CARBONDALE, Colo., June 14, 2019---Tickets are now on sale for the August 11 Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar fundraiser at Aspen Valley Polo Club.
The club's summer marquis charity event, hosted by club owners Marc and Melissa Ganzi and Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation, has raised nearly $1 million dollars in the last two years to benefit Aspen Valley Hospital.
Last year the fun, day-long event raised $537,200, more than the 2017 event's total of $366,000.
Held 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and highlighted by the prestigious 119th USPA Silver Cup final on the club's two newest fields, the fundraiser is a winning combination of polo, sponsors and donors raising much-needed funding for facilities, new technology and programs.
There will be a lavish fieldside VIP tent and menu prepared by Caribou Club Catering of Aspen with white-glove service and impeccable attention to detail. There will also be a roving Beverly Hills Caviar cart, champagne and other refreshments.
CARBONDALE, Colo., June 5, 2019--Aspen Valley Polo Club, the nation's fastest growing club, announced its summer schedule that features the prestigious 119-year-old USPA Silver Cup.
With a breathtaking mountain backdrop, the club will host a record fourteen tournaments including the July 14-20 USPA North American Cup; July 24-Aug. 7 USPA National Arena Handicap Tournament; and July 24-Aug. 11 USPA Silver Cup.
The club, with an additional two new polo fields this season, will offer eleven grass tournaments and three arena tournaments from July 3 with the season-opening Independence Cup to the Sept. 1-8 Triple Crown of Polo in what is expected to be its most successful season.
The July 14-20 USPA North American Cup, held in past years during the fall season at AVPC's sister polo club Grand Champions in Wellington, Fla., will make its debut in Aspen. Last year's winner was Travieso in overtime in the 20-goal tournament.
ASPEN, Colo., December 22, 2018--In an exciting finish, first-year team Richard Mille won the coveted St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship Thursday at Rio Grande Park.
In front of a record crowd including a sold out VIP tent and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, Richard Mille (Marc Ganzi, Martin Pepa, Pablo MacDonough), making its debut in the prestigious six-team tournament, defeated Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini), 6-5.
Argentine 10-goaler Pablo MacDonough was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament final. It was his second major tournament win in two weeks after capturing the 125th Argentine Open with La Dolfina Sancor Seguros for the sixth consecutive year with Juan Martin Nero, Pelon Stirling and Adolfo Cambiaso.
ASPEN, Colo., December 19, 2018--After the most exciting opening round in the history of the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship, the stage is set for what promises to be an exciting final.
Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Juan Bollini, Alejandro Novillo Astrada), the 2016 snow polo champion, will meet first-year team Richard Mille (Marc Ganzi, Martin Pepa, Pablo MacDonough) in Thursday's championship final.
On Tuesday at Aspen Valley Polo Club's indoor arena, Flexjet advanced into the final with an impressive 10-6 victory over Aspen Valley Polo Club (Sarah Magness, Jason Crowder, Jesse Bray). Flexjet defeated Blade & Bow (Brian Boyd, Gonzalito Pieres, Carlitos Gracida), 6-5, in their opening two-chukker round robin and Aspen Valley Polo Club defeated Blade & Bow, 6-5, in their matchup.
ASPEN, Colo., December 18, 2018--The atmosphere at the St. Regis Aspen Resort was fun and festive Monday night for the St. Regis Snow Polo World Championship draw party.
Six teams including defending champion U.S. Polo Assn. were introduced during the cocktail party for players, sponsors, family, friends and media.
The draw determined bracket pairings for Tuesday's round robin qualification games at Aspen Valley Polo Club's indoor arena in Carbondale. Players also received their team jerseys.
ASPEN, Colo., December 17, 2018--The highly-anticipated St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship gets under way Monday at St. Regis Aspen Resort with the draw party featuring player and sponsor introductions.
The six team sponsors: Richard Mille, Flexjet, St. Regis, U.S. Polo Assn., Aspen Valley Polo Club and Blade & Bow, players and VIPs will be introduced during a cocktail party at 8 p.m. MT in a fun and festive atmosphere at St. Regis.
The draw and entire tournament will be live streamed by ChukkerTV to a worldwide audience.
In a holiday setting against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains, the five-day tournament is a major attraction for the local community and fans from all over the world. One of the social events of the season is a major allure for the Aspen community and surrounding areas.
ASPEN, Colo., December 10, 2018--Luxury Swiss watch brand Richard Mille will make its debut as the official timekeeper for the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship
The much-anticipated snow polo tournament featuring Argentine 10-goalers Pablo MacDonough and Gonzalito Pieres and 8-goalers Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Nic Roldan is set for Dec. 17-22 at Aspen Valley Polo Club and Rio Grande Park.
Richard Mille is also sponsoring one of the six teams in the field and will be introduced on Monday, Dec. 17 during the team presentation, draw and cocktail party at the St. Regis Aspen Hotel, that features a Richard Mille Boutique.
ASPEN, Colo., December 4, 2018--A Who's Who in polo will compete in the much-anticipated Dec. 17-22 St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship.
Argentine 10-goalers Pablo MacDonough and Gonzalito Pieres and 8-goalers Alejandro Novillo Astrada and Nic Roldan head a star-studded field for three days of exciting polo action at Aspen Valley Polo Club and Rio Grande Park.
MacDonough, currently competing in the Argentine Open with favorite La Dolfina, will make his Aspen snow polo debut with the Richard Mille Polo Team. Mille is the official timekeeper for the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship. Mille created the RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo MacDonough for its Brand Ambassador.
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.