opponent at more than a 45-degree angle, however, will result in a penalty.

Any infraction of the USPA rules, ranging from dangerous riding to interrupting the line of the ball; the severity of a foul depends on how dangerous the infraction was to the horse or player.

goa l

A goal is scored on the field each time the ball completely passes across the goal line and between the goal posts (at any height). The term “goal” also refers to a player’s handicap rating and is used to denote the level of play in a match, as determined by the cumulative handicap ratings of the players on the team.

hook

A defensive technique in which a player uses his or her mallet to interfere with an opponent’s swing.

knock-in

When a team in an offensive drive hits the ball across the opponent’s backline, the defending team resumes play with a free hit, or “knock in,” from their back line.

l ine of t he bal l

Once a ball is hit, the player who is closest to the ball with the narrowest angle has the right of way. Opposing players cannot cross the line too closely to the player who has the right of way, nor can they approach the “on line” player at too sharp an angle, or they risk a foul and subsequent penalty.

pe n a lt y

A free hit may be awarded when a foul is committed. Each infraction of the rules of play, or foul, is given a rating between one and nine by the umpires. The severity of the infraction determines the level of penalty imposed.

pl aye r p osi t ions

Player positions are represented by the numbers on their polo jerseys (from one to four). The Number One player primarily assumes an offensive position on the field and is responsible for neutralizing the opposing team’s Number 4 player (their primary defense). The Number Two is the mover and the shaker, a transition player who backs up the Number One player, and aggressively seeks to move the ball upfield. The Number Three player is the quarterback, who focuses on game strategy, field advantage and moving the ball. This player is often the highest rated player on the team. Finally, player Number Four is primarily responsible for guarding the goal, and preventing the opposing team from scoring. 24

t hr ow-in

Play begins or is resumed when the umpire throws the ball into play. Teams line up for a throw in by the umpire by facing their ponies towards the direction of their goal end.

um pir e s

Two mounted officials are on the polo field for all games; they are responsible for ensuring safety and enforcing the rules of play.

uni t e d stat e s polo a sso ci ation (u spa )

This polo-governing body is responsible for sanctioning polo clubs and tournaments, managing and publishing rules and handicap ratings, and organizing, promoting, and supporting polo across North America.


the uspa handicap syst e m The United States Polo Association (USPA) handicap system was put in place by the organization’s first president, Henry Lloyd Herbert, in 1890. The intention of handicaps is to make sure that teams composed of players of varying skill are evenly matched on the playing field, and that neither team plays with an unfair advantage. A player’s handicap is a rating between -2 (or C) and 10 and is expressed in “goals.” The USPA recently refined the rating system to use half points to apply to players ranked above -1 Goal and below 2 Goal handicaps (e.g., 1.5 Goals). A player’s goal rating has nothing to do with how many goals he or she may score in a game or season. Rather, it is based on general mastery of the fundamentals, horsemanship, sense of strategy and conduct, and quality of ponies. Every polo club has a Handicap Committee that evaluates its players and submits its goal-rating recommendations to a Circuit Handicap Committee, who passes it on to the National Handicap Committee. The USPA evaluates handicaps twice a year, in July and in January, though it reserves the right to change a player’s handicap at any time. Currently, about two thirds of USPA-rated players are rated 2 or less, and there are 10 active players currently rated at 10 Goals. A team’s handicap is the sum total rating of all of its players. If one team in a competition is rated lower than the other, that team may be awarded a number of goals in an attempt to make playing conditions more even. The number of goals awarded is dependent on the difference between the two teams’ handicaps, the goal level of the tournament, and the number of chukkers being played.

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Almost anywhere in the world, you can find a prestigious polo club offering games, chukkers, and instruction in exotic and exciting locations, combined with a cultural experience that is truly unique to the destination. Eldorado Polo explored four exciting international polo venues and found many reasons for North American players and their families to leave home, with or without their mallet bags in tow.

CALIXTO GARCIA-VELEZ Director of Polo and Equestrian Operations, Casa de Campo

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thai polo club Pattaya, Thailand

