Friday, August 25- 11am
Friday, August 25- 5pm
Sunday, August 27- 11am- Subsidiary Cup
Sunday, August 27- 1pm- Final
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Aspen Valley Polo Club
3275 County Road 100
Carbondale, Colo. 81623
Polo Hotline 970-710-1663