After another record breaking 2018, the 9th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Presented by Talking Stick Resort and taking place on November 2nd, 2019 will include many new elements, old favorites and the second appearance by Ralph Lauren model and world famous polo player Nacho Figueras.
Figueras will be playing again in Scottsdale thanks to the Aspen Valley Polo Club, owned by Marc and Melissa Ganzi. Aspen Valley is the event’s 4-time defending champion with prospects bolstered for a fifth title thanks to a polo player known the world over.
This year will also see teams from England, Air Force, Marines and Wales.
The festivities wouldn’t be complete without the return of the Wales Polo Team, led by Captain Ricky Cooper and one of Europe’s finest players, Pete Webb.
Saturday will again have four matches.
To ensure that you get to see your favorites, be sure to check out the complete event schedule here.
Aspen Valley Polo Club
The Aspen Valley Polo Club will again be returning Scottsdale. The club is owned by Marc and Melissa Ganzi, one of America’s most prominent polo families. Aspen Valley Polo Club hosts the annual Piaget World Snow Polo Championships in December. The high-end event is one of the hottest social events in Aspen, the only American city to host a snow polo tournament. The final, which attracted some of the world’s top players, was televised by NBC Sports Network with Wellington-based Chukker TV’s Melissa Ganzi providing exclusive content on its website including the tournament draw at St. Regis. Visit www.aspenvalleypoloclub.com to learn more about The Polo Party’s defending champs.
Arizona Polo Club
Join them at the Scottsdale Horsemen Park at WestWorld polo field during their 2018-2019 season, and watch or participate in some exciting polo matches. For a schedule of upcoming matches, visit www.arizonapolo.com/polo-cares-inc/
Centtrip Wales Polo Team
Champions of the 2013 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, the Centtrip Wales Polo Team, are back again to regain their title. It has been over 100 years since a team represented Wales under its UK Governing Body and we are all delighted and honored to be representing our country. We would like to thank His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for supporting the team and association by agreeing to be its 1st Patron for a 5 year term. We now operate with full UK Governing Body (HPA, Hurlingham Polo Association) recognition and as such are only the second team in the United Kingdom after England to be recognized. As an Associate Member to the HPA we are governed by the United Kingdom governing body as well as by a committee and Chairman who represents the interests of the team and association to the HPA and other official bodies. To learn more about the Centtrip Wales Polo Team, visit www.walespoloteam.com.
Royal Berkshire Polo Team
The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club is a polo club located near Windsor, Berkshire and home to the Prince of Wales tournament – one of the most coveted high goal trophies in Polo. It is set in a 230-acre estate, one mile from Ascot Racecourse, and comprises six polo fields, an arena, clubhouse and a polo school.
Air Force Polo Club
Marines Polo Club
Team Southwest Wildlife
Marcial Socas, relative of the number one polo player in the world Adolfo Cambiaso, will be leading the 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 Marcial is Tommy Hope, whose family has played polo and run a polo farm in Argentina for generations and Elle Seybold who is rounding out the team from New Mexico Polo Club. More information about Southwest Wildlife can be found at southwestwildlife.org
Team Arizona Equine Rescue
Inaki Echezarreta, long time friend and professional polo player for Tommy Lee Jones, will lead the Arizona Equine Rescue Organization team. This all volunteer organization is dedicated to helping law enforcement with neglect and cruelty cases involving equine, rehabilitation and rehoming of horses with exteme 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 Inaki is Toto Socas, a professional polo player who will battle against his father, Marcial Socas, and Carol Hobson from Scottsdale’s own EPR Polo Club, who is a major sponsor of the match. More information about Arizona Equine Rescue Organization can be found at azequinerescue.org