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Riders and Auditors Learn Horsemanship at the 2013 Chicago George H. Morris Clinic

December 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Hampshire, IL – December 3, 2013 

The final day of the 2013 Chicago George Morris Clinic closed out the three-day event with more auditors and more education. Morris’ clinic has been an annual opportunity thanks to organizer, Diane Carney. Backed by sponsors who also support education, the clinic continues to be one of the best clinics in the Midwest.

Morris himself is dedicated to educating riders to help create future U.S. teams. Morris is scheduled on a clinic tour to educate riders on the basic principles that allow riders to ride and compete at all levels but especially the Grand Prix level. His philosophy has been emphasized in his book, Hunter Seat Equitation and his lengthy list of accomplishments is proof of its success.

George H. Morris signing books

George H. Morris signing books

Morris set another challenging course for riders to practice riding with impulsion, the desire for the horse to go forward, and spent time on the flat working on suppleness and the concept of leg to hand. His precise set of exercises both on the flat and over fences, teaches skills to both the horses and the riders to allow them to improve.

Rider Lindsey Lamb of Oklahoma stated, “This clinic picks up where others leave off. Day one at this clinic is day three at other clinics. The level of horsemanship is evident in all the groups.” Lamb was lucky to be sponsored by Queenie Productions and John McQueen for the clinic.

Chicago area professional grand prix rider, Lisa Goldman attends the clinics to learn more and perfect her skills. She is an avid follower of Morris’ teachings. Goldman also rode in the George Morris Natural Obstacle Clinic this past September that Carney also organized.

The grand prix group: Emma Sargent, Caitie Hope, George Morris, Lisa Goldman and Stephen Foran.

The grand prix group: Emma Sargent, Caitie Hope, George Morris, Lisa Goldman and Stephen Foran.

“Why wouldn’t you participate?” exclaimed Goldman. “It’s hard to pass up opportunity like this to ride with an instructor like George. The experience is so valuable.”

Caitie Hope, an amateur rider from Barrington, IL, has also participated in the Chicago George Morris Clinic since she was a junior rider. Hope competes in the Amateur Owner Jumpers and the grand prix’s, juggling college with riding. Total Touch and Vision EH (Victoria) are Hope’s two mounts. Victoria is a new ride for Hope and is a young horse still finding her way in the jumper ring.

Auditors at George H. Morris Chicago Clinic

Auditors at George H. Morris Chicago Clinic

“I think the clinic is great,” said Hope. “I was glad to be able to ride both of my horses in sections of the clinic because it was a great way to get to know my younger horse better and work on the basics. I always like riding Total in the grand prix section of the clinic to see how we as a team improve from year to year. The clinic is always a highlight in my year.”

Auditors are also amazed but what they learn from watching the riders improve and from watching Morris himself ride and demonstrate the skills. Morris was at one time involved in theatre and acting, and can still keep the auditors at the edge of their seats. As the Chinese wall from the Hong Kong Olympics grew to 1.65m, you could hear the crowd participate in the excitement as well.

Carney expresses her gratitude to the sponsors for their support. Auditors and riders spend the day and are treated to breakfast and lunch and special giveaways thanks to the sponsors. Carney and Morris plan to hold more opportunities in 2014.

For more information on other George Morris Clinics and the schedule, please visit GHMclinics.com. To find out more about other clinic opportunities in the Chicago area, contact Diane Carney at dtelluride@aol.com.

2013 Chicago George Morris Clinic Sponsors

Showplace Productions

Ann K Hubbard’s Tack Shop

Taylor Harris Insurance Services

Peggy McEnroe

Canterbury Farm

Queenie Productions

Brookwood Farm

USHJA Zone 5

Chicago Equestrian

Stall Watch

Barrington Saddlery

Molly Ashe Cawley Claims First and Third in $15,000 Holiday & Horses USHJA International Hunter Derby

December 03, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 2, 2013 – For the last two years, Molly Ashe Cawley and Kennzo have kicked off the holiday season by earning a bit of an early Christmas present. On Sunday afternoon, that holiday gift came in the form of their second consecutive victory in the $15,000 Holiday & Horses USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

 

Molly Ashe Cawley and Kennzo

Molly Ashe Cawley and Kennzo

Ashe not only won the derby aboard Kennzo, but she also finished third in the class with Original Du Rietz, earned ribbons in the open jumpers aboard Carissimo and helped coach Norfield Stables LLC rider Francesca Dildabanian to the Large Pony Hunter Championship.

