Casablanca Holds Off La Karina To Win Rocky Mountain Open; Stewart Armstrong Named MVP

 Casablanca Holds Off La Karina To Win Rocky Mountain Open; Stewart Armstrong Named MVP

Casablanca won its third tournament of the summer polo season Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The foursome of Grant Ganzi, Tony Calle, Juancito Bollini and Stewart Armstrong won the Rocky Mountain Open with a 12-9 victory over La Karina (Melissa Ganzi, Brian Boyd, Juan Bollini, Alejandro Novillo Astrada).

Casablanca has now won more tournaments than any other team this summer. Going into the five-team, two-day tournament Casablanca and La Karina each had won two tournaments. Casablanca also won the Basalt Handicap and Craig Sakin Memorial.

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Aspen Valley Polo Club Fundraiser Raises $366,000 For Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

Aspen Valley Polo Club Fundraiser Raises $366,000 For Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

he Champagne, Caviar & Chukkers fundraiser at Aspen Valley Polo Club raised $366,000 for the Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation.

The fundraising event held during the August 13 Mount Sopris Cup was a winning combination with the sport of polo for the hospital in the midst of raising much-needed funding for its third phase of a four-phase master facilities project.

The soldout crowd of more than 600 enjoyed a lavish four-course menu prepared by Caribou Club Catering of Aspen. With white-glove service and impeccable attention to detail in the VIP tent, tables fetched from $10,000 to $50,000.

While watching the subsidiary and final, which Travieso won, guests enjoyed gazpacho, shrimp and asparagus cocktail, sea bass, decadent desserts, roving caviar cart and bottomless champagne.

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Rocky Mountain Open, Eclipse Challenge Highlight This Week’s Action At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Rocky Mountain Open, Eclipse Challenge Highlight This Week’s Action At Aspen Valley Polo Club

The summer polo season is winding down with three tournaments remaining, including this week’s featured Rocky Mountain Open at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

Five teams will compete in the two-day tournament.

Action gets under way Friday with a three-team round robin with Travieso, La Karina and Los Amigos at 11 a.m. MST at Sopris Field and single game at 4 p.m. between Tonkawa and Casablanca at High Mesa.

The subsidiary (11 a.m.) and final (1 p.m.) areSunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

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Travieso Captures Mount Sopris Cup; Nacho Novillo Astrada Named MVP

Travieso Captures Mount Sopris Cup; Nacho Novillo Astrada Named MVP

Travieso returned to its winning ways in the championship final of the Mount Sopris Cup Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

In front of a record crowd and worldwide ChukkerTV audience, the foursome of Teo Calle, Tony Calle, Nacho Novillo Astrada and Marc Ganzi defeated Mexico (Billy Steta, Grant Ganzi, Carlitos Gracida, Juancito Bollini), 10-6, to win the five-team, three-day tournament and bounce back from last weekend’s 14-9 loss to Aspen Valley Polo Club in the High Alpine Cup final.

Travieso dominated the game from the opening chukker taking Mexico out of its game plan and dominating the throw-ins, 13-6.

“The ball just came out our way today,” Marc Ganzi said. “Those kids have played so great all summer. It’s been tough to stop Juan and Grant.

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 Mount Sopris Cup; Champagne, Caviar & Chukkers Fundraiser Highlight Week At Aspen Valley Polo Club

 Mount Sopris Cup; Champagne, Caviar & Chukkers Fundraiser Highlight Week At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Aspen Valley Polo Club will enjoy one of its busiest weeks of the summer polo season this week.

In addition to hosting the five-team Mount Sopris Cup and two-team Aloha Cup, the highlight of the week will be the Chukkers, Champagne & Caviar Aspen Valley Hospital Fundraiser on Sunday.

The renowned hospital is the first Colorado hospital to be selected as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network after passing a rigorous review process based on quality, service and operational criteria. The Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation, now entering its fifth year, is a non-profit solely focused on encouraging philanthropic support for the current and future needs of Aspen Valley Hospital.

During the fundraiser, there will be live and silent auctions, pony rides, kids activities, various vendor tents and live aerial silks performance by Allie Azzaro.

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Aspen Valley Polo Club Returns To Defend Its Title In Polo America Beach Polo Cup; Tickets On Sale

Aspen Valley Polo Club Returns To Defend Its Title In Polo America Beach Polo Cup; Tickets On Sale

Aspen Valley Polo Club, event and team sponsor, will return to the Sept. 1-3 Polo America Beach Polo Cup at the iconic Hotel del Coronado.

Fans will get the opportunity to watch some of the best players in the world compete in a beautiful setting on the hotel’s white sandy beach.

Aspen Valley Polo Club will be represented by Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini and Pablo Dorignac. Three other teams entered in the second annual event are San Diego Porsche, Hotel Del Coronado and U.S. Polo Assn.

