Audi, Mountain Chevrolet Play Sunday In Rocky Mountain Open Final; Rocky Mountain Handicap Begins Saturday

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Audi, Mountain Chevrolet Play Sunday In Rocky Mountain Open Final; Rocky Mountain Handicap Begins Saturday

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 17, 2019---Audi and Mountain Chevrolet won their semifinal games Friday at windy Sopris Mountain Ranch to advance into Sunday's Rocky Mountain Open championship final.

Mountain Chevrolet (Michael Payne, Grant Ganzi, Salvador Ulloa, Hilario Ulloa) held off McClure River Ranch (Gussie Busch, Pablo Spinacci, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Stewart Armstrong), 10-9, in the opening semifinal.

Audi (Marc Ganzi, Jared Zenni, Lucas Lalor, Nic Roldan) edged defending champion La Karina (Brian Boyd, Carlitos Gracida, Sebastian Merlos, Kris Kampsen), 8-7.

Audi and Mountain Chevrolet will play Sunday at McClure River Ranch Field 1 at 10 a.m. La Karina and McClure River Ranch will meet in the subsidiary final Just For The Love Of It at 12:30 p.m.

The Rocky Mountain Handicap begins Saturday at 11 a.m. at McClure River Ranch with one game. Los Amigos Red (Paul Foster, Juan Bollini, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Tincho Merlos) plays Los Amigos Blue (Alejandra Foster, Pablo Spinacci, Juancito Bollini, Alfredo Bigatti). The score will carry over into Sunday's final at 11:15 a.m. at McClure River Ranch Field 1.

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Two Tournaments Highlight Weekend At Aspen Valley Polo Club

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Two Tournaments Highlight Weekend At Aspen Valley Polo Club

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 15, 2019---Two tournaments highlight this weekend's schedule as summer polo winds down at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The Rocky Mountain Open and Rocky Mountain Handicap tournaments will be held at Sopris Mountain Ranch and McClure River Ranch.

The 12th and 13th tournaments of the summer polo season, begin Friday and Saturday. The Rocky Mountain Open starts Friday with two semifinal games at Sopris Mountain Ranch. The Rocky Mountain Handicap begins Saturday at McClure River Ranch with one game.

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La Karina Wins Overtime Thriller To Capture Mount Sopris Cup; Sebastian Merlos Named Most Valuable Player

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La Karina Wins Overtime Thriller To Capture Mount Sopris Cup; Sebastian Merlos Named Most Valuable Player

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 12, 2019---La Karina won its second tournament of the summer polo season Sunday at McClure River Ranch.

The reigning USPA North American Cup champion won the Mount Sopris Cup with a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory over Audi.

Sebastian Merlos scored a game-high five goals including the game-winner with seven minutes left in sudden death. Merlos won the throw-in and then seconds later picked up a loose ball and scored.

Merlos was named Most Valuable Player. Rebecca, played by 12-year-old Fran Spinacci and owned by Melissa Ganzi and Wellington-based Santa Rita Polo Farm, was Best Playing Pony.

After leading 6-4 at the half, La Karina (Brian Boyd, Lauren Sherry, Carlitos Gracida, Sebastian Merlos) pulled away for an 8-5 lead after the fourth chukker. Audi (Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Nacho Figueras, Fran Spinacci) started to chip away at La Karina's lead. Fran Spinacci scored back-to-back goals to tie the game, 8-8, late in the fifth chukker.

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Tonkawa Captures 119th USPA Silver Cup; Sapo Caset Named Most Valuable Player; Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar  Fundraiser Huge Success

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Tonkawa Captures 119th USPA Silver Cup; Sapo Caset Named Most Valuable Player; Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar Fundraiser Huge Success

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 12, 2019---Tournament favorite Tonkawa won the prestigious 119th USPA Silver Cup in front of a sellout crowd Sunday at windswept McClure River Ranch.

Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, A, Juan Martin Obregon, 5, Sapo Caset, 10, Mason Wroe, 4) led Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, 3, Juancito Bollini, 4, Lucas Lalor, 5, Nacho Novillo Astrada, 8) from start-to-finish for an impressive 15-10 victory.