www.thai-polo-club.com Located one hour from the Bangkok International Airport, the Thai Polo & Equestrian Club boasts 600 acres overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. The lush club has two internationalstandard fields, a practice ground, stabling for over 120 horses, paddocks, and approximately 80 horses for the use of members and visitors. Travel to the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club guarantees not only stellar league and tournament play, from low-goal to 14goal levels, it also offers world-class instruction. From November through April, the Rege Ludwig International Polo School offers individual instruction and clinics under the expert tutelage of one of the most experienced and sought-after polo instructors in the world. An Eldorado Polo Club alumnus, Rege has been teaching and coaching polo since 1983, and offers instruction for all levels. Within a half-hour drive of the polo club, there are over a dozen golf courses to enjoy, including the Siam Country Club, recognized as the premier golf club of the Thai Eastern Seaboard. Within the same distance, you can experience elephant rides, the Pattaya Water Park, and limitless water sporting activities at Pattaya Beach, including fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing, wakeboarding, scuba diving and snorkeling. Stay onsite at the Thai Polo Club in an authentic Thai House or travel to nearby Pattaya to stay in a beachfront resort. The Horseshoe Resort is just 10 minutes from the polo club, nestled in a vast national park lined with tropical trees and populated with exotic animals. The facilities include the International Riding School for horse-lovers; Discovery Camp, a unique learning opportunity for young explorers; and Three Kingdoms Park, a monument to Thai and Chinese culture that your family can explore through three pagodas of illustrated history.

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The award-winning, 7,000-acre Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic offers activities and facilities for the entire family to enjoy: golf, tennis, beaches, water sports, polo, western and English pleasure riding, spa amenities, and more! Casa de Campo’s Polo & Equestrian Club has a rich and storied history as a playground for the world’s most elite polo players and socialites, dating back to the 1970s. The polo club now boasts three polo fields, one practice field, and one of the largest strings of polo ponies in the world under a single brand. Regular polo is played throughout the year while matches, and domestic and international tournaments are usually played during high season, which begins in early November and ends in April. Polo equipment, group instruction and personalized training are available for beginner and intermediate players. Expert staffing is also on hand for lessons in English or Western-style riding and jumping, or enjoy guided trail rides throughout the tropical property grounds. “With the distinct advantage of a world-class polo pony breeding program on site, we are in a unique position to host countless international test matches as well as tailor polo programs to each of our clients’ specific needs,” says Calixto Garcia-Velez, Director of Polo and Equestrian Operations. “Outside of polo, the fact that our resort offers such a variety of other amenities makes us the premier destination for any polo player traveling with family or friends.” If horses are not your cup of tea, hit the greens at Teeth of the Dog golf course. Ranked as the number one course in the Caribbean and 43rd in the top 100 courses worldwide by Golf Magazine, Pete Dye’s Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo attracts the best professional and amateur golfers in the world. Only a stone’s throw away from the amazing Casa de Campo resort is the unique historical village of Altos de Chavon, a handcrafted replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village. Dominican artisans created the unique stone pathways, decorative ironwork, and enchanting buildings, and the town is full of galleries, museums, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and performing arts.

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Casa de Campo is an ideal Caribbean destination for the entire family. Award-winning recreational and kids programs, excellent polo, golf and beaches, and unique sight-seeing mean that your family can spend time together and apart next vacation; a little peace of mind for all to enjoy.


your pa ssport to the world

apes hill polo centre St. James, Barbados

www.apeshillpolobarbados.com Apes Hill Polo Centre is located in the Apes Hill Club, a luxurious planned community on 470 acres in the center of Barbados. The club features a brand new golf course and full-sized polo field surrounded by rolling meadows, dense tropical forest, coral stone quarries, and the cristal blue of the Caribbean Sea.

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Rich in history and tradition, the Singapore Polo Club is set on acres of lush, tropical grounds, a world apart from Singapore’s bustling pace yet located just minutes from the heart of the city’s business center. With a season that extends from early March through mid-December, almost any time of year is a good one to visit. Singapore Polo Club is the city-state’s premier equestrian center, with both indoor and outdoor riding facilities. Chukkers are played throughout the week, and there are a variety of local and international tournaments scheduled throughout the season. There is a qualified polo instructor on staff and a variety of club lease ponies to choose from. Riding programs at the Singapore Polo Club include basic pleasure riding, competitive dressage, and jumping at various levels. Visitors may also explore the wide selection of jungle riding trails that are accessible from the club.

The polo season in Barbados runs from December through May, and tournament play runs throughout the week. Tournaments are often held in cooperation with the two other main polo clubs in Barbados, Holders and Lion Castle. Visitors who would like to participate or sign up for individual or group lessons can rent horses (equipment and drinks provided) from the school at Apes Hill Polo Club, which is managed by Jamie Dickson. Horses are a major part of daily life in Barbados, and subsequently, equine activities are ample. Horse racing at the Garrison Savannah, one of the oldest racing tracks in the Americas, runs year-round and hosts the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup in March and the Barbados Triple Crown in April. There are also many incredible riding trails and scenic rides along the beach for all horse lovers. Barbados offers much to explore, including botanical wonders like the Flower Forest and the Welchman Hall Gully, ample white-sand beaches, sailing, fishing, safari tours, and unbelievable scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities. Though it is a relatively small island, Barbados is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean. It represents the best of the Caribbean, with its endless adventures and fun, friendly culture.

