World Renowned Polo Announcer Makes Grand Champions Debut At Saturday Polo

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By Sharon Robb

March 1, 2018---World renowned polo announcer Jan-Erik Franck will make his debut at Grand Champions Polo Club this weekend.

The "Voice of Polo" will announce Saturday Polo's featured Sterling Cup game between defending champion Travieso and U.S. Polo Assn. at 3 p.m. on Field 2.

Immediately following the game, Franck will also announce the draw for the $50,000 National 12-Goal tournament, the nation's only 12-goal polo tournament that offers major prize money

Franck, a favorite among fans and players, will announce several tournaments and events during the remainder of the winter season in March and April at Grand Champions.

"To explain polo as simply as possible is my most important role," Franck once said during an interview. 

For more than twenty years, Franck has introduced polo and its technical rules to huge crowds around the world including the 34th St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup, the most prestigious snow polo event in the world.

"I try to entice the audience by making the commentary as entertaining and at times as amusing and funny as possible," Franck said.

Just one example of Franck's sense of humor: "What's the difference between an Irish wedding and Irish funeral? One less drunk."

"I always try to get the audience involved in the game in order to create a fair and lively atmosphere, which is also appreciated by the players and spurs them on," Franck said.

Franck is also a licensed HPA umpire, polo coach and player. His resume is impressive. He has worked in international sales, marketing and public relations for multi-national brands and governments. He has a successful track record of being involved with several events around the world including the United Kingdom's Queens Cup, Polo Mastrs, Prince of Wales Trophy, Arena Gold Cup, Cartier International and the Gold Cup. He has also worked within equestrian markets in Argentina, United States and Europe.

In 2013, Franck played with Team BMW in the St. Moritz World Snow Polo Cup which finished second to perennial powerhouse Team Cartier.

Franck, born in Dusseldorf, Germany and residing in Windsor, Berkshire, is the cover story in next month's issue of Polo+10.

Franck is no stranger to South Florida. He recently announced the Jan. 4-7 Miami Beach World Polo Cup during beach polo's successful return to Miami Beach under the direction of Tito Gaudenzi and Melissa and Marc Ganzi. The world's largest beach polo tournament was hosted by W South Beach.

Franck joins an elite few that includes David Andrews, who announced during the glory days of polo at Palm Beach Polo and longtime announcer Tony Coppola, who will announce his 39th U.S. Open next month.

Grand Champions Polo Club and Santa Rita Polo Farm is the largest and most unique private 100-acre polo facility in Wellington with 120 stalls in five self-contained barns, exercise track, five climate-controlled tack rooms, vet room, staff quarters, guest house and polo fields with state-of-the-art underground irrigation and stick-and-ball fields.

During fall, winter and spring seasons, Grand Champions Polo Club, the nation's largest club with 11 well-manicured fields, hosts polo tournaments ranging from six to 26-goal in addition to special events.

The club features monthly 6, 8 and 12-goal tournaments and women's weekly league play during the winter season in addition to two 16-20 tournaments, $50,000 National 12 Goal, $100,000 World Cup winner-take-all 0-40-goal tournament, WCT Tournament and USPA National President's Cup.

During the 2017 winter season Grand Champions attracted a record 72 teams and another 18 teams during the spring season.

Grand Champions caters to men, women and youth polo players at all levels. Its expert staff can customize a complete playing experience including horses, pros and certified umpires in addition to lessons and practice sessions as part of its' Polo On Demand program, the only polo club in the U.S. to offer the unique program.

The Club Hotline is 561-644-5050. It will be updated every day at 8 a.m. for both players and fans