Tonkawa finished the six-team tournament undefeated at 5-0. Casablanca ended the tournament at 3-2.

Argentine 10-goaler Sapo Caset, who dominated the game, was unanimous choice for Most Valuable Player. Caset scored a game-high nine goals and was instrumental in his team's successful run throughout the tournament with his horsemanship, speed and agility.

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La Karina Will Play Audi For Mount Sopris Cup Sunday During Tripleheader At McClure River Ranch

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La Karina Will Play Audi For Mount Sopris Cup Sunday During Tripleheader At McClure River Ranch

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 10, 2019---La Karina earned a trip to the championship final of the Mount Sopris Cup Sunday against Audi at McClure River Ranch.

The final is part of a busy day that kicks off with the 119th USPA Silver Cup showdown between undefeated Tonkawa and never-say-die Casablanca and Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar Fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation at 11 a.m.

While the fundraiser continues throughout the day, Audi, led by Marc Ganzi and Nacho Figueras, will take on La Karina (Brian Boyd, Lauren Sherry, Carlitos Gracida, Sebastian Merlos) in the Mount Sopris Cup at 1 p.m. followed by the Just For The Love Of It Cup at 2:30 p.m. pitting Mountain Chevrolet (Michael Payne, Alejandro Poma, Alfredo Bigatti, Stewart Armstrong) against Los Amigos Red (Paul Foster, Alejandra Foster, Juan Bollini, Tincho Merlos).

With Audi receiving a bye into the final, La Karina, Los Amigos Red and Mountain Chevrolet played a nine-chukker round robin Friday at Sopris Mountain Ranch to determine who played Audi in the tenth tournament of the summer season.

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Aspen Valley Polo Club Hosts Busiest Week Of The Season Highlighted By The 119th USPA Silver Cup, Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar Fundraiser At McClure River Ranch; Mount Sopris Cup Begins Friday

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Aspen Valley Polo Club Hosts Busiest Week Of The Season Highlighted By The 119th USPA Silver Cup, Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar Fundraiser At McClure River Ranch; Mount Sopris Cup Begins Friday

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 8, 2019---A full schedule of fun, polo and fundraising will highlight the busiest weekend in Aspen Valley Polo Club history.

While the 119th USPA Silver Cup and Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar Fundraiser for the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation will take center stage on Sunday at McClure River Ranch, the club will also host the Mount Sopris Cup.

The tenth tournament of the summer polo season begins Friday at Sopris Mountain Ranch. The Mount Sopris Cup features a three-team round robin between La Karina, Los Amigos Red and Mountain Chevrolet at 11 a.m.

After the playing of the 119th USPA Silver Cup featuring Casablanca and undefeated Tonkawa at 11 a.m., the winner of the Mount Sopris Cup round robin plays Audi on Sunday at 1 p.m. at McClure River Ranch. The runners-up will play for the Just For The Love Of It Cup at 2:30 p.m.

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Casablanca, Tonkawa Play For 119th USPA Silver Cup Sunday At McClure River Ranch

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Casablanca, Tonkawa Play For 119th USPA Silver Cup Sunday At McClure River Ranch

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 8, 2019---In what is expected to be one of the most exciting championship finals, undefeated Tonkawa will take on Casablanca Sunday for the 119th USPA Silver Cup.

In front of a lively local crowd that included 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso, and USPA Polo Network worldwide audience, Wednesday's semifinals at McClure River Ranch lived up to expectations.

Tonkawa (4-0), the only undefeated team remaining in the six-team tournament, advanced into the final with a 14-11 victory over Flexjet (1-3) in the first semifinal that featured 10-goalers Sapo Caset and Hilario Ulloa.

In a wild finish in the second semifinal, Casablanca (3-1) rallied for an exciting 9-8 victory over Audi (2-2) in sudden death overtime after being behind for most of the game.

Tonkawa (Santos Merlos, 1, Juan Martin Obregon, 5, Sapo Caset, 10, Mason Wroe, 4) broke open a close game with a 4-0 third chukker for a 7-3 lead over Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, 1, Gussie Busch, 2, Hilario Ulloa, 10, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8).