Far more than a polo club, the club also boasts a restaurant and bar, gym and fitness facilities, gaming room, spa, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, tennis, archery, squash, boxing, fencing, pilates, yoga, Internet room, and outdoor children’s playground. Within a few miles of the club, you will find hotels, restaurants, shopping, and green space, but with all of the unique indoor and outdoor activities onsite, there is hardly a reason to leave the Singapore Polo Club.

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why polo?

Polo has opened up a world of adventure for me.

–Pat Nesbitt

Polo, for me, starts with my love of horses, followed by an adrenaline addiction and a craving for competition.

–Krista Bonaguidi

I have a strong passion for horses and competition. Polo is a true sport­—it is challenging and competitive and at the end of the game, everyone shakes hands. I have turned many lifetime moments into memories on the polo field, and I love sharing those memories with other players.

–Dan Walker

I love polo because of the horses, the adrenalin and the camaraderie. –Jennifer Luttrell

Why not polo? –Suzanne Figi Image courtesy of Dominick Lemarie Photography

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why polo?

The wonderful horses, the great friends, and the heart-pumping thrill of the game. I love team sport, and this is one that I get to play near home, with some amazing professional players.

–Dan Horn

I love polo because it’s a great, fun team competition, and it gives an adrenaline rush like no other sport! –Geraldine Strunsky

I love the horses, the speed and the thrill of the game. Also, I was afraid to continue chuck wagon racing­­—it’s a little scary!

–Pat Powell

I was hooked on polo from day one. The combined effort of horse and rider, the thrill of victory and the lessons of defeat have kept me playing for years. It’s the only sport that you can play as you begin to age, by virtue of getting younger horses! Also, my wife says that polo is better for me than a mistress.

–David Ragland

I love horses, I love team sports, I love challenges, I love the work-out, and I find polo and the polo club to be a relaxing escape!

–Colleen Wilson

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el d or a d o p olo talent join s te a m u spa The United States Polo Association (USPA) established the Team USPA program in 2010 to grow and sustain the sport of polo by identifying talented young American players and providing opportunities to enhance their abilities. The Team USPA program selects the most talented players from across the country, ages 18–23 years old, and provides one-of-a-kind mentoring, training and playing opportunities. Players are chosen based on their dedication to the sport, their potential for development, and their natural ability. Players are expected to obtain umpire certification and give back to junior polo, teaching polo skills to help youth and beginner players. Several players in the Team USPA program are California players, including Jesse Bray, Nicholas Morrison, Carlitos Galindo, Nicolai Galindo, Collin White, Remy Muller, Chris Collins, and Jared Sheldon. Eldorado Polo caught up with a few team members and explored their thoughts on polo, the Team USPA program, and their plans for the upcoming season.

jesse bray

Handicap: 4 Age: 20 Hometown: Indio, CA

nicolai galindo Handicap: 3 Age: 24 Hometown: Thermal, CA

How did you get started in polo?

My dad got me started when I was really young. I played my first games in the Junior Polo program at Eldorado when I was around 6.

I started riding when I was about 5; my mom and dad both played polo so they got me started at a young age. I took a break a few years later, and then got seriously involved back in polo when I was 14.

What is your favorite aspect of the Team USPA program?

They help you find jobs, even if you don’t have any horses; they try to provide opportunities for you. It was great to get instruction from some of the top players in the U.S.: Owen Rinehart, Hector Galindo, and Adam Snow.

The opportunity to travel to Florida and learn from some of the top polo professionals—it was a great learning experience.

What are your polo plans for 2013?

I will play in the 6 Goal and 12 Goal leagues at Eldorado until the end of March, and I hope to play at Santa Barbara in the summer.

I have jobs playing in the 8 and 12 Goal in Sarasota, Florida, in the Winter season, and in Houston in the 8 Goal Spring league.

Any advice for young players?

Play your hardest in every game, practice lots, and don’t give up. Also, don’t party too hard—save your energy for the field!

Ride as many horses as possible, and play as much polo as you can.

Something few people know about you?

Once someone cut my hair like Bozo the clown.

I really love soccer, and I am an excellent Indian leg wrestler.

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carlitos galindo Handicap: 3 Age: 26 Hometown: Thermal, CA

jared sheldon Handicap: 3 Age: 25 Hometown: Poway, CA

nick morrison Handicap: 2 Age: 25 Hometown: Thermal, CA

Polo is a tradition in my family, so I started very young. I think I was in the lead-line group in Pee Wee polo at Eldorado when I was three years old.

