Prince Harry Plays Polo, Thanks U.S. For Hospitality During Tour
By SIMON PERRY, people.com
|Prince Harry. JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY|
After his week-long trip, Prince Harry is saying goodbye to the United States – on horseback.
Harry, 28, visited Greenwich, Conn., on Wednesday to play in a polo match set to raise $1 million for his charity Sentebale, which helps young people in Lesotho. The young royal's team emerged victorious with a score of 4-3 over their opponents.
It's the final leg of his trip that's also made stops in Colorado, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
"This is the last day of my tour around the United States. Thank you for a wonderful week," he told 400 guests at Greenwich Polo Club. "I have witnessed the extraordinary generosity of the people of this great nation."
He urged the guests, including Gayle King, Olivia Palermo and model Karolina Kurkova and designer Valentino, to keep the vulnerable youngsters of Lesotho in mind.
May 20, 2013, 14:16
Polo Legends, Current Pros Help Train 2013 Team USPA in South Florida
Polo Hall of Famers Owen Rinehart and Charles Smith along with well-known coach Charlie Muldoon helped teach and train Team USPA 2013 in a wide-ranging weekend clinic that included on- and off-the-field lessons in Wellington.
|Owen Rinehart gives Team USPA players feedback during a practice game. Photo by Elizabeth Hedley/Polographics.com|
The Team USPA 2013 players who participated Feb. 8-11 were Daniel Galindo, 19, of Thermal, CA; Jeff Shuler, 18, of Aiken, SC; Kylie Sheehan, 21, of Owings Mills, MD; Harrison Samaniego, 19, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Miguel Questel, 18, of Campo, CA; Devin Vass, 20, of Powell, OH; Patrick Uretz, 20, of Malibu, CA; and Matthew Collins, 19, of Reisterstown, MD.
Other current and former pros who volunteered as various times throughout the weekend were Hall of Famer Red Armour, former 10-goaler Adam Snow, 7-goalers Jeff Hall and Sugar Erskine, 6-goaler Hector Galindo, 5-goaler Brandon Phillips as well as senior Team USPA members Mason Wroe, Nick Snow, Nick Morrison, Belinda Brody and Felipe Viana.
Feb 18, 2013, 02:40
Family and Polo Is A Great Mix for Simon V. Garber and the Yellow Cab Polo Team
It was Garber time when four members of the family played on the same team at the same time for the first time in 2013.
|Shaun, Jeffrey, Simon and Tyler Garber |
International businessman Simon V. Garber and his three sons, Shaun, 20, Jeffrey, 18, and Tyler, 14, played together in the second half of the Yellow Cab Polo Team/SLS Jets game on Saturday at Gulfstream Polo Club. Yellow Cab Polo Team/SLS Jets dropped an 11-6 decision to Escue Black.
Garber, who moved to the U.S. from Russia when he was 12 in the late 1970s, is the largest taxicab operator in the United States, with more than 3,000 in nine cities, including New York, Chicago and New Orleans. He has played polo for almost two decades and in the last few years he has played competitively with his sons as teammates.
“It was amazing,” said the elder Garber, who splits time between New York and Palm Beach County. “There was good synergy, everybody was doing their job, It is a good beginning.”
Jan 27, 2013, 18:06
Simon V. Garber’s Yellow Cab Polo Team Makes 2013 Season Debut at Gulfstream Polo Club
Simon V. Garber’s Yellow Cab Polo Team made its 2013 season debut on Friday in the 12-goal Skeeter Johnston tournament at Gulfstream Polo Club.
|Simon V. Garber of Yellow Cab Polo Team|
Despite outstanding efforts by the entire foursome, Yellow Cab Polo Team dropped a 15-10 decision to a veteran Agua Enverviva squad.
Although it took a little while for Yellow Cab to find its rhythm, they played with effort throughout the match. Agua Enerviva jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Yellow Cab got on the board when 6-goaler Gringo Colombres tapped in a short shot.
That revved up the entire team the rest of the half which culminated when Shaun Garber of Yellow Cab launched a powerful 70-yard forehand at full speed with 35 seconds left in the third chukker cut the margin to 7-6.
Yellow Cab fell behind in the second half before rallying in the final chukker behind Jeffrey Garber, who scored three goals in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome their opponents.
Jan 21, 2013, 14:30
Grand Champions Polo Club Hosts Joanna Monaco Junior Polo Tournament
The future of men's and women's polo will be in the spotlight Monday, January 21st when Grand
Champions Polo Club plays host to the annual Joanna Monaco Memorial Tournament.
