After another record-breaking Scottsdale Polo Party in 2019, the Stella Artois Polo Classic: Presented by Ketel One will be taking place on November 7, 2020. This year’s event will feature Morehouse College, the first polo team among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Celebrity Cruises Match supporting Arizona Equine Rescue and Southwest Wildlife. This year will also see teams from Arizona, Columbia and a National Women’s team. Saturday will have three matches.
Arizona Polo Club
Join them at the Scottsdale Horsemen Park at WestWorld polo field during their 2019-2020 season, and watch or participate in some exciting polo matches. For a schedule of upcoming matches, visit www.arizonapolo.com/polo-cares-inc/
Long-time friends of The Scottsdale Polo Party, Diego Flores and Andres Camacho Castilla will be representing Columbia at the 2020 event. You can watch them play throughout their regular season at the Scottsdale Horsemen Park at WestWorld polo field.
Celebrity Cruises Polo Team (Southwest Wildlife)
Tareq Salahi, Captain of the IPT United States Polo Team will be leading the Celebrity Cruises Polo Team in support of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center team. Southwest Wildlife rescues and rehabilitates injured and sick wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. They have over 300 animals in their facility including bears, mountain lions and wolves. Joining Tareq is Marcos Bignoli, who started playing at 10 years old and is part of the Polito Pieres (10 goaler) organization and John Grobin, considered one of the top U.S. polo players in the world. The Celebrity Cruises Polo Team competes internationally representing cruise lines and various travel partners. More information about Southwest Wildlife can be found at southwestwildlife.org
EPR Polo Team (Arizona Equine Rescue)
Leading the Arizona Equine Rescue Organization Team is Jared Sheldon who has been playing professional polo for the past 12 years and won the US Open 2 times, as well as numerous other gladiator polo tournaments. This all volunteer organization is dedicated to helping law enforcement with neglect and cruelty cases involving equine, rehabilitation and rehoming of horses with extreme medical conditions, assisting police and fire with livestock emergency response services, and helping at-risk youth build leadership skills through their character education program. Joining Jared is Luciano Vazquez of Argentina who has played polo all over the world. Completing the team is Alex Bryant from Midland, Texas who has been competing for 2 years. More information about Arizona Equine Rescue Organization can be found at azequinerescue.org
Morehouse College Polo Team
Morehouse College has always been a groundbreaker, and that legacy of shaking up the establishment continues as the school now has the first polo team among Historically Black Colleges and Universities. As the largest men’s liberal arts college in the U.S., Morehouse is one of two historically black colleges in the country to produce Rhodes Scholars, and is the alma mater of many African-American civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.
National Women’s Team
Polo is a unique sport where men and women can compete together as opponents and teammates. A National Women’s Team will be playing in a Battle of the Sexes Match against The Men of Morehouse College. The National Women’s Team includes: Natalie Grancharov and Sheryl Slick