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Aspen Valley Polo Club Stuns Travieso To Win High Alpine Cup; Bollini, Foster Tie Club Scoring Record  

Aspen Valley Polo Club Stuns Travieso To Win High Alpine Cup; Bollini, Foster Tie Club Scoring Record  

Aspen Valley Polo Club ran away with the High Alpine Cup title Sunday with a stunning 14-9 victory over defending champion Travieso at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The foursome of Alejandro Poma, Grant Ganzi, Lucas Lalor and Juancito Bollini led Travieso (Teo Calle, Marc Ganzi, Tony Calle, Mike Azzaro) by as many as nine goals (14-5) in the fourth chukker.

It was Aspen Valley Polo Club’s first tournament victory of the summer polo season and fourth tournament win for Bollini, 21, and Ganzi, 19, as teammates.

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Flexjet Captures United States Arena Handicap Title At Aspen Valley Polo Club; Juan Bollini Named MVP

Flexjet Captures United States Arena Handicap Title At Aspen Valley Polo Club; Juan Bollini Named MVP

In an action-packed thriller, Flexjet defeated Audi, 12-9, Saturday to win the United States Arena Handicap at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

In the battle of the unbeatens, Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, 1, Juan Bollini, 7, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8) broke a 6-6 halftime tie on Astrada’s goal with 3:52 left in the third chukker and never trailed Audi (Marc Ganzi, 3, Nacho Novillo Astrada, 8, Stewart Armstrong, 4) after that.

Argentine seven-goaler Juan Bollini was named Most Valuable Player after dominating the game and scoring two 2-pointers. Bollini has been playing for 32 years since he moved to the United States in 1985.

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Audi, Flexjet Will Play For United States Arena Handicap Title Saturday At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Audi, Flexjet Will Play For United States Arena Handicap Title Saturday At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Argentine brothers Alejandro and Nacho Novillo Astrada will be pitted against each other when Flexjetand Audi play Saturday in the final of the United States Arena Handicap at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

In Thursday's semifinals, Audi (Daren Tamplin, 2, Nacho Novillo Astrada, 8, Stewart Armstrong, 4) advanced with a thrilling 13-12 victory over Aspen Valley Polo Club (Pablo Dorignac, 7, Grant Ganzi, 2, Juancito Bollini, 3). It was Audi’s second one-goal victory of the tournament.

In the opening game, Flexjet (Melissa Ganzi, 1, Juan Bollini, 7, Alejandro Novillo Astrada, 8) showed its dominance once again with a 17-12 win over La Karina Green (Harrison Azzaro, 1, Lucas Lalor, 6, Ramiro Cordero, 5).

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Travieso Makes Summer Debut In High Alpine Cup Friday At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Travieso Makes Summer Debut In High Alpine Cup Friday At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Six teams, including Travieso making its summer season debut, will compete in the High Alpine Cup this weekend at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

Travieso, the winningest team during the 2016 summer season, is led by father and son Teo and Tony Calle and will be joined by former 10-goaler Mike Azzaro and top amateur Marc Ganzi.

Last season Travieso won the High Alpine Cup, Craig Sakin Memorial and ChukkerTV Challenge Cup.

Ecuador-based Travieso, also one of the winningest teams at Grand Champions Polo Club, started three years ago in medium goal and quickly worked its way to 20-goal. Travieso won both the prestigious 20-goal Sterling Cup and Molina Cup tournaments at Grand Champions as a tuneup for its 26-goal U.S. Open debut in April.

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 Flexjet, Audi Win Opening Games Of United States Arena Handicap Tournament At Aspen Valley Polo Club

 Flexjet, Audi Win Opening Games Of United States Arena Handicap Tournament At Aspen Valley Polo Club

In two fast-paced thrillers, Flexjet and Audi won opening games in the United States Arena Handicap Polo Championship Tuesday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

Led by Melissa Ganzi’s eight game-high goals, Flexjet defeated Sopris Mountain Ranch, 14-8, to advance into Thursday’s semifinals against La Karina Green.

In the second game, Stewart Armstrong scored the winning goal with less than two minutes left and Nacho Novillo Astrada scored nine goals, including two 2-pointers, to lead Audi to a wild 15-14 win over La Karina White. Audi will play Aspen Valley Polo Club in Thursday’sother semifinal.

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La Karina Wins Emma Challenge With Thrilling Win Over Tonkawa; Mike Azzaro Named MVP

La Karina Wins Emma Challenge With Thrilling Win Over Tonkawa; Mike Azzaro Named MVP

La Karina knocked off defending champion Tonkawa to win the Emma Challenge Sunday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The foursome of Brian Boyd, Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini and Mike Azzaro defeated Tonkawa (Jeff Hildebrand, Marc Ganzi, Sapo Caset, Alex Gooding) in a thrilling 12-8 game that they led from start to finish.

It was the biggest tournament win for La Karina in its’ ten-year history as a team. It was also the third tournament victory for Ganzi, 19, and Bollini, 21, as teammates.

