Polo Players Edition

JUL 2018

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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the perfect venue to host such a unique event. Designed by one of Andalucia's most renowned architects, Melvin Villarreal, it opened in 1999. Surrounded by indigenous and subtropical gardens, the ocean-front hotel has 128 spacious r ooms, 17 luxury suites and a spa. This calming oasis is located between Marbella and Gibraltar, on the doorstep of the authentic, unspoiled town of Estepona. The large crowds agreed that this was an excellent event for both tourists and residents, attracting both polo enthusiasts and locals who were able to enjoy the incredible action up close. The perfect weather conditions, well-prepared beach and backdrop of mountains and blue skies was the ideal setting for this event and the Mayor of Estepona has committed to host the event in the municipality for many years to come. Following the matches there were two glamourous events at the new beachside restaurant Spiler Beach Club, which attracted the crème de la crème of the Costa del Sol society, including Countess Gunilla von Bismarck, Princess Bea Auersperg and Princess María and Prince Pablo von Hohenlohe with their daughters Allegra and Cecilia. Beach polo is an innovative version of traditional polo. Rather than four-man teams on grass, it is played three to a side in a sand arena where the audience can appreciate the fast polo action at close range. The Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup is the only one of its kind in the Costa del Sol are and was sponsored by Kempinski Hotel Bahía, Bvlgari, Perrier Jouet, Scapa Sports, Perlage, Ferragamo and Pagani. Carla Lopes, general manager of the Kempinski Hotel Bahía commented, "We are very pleased to host and sponsor the Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup. The timing of this event goes hand in hand with the reopening of the hotel after an extensive redesign and it was wonderful that so many people were able to enjoy the exciting matches and great atmosphere." The first Costa del Sol Beach Polo Cup at the exclusive Kempinski Hotel Bahia attracted over 2,000 spectators May 19- 20. The four talented teams battled it out to the delight of the spectators. I nternational players including patrons Niclas Johansson, Veronica and Laurent Desmas and Jaspar and Kate Kühlwein, and high-level professionals Jamie Le Hardy, Santí Torreguitar and Hernan Pieres put on an excellent show for the crowds during the two-day event. The gripping final between Perrier Jouet and Kempinski Hotel Bahía (Niclas Johansson, Jamie Le Hardy, Rupert Lee- Uff) saw both teams pushing hard until the final whistle, with Kempinski Hotel Bahía taking the title in this very closely fought match. The winners took home a variety of prizes including beautiful Bvlgari watches. Team Perlage, followed very closely behind and all teams put on a fantastic display of beach polo. The winners were presented with their trophies by the Mayor of Estepona José María García Urbano. The Mayor c o n g r a t u l a t e d Isabel de Borbon and her polo events company, Polo4Ever, for being the driving force in bringing beach polo to the Costa del Sol, and the principal sponsor Kempinski Hotel Bahía for its work to bring this innovative sporting event to Estepona, which showcased the town's capacity to hold first-class sporting events. The award- winning hotel was 44 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N DESTINATION: S PAIN Beach polo at Costa del Sol Rupert Lee-Uff, Jamie Le Hardy and Niclas Johansson took home many prizes, including Bvlgari watches, after topping Perrier Jouet.

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