My family plays polo so I started when I was young. I also like to play baseball, basketball, and soccer, so I did not become serious about polo until my late teens. I worked for Steve Crowder during college and played in a lot of intercollegiate polo, and then I was hooked.

My mom Debbie got me started riding at a young age. I started playing polo at Eldorado when I was around 18.

The program staff members are so helpful and supportive. I feel like I can call them any time with questions and they give really good advice.

It’s great that you can always call someone for help or advice. It’s a very supportive program.

They help you promote your talents. The program opens doors to job opportunities.

I hope to play at Eldorado in the Winter, then head to Houston in the Spring, and to Kentucky and Nashville for the Summer.

I will play in the 6 Goal and 12 Goal leagues at Eldorado in the Winter, then I will play in Houston in the Spring and Fall, and I hope to play in Santa Barbara again in the Summer.

I work for Coca-Cola polo in Florida. I ride, practice and prep all of Gillian Johnston’s ponies for her. It’s a great job!

Stay in school! But at the same time, follow your polo dreams and always work hard to try and achieve them.

Work hard and help everyone out around you. What comes around, goes around, and you never know who will help you out one day. Always respect the horses; they are the most important part of the game.

Ride all the time!

I am a soccer fanatic!

I recently got engaged to the best girl in the world, Dani Kennedy.

I am the only Aussie-born member of Team USPA.

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Mansour Marcos Bignoli Jr. 4 Santiago Von Wernich 5 Rodrigo Moran 3 Ben Soleimani 0

Hanalei Bay Mariano Fassetta 6 Jesse Bray 3 Alvaro Tadeo 3 Krista Bonaguidi -0.5

Highwood Ron Mathison 0 Marcelo R. Abbiati 5 Santiago Trotz 5 Jared Sheldon 2

Cotterel Farms Jennifer Luttrell 0 Luis Saracco 4 Ignacio Saracco 3 Ruben Coscia 5

Palm Desert Dan Horn 0.5 Dan Walker 3 Matthew Walker 3 Santiago Wulff 5


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Coldwell Banker Menlo

Lyn Jason Cobb, Jared Sheldon, Remy Muller, Marcos Bignoli Jr.

govenor’s cup winner Cam Clark Ford

Cam Clark, Rafael Sylvestre, Jesse Bray, Jessica Bailey, Kirstie Allen (sub)

best pony Colibri

Owned and played by Marcos Bignoli Jr.

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pa rt i c i pat i n g t e a m s Cam Clark Ford Cam Clark -0.5 Jesse Bray 3 Jessica Bailey 1.5 Rafael Sylvestre 2

Deco Polo David Ragland 0 Ashton Wolf 3 Alvaro Tadeo 3 Gregorio Mariscal 0

Coldwell Banker Menlo Lyn Jason Cobb -1 Marcos Bignoli Jr. 4 Jared Sheldon 2 Remy Muller 1

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pa c if ic coa s t c ir c u i t w c t q ua l if ie r & w om e n ’s c h a l l e ng e flight a

flight b

flight c

winners

winners

winners

runner-up

runner-up

runner-up

Kim Garsed, Tiamo Hudspeth, Abby Riggs, Dayelle Fargey

Catlin Dix, Roxy Keyfauver, Sara Inkster, Nancy Louie

Kendra Clark, Kate Ewart, Lyn Baldwin, Claudia Uretz

mvp

mvp

mvp

sportsm anship

sportsm anship

sportsm anship

best pony

best pony

best pony

Owned by Caroline Anier, played by Kate Weber

Owned by George Dill, played by Catlin Dix

Owned by Jake Devane, played by Krissy Devane

Estancia Venterron Kate Weber, Sunny Hale, Malia McCoy, Cybele Jordan

Urban Dog

Kate Weber

Kim Garsed

Taxi

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Coldwell Banker Menlo Lyn Jason Cobb, Kirstie Allen, Dayelle Fargey, Abby Riggs