Some of the names: Arellano, Astrada, Avendano, Biddle, Bollini, Casey, Daniels, Escobar, Ganzi, Magrini and Stribling will be familiar to loyal polo fans who have followed the sport for decades.
The next generation of sons and daughters of men and women polo players will compete in the day-long event at various levels and ability.
"The kids are amazing," said Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi, co-host of the event.
Jan 19, 2013, 04:13
Audi, Piaget Head Field For 20-Goal Polo Season At IPC
Audi and Piaget are among an impressive field of fifteen teams for the 20-goal season that opens January 3rd with the Herbie Pennell Cup Tournament at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
|Audi, Piaget Head Field For 20-Goal Polo Season At IPC|
IPC, polo's winter capital of the world, will celebrate its tenth anniversary when the winter high, medium and low goal polo season opens with the first of four 20-goal tournaments.
The two-day Herbie Pennell Cup features four teams including defending champion Coca-Cola led by Gillian Johnston; Lechuza Caracas, Villa del Lago and La Herradura, led by Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Memo Gracida returning to IPC after a two-year absence and his brother Carlos, also a Hall of Famer and nine-time U.S. Open winner.
Two semifinal games are set for Jan. 3rd with La Herradura playing Villa del Lago, led by 2012 British Open MVP Polito Pieres and Coca-Cola playing Lechuza Caracas at 1 p.m., returning to 20-goal polo after a year's absence, at 3 p.m. The championship final is Sunday, January 6th at 3 p.m.
Dec 15, 2012, 00:48
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Expands Polo Presence to New Markets Around the World Including the Middle East and Asia
Ultra Luxury Hotel Brand Continues Commitment to the ‘Sport of Kings’, Hosting Polo Matches and Marquee Events in Abu Dhabi, China, Singapore, Thailand and Argentina
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT), continues to celebrate its commitment to the international sport of polo, participating in spirited polo matches and hosting marquee events for the first time in Abu Dhabi and China, while also revisiting Thailand, Singapore and Argentina. Following the brand’s recent debut in the Middle East, a St. Regis team played an exhilarating match at Pink Polo in Abu Dhabi, held at The Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club on November 10th 2012. In Thailand, the St. Regis Ladies’ team will participate in the Queen Sirikit St. Regis Pink Polo match in Pataya on November 17th at the Thai Polo Club. Only last month, the St. Regis USA Team played at the Royal Salute Gold Cup 2012 China Open Polo Tournament, marking the brand’s first foray into polo in China, and St. Regis returned to the Singapore Polo Club in September this year as the official hotel sponsor for the Singapore Open.
“St. Regis has become a leader in the world of polo, and it is exciting to see our programming expand to new vibrant destinations such as Abu Dhabi and China, two regions of significant growth for the brand,” says Paul James, Global Brand Leader for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to furthering St. Regis’ polo legacy and inviting guests to discover remarkable polo experiences around the world.”
Nov 28, 2012, 08:32
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB TO HOST THE USPA INTERNATIONAL CUP
Players and Fans Get Ready for the U.S. vs. England Rivalry Match
The U.S. will soon engage England in battle, on horseback with mallets in hand at the USPA International Cup as one of the fiercest rivalries in the sport of polo will continue. The highly anticipated intense matchup will take place in Wellington as top men and women from the U.S. and England look to proudly represent their country. Some of the sport's best international athletes are lined up to participate in the event set to take place at Grand Champions Polo Club, a recognized venue for delivering high quality, competitive polo. The Club will host the international test match that will cap off its impressive high-goal fall season on a high note.
The International Cup is presented in conjunction with the U.S. Polo Association (USPA), polo's national governing body, and the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), the governing body for polo in the UK, along with support of the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame. The announcement was made this week by Melissa Ganzi, President of the Grand Champions Polo Club.
Players and fans are anxiously waiting for Sunday, November 25, at 1:00 p.m. ET to arrive for the historical rivalry to unfold once again, this time on U.S. turf at the USPA International Cup, an event sanctioned by the USPA. The first of two matches featuring national men's and women's teams from the U.S. and England. The men's match looks to be particularly exciting as the U.S. seeks to avenge a close loss from the St. Regis Cup this spring at Great Britain's Cowdray Park Polo Club. England took home the win 11-10.5 in a highly competitive match that featured the two evenly-talented teams trading leads throughout the contest.
"We're thrilled to cap off a successful high-goal season with this substantial international event that will showcase one of the greatest rivalries in the sport," said Ganzi. "We continually strive to present polo at the highest level and events like this allow us to further elevate the quality of play at the club and continue to demonstrate why Wellington is a top destination of choice for polo in the U.S."
