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Fine Artist Louise Mellon Donates Painting for GPL to Honor “Senator” Glenn Atkinson

April 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – April 9, 2014- The GPL Polotini Party, a celebration held at the Mallet Grille at International Polo Club Palm Beach, officially kicked off The 5th Annual Gay Polo Week. A gathering of members of the GPL, sponsors, friends and family enjoyed an Argentine style asado, music and merrymaking sponsored by Patricia Quick.

Louise Mellon donated her original painting, “Airborne”
as a gift to be presented “Senator” Atkinson for
his role in helping McKenney found the GPL
GPL founder Chip McKenney led a short presentation to thank sponsors and hosts. At the end of his brief speech, McKenney invited Glenn Atkinson to the podium. He explained how Atkinson, fondly referred to as “The Senator,” had introduced him to polo. He said the Senator and his wife and family had supported the founding of GPL and were always there to encourage him forward. Atkinson, once a 3-goal rated player, played well into his seventies. McKenney named the trophy for the feature game of the International Gay Polo Tournament the Senator’s Cup in his honor.
McKenney presents the painting to the Atkinsons

McKenney presented a genuinely touched Atkinson with an original Louise Mellon polo painting called “Airborne.”

“I am so grateful to Louise for the donation of the painting,” said McKenney. “It was such a perfect way for me to honor the Senator. Without Glenn, there would be no GPL. Now in its fifth year, it is growing and growing.”

Louise Mellon’s work is immediately recognizable and primarily features horses, dogs and the equestrian lifestyle. Her brightly colored, vibrant pieces often have a witty or unexpected approach and are created with the intent to amuse.

 

Louise Mellon’s work can be seen on the pages and covers of equestrian and art publications. Her work has been presented at numerous solo and juried shows on the east coast.

 

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

About Louise Mellon Mellon was born to a family
of artists who encouraged her creativity. She was raised in Middleburg, VA, where she rode and drove horses. Mellon’s keen visual sense led her to a career as a commercial photographer and artist. Her work has been seen branding numerous products and covers of prize lists, racing programs and publications. She flew airplanes, helicopters and aerobatics, has resided in several parts of the country, and has traveled the world studying fine art. She has served on several boards, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Collector’s Committee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. She moved to Aiken, SC, and custom-built a very special studio, where she works, welcomes visiting artists and hosts local events. Mellon’s unique view of the world is demonstrated through all her work. Her style is instantly recognizable and certain to bring enjoyment, laughter and wonder.

 

For more information visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

 

Images only for use in the context of this press release.

 

 

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International Polo Club Palm Beach Announces Maserati as the 2014 Title Sponsor of the U.S. Open Polo Championship

February 15, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, Fla. (February 6, 2014) – Combine inspired craftsmanship with a world-renowned polo club and you create one of the most dazzling spectacles on Earth: the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship®. For the second year in a row, two prestigious powerhouses, Maserati and the International Polo Club Palm Beach, reunite for the 2014 Palm Beach Polo Season.

Maserati Ghibli.F34

“We are thrilled to have Maserati back at IPC, not only as the event’s title sponsor but as the event’s exclusive automobile partner. It’s an iconic brand that personifies passion. Maserati is instantly recognized as one of the world’s great brands,” said John Wash, president of the International Polo Club (IPC). “We look forward to working with Maserati, whose very foundation is based upon passion and a balance of performance and luxury. It’s the perfect pairing of two world-class brands.”

 

Touted as the Super Bowl of polo, the U.S. Open Polo Championship is a four-week, 26-goal tournament that will highlight the International Polo Club’s 11th season, and four months of winter, high-goal polo in Florida. The championship matches will be played on March 30, and April 6, 13, and 20 (Easter), showcasing the world’s most fabled, 10-goal players, including Adolfo Cambiaso and Facundo Pieres.

 

“Polo awes with its combination of beauty, power, and precision. The connection with our core values of inspired design, passion, performance, and sophistication is an ideal match,” commented Peter Grady, president and chief executive officer of Maserati North America, Inc. “We are proud to bring Maserati back to IPC for a second year.”