Pemoco

Catlin Dix

Megan Kozminski

Glider

Prime Time Krissy Devane, Tania Paneno, Gina Padilla, Jana Elordi

Kingcliffe

Gina Padilla

Claudia Uretz

Maria


to u r n a m e n t r e s u lt s

january 4 goal winner

Cotterel Farms Jennifer Luttrell, Tony Uretz, Gregorio Mariscal, Topo Mendez

runner-up

best pony

Jared Sheldon, Remy Muller, Sinead Divine, Manny Rodriguez, Ted Okie

Owned by the Uretz family, played by Tony Uretz

Horseware – Jackson Hole

mvp

Coyote

Topo Mendez

t r ione v ine ya r d se nior ’s winner

Joe & The Ladies Leigh Brecheen, Kit Neacy, Lynni Hutton, Suki Piper, Joe Henderson

runner-up Old Guys Rule

Murray Farmer, Ross Adam, Mike Jordan, Lee Nilsson

mvp Leigh Brecheen eldoradopoloclub.com – 45


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to u r n a m e n t r e s u lt s

tony veen of f ic e r ’s c u p WINNER BTA Bryan Middleton, Krista Bonaguidi, Lauren Beal, Remy Muller

runner-up

best pony

mvp

Blazers

Tex

Remy Muller

Pat Powell, Malia McCoy, Jake Devane, Kyle Fargey

Owned and played by Pat Powell

m ack & m adelyn jason jr. of f ic e r ’s c u p winner Blazers Kyle Fargey, Jake Devane, Malia McCoy, Pat Powell

runner-up Coldwell Banker Menlo Madelyn Cobb, Jared Sheldon, Graydon Britton, Remy Muller, Manny Rodriguez 46

best pony Photo

Owned and played by Jared Sheldon

mvp Kyle Fargey


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c a r lt o n b e a l memorial WINNER Antelope Santiago Trotz, Geoff Palmer, Matias Zavaleta, Jared Sheldon

runner-up

best pony

mvp

Hanalei Bay

Majila

Jared Sheldon

Krista Bonaguidi, Jesse Bray, Mariano Fassetta, Alvaro Tadeo

Owned and played by Mariano Fassetta

wendell kerle y memorial winner Cotterel Farms Ignacio Saracco, Jennifer Luttrell, Luis Saracco, Ruben Coscia

runner-up

best pony

Mike Kerley, John Rooney, Joe Henderson, Bryan Middleton

Owned and played by Ruben Coscia

Northern Blizzard

Bianca

mvp Ruben Coscia

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world gym WINNER

Deco Polo David Ragland, Gregorio Mariscal, Alvaro Tadeo, Ashton Wolf

ne w y e a r ’s tourna ment WINNER

World Gym Tony Uretz, Hank Uretz, Patrick Uretz, Wiley Uretz

runner-up Hanalei Bay

Jared Sheldon, Stephen Cobb, Krista Bonaguidi, Susan Guggenheim, Daniel Galindo

h ol id ay c h u k k e r s WINNER World Gym Patrick Uretz, Hank Uretz, Wiley Uretz, Tony Uretz

runner-up Urban Dog

Kim Garsed, Jesse Bray, Antonio Juarez, Will Waggoner, Susan Guggenheim

best pony Hilita

Owned by the Uretz family and played by Patrick Uretz

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v e r v e i n t e r n at i o n a l op e nin g d ay WINNER Hanalei Bay Jesse Bray, Alvaro Tadeo, Mariano Fassetta, Ron Bonaguidi

runner-up

best pony

Dan Walker, Dan Horn, Santiago Wulff, Matt Walker

Owned and played by Santiago Wulff

Palm Desert

Delores

roadrunner WINNER Eldorado Ernie Darquea, George Dill, Suki Piper, Brian Miller, James a’Court

runner-up World Gym Hank Uretz, Tony Uretz, Daniel Galindo, George Conkwright, Antonio Juarez

go hone y WINNER Chapparal Tim Rudy, Robin Paicius, David Flowers, Erik Wright

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best pony

Joseph Stuart, Rick Paicius, Tony Uretz, Hank Uretz

Owned by Dina Stuart, Played by Joseph Stuart

Trinity

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runner-up

Jackson Hole Jared Sheldon, Krista Bonaguidi, George Gilstrap, Manny Rodriquez

Kentfield Scott M. Cunningham, Eric Hammon, Jesse Bray, Ted Okie

a nn u a l awa r d s

WINNER

WINNER

Jennifer Luttrell

Krista Bonaguidi

Ronai White Sponsor Dedication Trophy

Robert Skene Most Improved Player Award

WINNER

Alonzo ‘Chango’ Galindo Award Dwayne Hollenbeck

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interview

the m an behind the m a llet

An interview with Henry Trione

If one of the greatest measures of a man’s success is his ability to give back to his community, then Henry Trione is indeed a very great man. Henry Trione is well recognized in Southern California for his business accomplishments in finance, real estate, lumber, and wine. Yet more often than not, he is recognized as a philanthropist, contributing significant time and funds to institutions and nonprofit organizations. Eldorado Polo Club has benefited from Henry Trione’s great energy, enthusiasm, and generosity towards polo, which continues to this day, with the tradition of the Trione Vineyards Senior’s Tournament. At 91, Henry is still a keen Eldorado supporter. Look for Henry and his wife Eileen on the sidelines and say hello—he is always pleased to meet fellow polo enthusiasts. Eldorado Polo spoke with Henry about his ties to the Eldorado Polo Club, and his enduring love for the sport.

how did you first come to play polo?

