Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – the 7,000-acre luxury destination on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic – announces the appointment of Fernando Arata as the new director of polo and the Equestrian Center Dude Ranch. Arata has deep-rooted connections to the sport and has been in the industry full-time for 10 years.
Fernando Arata, originally from Argentina, comes to Casa de Campo with ample experience in the professional sport of polo. Most recently, Arata worked at Los Pingos del Taita, the world’s largest polo horse embryo center, where he organized the only auction of trained polo horses, called “Remate de Domadores,” or “Tamers’ Auction.” He has covered men’s tournaments and the Argentina Triple Crown for ESPN Polo and belongs to the prestigious polo organization, Las Monjitas. Arata is also an attorney and is married to Martina Monteverde, host of ESPN’s “Polo Show,” and sister to one of polo’s most exciting and talented players, Lucas Monteverde.
“The integration of Fernando Arata reflects plans to boost new worldwide strategies preserving Casa de Campo’s reputation as a leader in the sport,” said Daniel Hernandez, general manager of Casa de Campo Resort & Villas. “Our executive team is confident that the incorporation of Arata in this important role represents a significant step toward achieving new objectives, and will be key in the undertaking of the DR Polo Challenge 2016.”
Casa de Campo will play host for the DR Polo Challenge from January through April 2016. The challenge will be part of the World Polo Tour and is the first-ever professional high-handicap polo event to take place in the Dominican Republic.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – a member of The Leading Hotels of the World – attracts affluent travelers with the offering of spacious hotel rooms, suites and luxury villas. Expect gourmet cuisine and fine wines and spirits throughout the destination’s restaurants and bars, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, Jim Courier Tennis Center and 245-acre Shooting Club. Spanning 7,000 tropical acres on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, this luxury Caribbean destination is also home to three of the game’s most difficult courses all designed by Pete Dye, including Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links. Casa de Campo is also home to Altos de Chavón – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city with boutique shops, museums and a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater inaugurated by Frank Sinatra in August of 1982.
For ease of arrival, La Romana International Airport, Casa de Campo (LRM) is five minutes from check-in and serviced by JetBlue Airways (now with direct flights from JFK three times a week) and seasonally by American Airlines (non-stop service from MIA). A short drive away, Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Punta Cana (PUJ) operate daily direct flights from all major U.S. airports. For more information, please call 1-800-877-3643, or visit www.casadecampo.com.do.