CARBONDALE, Colo., October 17, 2018--The highly-anticipated St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship will be held December 17-22 and for the first time will feature the inaugural Snow Polo Gala.
The glitz, glamour and excitement takes center stage at one of the world's top snow polo tournaments and only snow polo event in North America.
In front of an expected sellout crowd and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, five days of events will be held during the final stop on the World Polo Tour.
The week of activities begin with the team presentation and draw on Monday, Dec. 17 during a cocktail party at St. Regis Aspen Resort Hotel.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 10, 2018---With a new lineup, Porsche San Diego defended its title Sunday at the third annual Polo America Beach Polo Cup at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado.
For the second year in a row, Porsche San Diego (Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini) won the coveted beach polo title with a 10-6 victory over Viejas Casino and Resort (Marc Ganzi, Alfredo Bigatti, Pablo Dorignac).
Argentine Alejandro Novillo Astrada of Porsche San Diego was named Most Valuable Player after his outstanding play.
SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 6, 2018---For the third consecutive year in beach polo history, a major beach polo tournament will be staged on the west coast at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado.
This weekend’s Polo America Beach Polo Cup will feature several top players including top American player Nic Roldan, Argentine brothers Alejandro and Nacho Novillo Astrada, Pablo Dorignac and Carlitos Gracida, son of legendary Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Carlos Gracida.
Last year in front of a record crowd, Porsche San Diego (Riley Ganzi, Juan Bollini, Mike Azzaro) defeated Westime (Melissa Ganzi, Lucas Lalor, Alejandro Novillo Astrada), 9-6.
CARBONDALE, Colo., September 4, 2018---First-year team Mandarina won the biggest prize of the summer polo season Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
The foursome of Sarah Magness, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Juan Bollini won the coveted Triple Crown of Polo with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Woodrow Farm (Leigh Brecheen, Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Tano Vial) in the season finale.
Argentine 8-goaler Alejandro Novillo Astrada was named Most Valuable Player.
Longtime player and U.S. Polo Association Secretary Stewart Armstrong was selected Most Valuable Player for with his consistent play and strong defense during the summer season.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 31, 2018---The stage is set for the Triple Crown of Polo Aspen Tournament Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
Mandarina (Sarah Magness, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini) and Woodrow Farm (Leigh Brecheen, Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Tano Vial) will meet in the final at 11 a.m.
Mandarina advanced into the final with a 7-5 victory over Los Amigos (Pablo Dorignac, Stewart Armstrong, Lucas Lalor, Paul Foster) at Sopris Mountain Ranch.
Magness and Novillo Astrada each had three goals and Ganzi added one goal.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 30, 18---Aspen Valley Polo Club saved the best for last.
This 13-tournament season, featuring ten grass tournaments and three arena tournaments, comes to an end over Labor Day Weekend with the Triple Crown of Polo Tournament, Just For The Love Of It Subsidiary and Labor Of Love Challenge.
It is the first year the club is hosting tournaments over Labor Day Weekend during the three-day Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience featuring five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie, Jack Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Gary Clark Jr., Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Record Company and Afie Jurvanen known as Bahamas.
It is the first season players are competing for the coveted Triple Crown of Polo. The final leg will be held at Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington in November.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 29, 2018---Polo fans and horse lovers were treated to a photo exhibition recently at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
Photographer Irina Kazaridi shared several of her fine art photographs from her horse collection and recent shootings in Florida for her new polo book, Santa Rita Polo Farm.
Kazaridi spent extensive time capturing images of world-class polo ponies and polo players at the Wellington, Fla.-based breeding farm and polo facility.
Her artwork was displayed throughout Aspen Valley Polo Club during the Aug. 19 final of the Mount Sopris Cup.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 26, 2018---Los Amigos came from behind to capture the Carbondale Classic Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
Trailing by one going into the final chukker, Los Amigos (Brian Boyd, Nic Roldan, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Paul Foster) scored four goals to defeat Casablanca (Carlitos Gracida, Grant Ganzi, Stewart Armstrong, Alejandro Novillo Astrada), 11-9.
It was the El Paso, Tex.-based Los Amigos organization's third title of the season.
Top American player Nic Roldan was named Most Valuable Player. Roldan had three goals, including one in the final chukker.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 24, 2018---Casablanca, last year's runner-up, will play Los Amigos in the final of the Carbondale Classic Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
In the round robin qualifier on Friday, Casablanca (Carlitos Gracida, Grant Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Stewart Armstrong) defeated Los Amigos (Nic Roldan, Brian Boyd, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Paul Foster), 6-4 and lost to Mountain Chevrolet (Michael Payne, Pablo Dorignac, Lucas Lalor, Juan Bollini), 6-5, at Sopris Mountain Ranch.
Alejandro Novillo Astrada led Casablanca with a game-high six goals. Ganzi had four goals and Armstrong added one goal.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 23, 2018---Aspen Valley Polo Club will host its eleventh tournament of the summer polo season this weekend.
A round robin featuring Mountain Chevrolet, Casablanca and Los Amigos will compete in the qualifier on Friday at 11 a.m. MST at Sopris Mountain Ranch.
The winners will advance into Sunday's final at 1 p.m. The third-place finisher will play in the Just For the Love Of It Cup against additional players Kris Kampsen, Sarah Siegel Magness, Melissa and Marc Ganzi and Alejandra de la Vega.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 19, 2018---Tonkawa, making its summer polo debut at Aspen Valley Polo Club, wasted no time winning its first tournament of the season.