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Casablanca Knocks Off Flexjet To  Capture United States Arena Handicap Title; Grant Ganzi Named Most Valuable Player

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Casablanca Knocks Off Flexjet To Capture United States Arena Handicap Title; Grant Ganzi Named Most Valuable Player

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 7, 2019---Casablanca upset two-time defending champion Flexjet to win the United States Arena Handicap Polo Championship Tuesday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, 3, Juancito Bollini, 4, Nic Roldan, 8) dominated the game from start-to-finish to win the four-team tournament, 16-11, in front of a good local crowd and USPA Polo Network worldwide audience.

Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, 1, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8, Juan Bollini, 6) was looking to three-peat but could never mount a consistent offensive attack and was forced to play catch-up for most of the game against a stingy Casablanca defense.

Grant Ganzi was named Most Valuable Player. Ganzi was Casablanca's second-leading scorer with six goals including a two-pointer and penalty-four conversion.

Kit Kat, a 7-year-old bay mare played by Astrada in the fourth chukker and owned by Wellington-based Santa Rita Polo Farm, was Best Playing Pony.

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Los Amigos Red Captures High Alpine Cup; Juan Bollini Most Valuable Player

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Los Amigos Red Captures High Alpine Cup; Juan Bollini Most Valuable Player

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 5, 2019---Los Amigos Red defended its title and won its second tournament of the summer polo season Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

Los Amigos Red (Alejandra Foster, Gabriel Gracida, Juan Bollini, Paul Foster) defeated Mountain Chevrolet ( Lauren Sherry, Michael Payne, Alejandro Poma, Pablo Spinacci), 18-14, in the two-day tournament and ninth tournament of the season.

Veteran polo player and cancer survivor Juan Bollini of Los Amigos Red was selected Most Valuble Player.

Scar, played and owned by Pablo Spinacci of Mountain Chevrolet, was Best Playing Pony.

The Goal of the Day featured husband and wife Paul and Alejandra Foster. Paul Foster dribbled the ball back to Alejandra Foster who scored.

Alejandra Foster had a team-high four goals and finished with five overall. Gracida had two goals and four overall. Paul Foster had two goals and six overall. Bollini had one goal and three overall.

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Tonkawa, Audi, Casablanca, Flexjet Advance Into Semifinals Of 119th USPA Silver Cup

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Tonkawa, Audi, Casablanca, Flexjet Advance Into Semifinals Of 119th USPA Silver Cup

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 5, 2019---The stage is set for the semifinals of the prestigious USPA 119th Silver Cup.

Tonkawa (3-0), the only undefeated team remaining in the six-team tournament, will play Flexjet (1-2) and Audi (2-1) and Casablanca (2-1) will play the other semifinal at McClure River Ranch. The winner advances into Sunday's championship.

In front of good local crowds and USPA Polo Network worldwide audience on Saturday, Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, 0, Juan Martin Obregon, 5, Sapo Caset, 10, Mason Wroe, 4) advanced with an 11-6 victory over McClure River Ranch (Salvador Lockey, 2, Stewart Armstrong, 3, Alfredo Bigatti, 8, Kris Kampsen, 6) at High Mesa.

Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, A, Gussie Busch, 2, Hilario Ulloa, 10, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8) came from behind to knock off reigning USPA North American Cup champion La Karina (Brian Boyd, .5, Tincho Merlos, 8, Sebastian Merlos, 8, Carlitos Gracida, 4), with a hardfought 15-14 win and claimed the Mandarina Cup at McClure River Ranch.

On Sunday, Audi (Marc Ganzi, 2, Hilario Figueras, 3, Nic Roldan, 8, Jared Zenni, 6) upset previously unbeaten Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, 3, Juancito Bollini, 4, Lucas Lalor, 5, Nacho Novillo Astrada, 8/Salvador Ulloa, 7), 11-6, at McClure River Ranch. At 2-0, Casablanca already had a spot clinched and now will have a rematch against Audi.

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Casablanca, Tonkawa Remain Undefeated In 119th USPA Silver Cup; Action Continues Saturday

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Casablanca, Tonkawa Remain Undefeated In 119th USPA Silver Cup; Action Continues Saturday

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 2, 2019---Only two teams remain undefeated after two days of action in the prestigious USPA 119th Silver Cup.