 

Generating over 500 horsepower out of its Ferrari-built, twin-turbo V8, the Trident marque will be represented in a full line display, featuring the all-new Quattroporte GTS. This full-size sport sedan, also available with all-wheel drive, defines “The Absolute Opposite of Ordinary,” with Italian style and coach-built style setting it apart from the pack. Also featured is the second all-new car, which drove Maserati to record sales in 2013, the Maserati Ghibli. This Italian, midsize sport sedan offers all-wheel drive capability and over 400 horsepower. Of course, the elegance and timeless grace of the GranTurismo Convertible and Coupe will be represented, each delivering thoroughbred performance with comfort for four adults.

 

The U.S. Open Polo Championship, the most prestigious tournament in the United States, dates back to 1904 where it was first played at Meadowbrook Polo Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. In 2004, the tournament headed south to the tropical fields of the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Fla., where the thundering of hooves have graced the greens ever since.

 

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Sunday Brunch and Polo

High-goal polo action takes place every Sunday through April 20 at the International Polo Club. Tickets for Sunday polo range from $10 general admission to $120 for box seating. Tickets for the lavish Sunday brunch at The Pavilion start at $100, and its reception prices begin at $55, upward to $330 for the Veuve Clicquot brunch package for two. Tickets can be purchased online at InternationalPoloClub.com or by calling 561.204.5687.

 

About Maserati

Maserati produces a full line of two- and four-door models legendary for their spacious, handcrafted luxury, thoroughbred performance, and everyday usability. The Maserati range includes the all-new, full-size Quattroporte and the midsize Ghibli sport sedan, which earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).* The flagship Quattroporte GTS leads the charge with a 523 HP twin turbo V8, while both the Ghibli and Quattroporte are available with all-wheel drive, a competition bred twin-turbo 404 HP V6, and an adaptive eight-speed automatic transmission. The two-door GranTurismo line continues with several variants of coupes and convertibles that combine elegance and comfort for four adults, with a six-speed automatic transmission to keep the legendary Maserati performance and exhaust note close at hand. Maserati automobiles and merchandise can be found at authorized retailers across North America. Information on Maserati can be found at www.maserati.us or 1-800-My-Maserati.

 

*Built after November 2013

 

About International Polo Club Palm Beach

The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts descend upon Wellington, Fla., each winter season to enjoy their love of the sport in the most prominent and well-equipped polo facility. The 2014 Palm Beach Polo Season will open on Sunday, January 5, and will conclude 16 weeks later with the Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 20. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, lawn seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. Tickets start at $10. For ticketing and sponsorship information, or to book a special event year-round, please call 561.204.5687 or visit InternationalPoloClub.com.

 

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Coca-Cola Defeats Audi In Overtime To Win Ylvisaker Cup

February 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL-February 25, 2013-–Making its second consecutive championship final appearance, Audi lost a heartbreaking 9-8 overtime decision to Coca-Cola in the Ylvisaker Cup final Sunday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

 

The victory avenged Coca-Cola’s loss to Audi in last year’s semifinals knocking them out of the tournament.

 

The fast-paced, emotionally-charged game was physical and defensive from the opening chukker.

 

Audi's Nico Pieres out of the saddle to retrieve the ball outracing defenders. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

Audi’s Nico Pieres out of the saddle to retrieve the ball outracing defenders. Photo credit Alex Pacheco.

 

Grand Champions Polo Club-based Audi grabbed an early 2-1 lead in the opening chukker when Mariano Gracida followed up his own long hit towards goal with a short shot to score with 2:39 left.

 

Audi didn’t regain the lead until the fifth chukker at the 2:16 mark on Nico Pieres’ penalty one goal for a 7-6 lead.

 

The teams battled back and forth the remainder of the game. Coca-Cola team captain Gillian Johnston tied the game at 7-7 with 58 seconds and seconds later Pieres defended well against a Julio Arellano goal attempt.

 

At the end of the fifth chukker, Sugar Erskine scored one of his two goals to put Coca-Cola ahead, 8-7.

 

Audi, known for its second half heroics, came roaring back when Erskine fouled Nic Roldan. Roldan converted the 40-yard penalty shot with 5:42 left in regulation to tie the game at 8-8.