 

Thanks to their numerous wins, the Holiday & Horses Show marked a fantastic start to the holiday season for the Newtown, CT based Norfield Stables LLC, at which Ashe trains alongside Timmy Kees and her husband Chris Cawley.

 

The $15,000 Holiday & Horses USHJA International Hunter Derby also marked Kennzo’s first time in the show ring since the Hampton Classic Horse Show in August.

 

“He hasn’t done anything since then – well, clearly he’s done a lot of eating. He’s fat as a house.He should be the poster child for Jenny Craig,” joked Ashe. “But he’s really cool that way. You’re able to just sort of pull him out of the field and go right out there, and he’s so on it.”

 

All smiles after the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby victory

All smiles after the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby victory

Kennzo, owned by Kristen Abbatiello-Neff, and Ashe were undoubtedly both on it from the get-go on Sunday. Their efforts over the first round classic hunter course, designed by Jason Shelley, shot them straight to the top of the leaderboard. Scores of 88 from the first judging panel and 87 from the second panel, plus four high option bonus points added to each score, gave them a total first round score of 183.

 

 

Molly Ashe Cawley and Elisee Browchuck's Original Du Rietz

Molly Ashe Cawley and Elisee Browchuck’s Original Du Rietz

That score put Ashe and Kennzo in the top spot to return for the second round. Ashe also returned in the third place position aboard Elisee Browchuck’s Original Du Rietz, affectionately known as “Ritzy.”

 

“Ritzy, my boy! I have to say, I’m very proud of him,” Ashe said of Originial Du Rietz. “He marched right out there. He hasn’t done anything since [The Hampton Classic Horse Show] either, and he laid it down right from round one. He handled it better than people might have thought at the beginning. As the class went on, you started to say ‘oh, he’s darn good.'”

 

Molly Ashe Cawley and Original du Rietz

Molly Ashe Cawley and Original du Rietz

Ritzy cemented the third place finish with judges’ scores of 80 and 85 in the second round for a total second round score of 184, including handy bonus and high option points.

 

With riders returning in reverse order of their first round standings, it came down to Ashe on Kennzo and Kelley Farmer on Skorekeeper, owned by Larry Glefke.

 

Farmer and Skorekeeper earned impressive scores of 87 and 87.5 for a second round total of 200.5 and an overall grand total of 374, leaving it all up to Ashe and Kennzo.

 

“I felt like I had to just not mess it up, instead of trying to scratch and claw my way ahead of somebody,” Ashe explained.

 

Far from messing it up, Ashe and Kennzo turned in a beautiful trip, earning them a grand total, two-round score of 382 and ensuring them the win.

 

“I was very happy with both of them (Kennzo and Original du Rietz),” Ashe concluded. “Kennzo goes in the ring, and he knows what to do. He is so much fun. He’s so scopey, and he has a great jump. He’s really turned into such a great show horse. He really knows his job now, and he’s all business every time.”

 

  Molly Ashe Cawley and Kennzo


Molly Ashe Cawley and Kennzo

While Ashe earned her win in the Mogavero Ring, nearby in Ring 7, young Norfield Stables LLC rider Francesca Dildabanian was doing some winning of her own. The young competitor from New York, NY, and her own large pony, Pride, earned three blue ribbons over fences and the top call in the Large Pony Hunter Model before being named the Large Pony Hunter division champions.

 

“Pride was a green this past year, and he’s come a really long way,” Dildabanian explained. “He’s just naturally a really sweet pony. He’s really cooperative and pretty laid back.”

 

Dildabanian continued: “I’ve been riding with Molly for about a year now, and I love it. It’s nice to have such a good relationship with your trainer. It’s almost as if she’s a second mom to me. She’s really inspirational in how she rides. It makes you want to ride that way.”

 

Dildabanian plans to continue showing Pride in the Large Pony Hunters throughout the winter season, as well as competing in the Children’s Jumpers and equitation divisions. She and much of the Norfield Stables team will look to continue their successful 2013 show year at the upcoming Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Horse Show Series.