Trailing for most of the game, Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, 3, Juancito Bollini, 4, Lucas Lalor, 5, Nacho Novillo Astrada, 8) rallied in the sixth chukker to defeat Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, A, Gussie Busch, 2, Hilario Ulloa, 10, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8), 11-9, Thursday at McClure River Ranch Stadium.

Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, A, Juan Martin Obregon, 5, Sapo Caset, 10, Mason Wroe, 4) led from start-to-finish to beat Audi (Marc Ganzi, 2, Hilario Figueras, 3, Nic Roldan, 8, Jared Zenni, 6), 10-8, Wednesday, at Tonkawa's High Mesa Field.

Also on Wednesday at McClure River Ranch, La Karina (Brian Boyd, .5, Tincho Merlos, 8, Sebastian Merlos, 8, Carlitos Gracida, 4) bounced back from its tournament-opening one-goal loss to Audi by dominating McClure River Ranch (Salvador Lockey, 2, Kris Kampsen, 6, Alfredo Bigatti, 8, Stewart Armstrong, 3) for a 17-8 victory.

On Saturday, Tonkawa (2-0) plays McClure River Ranch (0-1) at 10 a.m. at High Mesa and La Karina (1-1) plays Flexjet (0-2) at McClure River Ranch at 3 p.m. The Flexjet-La Karina teams will also play for the Mandarina Cup.

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High Alpine Cup Begins Friday At Sopris Mountain Ranch

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High Alpine Cup Begins Friday At Sopris Mountain Ranch

CARBONDALE, Colo., August 2, 2019---The ninth tournament of the summer polo season gets under way Friday at Sopris Mountain Ranch.

The High Alpine Cup, featuring two teams, begins Friday with a six-chukker matchup at 11 a.m. MST. The Friday score will continue to Sunday's final set for 10 a.m. at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The teams competing are:

Los Amigos: Paul Foster, Alejandra Foster, Gabriel Gracida, Juan Bollini.

Mountain Chevrolet: Michael Payne, Lauren Sherry, Alejandro Poma, Pablo Spinacci.

In last year's High Alpine Cup, Los Amigos Red (Alejandra Foster, Kris Kampsen, Nic Roldan, Paul Foster) defeated Casablanca (Alex Gooding, Grant Ganzi, Lucas Lalor, Juancito Bollini), 9-7. Paul Foster, who scored three goals playing the back position, was named Most Valuable Player.

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Flexjet, Casablanca Advance Into USPA National Arena Handicap Final Tuesday At Aspen Valley Polo Club

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Flexjet, Casablanca Advance Into USPA National Arena Handicap Final Tuesday At Aspen Valley Polo Club

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 31, 2019---Defending champion Flexjet will go for its third consecutive title Tuesday when it plays Casablanca in the final of the USPA National Arena Handicap Polo Championship at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, 1, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8, Juan Bollini, 6) advanced with an impressive 18-11 victory over Audi (Kris Kampsen, 9, Lucas Lalor, 6, Marc Ganzi, 3) in the opening semifinal game of the four-team tournament.

In the second semifinal, Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, 3/Hilario Figueras, 3T, Juancito Bollini, 4, Nic Roldan, 8) rallied in the second half for a 15-12 win over McClure River Ranch (Daren Tamplin, 2, Pablo Spinacci, 6T, Nacho Novillo Astrada, 8).

The final is 5 p.m. and will be live streamed by USPA Polo Network.

In the opening game, Astrada took up where he left off in last year's arena tournament as leading scorer, scoring eight goals including a two-pointer in the fourth chukker.

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USPA National Arena Handicap Begins Tuesday At Aspen Valley Polo Club; Flexjet Looks To Three-Peat

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USPA National Arena Handicap Begins Tuesday At Aspen Valley Polo Club; Flexjet Looks To Three-Peat

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 29, 2019---Defending champion Flexjet will be looking for the three-peat when the USPA National Arena Handicap Polo Championship begins Tuesday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

Several of the top players in the world including Argentine brothers Alejandro and Nacho Novillo Astrada and American players Kris Kampsen, top-ranked arena player at 9 goals and Nic Roldan are among the four-team field.

