WELLINGTON, FL--May 21, 2016----In an effort to help build a larger fan base for the sport of polo, The Polo School will unveil "The Skill of the Game" Polo Tournament Sunday at Grand Champions Polo Club.
The first-of-its-kind tournament, designed to highlight the various skills and talents required to be a polo player, will make its debut at 4:30 p.m. after the championship final of the Polo Gear Challenge Cup between Audi and Melody.
Polo is a sport that combines a multitude of skills to make a polo player. Horseback riding skills are a huge component, but competence in mallet skills are not to be underestimated.
“Think of it as a "poloathon" or a "field day" of polo,” said tournament creator Melissa Ganzi, President of Grand Champions Polo Club. “This is a play on the idea of a sort of “track and field” decathlon event for polo.
“The idea behind “The Skill of the Game” Polo Tournament will highlight and isolate each aspect, technique and skill required to participate in the game of polo.”
Those participating in the historical tournament are Kris Kampsen, Lucas Lalor, Grant Ganzi, Juancito Bollini, Juan Bollini, Jason Crowder, Piki Diaz Alberdi, Timmy Dutta and Brandon Phillips.
Players register in a level of their choice:
Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional. Each level will have the same required skills.
All horses will be provided. Depending upon the amount of players registered, the same horse will be used for each penalty level. In the Performance portion, horses will be selected by draw. Wooden balls will be used.
Accuracy Skills include: Penalty Shots--Each player will get one try at each and points will be assessed for goals only for a Penalty 2, Penalty 3, Penalty 4 and safety shots.
Long Shots--All players will get one try and points will be assessed for longest shots 1-3 and/or goals, midfield and end-line.
Demonstration of shot skills: Performance of shots--Each player will perform the key polo shots. Judges will tell the player what shots to perform. Points will be assessed by judges on execution and form.
Demonstration of riding skills: Each player will perform the key polo riding moves. Judges will tell the player what patterns to perform. Points will be assessed by judges on execution and form.
Points will be tallied by guest judges. Judges will have discretion in the case of a tie. Each level will have a winner in each division and will have an overall grand champion and reserved grand champion.
“Demonstrating the talent of polo players and polo horses is a key to developing a fan base for the sport,” Ganzi said. “This concept could even represent a pathway to future Summer Olympic Games.”
The fun day will finish with a grooms’ race.
Grand Champions Polo Club is the nation’s busiest and most innovative polo club. The USPA-member club hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 20-goal in addition to special events.
The club features The Polo School, dedicated to teaching polo to all ages, particularly grass roots youth. Its mission is to provide individuals opportunities in polo. The Polo School operates in Wellington January through June and September through November.
During the Grand Champions’ spring season, amateur polo players have the opportunity to play with and against some of the world’s top professional polo players.
ChukkerTV, leaders in polo broadcasting, is live streaming Grand Champions Polo Club games along with other games around the U.S. during the 2016 season with polo broadcasters Toby Wayman and Dale Schwetz calling the action.
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB 2016 SPRING SCHEDULE
Polo Gear Challenge Cup, Sunday, 10 a.m., Subsidiary 1, Flexjet vs. Casablanca followed by Subsidiary 2, Sonny Hill vs. The Dutta Corp; 3 p.m., Final, Audi vs. Melody, and Wellington Chamber of Commerce Kick-Off To Summer; 4:30 p.m. The Polo School presents “The Skill of the Game” Polo Tournament.
May 26-29: The Memorial
GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB
WHERE: 13444 Southfields Road, on the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington, 33414.
DIRECTOR OF POLO: Juan Olivera, 561-644-5050, juan.olivera @gcpolo.com; hotline 561-373-0073.
INFORMATION: For spectators, there are great field side views for tournament action and also the Grand Champions Polo Club Boutique. The club is home base for pro teams Audi and Flexjet. Everyone is welcome to watch every level of polo in a relaxed atmosphere that includes a complimentary Argentine asado by Cilantro’s during the featured games of the winter, spring and fall tournament seasons and other special events. Admission is free except for some special events.