|Fri 23rd Feb 2018|
Polo Times is Out Now!
March issue of Polo Times
The March issue of Polo Times is full to the rafters with exciting polo news from across the globe, will be dropping onto your doorsteps anytime now! This issue sees the likes of Cartier triumphing in St. Moritz once again as well as a record-breaking National Universities Winter Arena Championships at Rugby Polo Club, with a whopping 300 students in attendance. We have an update from polo associations across the world as the AAP President, Eduardo Novillo Astrada speaks to us about his plans for polo in the Olympics as well as the HPA's umpires clarifying the new rules updates for our readers. As usual, the latest issue will be jam-packed full of polo news, reports and stories including:
St. Moritz Special
Polo's Olympic Dream
Winter Victor Ludorum
Cartier Dubai Challenge
FCT Invitational Challenge Trophy
Royal Navy Argentine Tour
All our traditional Club, Women's, Military and Youth news from both home and abroad, as well as Bit Focus, Learn to Play, Letters, Polodoc and Sidelines. Plus, we speak to the winners of Polo Times' Best Playing Pony rug awards to find out more about their winning ponies. Last but by no means least, is our Sidelines coverage of social events from across the country, social news in our Gossip pages and we find out more about Argentina's snow polo wonder, Adrian Laplacette Jr. in Passions. And, don't forget to turn to our What's On pages to find out where you need to be this March.
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Photograph: It's a St. Moritz snow polo special in this month's Polo Times. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com
Wed 21st Feb 2018
2018 Arena Gold Cup Update
Regal Warriors, Ojo Caliente, SAPA Docklands Polo & HB Polo through to the Semi Finals
This week has seen continued action from the Arena Gold Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. Following a strong first week, the early leaders Regal Warriors have secured their spot in the Semi Finals despite a loss to Tchogan yesterday. They will face HB Polo in the 2.30pm Semi Final match tomorrow, Thursday 22 February, whilst Ojo Caliente will come up against 2017 winners SAPA Docklands Polo at 1pm. The Arena Gold Cup Final will take place at 2pm on Saturday 24 February, whilst the Silver Cup Final will take place at 11am that day. Polo Times will be proudly supporting the Best Playing Pony rug, whilst The Polo Magazine will be sponsoring the Most Valuable Player Award. Tickets for the annual Gold Cup Lunch are available at £65 per person. Lunch includes a three-course meal with wine and water on the table and the ticket also includes entry to the Clubhouse for the evening where DJ Paul Linney will be playing and the bar will be open until 12.30am.
This event will mark the end of this prestigious tournament and hail the last moments of the winter polo season at RCBPC. Tickets for the evening event are £10 each, available in advance and on the door. Numbers are limited so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
This year will also see the inaugural Ladies Arena British Open running alongside the Arena Gold Cup. The tournament has come together as the brain child of Rosie Ross and will see four sponsored teams of evenly matched players. The teams, who are be sponsored by Tally Ho Farm, Minuty, Glitterati Polo and Hurlingham 1875, were presented in a welcome event on Saturday evening, with representatives from each sponsor and the team players presented to the press. The first round of matches will kick off on Friday 23 February and the Final will be played just before the Arena Gold Cup Final this Saturday.
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The 2018 Arena Gold Cup Semi Final Teams:
SAPA Docklands Polo (15): Alec Banner-Eve (4), Ed Banner-Eve (5) & Harold Hodges (6)
HB Polo (14): Josh Cork (3), Sebastien Pailloncy (4) & Adolfo Casabal (7)
Ojo Caliente (14): Ana Escobedo (1), Daniel Otamendi (6) & Jonny Good (8)
Regal Warriors (15): Raph Singh (2), Grant Collett (4) & Max Charlton (9)
The 2018 Arena Silver Cup Semi Final Teams:
Tchogan (15): Heiko Voelker (2), Oscar Mancini (6) & Sebastian Dawnay (7)
Twelve Oaks (15): Charlie Wooldridge (3), Ed Morris-Lowe (5) & Jamie Morrison (7)
Four Quarters (15): Simon Arber (1), Tom Morley (6) & Richard Tyrone (8)
Sifani (15): Hilali Noordeen (1), Michael Henderson (6) & Ryan Pemble (8)
The Ladies' Arena British Open Teams:
Tally Ho Farm (6): Charlotte Christodoulou (1), Nell Jacob (2) & Heloise Wilson-Smith
Glitterati Polo (6): Kirstie Otamendi (1), Kirsty Craig (2) & Rosie Ross (3)
Minuty (6): Genevieve Meadows (1), Izzy McGregor (2) & Lolly Stanhope-White (3)
Hurlingham 1875 (6): Georgia Sweeney (1), Vicky Griffin (2) & Jess Andrews (3)
Photograph: Action from the 2017 Arena Gold Cup Final saw Sifani take on SUPA. By Cymon Skinner Photography
Tue 20th Feb 2018
Valiente, Colorado, Tonkawa and GSA secure Semi Final positions in the Ylvisaker Cup
Update from the International Polo Club
On Sunday 18 February, eight teams met at IPC for the Quarter Finals of the 20 goal Ylvisaker Cup. In the first match of the day, GSA narrowly came out the victors over Pilot with a 10-9 score, having sat just behind their rivals for the first five chukkas. Mariano González was named Most Valuable Player, whilst his pony Macarena was presented with the Best Playing Pony rug.
Next to take to the field, Tonkawa repeated GSA's earlier performance, in another tight game, beating Michael Bickford's La Indiana side 12-11. Rob Jornayvaz's Colorado were the next team to secure their space in the Semi Finals with a 13-10 win against Postage Stamp, the team put together by Annabelle Gundlach's, the only female patron in this year's tournament. Last, but my no means least, Bob Jornayvez's unbeatable Valiente secured the final coveted spot in the Semi Finals with a 13-6 win against SD Farms, in the last match of the day.
The Ylvisaker Cup Semi Finals will take place on Wednesday 21 February with the matches falling as follows:
12pm: Valiente vs Tonkawa
3pm: GSA vs Colorado
Will there be a Jornayvez in the Final or can this year's underdog teams ruffle some feathers?
The Ylvisaker Cup Quarter Final Teams:
GSA (20): Henry Porter (2), Dylan Rossiter (4), Mariano González (7) & Matías Magrini (7)
Pilot (20): Curtis Pilot (0), Timmy Dutta (1), Gonzalito Pieres (9) & Facundo Pieres (10)
Tonkawa (20): Jeff Hildebrand (0), Sterling Giannico (3), Sapo Caset (10) & Julián de Lusarreta (7)
La Indiana (20): Michael Bickford (2), Toro Ruiz (5), Facundo Obregon (6) & Jeff Hall (7)
Colorado (20): Rob Jornayvaz (1), Santino Magrini (3), Juan Britos (7) & Diego Cavanagh (9)
Postage Stamp (20): Annabelle Gundlach (0), Brandon Phillips (5), Mariano Aguerre (9) & Kris Kampen (6)
Valiente (20): Bob Jornayvaz (2), Bautista Panelo (2), Santi Torres (6) & Adolfo Cambiaso (10)
SD Farms (20): Sayyu Dantata (2), Adam Snow (5), Iñaki Laprida (7) & Peco Polledo (6)
Photograph: Valiente secured their spot in the Ylvisaker Cup Semi Final against SD Farms. By Joel Auerbach Photography