 

About Norfield Stables LLC

Norfield Stables LLC is a full service hunter/jumper facility run by Molly Ashe Cawley, Chris Cawley and Timmy Kees. Ashe is an accomplished show hunter rider who joined the grand prix tour in the late ’90s. In 1999, Ashe captured her first major grand prix victory during the $50,000 Grand Prix of Lake Placid aboard Rosewood Glen Ltd. Resolute. Since then, Ashe has won awards throughout Europe and the United States. With over 25 years experience on the “A” horse show circuit, Kees is one of the country’s most prominent hunter/equitation trainers. His riders have won the ASPCA Maclay, AHSA Medal and USET Equitation Finals a total of seven times. Kees has also trained hunters such as Holy Smoke, Watership Down, So No Wonder, Castaway and Double Cinco to championships at Devon, Harrisburg, Washington and New York. He is an USEF “R” judge and conducts clinics throughout the country. For more information please email fjbmcb@gmail.com, and find Norfield Stables LLC on Facebook here!

 

Photo Credits: Photos by Emily Riden. Photos may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl Win $33,000 Nutrena Holiday & Horses Opener

December 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

For Immediate Release

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

 

Wellington, FL – November 27, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions’ (ESP) 2013 Holiday & Horses competition began on Wednesday, November 27, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center with a win for Todd Minikus (USA) and Quality Girl in the $33,000 Nutrena Holiday & Horses Opener.

 

Holiday & Horses competition will continue through Sunday, December 1. Upcoming highlights include the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m FEI class on Friday, November 29; the $50,000 Holiday & Horses CSI 2*-W Grand Prix on Saturday, November 30 (5:30 p.m.); and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby (12 p.m.) and $10,000 Open Stake 1.40m on Sunday, December 1.

 

A total of 46 entries showed in Wednesday’s $33,000 Nutrena Holiday & Horses Opener jumping a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY. Thirteen competitors were able to clear the first round course without fault, and ten of those were also clear through the short course. The fastest time of 34.23 seconds belonged to Todd Minikus and Quality Girl, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock, for the win.

 

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

 

Finishing second, Ronan McGuigan (IRL) and Capall Zidane stopped the clock in 35.37 seconds. Charlie Jacobs (USA) and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Flaming Star finished third in 35.60 seconds. Lauren Hough (USA) and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala were fourth in 36.52 seconds, and Quentin Judge (USA) guided Double H Farm’s HH Donnatella to fifth place honors in 37.18 seconds.

 

“It was a blistering fast jump-off and it kept getting faster and faster, which is always fun,” Minikus detailed. “I’m not a big planner for the jump-offs, I kind of wing it, but I think the two rollbacks were the trick today. I got lucky that it came up where I could just keep continuing, so that was probably where I made the time.”

 

Quality Girl showed throughout the indoor horse show circuit this fall and had some rest before competing in Wednesday’s class. Minikus thought she felt fresh and ready to go coming back outdoors.

 

“She had a couple of weeks off and it didn’t hurt her any,” the rider noted. “It seemed like she stayed right in form from the National in Kentucky. She had a couple of funny classes in Harrisburg and Washington D.C., but in Kentucky she really was on the game, and then she was awesome today.”

 

“Transitioning back outdoors seemed to be no problem,” Minikus added. “She really went nice in the first round. She always goes well in the jump-off for some reason, but the first round she really jumped fresh, so that was good. She is sometimes quieter in the jump-off. The first round settles her a little bit and just knocks the edge off of her.”

 

Todd Minikus in his winning presentation (aboard Uraguay) with Carolina Arbelaez and Jeff Fosenburg, Sales Consultants for Cargill Animal Nutrition. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Todd Minikus in his winning presentation (aboard Uraguay) with Carolina Arbelaez and Jeff Fosenburg, Sales Consultants for Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

 

There was an impressive group of horses and riders in Wednesday’s class to kick off the winter competition as the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival quickly approaches. As Minikus pointed out, Wellington draws many of the best in the sport, and the competition is never easy.

 

“It’s welcome to Wellington,” he laughed. “You might as well get used to it because that’s the way it is. It is always a who’s who. Nothing is ever going to come easy, so even at these pre-season shows, you have to come with your ‘A’ game. That’s just the way it is here in Wellington.”