The tournament gets underway Tuesday with the semifinal round. Flexjet will open up against Audi at 5 p.m. and Casablanca plays McClure River Ranch at 6:30 p.m. The final is Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The teams and sponsors are:

Audi: Marc Ganzi, Kris Kampsen, Lucas Lalor.

Casablanca: Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Nic Roldan.

Flexjet: Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini.

McClure River Ranch: Daren Tamplin, Pablo Spinacci, Nacho Novillo Astrada.

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Los Amigos Blue Captures Emma Challenge; Salvador Ulloa Most Valuable Player

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Los Amigos Blue Captures Emma Challenge; Salvador Ulloa Most Valuable Player

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 29, 2019---Los Amigos Blue, trailing going into final day action, won the Emma Challenge Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club's McClure River Ranch.

Los Amigos Blue (Alejandra Foster, Alejandro Poma, Salvador Ulloa, Juan Bollini) defeated Los Amigos Red (Grant Ganzi, Pablo Spinacci, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Paul Foster), 12-9, in the final three chukkers of the championship round robin.

It was Alejandra Foster's second consecutive Emma Challenge title after winning last season with La Karina. She finished with four goals. Ganzi led Los Amigos Red with five goals.

Argentine 7-goaler Salvador Ulloa was named Most Valuable Player. Ulloa finished with four goals.

Moon Quartz, a 6-year-old, played by Alejandro Novillo Astrada was Best Playing Pony.

Cruella de Ville, a 4-year-old, played by Pablo Spinacci, was American Polo Horse Association Best Playing Pony.

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Audi, Casablanca, Tonkawa Win Thrillers On Opening Day Of 119th USPA Silver Cup; Action Continues Wednesday

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Audi, Casablanca, Tonkawa Win Thrillers On Opening Day Of 119th USPA Silver Cup; Action Continues Wednesday

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 28, 2019---On a historical day for Aspen Valley Polo Club, the 119th USPA Silver Cup opened Saturday with three action-packed games.

In front of a good local crowd and worldwide USPA Polo Network audience at McClure River Ranch, Audi, Tonkawa and Casablanca won bracket game openers.

With 30 seconds left, Sapo Caset stole the ball and scored the winning goal to lead Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, 0, Juan Martin Obregon, 5, Sapo Caset, 10, Mason Wroe, 4) to an 11-10 victory over Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, 0, Gussie Busch, 2, Hilario Ulloa, 10, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8) in the opening game.

In the second game, Hilario Figueras converted a clutch penalty shot in the final minute as Audi (Marc Ganzi, 2, Hilario Figueras, 3, Nic Roldan, 8, Jared Zenni, 6) held off a late-charging La Karina (Brian Boyd, 0, Carlitos Gracida, 4, Sebastian Merlos, 8, Tincho Merlos, 8) for a 10-9 victory.

Trailing for most of the game, Casablanca (Grant Ganzi, 3, Lucas Lalor, 5, Nacho Novillo Astrada, 8, Juancito Bollini, 4) rallied in the final chukker for a 12-11 triumph over McClure River Ranch (Salvador Lockey, 2, Stewart Armstrong, 3, Kris Kampsen, 6, Alfredo Bigatti, 8) in the third and final game.

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Los Amigos Red Leads Going Into Emma Challenge Cup Sunday Final; USPA Silver Cup Begins Saturday With Tripleheader At McClure River Ranch

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Los Amigos Red Leads Going Into Emma Challenge Cup Sunday Final; USPA Silver Cup Begins Saturday With Tripleheader At McClure River Ranch

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 27, 2019---Los Amigos Red took the early lead after the opening round of the Emma Challenge Cup Friday at balmy Sopris Mountain Ranch.

The Emma Challenge Cup got under way with a nine-chukker round robin featuring Los Amigos Red, Los Amigos Blue and Mountain Chevrolet.

Los Amigos Red (Nico Harriot, Pablo Spinacci, Nic Roldan, Paul Foster) opened with a 5-4 victory over Los Amigos Blue (Alejandra Foster, Alejandro Poma, Salvador Ulloa, Juan Bollini). Los Amigos Blue defeated Mountain Chevrolet (Lauren Sherry, Michael Payne, Tincho Merlos, Carlitos Gracida), 6-3. Los Amigos Red edged Mountain Chevrolet, 5-3, in the final game.