 

Audi and Coca-Cola had several scoring opportunities throughout the game including the sixth chukker but neither could take advantage because of outstanding defensive plays.

 

No goals were scored from the field in the final regulation chukker.

 

Pieres stole the ball from Johnston and made a run downfield getting the ball to Ganzi, who just missed a cut shot with 1:14 left in the game. Audi had another late scoring run but came up short sending the game into overtime. A controversial penalty called in the goal mouth after Audi tried to stop Coca-Cola on defense sent Arellano to the penalty line where he converted a 15-yard shot for the winning overtime goal.

 

“We knew it was going to be that kind of game,” said Erskine, who edged out Tommy Collingwood for Most Valuable Player honors and won Best Playing Pony with Leyla.

 

Audi's Nico Pieres goes after the ball before a run downfield. Photo credit Alex Pacheco

Audi’s Nico Pieres goes after the ball before a run downfield. Photo credit Alex Pacheco

 

Both teams were changing out polo ponies frequently because of fatigue from the fast-paced game and hot weather.

 

“It was an intense game, it could have gone either way,” said Coca-Cola’s Julio Arellano, the highest rated American player at 9 goals. “Audi played very well. It was two tough teams. There were no easy goals today. Both teams missed goals.”

 

Said Coca-Cola coach Boone Stribling: “They are a great team. Audi played very well, not to take anything away from them. Nic Roldan is a fantastic player. It came down to the horses at the end.”

 

It was Audi’s second consecutive appearance in the finals. Audi lost to Crab Orchard in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup.

 

Roldan, who was averaging nearly eight goals per game, was held to four goals and finished the tournament with 42 goals, the most scored by any player in the 14-team tournament.

 

Nico Pieres added three goals and Mariano Gracida scored one.

 

Audi team captain Marc Ganzi turned in a gutsy performance competing with both a well-taped fractured thumb, suffered in last week’s CV Whitney tournament opener, and knee injury.

 

Audi team captain Marc Ganzi gets set to hit the ball despite a fractured thumb on his mallet hand. Photo credit Alex Pacheco

Audi team captain Marc Ganzi gets set to hit the ball despite a fractured thumb on his mallet hand. Photo credit Alex Pacheco

 

In the George Haas Cup subsidiary final, Port Mayaca defeated Faraway, 9-8 in overtime. Carlucho Arellano was named MVP after scoring five goals including the game-winner. Marianito Obregon’s Portena, a 12-year-old Chestnut mare, was Best Playing Pony.

 

CV WHITNEY CUP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 27: Semifinals, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3: Les Armour Cup CV Whitney Subsidiary, 10 a.m.; CV Whitney Cup Final, 3 p.m. LES ARMOUR CUP SUBSIDIARY SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 27: Semifinal, Piaget vs. ERG vs. Valiente, TBA.

Thursday, February 28: Semifinal, Audi vs. Orchard Hill, 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 2: Les Armour Cup Final, 3 p.m.

 

AUDI/PIAGET TOURNAMENT LINEUP

Feb. 19-March 3, CV Whitney Cup/Les Armour Subsidiary Cup March 5-March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup March 26-April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

 

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

 

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington. There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament.

Audi Routs Faraway, 11-3, For Key Ylvisaker Cup Victory

February 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Audi player-padron Marc Ganzi bumps Faraway padron Hutton Goodman out of the play Audi won 11-3.  Photo credit Alec Pacheco.

Audi player-padron Marc Ganzi bumps Faraway padron Hutton Goodman out of the play Audi won 11-3. Photo credit Alec Pacheco.

 

WELLINGTON, FL – February 8, 2013 – Audi played its finest game of the high goal season Thursday to remain in contention for the Ylvisaker Cup at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

 
Behind a total team effort and ball-hawking defense, Audi scored a convincing 11-3 victory to eliminate Faraway in the tournament and continue its quest for its first title of 2013.

 
With the win, Grand Champions Polo Club-based Audi (1-1) remains in contention in the 14-team tournament. Faraway drops to 0-2.

 
All four Audi players scored a goal from the field.

 
Audi 8-goaler Nic Roldan led his team’s lightning-quick offense with seven goals including five penalty shots. Roldan has 14 goals including 10 penalty shots in two games.