 

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday & Horses competition will continue through December 1 with a full schedule of exciting competition. For the prize list and more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com. For full results, go to www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Nutrena Holiday & Horses Opener

1. QUALITY GIRL: 2003 Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock

TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/0/34.23

 

2. CAPALL ZIDANE: 2004 KWPN gelding by Concorde x Baloubet du Rouet

RONAN MCGUIGAN (IRL), Ronan McGuigan: 0/0/35.37

 

3. FLAMING STAR: 1999 AES gelding by Fairman x Unknown

CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse LLC: 0/0/35.60

 

4. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/0/36.52

 

5. HH DONNATELLA: 2003 Belgian Warmblood mare by Toulon x Mr. Blue

QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/0/37.18

 

6. CARISSIMO: 2000 Holsteiner gelding by Calando I x Silvester

MOLLY ASHE (USA), Olivia Jack: 0/0/37.24

 

7. WOKLAHOMA: 2003 KWPN mare by Sheraton x Calvados

ROBERTO TERAN, JR. (COL), ARK Partners LLC: 0/0/37.56

 

8. RECONNAISSANCE: 2005 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Camaro M x Irco Mena

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Laura & Meredith Mateo: 0/0/38.11

 

9. ASLAN: 2000 Danish Warmblood gelding by Aston x Blue Hors Agent

LJUBOV KOCHETOVA (RUS), Ljubov Kochetova: 0/0/38.13

 

10. LA CENTA: 2002 Oldenburg mare by Cento x Silvio I

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/0/40.94

 

11. URAGUAY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino

TODD MINIKUS (USA), Legacy Stables, LLC: 0/4/34.95

 

12. EVENING STAR: 2002 Holsteiner gelding by Coriano x Lenz

HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS (USA), Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo: 0/4/38.47

 

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Team USA Defeats Chile, 13-8, For USPA International Cup; Nic Roldan Named MVP

December 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Chile's Matias Vial (1) and his horse turn into a shot with Team USA's Jeff Hall (4) defending. Photo by Scott Fisher

Chile’s Matias Vial (1) and his horse turn into a shot with Team USA’s Jeff Hall (4) defending. Photo by Scott Fisher

WELLINGTON, FL-Nov. 30, 2013—Team USA dominated Chile from start-to-finish to capture the USPA International Cup with a convincing 13-8 victory Saturday at windswept Grand Champions Polo Club.

Mason Phelps and Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis attempt the coin toss with Team USA's Marc Ganzi. Photo by Scott Fisher

Mason Phelps and Wellington Mayor Bob Margolis attempt the coin toss with Team USA’s Marc Ganzi. Photo by Scott Fisher

It was the second consecutive year Team USA has won the coveted trophy in front of a hometown crowd that included VIPs and dignitaries including Chile Consul General Juan Luis Nilo in the final game of the 2013 fall season.

In last year’s game, Team USA defeated England, 8.5-6.

Team USA's Most Valuable Player Nic Roldan earned the award for the second consecutive year. Photo by Scott Fisher

Team USA’s Most Valuable Player Nic Roldan earned the award for the second consecutive year. Photo by Scott Fisher

“Always when you play for your country there is a different element to it,” said Nic Roldan of Wellington, a Cardinal Newman High School alum, who was named Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

“It’s an honor and it feels great to represent the United States again and to take home the trophy,” Roldan said.

Team USA held Chile scoreless in the opening chukker to lead 4-0 and never let Chile back in the game. Team USA led 6-1 after two chukkers and 10-3 after three chukkers.

Team USA's Nic Roldan (3) shows his Most Valuable Player winning form. Photo by Scott Fisher

Team USA’s Nic Roldan (3) shows his Most Valuable Player winning form. Photo by Scott Fisher

Roldan finished with five goals and teammate Jeff Hall scored a game-high six goals, including five in the first three chukkers. Marc Ganzi added two goals and Carlitos Gracida played well defensively turning back several Chile scoring attempts.

“We came out with a plan and we came out really strong,” Roldan said. “I think we took them by surprise. It’s always an advantage when you are playing on your own home soil.