I always enjoyed horses and when I met a fellow in Santa Rosa, California, named Bob Walter, I took up the sport. Bob had moved to Santa Rosa from Chicago. He gave me one of his nice, easy horses to ride and showed me the basics. I was addicted to the game almost right away.

when did your history with Eldorado begin?

I have been involved in the Eldorado Polo Club since its inception. I started to come play polo in the desert in the early 1950s. I played in Santa Rosa and at the San Francisco Club, and then I learned of the group of people heading out to the desert to play. I thought that sounded great. I was one of the original investors in the land purchased to build Eldorado Polo Club.

do you have other passions that equaled your interest in polo?

I was always very active in business. Between that and polo and my family, I had a full plate. I played polo for pure enjoyment. I tried to play every weekend in Santa Rosa or in the desert.

you have made many contributions to eldorado. what do you consider your fondest?

I helped to start the Senior’s Polo tournament, which invites players over 50 years of age to play. Alex Jacoy, Susan Stovall, and I started this tournament over 20 years ago. There are some great traditions involved—we always play golf, have a great dinner reception, and give tournament

caps out to all participants. We have had up to 8 teams play in the tournament over a weekend, and it has always been an event that everyone enjoys.

what are some of your favorite polo memories?

I have made so many good friends over the years. I made a good friend from Canada, Charles Hetherington, as well as many others from the United States and all over the world. I just loved to play with so many friends and talented players—on the main field and on the field that is now in front of the Cantina. I also have fond memories of playing with my sons, Victor and Mark. We named our team the “Italian Stallions” and we often played together on weekends at the Santa Rosa Polo Club.

what are your thoughts on eldorado today, as the 56th year of polo kicks off?

I am very happy with everything that is happening at the club. I enjoy sitting on the Cantina patio or in the Club House and watching the competitive weekend polo. The facility is great and the owners and staff are working hard to make the club a great place to be. I think the sale of the club will benefit polo, and I hope that it will perpetuate polo at Eldorado for a long time. Thank you Henry, we hope to see you soon at Eldorado.

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Good luck to all teams at

ELDORADO POLO CLUB IN 2013

From the Antelope Polo Team and Grant Palmer


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6 Erica Gandomcar anchors her women’s team. 7 Mariano Fassetta in action in the Carlton Beal Memorial Tournament. 8 Jake Devane hits a perfect near-side shot in the Mack and Madelyn Jason Memorial.

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8 Brent Hartman 9 Dr. Mark Sofonio, Kim Horn, Dan Horn and Caroline Sofonio


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in memoriam

a true gentleman: william mackall (mack) jason january 6, 1926 – december 30, 2011

William Mackall Jason, fondly known to family and friends as “Mack,” was an original founder of the Eldorado Polo Club in 1957. Mack lived a full and happy life as a loving family man, a successful business executive, and a passionate polo player; but above all, Mack Jason was a gentleman. With family roots in North Carolina, Mack was born in Portland, Oregon in 1926 and lived in the Bay Area for 84 of his 85 years. He was predeceased by the love of his life, vivacious Madelyn Gilmore Jason, whom he married in 1949. Mack was very proud of their four children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Mack and Madelyn also shared a love for horses. For their wedding, Madelyn presented Mack with polo mallets and he presented her with a set of golf clubs. The polo mallets multiplied and the golf clubs collected dust.

The Jason and Gilmore families began to invest in property and play polo in the desert area in the early 1950s. In 1957, a group of investors purchased land adjacent to the Eldorado Country Club to establish two fields, stables and a club house. Mack and Madelyn Jason invested in the Lake Farms partnership that has owned the land on which the Eldorado Polo Club has operated since 1957. Mack shared a passion for polo with his family for over 50 years. He was an ambassador to the Federation of International Polo, Board member of the USPA, and past Governor of the USPA Pacific Coast Circuit. Mack was instrumental in bringing polo back to the Menlo Circus Club and was actively involved in the club, alongside Madelyn, daughter Lyn, and his extended family. Over the course of his polo career, Mack achieved a 3-Goal handicap. He loved playing at Eldorado, and after retiring from the game, he loved watching games with friends and family from their table at the Eldorado Polo Club House. Mack Jason will be greatly missed by his extended family at Eldorado Polo Club: the Lake Farms owners, the Board of Directors, staff members, and playing members. Mack—we will save you a seat this Sunday. Rest in peace.

would like to wish our pacific coast circuit players good luck in 2013! jesse bray chris collins carlitos galindo nicolai galindo cacho galindo tiamo hudspeth nick morrison remy muller miguel questel harrison samaniego jared sheldon patrick uretz collin white follow team uspa at facebook.com/teamuspa 66


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THE URETZ FAMILY

wishes all the Eldorado players a safe & successful 2013 season

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Congratulates Wiley Uretz and Daniel Galindo on being named the 2012 Intercollegiate & Interscholastic players of the year!