 
It was the kind of game where just about everything went right for Audi, including Roldan’s third chukker goal that hit the goal post with a loud thud and bounced in with 4:23 left.

 
“I actually got lucky with that shot, it went in and that’s all that matters,” Roldan said. “We’re all really happy. We played really solid as a team. It’s good to get our confidence going again.

 
“We just tried to play our game and stuck to our system,” said Roldan, who shook off getting hit by a ball in the opening chukker. “We knew we had to come out quick, we needed to win, play strong and score as many goals as possible. This was a big win.”

 
Audi player-padron Marc Ganzi, despite a knee injury, played well on both ends of the field and scored two goals.

 
“The most important thing today was eliminating mental errors,” Ganzi said. “We looked at the last game and saw a lot of fouls we could have done without.

 
“What we’ve discovered is if we don’t foul and keep the play moving, eventually we are the kind of team that can make the defensive stop and then turn the ball and go the other way. I think sometimes we were getting too desperate making the fouls and it didn’t help the team, it stopped the momentum.

 
“I liked our defensive mentality today and liked the fact the four of us worked together and we were all shooting.”

 
After being called for a technical at 5:57 of the third chukker, Ganzi took a nice pass from Roldan and broke away on a 150-yard run downfield to score his first goal on a perfectly-placed cut shot for Audi’s first goal from the field with 5:24 remaining.

 
In the fifth chukker, Ganzi gave Audi a 9-2 lead when he picked up Gracida’s rebound shot in front of the goal and tapped it in with 12 seconds remaining.

 
“We opened up the vertical passing game,” Ganzi said. “All four of us were hitting passes to each other and that changed the game. Winning begets winning. I think that’s always important to get a win.

 
“Today also started an elimination tournament basically,” Ganzi said. “We know we can’t lose from here on in. Our momentum is there and this is something to build on.”

 
Eight-goaler Nico Pieres was aggressive throughout the game and took Faraway out of several scoring opportunities, frustrating 9-goaler Santiago Chavanne and 6-goaler Pelon Escapite. Pieres also scored a goal in the final chukker. Escapite scored Faraway’s three goals.

 

Audi's Nico Pieres (No. 4) fights for the ball against Faraway's Pelon Escapite (No. 2) and Santiago Chavanne (No. 3). Photo credit Alec Pacheco

Audi’s Nico Pieres (No. 4) fights for the ball against Faraway’s Pelon Escapite (No. 2) and Santiago Chavanne (No. 3). Photo credit Alec Pacheco

“We were playing much better today,” Pieres said. “We scored some early goals in the first half and that was the key of the game. Everyone played very well offensively and defensively. Marianito played an amazing game.

 
“This is probably the best game we have played as a team,” Pieres said.

 
Nineteen-year-old Mariano Gracida, youngest son of Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Carlos Gracida, found the chemistry with his new teammates that was lacking in his debut game with his new team last Friday.

 
Gracida, recovered fully from back surgery, replaced his older brother Carlitos, who suffered a broken foot in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup finale, in the Audi lineup.

 
Gracida played well defensively and came up with some clutch plays hustling early in the game to enable Audi to jump on Faraway for a 4-1 halftime lead. He also scored a goal in the sixth chukker.

 

“It feels good,” Gracida said. “I had the surgery and didn’t play for a year. I feel better now, before I couldn’t even walk. In the beginning it was tough to get back into the rhythm of high goal. I like playing with this team. They are all great players and good teammates. They helped me a lot.

 
“We just clicked more today and had more timing on the field,” Gracida said. “We were more-prepared this time. This is a big win for me and a big relief. This is a good opportunity for me. I didn’t think I was going to get a job after that back surgery.”