In the first game, Spinacci and Roldan scored back-to-back goals to break a 3-3 tie in the third chukker to clinch the win. Spinacci and Roldan each had two goals for Los Amigos Red and Alejandra Foster and Bollini each had two goals for Los Amigos Blue.

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Emma Challenge Cup Begins Friday At Aspen Valley Polo Club's Sopris Mountain Ranch

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Emma Challenge Cup Begins Friday At Aspen Valley Polo Club's Sopris Mountain Ranch

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 25, 2019---The seventh tournament of the summer polo season gets under way Friday with the Emma Challenge Cup at Sopris Mountain Ranch.

In another bustling week of activity at the club, the Emma Challenge Cup and Just For The Thrill Of Cup will share center stage with the prestigious 119th USPA Silver Cup which begins Saturday at McClure River Ranch.

The Emma Challenge Cup will be held Friday and Sunday. On Friday at 11:30 a.m. a unique format will feature Los Amigos Red, Los Amigos Blue and Mountain Chevrolet playing a round robin at Sopris Mountain Ranch. Los Amigos Red and Los Amigos Blue will play the first six chukkers. The winner sits and Mountain Chevrolet plays the last six chukkers.

On Sunday at McClure River Ranch Field One, the round robin scores will continue from Friday's action and the winner will be determined after another round robin. The final is 11 a.m. followed by the Just For The Thrill Of It Cup at 1 p.m.

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119th USPA Silver Cup Begins Saturday With Tripleheader At Aspen Valley Polo Club's McClure River Ranch

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119th USPA Silver Cup Begins Saturday With Tripleheader At Aspen Valley Polo Club's McClure River Ranch

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 24, 2019---The highly-anticipated 119th USPA Silver Cup will make its debut at Aspen Valley Polo Club with three opening day games Saturday at McClure River Ranch.

The club's second USPA 20-goal tournament of the summer season will feature six teams and several of the world's top polo players.

The 119th USPA Silver Cup has a rich tradition in history. It is considered the oldest of all American tournaments. The event has been called several names throughout its hallowed history. Originally established by the USPA as the Junior Championship, it was first played in 1900 close to the New York City birthplace of American polo.

The Cup was later renamed in 1938 to the Twenty-Goal Championship and played until 1951. The Trophy went on hiatus from 1942 to 1947 because of the effects on polo during and immediately after World War II.

It was not until 1974 that the tournament took its present name and was hosted in Texas. The Cup winners have been a Who's Who in polo from J. Watson Webb and Tommy Hitchcock to Robert Skene, George Oliver, Memo Gracida, Carlos Gracida, Tommy Wayman, Red Armour, Harold Barry, Joe Barry, John Armstrong, Charles Smith, Cecil Smith, William Ylvisaker, Adam Snow, Mike Azzaro, Mariano Aguerre and Adolfo Cambiaso, who won in 2012.

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Piocho Ranch Wins Basalt Handicap; Alejandro Novillo Astrada Most Valuable Player

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Piocho Ranch Wins Basalt Handicap; Alejandro Novillo Astrada Most Valuable Player

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 22, 2019---Piocho Ranch won its second tournament of the summer season Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club's McClure River Ranch.

Piocho Ranch (Gussie Busch, Nacho Figueras, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Tom Barrack) defeated Los Amigos Blue (Alejandra Foster, Carlitos Gracida, Salvador Ulloa, Juan Bollini), 10-8.

Alejandro Novillo Astrada was named Most Valuable Player after scoring a game-high eight goals. He joins Kris Kampsen and Salvador Ulloa for most goals in a single game this season.

Chevy, an 8-year-old bay mare owned and played by Barrack in the fourth chukker, and bred by Figueras' Cria Yatay breeding operation in Argentina, was Best Playing Pony.

Heroica , a 5-year-old chestnut mare owned by 10-goaler Hilario Ulloa and played by his brother Salvador Ulloa, was American Horse Polo Association Best Playing Pony.

The American Polo Horse Association was created in 2006 by the legendary Polo Hall of Famer Sunny Hale to recognize polo ponies in America and encourages events that showcase them and hard-working dedication of grooms.

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