(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Andrés Camacho eats, breathes, and lives polo, “the sport of kings.” There is no doubt that Camacho is beyond excited for the 5th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower on Saturday, October 24th at the WestWorld of Scottsdale. His team, the Arizona Polo Club, will take on the San Diego Polo Club at 1:00 p.m. in the second of three high-octane polo matches.
32-year-old Camacho is also a fifth generation polo player and the sport has been part of his family for more than 100 years. As a young child in Colombia, he and his brother would accompany his father to polo matches at the Polo Club of Bogota on weekends. He continued playing the sport after moving to Arizona in 2010 to pursue his MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Camacho even met his wife, Natalie, on the polo field.
Camacho is one of the best polo players in Arizona’s history and is currently the highest rated player in Arizona, and plays for the Arizona Polo Club. Players have handicaps from -2 goals to 10 goals, with 10 being the highest. At any given time, there are perhaps only 10 to 15 players in the world with a perfect handicap of 10-goal.
“Even though I have a great deal of personal accomplishments in polo, you play polo as a team and win as a team,” said Camacho. “Individually, both you and your horse both need to be in good shape physically and mentally.”
The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships expects to draw over 15,000 attendees to take part in “America’s Most Interesting Polo Event.” Along with all the unique happenings that make this event truly spectacular, the on-field polo competition is the fiercest in the nation and Camacho will showcase his talents with his Arizona Polo Club teammates against the San Diego Polo Club.
“Polo is so unique in that you are on a horse, racing over 30 MPH, at times with your team trying to score,” said Camacho. “It’s like any other game where you are thinking strategy, offense, and defense, but all decisions with polo are made in a split second, leading to high adrenaline and excitement.”
When discussing the success and growth of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, Camacho said, “The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships have positioned themselves as a huge spectator event for polo and is one of the largest in the world. The vast array of teams that are brought in are so unique too because they consist of international teams and the highest-rated American players. The mix of skills and diversity that will be showcased in Scottsdale on October 24th is second-to-none. The Polo Party is unique because it offers those who are interested in learning more about the sport, to stop by the Arizona Polo Club booth to enroll in future clinics.”
To set up an interview with Andrés Camacho, or for other media inquiries, please contact Jennifer Parks at 480.495.3806 or by email at JParks@RoseMoserAllynPR.com.
About the Polo Party
With the breathtaking backdrop of McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona the event started in 2011. In 2014, more than 11,969 people turned out for what has transformed into the country’s most attended polo event and the world’s most interesting.
Tickets, tables and tents ranging from $17.50 to $4,000 are now on sale. For all information, sponsorship or tickets please visit www.thepoloparty.com.
Photo of Andres and Natalie Camacho courtesy of Kathi Lutton.
Photo of Andres Camacho courtesy of JTS Photo.