 
In other Thursday games, ERG (2-0) remained undefeated with a 15-12 victory over Valiente (0-2). Hector Galindo scored a game-high seven goals for ERG. Villa del Lago defeated previously unbeaten Orchard Hill, 14-12. Both teams are 1-1. Orchard Hill’s Jeff Hall scored a game-high nine goals, seven on penalty conversions. Guille Aguero and Magoo Laprida each scored five goals for Villa del Lago.
On Friday, Victor Vargas’ Lechuza Caracas plays Lucchese at 3 p.m. at Lucchese’s private field. Audi plays Lechuza Caracas on Sunday at noon.
“Victor Vargas and I are rivals and we are friends, we get along really well, it’s fun,” Ganzi said. “I like playing against Lechuza. They are a class organization, they play open polo and they are clean guys. The key will be mental errors. If we don’t make errors and we play a clean sheet, it’s a game we have the capability of winning.”

 
Grand Champions Polo Club-based Piaget, the tournament’s defending champion, will play Saturday against Joe Barry Memorial Cup champion Crab Orchard at 10 a.m.

 
The prestigious tournament is named after visionary business leader and lifelong polo enthusiast Bill Ylvisaker.
Ylvisaker, a former captain of the Yale polo team, founded the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. He founded the Polo Training Foundation to teach and develop young polo players. He was a 7-goal rated player and won three U.S. Opens, two Coronation Cups against England and Australia, Gold Cup and four national 20-goal championships. He was chairman of the U.S. Polo Association (1970-75) and inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame in 1994. Ylvisaker died February 6, 2010 at age 85.

Audi player-padron Marc Ganzi fights for control of the ball. Photo credit Alex Pacheco

Audi player-padron Marc Ganzi fights for control of the ball. Photo credit Alex Pacheco

YLVISAKER CUP AUDI/PIAGET SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 9: Crab Orchard vs. Piaget, 10 a.m.

Sunday, February 10: Lechuza Caracas vs. Audi, noon

Thursday, February 14: Subsidiary Quarterfinals

Friday, February 15: Four quarterfinals games, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, February 16: Outback 40-Goal Challenge (with three players from Audi/Piaget: Miguel Astrada, Sapo Caset and Gonzalito Pieres, 3 p.m

Sunday, February 17: CV Whitney 26-goal games, TBA
Wednesday, February 20: Ylvisaker Semifinals, 1 and 3 p.m.
Thursday, February 21: Haas Cup Semifinals subsidiary, 1 and 3 p.m.
Sunday, February 24: Haas Cup final, noon; Ylvisaker Cup Final, 3 p.m.

 

 

AUDI/PIAGET TOURNAMENT LINEUP

Jan. 31-Feb. 24, Ylvisaker Cup
Feb. 20-March 3, Iglehart Cup
Feb. 20-March 3, CV Whitney Cup
March 5-March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup
March 26-April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

 
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB
WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.
INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League Tournament.

Adolfo Cambiaso, Valiente Top Piaget In Joe Barry Memorial Cup At IPC

January 20, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

WELLINGTON, FL – January 18, 2013 – After a halftime adjustment, Piaget looked like a different team for two chukkers of the Joe Barry Memorial Cup Tournament.

Despite holding Valiente scoreless in the fourth chukker and coming within one goal in the fifth chukker (10-9), Piaget was unable to shut down 10-goaler Adolfo Cambiaso and Alfredo Cappella Barabucci.

As a result, Piaget dropped a 16-10 decision to undefeated Valiente Thursday at International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Cambiaso, arguably the best player in the world, and Barabucci combined for 14 goals, each scoring seven.

Dominated by five of Cambiaso’s seven goals, Piaget trailed 10-6 at the half and regrouped at the break.

“We wanted to go after Cappella more and changed up what we were doing on our knock-ins,” said Piaget coach Joey Casey. “The team executed everything we talked about at halftime in the fourth chukker. We scored two and they didn’t score any. They came back in the fifth chukker and we had some issues.

Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi on a fast break to score a goal in the second chukker. Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi on a fast break to score a goal in the second chukker. Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

“The sixth chukker was all Cambiaso,” Casey said. “What are you going to do? The guy is amazing. The best thing to do is I would invite him over for dinner and give him some bad food the night before the game, maybe bad fish.”

Ten-goaler Miguel Astrada led Piaget with eight goals, seven of them on penalty shots. The Argentine has been amazing at the penalty line in Piaget’s first two games of the season. In Piaget’s season-opening 14-10 loss to Zacara , Astrada scored five of his six goals on penalty shots.