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United States Arena Handicap Tournament Begins Tuesday At Aspen Valley Polo Club

United States Arena Handicap Tournament Begins Tuesday At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Six teams featuring some of the sport’s top players will compete in the United States Arena Handicap Polo Championship this week at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

It will be the first time in several years that the tournament, which begins on Tuesday, will be played as a stand-alone event.

Also for the first time, USPA Polo Network and Wellington-based Chukker TV will both live stream the three-day tournament.

The annual event dates back to 1980 and is a national USPA tournament played at medium goal level. In the past, the tournament has been played as a subsidiary to the U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship at Country Farms Polo Club in Medford, N.Y.

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St. Regis White Wins St. Regis Family Traditions Cup; Juancito Bollini Named MVP

St. Regis White Wins St. Regis Family Traditions Cup; Juancito Bollini Named MVP

St. Regis White captured the second annual St. Regis Family Traditions Cup Saturday at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The foursome of Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Juan Bollini led St. Regis Black (TJ Barrack, Hilario Figueras, Nacho Figueras, Tom Barrack) from start-to-finish to win the second annual game, 7-4.

The four-chukker game featured fathers and sons who share a love for the sport and horses.

Juancito Bollini, 21, a senior at Florida Atlantic University, was named Most Valuable Player after scoring a game-high four goals, playing well defensively and dominating the throw-ins.

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St. Regis Family Traditions Cup, Emma Challenge Highlight This Week At Aspen Valley Polo Club

St. Regis Family Traditions Cup, Emma Challenge Highlight This Week At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Polo has a rich tradition where the skill of the game is passed down from father to son and shared to create a lifetime of memories on polo fields around the world.

Another memory will be created on Saturday at Aspen Valley Polo Club with the second annual St. Regis Family Traditions Cup.

Bonded by their passion for horses and polo, four sets of fathers and sons will compete for the coveted trophy at 11 a.m. MST in front of an expected large local crowd and worldwide ChukkerTV audience.

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Sopris Mountain Ranch Captures USPA NYTS Qualifier; Game Showcases Future Talent

Sopris Mountain Ranch Captures USPA NYTS Qualifier; Game Showcases Future Talent

CARBONDALE, Colo., July 15, 2017---If Saturday’s USPA National Youth Tournament Series qualifier is any indication, the future of polo will be in good hands.

With a few famous polo-playing fathers including former 10-goaler Mike Azzaro, Nacho Novillo Astrada and Juan Bollini watching and coaching at times, eight talented players competed for the opportunity to play in the season-ending national championship.

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Basalt Handicap, NYTS, Kidz Polo Head Busy Week At Aspen Valley Polo Club

Basalt Handicap, NYTS, Kidz Polo Head Busy Week At Aspen Valley Polo Club

The Basalt Handicap, featuring five teams, and USPA National Youth Tournament Series qualifier highlights another busy week at Aspen Valley Polo Club.

The two-day medium goal tournament beginsFriday with a doubleheader. A round-robin at 11 a.m. MST at Sopris Field opens the action followed by a six-chukker game at High Mesa Field.

On Sunday, the subsidiary is 11 a.m. followed by the final at 1 p.m. at Aspen Valley Polo Club which will also host a daylong WindWalkers Fundraiser.

The fundraiser will benefit WindWalkers Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy Center. Founded in 2005, the non-profit’s mission is to provide a variety of equine-assisted therapies to aid in the development and growth of those with challenges including physical, neurological, emotional, behavioral or psychological.

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Tiburon Wins Thriller To Capture ChukkerTV Challenge Cup; Lucas Lalor Named MVP

Tiburon Wins Thriller To Capture ChukkerTV Challenge Cup; Lucas Lalor Named MVP

Tiburon, making its Aspen Valley Polo Club debut this summer, rallied in the sixth inning for an exciting 10-9 victory over Casablanca on Sunday to capture the ChukkerTV Challenge Cup.

Early first-half leaders Tiburon (Lauren Sherry, Collen Clark, Pablo Dorignac, Lucas Lalor) trailed Casablanca (Marc Ganzi, Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Mariano Gracida) by as many as four goals in the fourth chukker.

The Dallas-based team outscored Casablanca, 3-0, in the final chukker with goals from Clark, Lalor and game-winner from Dorignac in the final seconds of the game.

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Polo To Be Showcased At Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games

Polo To Be Showcased At Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games

The future just got a little brighter for polo and its next generation of players.

Polo has been confirmed as a showcase sport for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games, scheduled Oct. 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The fourth International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission, after a recent visit to the Argentine capital, approved both polo and squash to be added to the sports program.

The “Sports Lab” concept was launched at the 2014 Nanjing Games where roller sports, skateboarding, sport climbing and wushu were featured. Since then, skateboarding and sport climbing have been added to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

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