Polo Players Edition

JAN 2019

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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36 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N Record-breaker Polo Championships draw big numbers Photos by Dave Seibert T he eighth annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona, brought together the best of everything—polo players, cars, music and fashion— November 10-11, breaking records for tickets sales, food sales, performances and more. Arizona might be best known for the Grand Canyon, but in the world of polo, it is increasingly getting attention for its Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships. According to organizers, this year further boosted its presence with crowds of over 11,600 people, a half-dozen polo matches, high-profile polo players, the world's longest catwalk fashion show, collector cars and so much more. On the smaller outdoor field, teams were played three per side rather than four. Ralph Lauren model and polo player Nacho Figueras made his debut in Scottsdale, teaming up with Melissa Ganzi and her son Grant on the Barrett- Jackson Aspen Valley Polo Team for the event's signature Molina Cup on Saturday. The team took the title for the fourth consecutive year, 12-5, over Clogau Wales sponsored by Bentley Scottsdale. The Wales team included Ricky Cooper, Pete Webb and Ashley Busch, a U.S. Polo Assn. global brand ambassador. Grant Ganzi was MVP. In other Saturday action, Scottsdale Maserati Arizona Polo Club (Bill Stalcup, Martin Vidal, Diego Florez, Andres Camacho) prevailed, 8-6, over Talking Stick Resort Italy Polo (Matteo Nacho Figueras made his debut at the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships.

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