Piaget’s 18-year-old 4-goaler Joaquin Panelo, still adjusting to competing at the 20-goal level in the U.S. after growing up in the sport in Argentina, was undaunted by Cambiaso and Barabucci, fearlessly defending both throughout the game.

“Joaquin played very well today, he improved a lot since our first game,” Casey said. “He did a great job. Juan Bollini and Melissa did, too. Everyone played good today.”

Piaget, one of the top teams in the 20- and 26-goal tournaments this season, and 2012 Ylvisaker Cup champion, is winless (0-2) in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup.

 

Player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi, who scored a goal in the second chukker and played well defensively, remained optimistic about the team’s play. It was only the second time the new 19-goal team has competed together in tournament play.

“We did turn it around in the second half,” Ganzi said. “We just lost our momentum. When you are playing against a team that’s so strong you have to do everything perfectly and it’s really hard to do that all the time. We came out and had a plan in the fourth and fifth but it’s hard to keep up that intensity for so long.

“We have some young talent on our team and we are trying to develop Joaquin as a player,” Ganzi said.

Added 5-goaler Juan Bollini, “Joaquin is developing, he is getting there. The team just had some bad momentum. At one point we almost caught them by one goal and then we just lost. I have to look at the tape and see what happened.

Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi during halftime while team regroups after trailing at the half.Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

Piaget player-sponsor Melissa Ganzi during halftime while team regroups after trailing at the half.Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

“We made a few stupid fouls and against Cambiaso you cannot make a mistake,” Bollini said. “Any mistake you make is one goal against you. You are watching Cambiaso who is Michael Jordan in polo and then Barabucci comes up with a goal. We did expect that from Barabucci. He is seven goals in Argentina and only six here, only God knows why.”

Grand Champions Polo Club’s other elite polo team, Audi, will next face La Herradura on Saturday at 3 p.m. La Herradura leads their bracket at 2-0 and Audi is 1-1 in the same bracket, making for one of the best games of the tournament. Audi’s young sensation Carlitos Gracida will play against his father Memo and uncle Carlos, both former 10-goalers.

On Sunday, Piaget will return to the field against Lucchese at 10 a.m. Call the IPC’s polo hotline for field assignments at             561-282-5290      .

IPC, polo’s winter capital of the world, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with four 20-goal tournaments and three 26-goal tournaments including the 109th annual Maserati U.S. Open. Audi and Piaget will compete in every tournament.

Among other season highlights are the Feb. 15 Polo Hall of Fame Inductions at the National Museum of Polo in Lake Worth and Outback 40-Goal Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. to benefit the Polo Players Support Group, Inc.

Piaget 10-goaler Miguel Astrada sets up to hit the ball with teammate Juan Bollini defending.Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

Piaget 10-goaler Miguel Astrada sets up to hit the ball with teammate Juan Bollini defending.
Photo Credit: Alex Pacheco

2013 SCHEDULES

Audi/Piaget Games

January 19, Saturday: Audi vs. La Herradura, 3 p.m.; January 20, Sunday: Piaget vs. Lucchese, 10 a.m.; January 23, Wednesday, 1 and 3 p.m., Joe Barry Cup Semifinals; January 24, Thursday, 1 and 3 p.m., Bobby Barry Cup Subsidiary Semifinals; January 27, Sunday: Bobby Barry Cup Final, noon; Joe Barry Cup Final, 3 p.m.

 

TOURNAMENT LINEUP

Jan. 8-27, Joe Barry Memorial Cup

Jan. 29-Feb. 24, Ylvisaker Cup

Feb. 20-March 3, Iglehart Cup

Feb. 20-March 3, CV Whitney Cup

March 5-March 24, USPA Piaget Gold Cup

March 26-April 21, 109th Maserati U.S. Open Polo Championship

 

INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB PALM BEACH

3667 129th Avenue South, Wellington

Phone: 561-204-5687

Polo Hotline:  561-282-5290 (For field assignments and scores)

Ticket Office:  561-282-5334

 

TICKET PRICES

January-April

$10 General Admission Bleacher Seating

$20 North and South Stadium Lawn Seating

$30 Center Stadium Lawn Seating

$120 Boxed seats