The talented foursome of Jeff Hildebrand, Wesley Uys, Sapo Caset and Mason Wroe defeated Mandarina (Alejandra de la Vega, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Nacho Novillo Astrada), 13-11, to capture the Mount Sopris Cup sponsored by Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club.
Argentine 10-goaler Guillermo "Sapo" Caset, 32, the team's playmaker who scored three goals, was named Most Valuable Player in the tenth tournament of the summer polo season.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 18, 2018---Two teams making their debut will play for the Mount Sopris Cup, sponsored by the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club, Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, Wesley Uys, Sapo Caset, Mason Wroe), at 17 goals the highest ranked team in the six-team field, will play Mandarina Dark (Alejandra De La Vega, Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Nacho Novillo Astrada) at 16 goals.
The much-anticipated final will be the first of three games at 10 a.m.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 16, 2018---Aspen Valley Polo Club and Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club have formed a partnership to benefit both clubs' growing membership.
Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club, located along the Riviera Nayarit, a nearly 200-mile stretch of coastline in the Western Mexican state of Nayarit, offers residents and guests of One&Only Mandarina world-class facilities for riders of all ages and abilities to learn, practice and compete, featuring two open-air arenas, two state-of-the-art regulation-size polo fields, horse boarding and club house and restaurant overlooking the polo fields.
Located less than an hour north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Mandarina is home to One&Only Mandarina, One&Only Mandarina Private Homes, Rosewood Mandarina, the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club, world-class restaurants and jungle adventure outpost all situated along a one-mile stretch of beach.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 16, 2018---The summer polo season is winding down with the eighth grass tournament this weekend at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
A season-record six teams will compete in the Mount Sopris Cup, sponsored by the Mandarina Polo & Equestrian Club, Friday and Sunday.
Argentine 10-goaler Sapo Caset will make his summer debut at Aspen Valley Polo Club along with his 17-goal team Tonkawa that also features Jeff Hildebrand, Mason Wroe, Jimmy Seward and alternate Whistle Uys.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 15, 2018---The Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar fundraiser at Aspen Valley Polo Club topped last year's total for the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation.
The club's summer marquis charity event, hosted by club owners Marc and Melissa Ganzi and Aspen Valley Hospital, raised $537,200, more than last year's total of $366,000.
The day-long event, held during the August 12 Rocky Mountain Open, was a winning combination of polo, sponsors and donors raising much-needed funding for facilities, new technology and programs. The funds raised will support the hospital's construction project, state-of-the-art technology such as new women's imaging technology and hospital's ongoing operations.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 12, 2018---La Karina won its third tournament of the summer polo season on Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
In front of a soldout VIP tent, La Karina (Brian Boyd, Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Stewart Armstrong) took the lead in the third chukker and never trailed for a thrilling 8-5 victory over Aspen Valley Polo Club (Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Eloy Vallina/David Vallina, Juan Bollini) to capture the Rocky Mountain Open.
La Karina, last year's Rocky Mountain Open runner-up, is now the club's winningest team after capturing the Basalt Handicap, Emma Challenge and Rocky Mountain Open. Last season La Karina won two tournaments.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 11, 2018---The Sopris Mountain Challenge Cup came down to an exciting penalty shootout Saturday at Sopris Mountain Ranch.
Mountain Chevrolet (Santos Bollini/Riley Ganzi, Aiden Meeker, Michael Payne, Lucas Lalor) defeated Sopris Mountain Ranch (Courtney Callahan, Caroline Lile, Santos Novillo Astrada, Nacho Novillo Astrada), 8-7.
In the second round of the penalty shootout, Georgetown-bound Riley Ganzi converted a 30-yard penalty to clinch the win. Ganzi finished with a team-high three goals and was named Most Valuable Player.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 10, 2018---La Karina, last year's runner-up, will return to the final of the Rocky Mountain Open Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
La Karina (Harrison Azzaro, Marc Ganzi/T.J. Barrack, Nic Roldan, Stewart Armstrong) defeated defending champion Casablanca (Alejandra de la Vega, Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Nacho Novillo Astrada), 9-7, Friday at Sopris Mountain Ranch to advance into the final.
Standing in their way will be Aspen Valley Polo Club (Melissa Ganzi, Eloy Vallinna, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini) which knocked off Los Amigos (Paul Foster, Alex Gooding, Pablo Dorignac, Kris Kampsen/Carlitos Gracida), 10-9, in the other qualifying game.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 9, 2018---Defending champion Flexjet made it two in a row Thursday in the United States Arena Handicap Polo Championship at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
On a perfect day for polo, Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, 1, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8, Juan Bollini, 6) rallied in the second half to defeat The Polo School (Aiden Meeker, A, Carlitos Gracida, 5, Nic Roldan, 8), 14-10, in front of a good crowd and worldwide USPA Polo Network audience.
Fourteen-year-old Aiden Meeker of Fort Worth, Tex., playing well above his "A" handicap in his arena championship debut, was named Most Valuable Player. Meeker, a freshman at Culver Academy, scored two goals in the semifinals and one in the final while defending some of the sport's top players including Argentine brothers Alejandro and Nacho Novillo Astrada.
CARBONDALE, Colo., August 8, 2018---The world-class indoor and outdoor arenas took center stage with the ChukkerTV Arena Challenge Cup on Tuesday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
The tripleheader was kicked off with the ChukkerTV Kidz Arena Challenge Cup held in the outdoor arena where three youth players competed with a professional.
Flexjet Grey (Santos Novillo Astrada, Aiden Meeker, Nacho Novillo Astrada, Samantha Payne) defeated Flexjet Red (Courtney Callahan, Caroline Lile, Juan Bollini, Stella Payne), 4-1.