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The Sidelines and Social Scene

Get involved in Eldorado Polo!

Polo has been synonymous with the desert for over 50 years. Taking in a game is a great way to spend the weekend with family and friends, and admission is free! The Club House is the epicenter of the Eldorado Polo scene. Overlooking the polo fields, it is an elegantly appointed venue that gives you a bird’s eye view of the game. To make a reservation in the Club House Restaurant for Sunday Polo, please call 760-342-2223. The newly constructed Cantina is proving to be the most exciting destination for polo lovers in the desert. Enjoy close-up polo action or relax with a refreshing drink on the fieldside patio. ROC’s Firehouse Grille provides a delicious menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a fully stocked bar and all your favorite sports on the big screen. Rub shoulders with players or hang out with friends and family. The Cantina at Eldorado is open Tuesday through Sunday from 7am until late. Stay after polo on Sunday for live entertainment!

opportunities to get involved! You don’t have to be galloping on the field to feel the excitement at Eldorado Polo Club! The Eldorado Polo Club facilities are available for special events; the Club House and Lake are perfect for weddings, parties, and corporate events. For more casual bashes, the Cantina provides a great relaxed atmosphere. You could also work polo into your next family, corporate, or charity event. There are opportunities for corporate sponsorship such as signage, tournament naming rights, product displays, half-time entertainment, VIP packages or automobile shows…the possibilities are endless! Why not give your next event or brand the flair and excitement of polo? For more information on Social Memberships and Corporate Partnerships, contact James a’Court at 760-831-9696.

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James a’Court 1

Caroline Anier 2

Jessica Bailey 1

Lauren Beal-Sherry A.5

Francisco Benardoni 1

Ron Bonaguidi A

Krista Bonaguidi B

Graham Bray 4

Jesse Bray 4

Leigh Brecheen A

Artie Cameron 2

Mariano Carbone 1

Cam Clark B.5

John Clark A

Chris Collins Jr. 3

Chris Collins Sr. A

Susan Cooley B

Ruben Coscia 5

Scott Cunningham 1

Scott M. Cunningham A.5

Jake Devane 1

Linda Drabova B

TJ Elordi A

Ernie Ezcurra 3

Kyle Fargey 3

Dayelle Fargey 1

Murray Farmer A

Mariano Fassetta 6

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Carlitos Galindo 3

Daniel Galindo 2

Kim Garsed A

Shelley Geiler A

Denny Geiler A

George Gilstrap A

Fergus Gould 4

Susan Guggenheim A

Mariano Gutierrez 4

Glen Hart A

Carol Hempker B

Joe Henderson 4

Dan Horn A.5

Lynni Hutton A

Madelyn Jason Cobb A

Lyn Jason Cobb B

Mike Jordan 1

Cybele Jordan A

Antonio Juarez 1

Danny Juarez 3

Kim Kelly A

Mike Kerley 2

Chris Kerley 2

Jennifer Luttrell A

Chris Maloney 1

Mike Manno A

Ron Mathison A

Malia McCoy A.5

Topo Mendez 3

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Carin Middleton A.5

Amir Mojaver B

Nick Morrison 2

Kit Neacy B

Gina Padilla A

Geoff Palmer A

Heather Perkins A

Jenny Phipps A

Pat Powell A

David Ragland A

Craig Ramsby 1

Abby Riggs 1

Manny Rodriguez 2

John Rooney 1

Luis Saracco 4

Ignacio Saracco 3

Jared Sheldon 3

Rafael Silvestre 2

Ben Soleimani A

Victor Soto 2

Juan Soto 1

Craig Steinke 1

Geraldine Strunsky A

Joseph Stuart 3

Dina Stuart A

Alvaro Tadeo 3

Santiago Trotz 5

Patrick Uretz 2

Tony Uretz 1

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Mike Uretz A

Claudia Uretz A

Hank Uretz A

Therese Volmer A

Santiago Von Wernich 5

Federico Von Wernich 6

Gaston Von Wernich 5

Matthew Walker 3

Dan Walker 2

Mike Ward A

Bryon Ward A

Kate Weber A

Ronai White B

Reg Whyte A

Colleen Wilson B.5

Ashton Wolf 3

Erik Wright 2

Santiago Wulff 5

Federico Wulff 3

Alison Patricelli A

Noah Sprung B

Tom Sprung B

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RESTAURANT & BAR Feel like you’re on vacation all night long

