Polo Players Edition

FEB 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 In an exciting finish, first-year team Richard Mille won the coveted St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship at Aspen's 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 Mac Donough), making its debut in the prestigious six-team tournament, defeated Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, Juan Bollini), in a tight 6-5 battle. Argentine 10-goaler Pablo Mac Donough 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. "I am glad Pablo won, I am happy for him, he just doesn't win enough in polo, this is good for his career," joked Flexjet's Juan Bollini. Sponsor Richard Mille and Mac Donough were making their snow polo debuts. Mac Donough scored a game- high three goals and Pepa added two. The team was also awarded a game- clinching Penalty 1 in the fourth and final chukker. "Snow polo was amazing, just amazing," Mac Donough said. "I think our team played great, and the other team too, but we were the lucky ones to win." Richard Mille was the official timekeeper for the St. Regis World Snow Polo Championship. Mille created the RM 53-01 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough for its Brand Ambassador. Thirty limited-edition watches were made with a price of $900,000 each. The Richard Mille website reads, "As everyone knows, Polo is a gentleman's sport, however, the elegance it is reputed for by no means cancels out the extraordinary violence of its confrontations between players, or their horses. As a result, every piece of equipment is subjected to the harshest treatment." Marc Ganzi, after outstanding defensive round-robin and final games, was named the Intermix Tournament Most Valuable Player. It was the first time Ganzi made it to the final and won the tournament. Intermix is a national women's clothing store, with a store in Aspen. "It was a great game, wide open with lots of flow, and everyone played well, but the horses were the real stars," Marc Ganzi said. Kit Kat, a 7-year-old bay mare by Lion's Quest out of Macuca, owned and bred by Wellington, Florida-based Santa Rita Polo Farm, and played by Alejandro Novillo Astrada, was selected Best Playing Pony. Flexjet, making its second finals appearance in three years, was led by Alejandro Novillo Astrada with two goals. He finished as the tournament's high-scorer with 14 goals. Melissa Ganzi and Bollini each added one goal. The team also had a Penalty 1 in the final Jason Crowder catches up with Nic Roldan, who balances the ball on his mallet. Carlitos Gracida bundles up for snow polo.

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