Nov 14, 2012, 13:54
The British Are Coming For the International Polo Cup at Grand Champions Polo Club
The British are coming to Wellington. Grand Champions Polo Club will host the International Polo Cup pitting England against Team USA on Sunday, November 25th at 3 p.m.
The 20-goal championship game will feature some of the top players from England and the U.S. in the United States Polo Association-sanctioned international tournament.
"This is a great opportunity for the community to see international polo," said Peter Rizzo, executive director of the U.S. Polo Association. "Having both a women's and men's division is extremely unique and makes it exciting."
A women's seven-goal game will be held at 1 p.m. featuring some of the top women's players in the world including the United Kingdom's current 5-goal ranked player Nina Vestey, at age 30 is the best women's polo player in the world, and former 5-goal ranked player Sunny Hale of Wellington.
Marc and Melissa Ganzi of Wellington will host the holiday weekend event and compete in the games.
Melissa Ganzi, board member and vice president of the Board of Directors for the museum, said proceeds will benefit the National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in Lake Worth and its expansion plans for a new annex.
"We have been wanting to do an international event to raise money for the Polo Museum and Hall of Fame for a long time," Melissa Ganzi said. "We thought this would be a nice time to have this kind of international match and fundraiser. We think it's a perfect fit when everyone is home for the holidays.
"We are hoping for a good crowd," Ganzi said. "Having this international game adds another level of excitement for the community. It's also a great way to jump start the season."
Said George J. Dupont, Jr., executive director of the National Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame said, "I am excited about the International Cup. Every museum in the country preserves part of yesterday for tomorrow. It's what we do on a daily basis. This will bring interest to international level polo to the community. We are excited to be a part of it."
Hale, the top American women's player, will serve as team captain of the U.S. women's team and Vestey will be England's team captain.
Nov 13, 2012, 11:16
Work to Ride
This WTR polo team was recently highlighted on 60 minutes. They have become the #1 youth polo team in the US and in the world.
Work to Ride (WTR) is an American nonprofit prevention program which seeks to aid disadvantaged urban youth (ages 7 to 19) by offering constructive activities including horsemanship, equine sports (Polo) and education. The program was founded in 1994 by Lezlie Hiner.
WTR is based at Chamounix Stables in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia and gives urban teenagers a chance to come in contact with animals and nature. Children and teens who want to be involved must commit to a minimum of one year of participation in the program; participants are encouraged to remain with the program through their high school graduation. WTR graduates receive assistance with college enrollment; a few also choose to come back to Chamounix and act as mentors to teens entering the program.
Apr 10, 2012, 14:40
First Annual Polo Party - Horses & Horsepower!
The Arizona Polo Club, Barrett-Jackson & the Arabian Horse
Association of Arizona Present...
The First Annual Polo Party- "Horses & Horsepower!"
Celebrate the sport of luxury with a champagne lounge, a "stomping of the divots"
& largest Arizona polo gathering ever
Rev up your engines- the biggest polo event in Arizona history is about to hit the polo fields at Westworld of Scottsdale.
It's a Pretty Woman moment for the Valley as The Arizona Polo Club, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and Arabian Horse Show of Arizona present "The First Annual Polo Party - Horses & Horsepower."
The polo party begins with the Olive + Ivy champagne lounge at 11:30 a.m., followed by the polo match at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5th at Westworld of Scottsdale's Polo Field located just off the 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
Oct 10, 2011, 18:19
Investments Paying Off; Celebrate Horses AND Horsepower At WestWorld
Many types of events have occurred over the years at WestWorld.
Music festivals. Trade Shows. And our events focusing on horses and horsepower.
Whether it’s great events like polo matches or great car or horse shows like Barrett-Jackson or the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, we have long known what we hope many in Scottsdale realize: WestWorld is a terrific place to enjoy special events. And it is a wonderful property to celebrate our community’s western heritage.
Oct 10, 2011, 14:14
International Polo Club of Colts Neck: Nacho Figueras
Simon Garber, founder of the International Polo Club of Colts Neck, announces that on Sunday, July 31st and August 21st international polo star Nacho Figueras will play in the Kings Polo Classic tournament at the International Polo Club of Colts Neck in Bucks Mill Park, Colts Neck, NJ, only 45 minutes from New York City. The July 31st match is the Second Annual Yellow Cab Cup and will benefit Operation Smile. On August, 21st, Work to Ride is the selected charity choice for the Gotham-Philadephia Style Magazine Cup. The event Title Sponsor is Yellow Cab SLS Jet Management Corp. and the event sponsor is Land Rover Manhattan.