The IW Club Restaurant & Bar invites you to experience the best of Indian Wells. Warm and inviting, our club-like atmosphere offers something for everyone. Enjoy comfort food with a twist, such as Prairie Farm pork chops, Wagyu beef braised short ribs, Jidori Farms free range chicken and one of signature dishes truffle lobster mac “n” cheese. If you haven’t tried us yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. Everyone’s Welcome Call or go online today to make your reservations or for more information!.

760.834.3800 www.iwclub.com

At the Indian Wells Golf Resort 44-500 Indian Wells Lane • Indian Wells, California 92210


after polo

In 2010, ROC’s Firehouse Grill took over the kitchens of The Cantina and the Club House at the Eldorado Polo Club. ROC’s is a family venture, run by retired fireman Roland Cook and his wife Jayme. They feature firehousestyle comfort food: great tasting, abundant, fresh, and affordable. Visit the Palm Desert Location or ROC’s Firehouse Grille at the Cantina. Open 6 days a week, Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00 am till late, the Cantina at Eldorado Polo Club offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. Spend an afternoon watching the sun set on the fieldside patio, enjoy an up-close view of an incredible polo match, or spend the evening enjoying the horseshoe bar, pool, dancing, terrific homemade food, and live entertainment after Sunday polo.

Enter the doors of Castelli’s Ristorante and you’ll believe you have just stepped into a small bistro in romantic Tuscany. Soft lighting, lace curtains, dark wood, and an abundance of fresh flowers and greenery set the tone for a wonderful dining experience. Now entering its 25th season serving award-winning prime beef, veal, lamb, pasta, and seafood dishes, Castelli’s has perfected an already outstanding level of service, delicious food, and fine wines. We also offer a full bar with live nightly entertainment, as well as catering and banquet facilities. See our food and wine menus, as well as entertainment and catering information online at www.castellis.cc. 81720 Ave 46, Indio, CA 92201 P: 760.773.3365

50950B Madison Street, Indio, CA 92201 P: 760.775.3336 36891 Cook St, Ste 10, Palm Desert, CA 92211 P: 760.340.3222

If you are looking for an exceptional steakhouse, The Chop House Palm Springs is a prime cut above the rest. Their USDA Prime aged, all-natural Angus beef is butchered in-house daily and classically grilled. Pair your prime cut, sustainable fresh seafood, and seasonal California vegetables with a selection from their 3,500-bottle wine cellar. The incredible food is complemented by attentive, personal service and a stunning space—replete with a two-story atrium and an open-air patio right on Palm Canyon. Book your next special evening by phone or online.

A younger offshoot of the famous Carmel Restaurant, the Hog’s Breath Inn in Old Town La Quinta offers indoor and outdoor dining with unmatched second-story views of the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains. The lively Saloon is a popular gathering spot with a great Happy Hour. We serve award-winning American food with fresh California influences and an emphasis on allnatural, hormone-free beef and chicken, sustainable seafood and fresh local ingredients. Happy Hour starts at 3:30: drink specials and 50% off bar food. Reserve by phone or online.

78065 Main St, Second Floor, Carmel Bldg La Quinta, CA 92253 P: 760.564.5556

78065 Main Street, Second Floor Old Town La Quinta, CA 92253 P: 760.564.5556

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Winner of The Best Tamales at the Indio International Tamale Fest, 2010, Jackalope Ranch serves up authentic California Ranch cuisine and classic BBQ dining daily in a finely crafted lodge on a beautifully landscaped 6.5 acre property. Join us at our indoor saloon, or our outdoor palapa bar and evening entertainment for awardwinning cuisine and the best Happy Hour in the Valley. Great for large groups and private events. Reservations strongly advised! Reserve your table by phone or online. 84100 Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201 P: 760.342.1999

Voted the Best French Restaurant by Palm Springs Life, La Brasserie Bistro & Bar serves authentic French bistro cuisine, created with elegance and served with charm. Pairing perfectly with traditional cuisine, the thoughtfully selected beer menu is as intriguing as the wine menu, which reflects Chef Emmanuel Janin’s roots in Alsace, France, as well as his adopted home in California. Watch the chef at work in the open-concept kitchen, or enjoy live entertainment on weekends on the starlit patio. 78477, Hwy 111, La Quinta, CA 92253 P: 760.771.4400

join us at the annual skins tournament march 22–31, 2013

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