The Sixth Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower features 4 terrific matches including some of the world’s hottest polo players. To ensure that you get to see your favorites, be sure to check out the complete event schedule here.
Returning to this year’s Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, Polo Azteca is one of the largest polo clubs in the Southwest. Their new arena on Carefree Hwy and 14th Street has been updated substantially over the last 2 years with improved footing to allow for all weather play. They’ve also purchased a water wagon to reduce dust, redesigned the goals and improved the walls! Polo Azteca will also be one of the founding members of the Arizona Polo Association coming in the fall of 2015. For more information on Polo Azteca visit www.poloazteca.com.
There is a long and distinguished list of celebrities as well as the sport’s top professionals that have played polo in and around Palm Springs from the Golden Age of Hollywood up through the present day. The rivalry between Arizona and Palm Springs began in 1939, when an Arizona team traveled to play in the Palm Springs Polo Club’s inaugural season. The Palm Springs Team is very excited to be a part of this year’s amazing event!
Competing in The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships for the first time, the Palm Beach Polo Club, located in the equestrian capital of the world, Wellington, Florida, is the epitome of luxury. Surrounded by three other world-class venues, it is the perfect location to enjoy some of the world’s largest equestrian events, tournaments and competitions, including the renowned Winter Equestrian Festival. The Palm Beach Polo Golf and Country Club, a thirty-year-old establishment, has 8 polo fields, state-of-the-art facilities and boasts a 125-acre Equestrian Club, rated the best in the world. To learn more, go to www.palmbeachpolo.com.
The Scottsdale All-Stars Polo Team (APC) has been playing on the beautiful WestWorld polo field in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1982. Their outdoor and indoor season is played from November through April and you can see their calendar for the scheduled 2013 – 2014 season at www.arizonapolo.com. Join them at the Scottsdale Horsemen Park at WestWorld polo field and watch or participate in some exciting polo matches. APC is a member of the United States Polo Association and is one of 8 clubs of The Border Circuit (Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas). Arizona Polo follows and complies with USPA Equine-Welfare-Guidelines.
La Jolla Polo, founded by owner and chairman Reuben Katz and Shannon “JJ” Johnson, is a team made up of professional and semi-professional players whose passion for the sport and love of horses, combined with their desire to give back, brought them together. The team is based in the luxurious, coastal town of La Jolla and calls the San Diego Polo Club home. During the off-season, however, they also frequent the El Dorado and Lakeside Polo Clubs. This past June, La Jolla Polo Team, in conjunction with the San Diego Polo Club, hosted a charity match benefiting the International Testicular Cancer Foundation during the Woodford Reserve Classic. La Jolla Polo, joined by legendary Argentinian polo player, Nacho Figueras, and his son, Hilario, won the charity match 5-1. This will be the team’s first time playing in The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships. For more information about the La Jolla Polo team and brand, visit www.lajollapolo.com
The Aspen Valley Polo Club will be making its debut in 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
providing exclusive content on its website including the tournament draw at St. Regis. In last year’s event, Piaget won 4-3 over U.S. Polo Assn. and Nic Roldan was named Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year. Host Aspen Valley Polo Club, making its snow polo debut, defeated defending champion St. Regis to win the subsidiary game. Roldan, 32, named as one of the Top 50 Most Eligible Bachelors, started riding at age 2 and turned pro when he was 14. He was the youngest player to compete and win the prestigious U.S. Open at age 15. Roldan, rated at eight goals, has competed in every major tournament around the world and is one of the sport’s greatest ambassadors.