Nacho Figueras, often called the “David Beckham of polo,” is ranked among the top players in the world. He will compete on the same team with Simon Garber, also an internationally ranked player, and his sons Shaun, Jeffrey and Tyler.
Aug 23, 2011, 12:04
INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB OF COLTS NECK ANNOUNCES KINGS POLO CLASSIC
NACHO FIGUERAS PLAYS FIRST MATCH MONDAY, JULY 4TH
Tournament Dates: July 4, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 21 and 28
ON MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011 THE INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB OF COLTS NECK WILL LAUNCH THE KINGS POLO CLASSIC WITH INTERNATIONAL POLO STAR NACHO FIGUERAS PLAYING IN THE FIRST MATCH MONDAY JULY 4TH AT BUCKS MILL PARK, COLTS NECK, NJ, ONLY 45 MINUTES FROM NEW YORK CITY.
Jun 21, 2011, 09:38
Arenus Welcomes Polo Player Julio Arellano To Their Sponsored Rider Program
Arenus, a premier provider of innovative health and nutritional products for pets and horses, is pleased to announce they are sponsoring nine-goal polo player Julio Arellano. Considered one of the top polo players in the United States, Arellano was born in Nicaragua and moved with his family to Wellington, Florida, when he was seven years old so his father could play polo.
|Arenus, a premier provider of innovative health and nutritional products for pets and horses, is pleased to announce they are sponsoring polo player Julio Arellano. He is shown accepting his Most Valuable Player Award during the 20 Goal Barry Memorial Tournament at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. (Photo courtesy of David Lominska)|
“Arenus is very pleased to add Julio to our sponsored rider program,” said Kristen Galvan, an Arenus Sales Specialist for the southeast. “Julio is a phenomenal player who has had incredible success in his 37 years. Julio typically plays the number three position, which is usually held by the best player on the team. Julio has a long list of accomplishments including winning the North American Polo League’s scoring title with 115 goals in 2008 and was named MVP of the US Open in 2005. His team has also won the Gold Cup, the US Open and the 20-goal Joe Barry Memorial Cup."
Arellano, who was mentored by Hall of Famer Memo Gracida, has dedicated his life to polo and to his horses. When one of his mare’s became sick last year, Galvan at Arenus recommended he use Assure® from the Assure® digestive aid line to support normal digestion.
Mar 16, 2011, 15:06
Announcing the Gay Polo League's 2010/2011 Schedule
The Gay Polo League is pleased to announce their schedule for the upcoming months.
|Gay Polo League Tournament in California. Photo courtesy of Client.|
HRC Presents the Gay Polo League (GPL) Exhibition Match on August 1,2010 at the Will Rogers Polo Club in Pacific Palisades, CA. The first GPL Team hits the field at 9:30a.m and two GPL teams play at 11:00a.m.
The second exciting event is the Menlo Invitational Polo Tournament at the Menlo Polo Club in Atherton, CA. This tournament runs September 25-26, 2010. Developing riders and intermediate riders will have the opportunity to challenge each other in an exhilarating game of polo.
Jul 27, 2010, 10:56
Goshen Defeats Henley House 11-10 in OT
IN IGLEHART CUP FINAL AT INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH: WELLINGTON, FL – Eight-goaler Sugar Erskine scored seven goals, including the game-winner on a 15-yard near side with 5:16 left in overtime, to lift Goshen over Henley House 11-10 in the 22-goal Iglehart Cup final Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
Erskine picked up a loose ball after teammate Pancho Bensadon dribbled down the field guarded by two defenders. “I had a man on my outside and the ball was sitting there,” said Erskine. “I just hit it.”
Jan 10, 2005, 15:15
High-Goal Polo Season Continues with Joe Barry Cup at International Polo Club Palm Beach
WELLINGTON, FL - The polo season moves into a higher gear as 10 teams have entered the Joe Barry Memorial Cup, the second 22-goal tournament of the 2005 high-goal season at International Polo Club Palm Beach, the premier polo club in the United States.
Henley House and Goshen, finalists in the 22-goal Iglehart Cup, are expected to be among the top contenders. Henley House features 10-goaler Adam Snow and 6-goaler Francisco Lanusse. Goshen, a new team this season, is led by 9-goaler Pancho Bensadon of Argentina and 8-goaler Sugar Erskine of South Africa.
Jan 10, 2005, 06:05