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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38 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N chukker. The final pitted husband and wife against each other. "In those situations for me, it's kind of lose-lose," Marc Ganzi said. "So if I lose, I lose, and if I win, I still lose. But actually, we play a lot of polo against each other. We've played a lot of finals against each other. She's won, I've won. We take a very pragmatic approach to it, which is we are just going to go play and let the better team win and today thankfully, we were the better team." The game was close from the opening throw-in with the teams tied 2-2 after the first chukker. Richard Mille took a 3-2 lead in the second on Mac Donough's goal. Richard Mille held a slim 5-4 lead after a 2-2 third chukker with two goals by Novillo Astrada and goals from Pepa and Mac Donough. In the fourth and final chukker, Penalty 1 goals were awarded to each team. "It was really, really close. We would go back up one and we kept trying to surge and go up two but couldn't find it, Marc Ganzi said. "Flexjet won this tournament two years ago, they know how to win it." Playing conditions were ideal at Rio Grande Park on both Wednesday and Thursday. "The venue performed really well," Marc Ganzi said. "The city and the Aspen Skiing Co. did just an incredible job preparing it. Look at the surface, it's perfect." In Tuesday's action-packed qualifying round robins at Aspen Valley Polo Club's indoor arena in Carbondale, Flexjet advanced into the final with a 10-6 win over Aspen Valley Polo Club and a 6-5 victory over Blade and Bow. Richard Mille defeated St. Regis, 8-4, and knocked out defending champion U.S. Polo Assn., 8-7. In Thursday's Aspen Peak Cup, Aspen Valley Polo Club (Sarah Siegel Magness, Jason Crowder, Jesse Bray) led from start- to-finish to defeat U.S. Polo Assn. (Grant Ganzi, Nic Roldan, Henry Porter), 6-3, in the subsidiary final. U.S. Polo Assn. was the official apparel outfitter for the event. Bray led scoring with a game-high five goals. Crowder added one. Bray and Crowder were members of the 2016 Flexjet team that won the snow polo title. Roldan scored all three of his team's goals and finished with 12 for the tournament. On Wednesday, St. Regis (Nacho Figueras, Hilario Figueras, Julio Gracida) won the Blade and Bow Cup with a 10-7 victory over Blade and Bow (Brian Boyd, Gonzalito Pieres, Carlitos Gracida). Nacho Figueras led scoring with a game- high six goals. His oldest son, Hilario, added four goals. Pieres led Blade and Bow with three goals. Boyd and Gracida each scored two goals. In the always fun and entertaining Celebrity Chukker matchup, Richard Mille: Official Time Keeper (Alexa Dell, Sterling Jones, Pablo Mac Donough) won with a 2-0 victory over St. Regis (Saye Yabandeh, Erica Posalini, Nacho Figueras). Dell and Jones each scored one goal. It was the second consecutive year Jones was a member of the winning team. Last year he won with U.S. Polo Assn. Martin Pepa and Alejandro Novillo Astrada reach for the ball in the final. Guests were treated to St. Regis Aspen Resort rituals including fine food and beverages.

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