“The Chileans are world-class players and they are sportsmen,” Roldan said. “It was fun having them here and it was a good match.”

Chile's Max Silva (2) drives downfield with Team USA's Nic Roldan (3) and Chile's Matias Vial (1) closely following. Photo by Scott Fisher

Chile’s Max Silva (2) drives downfield with Team USA’s Nic Roldan (3) and Chile’s Matias Vial (1) closely following. Photo by Scott Fisher

For Roldan it was a successful end to an outstanding fall season, winning both the USPA North American Cup and USPA National 20-Goal Tournaments for the second year in a row with Audi.

“The 20-goals were our main focus and the international game and we took home all three,” Roldan said. “I can’t complain, Marc can’t complain. We are all really happy with the way the team played. We are happy with the way Carlitos is advancing and we’re getting ready for the big season and ready to go.”

We Are The Champions, Team USA teammates Marc Ganzi (1), Carlitos Gracida (2), Nic Roldan (3) and Jeff Hall (4) and the USPA International Cup. Photo by Scott Fisher

We Are The Champions, Team USA teammates Marc Ganzi (1), Carlitos Gracida (2), Nic Roldan (3) and Jeff Hall (4) and the USPA International Cup. Photo by Scott Fisher

The victory avenged a one-goal loss for Hall, 33, of America’s top players, the last time he represented the U.S. against Chile in Santiago.

“You always want to come out and start strong,” said Hall, who easily could have shared MVP honors with Roldan. “I think we broke their back right off the bat. We pretty much out-played them all around.

Team USA's Jeff Hall (4) backs a ball as Chile's Jose Antonio Iturrate tries to block it. Photo by Scott Fisher

Team USA’s Jeff Hall (4) backs a ball as Chile’s Jose Antonio Iturrate tries to block it. Photo by Scott Fisher

“Representing the U.S., you are representing your country and you want to do the best you can,” Hall said. “We went out there to do that.”

Jose Antonio Iturrate, making his first U.S. appearance since 2003, made his final appearance as a member of the Chile national team. The former 8-goaler said he will continue to play in Chile.

“They have a good team and first I have to congratulate them,” Iturrate said. “They are a tough team, they play really well. I know Marc is not a high-goal player but he understands polo and played very well. He was tough with the plays.

“It was just a shame how the refereeing went the first chukker,” Iturrate said. “That changed the game completely. They blew many ridiculous fouls for us and we became very disappointed and let down. After the second chukker we tried our best. But I think the fouls hurt us.”

All smiles during team awards, Chile teammates Matias Vial (1), Max Silva (2), Juan Sanchez (3), Jose Antonio Iturrate (4), awards presenter Chile Consul General Juan Luis Nilo, Team USA teammates Marc Ganzi (1), Carlitos Gracida (2), MVP Nic Roldan (3), and Jeff Hall (4). Photo by Scott Fisher

All smiles during team awards, Chile teammates Matias Vial (1), Max Silva (2), Juan Sanchez (3), Jose Antonio Iturrate (4), awards presenter Chile Consul General Juan Luis Nilo, Team USA teammates Marc Ganzi (1), Carlitos Gracida (2), MVP Nic Roldan (3), and Jeff Hall (4). Photo by Scott Fisher

While Chile has a solid polo resume including the 2008 FIP World Championships and 2013 BMW International Polo Series, the team was no match for Team USA which had both chemistry among its players and horses which they changed frequently during the five-chukker game.

Chile had its share of penalties early in the game which seemed to frustrate them on both ends of the field.

Team USA and Chile battle for possession after the opening throw-in. Photo by Scott Fisher

Team USA and Chile battle for possession after the opening throw-in. Photo by Scott Fisher

“It’s tough for them,” Hall said. “They don’t know the horses or how to play them. They were complaining a lot about the fouls and they were legit big fouls but for some reason I think there is a big difference in rules between Chile and the U.S. I think they let people get away with more in Chile than they do here.”

Juan Sanchez, a member of the Chile team that defeated the U.S., 6-5, in the 2011 FIP Polo World Cup, knew the U.S. would be tough to beat on its home turf.

“They were so quick in the first chukker and we were behind four goals before we knew it,” Sanchez said. “It is very hard winning here.”

