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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 37 de Paolis, Mario Elser, Massimo Elser); Molina Fine Jewelers Palm Beach Polo Club (Brian Boyd, Marc Ganzi, Juan Bollini) defeated Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty's World All-Stars (Tony Yahyai, Juancito Bollini, Carlitos Gracida), 8-5; Safeway Albertson's Work to Ride (Hulian Penados, Shariah Harris, Kareem Rosser) beat Spiritual Gangster Polo Azteca (George Estrada, Allison Freeman, Jaime Rizo, Theo Wakefield), 5-4. While the matches were being played, numerous musical and cultural performances were taking place, including The Phoenix Symphony showcasing Mozart; Phoenix Theatre performing some of the greatest Broadway musical songs of all time; performances by bagpiper Ford Dudley, The Phoenix Opera, the Phoenix Boys Choir, mute rapper Isaiah Acosta with vocals by Trap House and violinist Monica Nia Jones performing AC/DC's "Thunderstruck"; and a poetry slam. The highlight of the day's music was the Pilgrim's Rest Gospel Choir, which represents the state's largest African- American congregation, singing the national anthem as Red Bull Skydivers delivered the American flag to the field. The matches continued Sunday with the Battle of the Sexes match, honoring the late Sunny Hale. The ladies of the France Luxe team (Natalie Camacho, Sheryl Sick, Danielle Travis) crushed Sanderson Lincoln (Barclay Knopp, Felipe Ochos, Vinny Sagalin), 8-1. The action concluded with an international match pitting Spiritual Gangster's Melissa Ganzi, Nacho Figueras and Juan Bollini against Talking Stick Resort's Marc Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida and Juancito Bollini, a U.S. Polo Assn. global brand ambassador. The match was a bit of a domestic fight with husband and wife, Marc and Melissa Ganzi, and father and son, Juan and Juancito Bollini, battling it out. In the end, Spiritual Gangster pulled out the 9- 4 victory. Figueras was MVP. Car enthusiasts strolled through the many collector cars on site, a preview of the Barrett-Jackson 2019 Collector Car Auction. The Apex Cup, courtesy of the Spiritual Gangster's Nacho Figueras, Melissa Ganzi and Juan Bollini won the international match over Talking Stick Resort. Figueras and Ganzi also won the Molina Cup for the fourth time. Over 11,000 people attended the event over two days.

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