Said Matias Vial when a fan walked up to him and said Chile needed one more chukker, he shook his head and said, “We needed five more chukkers. They were too tough and too fast.”

The chase is on with Chile's Max Silva (2) in control of the ball with support from teammates Juan Sanchez (3) against Americans Jeff Hall and Nic Roldan. Photo by Scott Fisher

The chase is on with Chile’s Max Silva (2) in control of the ball with support from teammates Juan Sanchez (3) against Americans Jeff Hall and Nic Roldan. Photo by Scott Fisher

Added Max Silva, “They played very well. We were so slow in some plays. It’s okay. The horses were very good and easy. It is hard to be here and win on their horses in their country but that’s okay. It was a good game.”

Chile's Max Silva (2) tries to get a scoring drive started. Photo by Scott Fisher

Chile’s Max Silva (2) tries to get a scoring drive started. Photo by Scott Fisher

Vial led Chile scoring with four goals, Iturrate had two goals including the last one of the game and Silva and Sanchez each had one goal.

Team USA's Carlitos Gracida (2) steals the ball away from Chile's Max Silva (2). Photo by Scott Fisher

Team USA’s Carlitos Gracida (2) steals the ball away from Chile’s Max Silva (2). Photo by Scott Fisher

In the opening game, polo fans took a trip down memory lane watching some of polo’s greats including former 10-goaler Carlos Gracida and former 9-goalers Julian and Howard Hipwood in the Legends of Polo game.

With Grand Champions Gray leading, 5-3, with 2:47 left in the game, Grand Champions Blue came back with goals from Joey Casey and Juan Bollini to end the game in a 5-5 tie.

Brit Howard Hipwood was named Most Valuable Player. His team featured his brother Julian, Carlos Gracida and his cousin Ruben Gracida. Hector Gallindo and Peter Rizzo joined Casey and Bollini on the Grand Champions Gray team.

Carlos Gracida led the Gray team with three goals and Julian and Howard Hipwood each had one goal. Galindo led with three goals and Casey and Bollini added one apiece.

“I wasn’t concentrating on the game because I was having too much fun,” said Carlos Gracida. “We want a rematch.”

A close-up of the USPA International Cup that Team USA captured for the second consecutive year. Photo by Scott Fisher

A close-up of the USPA International Cup that Team USA captured for the second consecutive year. Photo by Scott Fisher

Grand Champions ended its fall season in grand style with lavish white tents lining both sides of the field, an array of international flags hanging from flagpoles that could be seen from Lake Worth Road, a dance floor in the VIP tent, music and DJ, tailgaters with buckets of champagne and Argentine food truck Che Grill.

Added Rizzo, USPA executive director: “Grand Champions has really taken off. I think Marc and Melissa Ganzi really wanted to do everything the right way, doing these international matches and so much more. We need more people like that. There are so few people that have that kind of interest in the sport. They have so many great players and look at the facility they set up. It’s all for everybody to come enjoy. How many times do you see this around the world? We are very lucky and all of this is the expression of what they want to do in polo.”

Team USA's Marc Ganzi (1) in control of the ball driving downfield for one of his two goals against defender Matias Vial (1) of Chile. Photo by Scott Fisher

Team USA’s Marc Ganzi (1) in control of the ball driving downfield for one of his two goals against defender Matias Vial (1) of Chile. Photo by Scott Fisher

The biggest winner of the day was the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame in Lake Worth. Proceeds from the doubleheader went to the museum which is in the midst of expanding. It is the only polo museum of its kind in the world.

The museum is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the development, history and tradition of the sport of polo by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport.

A loyal polo fan supporting both countries with her Chile and Team USA flags. Photo by Scott Fisher

A loyal polo fan supporting both countries with her Chile and Team USA flags. Photo by Scott Fisher

Game Sponsors:

Braman Audi, Palm Beach

http://www.bramanaudi.com

Flight Options

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Grand Champions Polo Club

http://grandchampionspoloclub.org/

Museum of Polo & Hall of Fame

http://www.polomuseum.com/

Onli Beverages

http://www.onlibeverages.com/

Perfect Vodka

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Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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United States Polo Association

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GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 561-644-5050.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro team Audi. Everyone is welcome to watch high and medium goal polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, ProKidz Tournaments in the spring and fall, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.